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Bikes: what the doctor recommends

Faizal Charania, Special to the Citizen

Published: Friday, May 08, 2009

Local ophthalmologist and eye specialist Dr. Donald MacGregor helps people for a living. Yet he seems to think that some of his most life transforming work is achieved on the way to the office (and back).

Asked why he decided 15 years ago to trade his car keys for a bike helmet, MacGregor says initially it was the most convenient way for him to keep fit. However, it soon became clear that the health benefits were matched by the potential to effect positive change in the world at large.

"Personally, I think everybody is responsible for doing what they can, even if it’s a little bit. It’s pretty obvious to virtually everyone that the global warming thing is a reality so if a whole bunch of people do small things, it does add up to a big difference."

Dr. Donald MacGregor has been cycling to work for 15 years.

Dr. Donald MacGregor has been cycling to work for 15 years.

Faizal Charanta photo

In areas like the Cowichan Valley that receive large amounts of rainfall, MacGregor stresses that comfort is the key for new bikers if they want to ride successfully over the long term.

"It’s worth spending some money to get some decent gear to ride. I have a Cannondale rigid mountain bike with fenders, mirror, and strobe lights, front and rear. In inclement weather, I wear neoprene shoe covers and gloves, waterproof tights, helmet, and goretex jacket."

In all, he figures one could spend less than $1,000 and be fully decked out for just about anything Mother Nature has to offer.

While MacGregor says that motorists in the Valley are generally conscious and respectful of sharing the road with bicyclists, he feels that it is up to cyclists to be educated about road safety and consistently practice safe riding behaviour in order to minimize the risk of injury.

"You have to learn to ride safely," he said. "And if you do, part of that is you have to be very conscious of what’s around you, learn to anticipate situations ahead of and behind you, be visible (to motorists), and act assertively within the law because you are a vehicle and not a pedestrian."

As with everything, he says, the more you do it, the more comfortable you will be.

Though he adds, the rewards far outweigh the risks.

"People sometimes look at me as if I were a little strange to be riding a bicycle. Obviously I can afford a car. I have a nice car. I just choose not to use it most of the time, and it’s very rewarding. Once you’re into the habit, it’s a normal, natural thing."

Do you want to win a Norco bike (valued at over $500)? Enter the free draw at the Cowichan Green Community Society office (277 Craig St.) and/or Experience Cycling (482 Trans Canada Hwy). Then come on out and ride during Bike to Work Week this May 11-17.

Celebration stations will be located in the Duncan Thrifty Foods parking lot Monday to Wednesday and True Grain Breads in Cowichan Bay Wednesday to Friday. For more information check out www.biketowork.ca/cowichan_valley or email Alex Haddad at cowichan@biketowork.ca



 

 

Results So Far

These results do not reflect final numbers until after Bike To Work Week. Numbers shown below are only for teams that have reported so far.

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2013 North Okanagan Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 56
  • Participants: 401
  • First Time Cyclists: 77
  • Male Cyclists: 201
  • Female Cyclists: 200
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 12,894
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 2,991

2013 Squamish Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 35
  • Participants: 172
  • First Time Cyclists: 38
  • Male Cyclists: 70
  • Female Cyclists: 102
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 5,178
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,201

2013 Sunshine Coast Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 86
  • Participants: 615
  • First Time Cyclists: 116
  • Male Cyclists: 320
  • Female Cyclists: 295
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 15,147
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 3,514

2013 Port McNeill Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 6th

  • Registered Teams: 3
  • Participants: 34
  • First Time Cyclists: 12
  • Male Cyclists: 18
  • Female Cyclists: 16
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 257
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 60

2013 BC Communities Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 33
  • Participants: 149
  • First Time Cyclists: 43
  • Male Cyclists: 55
  • Female Cyclists: 94
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 4,011
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 931

2013 Dawson Creek Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 10
  • Participants: 7
  • First Time Cyclists: 3
  • Male Cyclists: 6
  • Female Cyclists: 1
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 238
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 55

2013 Summerland Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 10
  • Participants: 23
  • First Time Cyclists: N/A
  • Male Cyclists: 16
  • Female Cyclists: 7
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 451
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 105

2013 Merritt Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 7
  • Participants: 40
  • First Time Cyclists: 4
  • Male Cyclists: 22
  • Female Cyclists: 18
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 945
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 219

2013 Invermere Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 22
  • Participants: 49
  • First Time Cyclists: 7
  • Male Cyclists: 21
  • Female Cyclists: 28
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 1,328
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 308

2013 Pemberton Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 8
  • Participants: 45
  • First Time Cyclists: 10
  • Male Cyclists: 8
  • Female Cyclists: 37
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 987
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 229

2013 Grand Forks Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 4
  • Participants: 11
  • First Time Cyclists: 1
  • Male Cyclists: 7
  • Female Cyclists: 4
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 1,354
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 314

2013 Salt Spring & Other Gulf Islands Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 39
  • Participants: 131
  • First Time Cyclists: 53
  • Male Cyclists: 50
  • Female Cyclists: 81
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 5,298
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,229

2013 Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 650

2013 Nanaimo Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 57
  • Participants: 238
  • First Time Cyclists: 32
  • Male Cyclists: 117
  • Female Cyclists: 121
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 9,101
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 2,111

2013 Revelstoke Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 49
  • Participants: 353
  • First Time Cyclists: 47
  • Male Cyclists: 141
  • Female Cyclists: 212
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 10,126
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 2,349

2013 Prince Rupert Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 2
  • Participants: 1
  • First Time Cyclists: N/A
  • Male Cyclists: N/A
  • Female Cyclists: 1
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 15
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 3

2013 Prince George Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 76
  • Participants: 326
  • First Time Cyclists: 73
  • Male Cyclists: 153
  • Female Cyclists: 173
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 10,587
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 2,456

2013 Shuswap Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 12
  • Participants: 40
  • First Time Cyclists: 4
  • Male Cyclists: 19
  • Female Cyclists: 21
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 1,204
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 279

2013 Smithers Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 65
  • Participants: 322
  • First Time Cyclists: 49
  • Male Cyclists: 146
  • Female Cyclists: 176
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 8,167
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,895

2013 Powell River Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 31
  • Participants: 150
  • First Time Cyclists: 40
  • Male Cyclists: 70
  • Female Cyclists: 80
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 4,147
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 962

2013 Penticton Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 80
  • Participants: 354
  • First Time Cyclists: 53
  • Male Cyclists: 177
  • Female Cyclists: 177
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 11,376
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 2,639

2013 Oceanside Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 4
  • Participants: 22
  • First Time Cyclists: 2
  • Male Cyclists: 11
  • Female Cyclists: 11
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 764
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 177

2013 Terrace Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 42
  • Participants: 190
  • First Time Cyclists: 49
  • Male Cyclists: 98
  • Female Cyclists: 92
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 4,873
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,131

2013 Tofino Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 7
  • Participants: 19
  • First Time Cyclists: 4
  • Male Cyclists: 6
  • Female Cyclists: 13
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 691
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 160

2013 Whistler Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 53
  • Participants: 207
  • First Time Cyclists: 43
  • Male Cyclists: 84
  • Female Cyclists: 123
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 5,749
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,334

2013 Langley Bike To Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 48
  • Participants: 125
  • First Time Cyclists: 46
  • Male Cyclists: 68
  • Female Cyclists: 57
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 5,502
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,277

2013 Kamloops Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 125
  • Participants: 918
  • First Time Cyclists: 204
  • Male Cyclists: 479
  • Female Cyclists: 439
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 24,072
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 5,585

2013 Kootenays Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 6
  • Participants: 23
  • First Time Cyclists: 1
  • Male Cyclists: 11
  • Female Cyclists: 12
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 1,319
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 306

2013 Kitimat Bike to Work Week

May 26th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: N/A
  • Participants: N/A
  • First Time Cyclists: N/A
  • Male Cyclists: N/A
  • Female Cyclists: N/A
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): N/A
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: N/A

2013 Kelowna & Central Okanagan Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 256
  • Participants: 1,277
  • First Time Cyclists: 263
  • Male Cyclists: 653
  • Female Cyclists: 624
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 56,326
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 13,068

2013 Fraser Valley Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 125
  • Participants: 714
  • First Time Cyclists: 201
  • Male Cyclists: 394
  • Female Cyclists: 320
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 15,479
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 3,591

2013 Fort St. James Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 9
  • Participants: 57
  • First Time Cyclists: 15
  • Male Cyclists: 15
  • Female Cyclists: 42
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 2,124
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 493

2013 Cowichan Valley Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 38
  • Participants: 164
  • First Time Cyclists: 42
  • Male Cyclists: 90
  • Female Cyclists: 74
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 7,244
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 1,681

2013 Comox Valley Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 112
  • Participants: 621
  • First Time Cyclists: 82
  • Male Cyclists: 289
  • Female Cyclists: 332
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 19,587
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 4,544

2013 Campbell River Bike to Work Week

May 27th – June 2nd

  • Registered Teams: 84
  • Participants: 319
  • First Time Cyclists: 61
  • Male Cyclists: 146
  • Female Cyclists: 173
  • Kilometres Cycled (Round Trip): 12,133
  • Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved: 2,815

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