The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation has been recognized nationally for its  efforts to promote cycling.

The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation has been recognized nationally for its efforts to promote cycling.

Group leads the pack in getting city active

The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation has been named a national leader.

The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation has been named a national leader.

NOCAT has been recognized by Green Communities Canada as one of 25 groups across the country that have endorsed the Canadian action strategy for walking and walkability.

“The goal of the NOCAT is to see more people walking and riding bicycles more often by encouraging citizens to support infrastructure development that will enhance safe and active transportation and connect to the upcoming Okanagan Rail Trail,” said Bruce Mol, spokesperson.

NOCAT also encourages North Okanagan residents to participate in Bike To Work Week at the end of May.

Everyone who shares its goals can participate in the Mayor’s Celebration Ride May 30 at 9:15 a.m. at Ellison Elementary School.

“An excellent turn out for this event will illustrate to mayor and council how many people support active transportation,” said Mol.

NOCAT’s recognition comes after two cyclists were recently hit by a vehicle in Coldstream.

“NOCAT members are involved in the organization for what we believe are the same reasons that the mother and daughter were riding on that day; that the freedom to ride bicycles safely benefits the North Okanagan, in health and enjoyment, and in a sense of responsibility and commitment to our communities,” said Mol.

“This incident brings into sharp focus the importance of this continued work, and the development of constructive partnerships that together will decrease the future likelihood of these kinds of incidents.”