Bike safety workshops roll ahead

There will be two public bike skills and safety workshops for ages and up 12 May 4 and May 7 and 8

The North Okanagan joins 30 municipalities in the provincial Bike to Work Week campaign May 27 to June 2.

To get ready for Bike to Work Week, there will be two public bike skills and safety workshops for ages 12 years and up May 4 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and an after-work course split between May 7 and 8 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) at Vernon city hall.

“Bruce Mol, a certified instructor, will emphasize five traffic principles, why and where collisions occur and the physical skills needed to negotiate with traffic safely,” said Wendy Majewski, the city’s transportation demand management co-ordinator.

“Cyclists will also learn how to prevent collisions and reduce the severity of collisions. Practical hands-on skills with a supervised ride are all part of this fun and active workshop.”

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. The cost is $20 per cyclist.

Team leaders are the key to a successful Bike to Work Week and those wishing to lead a team are invited to attend an orientation workshop at city hall May 8 from 5 to 6:45 p.m.

Domino’s Pizza is providing supper and leaders receive a free T-shirt along with a promotional package including some safety gear to encourage new and returning riders.

Pre-registration for the team leaders’ event is free but required at 250-550-3634 or dsbreception@vernon.ca.

This year’s theme is Bike Buddies.

The Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee is providing free one-on-one orientations for those not confident in cycling to work or school.

“GVCAC members will volunteer their expertise to assist with best routes, what to take and how to get ready for work as well as pair up with the cyclist and cycle together prior to their school/work destination,” said Barry Tranquada, with GVCAC.

The Bike Buddy hotline can be reached at 250-542-3050.

To get involved in Bike to Work Week, register at www.biketowork.ca/north-okanagan.