Wheel your way to work

EDITORIAL: Bike to Work and School campaign launches in Polson Park today

The weather’s been great of late and hopefully it holds all week as the Bike to Work and School campaign launches in Polson Park today.

In fact if you’re looking for something to do today that includes being community-minded and environmentally friendly then head down to the park from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The Relay Challenge begins at 2 p.m., featuring Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund and Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick, who will lead their respective teams through an event set up by the city’s community policing department.

Following that will be the children’s bike parade and other fun activities including free entertainment and carnival games that include the opportunity to win a bike.

It’s all to get young and old excited and informed about the possibilities of riding one’s bike to work and/or school.

Vernon is one of 44 communities in the province participating in Bike to Work Week. And to join them, register at biketowork.ca and you automatically qualify for prizes that include Exodus Travel’s Prague-to-Budapest cycling trip.

There are many excuses not to bike to work, like the weather, but most of them come down to it’s easier not to and that’s not good enough.

Try it, you might like it and Mother Earth and your body just might thank you. And, who knows, you might just win a prize and see something that you normally wouldn’t on the way to work  in your car.

Make sure you follow the rules and wear a helmet and see what life on two wheels looks like and can be. So get out there, get some fresh air and pedal your way to work and/or school. Even if the weather doesn’t hold, you’ll be glad you did.


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