Bike to Work Week popular

During Bike to School and Work Week, 995 total cyclists participated

Vernon cyclists joined the Bike to Work and School Week event in record numbers.

During Bike to School and Work Week, 995 total cyclists participated, including 280 cyclists who were new to biking to work or school.

“A total of 21,213 total kilometres were logged by participants, amounting to 4,601 kilograms of greenhouse gases saved,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, with the City of Vernon.

Joel Carter, an information systems infrastructure team member at Kal Tire, was the grand prize winner of the Exodus Travels 14-day cycling adventure in Vietnam.

“I look forward to seeing the continued growth over the years as more and more people start to use their bikes as a way to commute,” said Carter.

A record number of 136 teams participated this year.

Teams were grouped into five size categories: large, medium, small, mini and solo.

Large and medium categories winners were determined by staff participation percentage. In the small, mini and solo categories, winners were determined by highest overall participation.

A new Bike to School Challenge was launched between four high schools and W.L. Seaton Secondary won with the highest participation percentage at 10 per cent (84 riders, 1,665 kilometres).

Four elementary schools participated this year: Ellison Elementary, Harwood Elementary, Alexis Park Elementary and Beairsto Elementary.

Each school hosted celebration stations for their students and community members. Together, the elementary schools had 371 cyclists who rode 2,782 kilometres.