Between now and June 3, thousands of Metro Vancouver residents are expected to trade their seatbelts for helmets for Bike to Work Week.
The annual event encourages commuters to cycle to work, school or while running errands in an effort to reduce congestion and pollution and to boost health and workplace comradery across the region.
“While the event is called Bike to Work Week, we want everyone to try getting around by bike this week, no matter where you’re off to,” said Tom Skinner, HUB Cycling’s Bike to Work Week Manager in a press release.
“We want to remind people that all bike trips for transportation count and you’re welcome to partake if you’re a student going to school, working from home, or retired - every kilometre makes a difference.”
In addition to cycling, residents can participate in a variety of events across Metro Vancouver including a wrap up barbecue on June 1 at Creekside Park in Vancouver and a “bike-in movie night” at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on June 3.
In Richmond, a Bike to Work Week “celebration station” will be set up at the Kwantlen St. Farmers Market on Tuesday, May 29 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cyclists can stop by for free snack and drinks from the farmer’s market as well as free bike maintenance from Krusty’s Caps.
For more information on Richmond’s cycling network and how to get around on two wheels, visit the city’s website.