Mayors pedal Bke to Work Week

Vernon’s mayor thinks riding three wheels is a great way to kick off Bike to Work Week

Vernon’s mayor thinks riding three wheels is a great way to kick off Bike to Work Week.

“The new Tricycle Challenge with Mayor (Jim) Garlick, the media and fellow councillors from Vernon and Coldstream will be a fun way to create some interest in our fourth annual provincial Bike to Work Campaign,” said Rob Sawatzky.

“I am excited to see what the Global Education class from Fulton Secondary School and the Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee have arranged for us.

“If I can’t beat Mayor Garlick with the fastest time, I can surely win by being the best dressed. We are also very grateful that Cycle-Cycle is supplying the tricycles.”

Bike to Work Week kicks off Monday with a pancake breakfast at Cenotaph Park and the Downtown Transit Exchange from 6:45 to 9:30 a.m.

The Tricycle Challenge starts at 8 a.m.

“It’s going to be a fun and entertaining event,” said Wendy Majewski, the city’s transportation demand management coordinator. “Olympia Cycle and Ski will have a free bike check station along with community policing volunteers to engrave your bike.

“Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee members will be assisting with helmet checks and providing suggestions on best routes to work and around town for shopping. They have also launched a new Bike Buddy Hotline where experienced cyclists pair up with the not-so-confident cyclist or first-time cyclist to have a buddy to ride with.”

Two other events are planned for Bike to Work Week: the Midweek Celebration at Sun Country Cycle (102-1340 Kalamalka Lake Road) on Wednesday, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and on Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the wrap-up barbecue at Spirit Square (30 Street and 32 Avenue).

A&W is supplying the burgers and Skyride Cycle has free bike checks. It’s all free and you can win a free bike from generous bike sponsors.

“Cycling is a healthy alternative to get to work. It’s not that far for most residents to be able to get to downtown from East Hill, five-to-15 minutes, depending on their location, or 20 to 30 minutes from Okanagan Landing,” said Kim Young, chairman of the Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee and transportation demand management committee.

“Although it may be an uphill ride home, there is the option of transit or you can get a great work-out on the way home to help relieve the stress of the day.”

There is still time to register. All North Okanagan cyclists are welcome to register on-line at www.biketowork.ca/north-okanagan and for teams with three or more people, they can pick up their free T-shirt and promo pack at Vernon City Hall reception (3400-30 Street from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).