Pedal power builds momentum

The North Okanagan will be an active participant in Bike to Work Week May 30 to June 5.

The goal of the campaign is to encourage residents to leave their cars at home and use pedal power to get to work.

“We are very excited about this year’s Bike to Work Week to build on the momentum gained from last year’s event,” said Wendy Majewski the City of Vernon’s transportation demand management co-ordinator.

To gear up and get ready for Bike to Work Week, Vernon Moves is sponsoring public bike skills and safety workshops Sunday and May 15 at city hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the workshops, Bruce Mol, a certified instructor, emphasizes five traffic principles: why and where collisions occur and the physical skills needed to negotiate with traffic safely.

Cyclists will also learn how prevent collisions and reduce the severity of collisions.

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. The cost is $10 per cyclist.

Team leaders are the key to a successful week and are invited to attend a fun bike to work orientation workshop at city hall May 12 from 4:45  to 7 p.m.

There will be a pizza supper and leaders will receive a free BTW T-shirt along with a promotional package including some safety items, to encourage new and returning riders.

This year’s theme is safety.

“Our team leader workshop will focus on recommended cycling attire, safer routes, cycle safety and bike maintenance,” said Majewski.

Preregistration for the team leader workshop is required.

To get involved simply join your workplace team or form your own community team and register by visiting


A team can consist of your entire workplace, department or work group. There is no limit to the number of teams per organization.