Peter Dorey

Peter Dorey

Cyclists prevail in challenge with Vernon vehicles

Bike beat car as the third Car vs. Bike challenge kicked off Bike To Work Week Monday.

Bike beat car as the third Car vs. Bike challenge kicked off Bike To Work Week Monday.

A total of 23 cyclists participated in the challenge, which saw the bikes take on three media cars in trying to get from Olympia Cycle on 48th Avenue to a spot downtown.

Cyclist Scott Richardson completed the course in six minutes and 46 seconds, while the first media car crossed the finish line in eight minutes and three seconds.

That was the fun part of the challenge. The bad news is two politicians were involved in incidents with their bikes.

Vernon Coun. Catherine Lord braked too hard on a downhill portion of 32nd Avenue and went over her handlebars.

“Lord received immediate medical attention from the staff traffic marshall, followed by bylaw officer Kevin Korol who was acting as a sweep for the challenge,” said challenge organizer Wendy Majewsky, Vernon’s transportation demand management co-ordinator.

Lord, who was also administered to by Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky, a retired doctor, was taken to hospital. She suffered some facial bruising and is expected to be off work for a couple of days.

Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick had the saddlebag on his bike clipped by a motorist who failed to yield for cyclists at 32nd Avenue and 29th Street.

“Because he’s such a good commuter cyclist, Garlick was able to maintain his balance and continue cycling,” said Majewsky. “One of our main goals is to educate drivers and cyclists and increase the awareness of both to share the road.

“And it’s not just for this week. Motorists have to share the road and motorists need to be aware of cyclists. Not just cyclists, but be aware of pedestrians as well. Lots more people are cycling and walking. People want to have alternate modes of transportation.”

Close to 150 people cycled to the pancake breakfast at Cenotaph Park Monday `, organized by Fulton Secondary students who rode to the site.

Other Bike To Work Week events include a celebration station today from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Sun Country Cycle on Kal Lake Road. A Friday wrap-up barbecue takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at city hall.