Bike to Work Week 2014: May 26 - June 1!

Bike to Work Week 2012

Here’s a recap of Bike to Work Week 2012…

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Prize Bike Winner Announced!

Bike To Work Comox Valley Prize bike winner

Nigel Hutcheson (second from left) of the Comox Valley Harbour Authority "Team Dockers" was pumped to win the Bike to Work Week prize bike, donated by Simon’s Cycles.

Cheering with him are, from left: Craig Harris of Simon’s Cycles, co-workers Leslie Taylor, Emma Hutcheson and Rob Clarke, along with Active Comox Valley Coordinator Robyn Butler. Thanks to all cycling participants who helped make this year’s event such a success! 

What a week!

The 5th annual Comox Valley Bike To Work Week was a great success, with more participants than ever before, a huge amount of people stopping at the Celebration Stations and a phenomenal 150 teams registered!

Here’s a few photos from this morning’s events in Cumberland and at Trail Bicycles in Courtenay.

For those keeping track of numbers, there were 16 folks who stopped in at Trail Bicycles, whilst another 11 kept on pedaling, 12 stopped at Village Square in Cumberland, numbers from 19 Wing and the I-Hos Gallery will be added later.

Hopefully the week will have convinced you to try commuting by bike and that you plan to continue through the summer and beyond.

Thanks to The Broken Spoke for hosting the wrap up BBQ this evening and to all our sponsors and supporters for making the event happen.

Thursday already?

It was another beautiful morning in the Comox Valley and the streets were full of smiling bike riders, actually enjoying their morning commute!

At GP Vanier High School lots of students stopped in at the Celebration Station and 27 others stopped in, whilst another 12 pedaled by, here’s a couple of photos from the morning.

81 riders stopped in at 19 Wing, thanks to The Eagle 97.3fm who were there broadcasting live, further encouraging those who decided pedaling rather than driving was the way to go this morning.

Meanwhile at Simon’s Cycles at the I-Hos Gallery, 64 folks stopped in, said hello and enjoyed a snack, in fact it’s been such a fun week so far, that they will be back there with a Celebration Station tomorrow morning.

Fun for future commuters

The bike commuters of the future were out in force this morning at Simms Park in Courtenay, with more than 60 young riders showing how to bike to the playground in style!

Great fun was had by all!

Thanks to School District 71 StrongStart, Comox Valley Cycling Coalition and Our Big Earth Media Co.

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning got off to a cool, grey start, but it wasn’t enough to put a damper on folks enthusiasm!

It was another busy morning at the various Celebration Stations around the valley, over 100 people passed through the "Green Team Cafe" at the Lewis Centre in Courtenay, where there was coffee, tunes and camaraderie to start the day.

At both 19 Wing and Simon’s Cycles at the I-Hos Gallery there were 64 riders passing by this morning!

Go Comox Valley!

Half the week has gone already, but there’s still plenty of activities planned for tomorrow, here’s where the Celebration Stations will be, just look for the banners;

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
GP Vanier High School (Headquarters Road) 7 - 9am

Terrific Tuesday

Day 2 was another bright, sunny one and the Celebration Stations were once again busy with commuters sharing stories and snacks

Here’s a few photos from the Comox Valley Transit station in downtown Courtenay where 21 riders stopped by and another 18 rode by, some using the bus to beat the hills.

Thanks to the whole crew, including Breanna from The Eagle 97.3fm who was on location this morning.

Over in Comox, at 19 Wing, 81 folks stopped in on their way to work, enjoying the morning.

Outside the I-Hos Gallery, Simon’s Cycles once again had a busy morning, with an astounding 94 biking to work during the time they were open.

So, what’s happening tomorrow for Day 3?

Make a little time to stop in at one of the Celebration Stations, at the following locations:

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
Lewis Centre Courtenay (Old Island Highway) 7 - 9am

Don’t forget there’s also a special event for the pre-school crowd in Courtenay, "Bike To The Playground" which starts at Simms Park at 10am and includes a fun ride to the playground and waterpark in Lewis Park, more details here.

Off to a great start

The week got off to a great start this morning with many smiling faces out on the sunny streets of the valley as people decided to pedal to work.

The Celebration Stations were busy with folks stopping in to grab a snack and say hi.

Here’s a few photos from the Chamber of Commerce at the Airpark in Courtenay where 27 bike riders arrived and Simon’s Cycles outside the I-Hos Gallery, where an amazing 87 stopped by. Meanwhile 75 people grabbed a snack and enjoyed their ride in to 19 Wing at CFB Comox.

Have a safe ride home from work, tomorrow morning stop at a Celebration Station, here’s where they’ll be:

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
Comox Valley Transit (4th Street & Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay) 7.30 - 9am

You can enter your results daily, or at the end of the week, by logging in and clicking the orange "Enter Results" button at the top of the screen.

It’s almost time!

The sun is shining in the Comox Valley and there’s only a couple of days until Bike To Work Week 2012 begins, are you ready to get on your bike?

Check out the 2 page spread (page 50 & 51) in today’s Comox Valley Record (you can view the eEdition by clicking here) with full details of all the events planned for next week.

On Monday morning, why not stop by one of the Celebration Stations on the way to work, grab a free snack and meet other commuters, just look out for the banners, at:

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
Airpark - Courtenay Riverway (Behind CV Chamber of Commerce) 8 - 9am 

Don’t forget to register your team (which can be an individual) to be in with a chance to win a bike courtesy of Simon’s Cycles! 

Municipal Challenge!

The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition invites all Mayors, Councillors and staff of City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland and the Comox Valley Regional District to participate in a Municipal Challenge.

The Municipality with the most people riding to work during Bike To Work Week*, will win a trophy and bragging rights until the following year.

The City Of Courtenay won the inaugural challenge in 2011 and are looking forward to adding a second trophy in 2012!

Nancy Hofer, Environmental Planner and past Mayor Greg Phelps, pictured accepting the plaque in 2011

*as a percentage of the number of eligible participants in each municipality (i.e. anyone on the payroll). 

Celebrate Bike To Work Week 2012

There’s just a week and a half to go before this year’s Bike To Work Week (May 28th - June 3rd) and plans are taking shape.

If you are new to bike commuting, here are a few tips to help you prepare and make it an enjoyable experience.

  • Plan your route and ride it ahead of time. If you know a regular commuter, ask them for advice, they may know shortcuts or which roads to take to avoid traffic (and hills!).
  • Check your bike is in good working condition in advance, make sure the tires are fully inflated (maximum tire pressure is usually shown on the sidewall), the chain is lubricated and your brakes are working well. Carry a spare tube and a pump, ideally you’ll know how to change a flat, but if you don’t, you’ll have what you need when asking for help.
  • Find your helmet and make sure it fits securely and comfortably. If you don’t have one, visit your local bike store and get one, it’s the law!
  • Be visible - wear bright clothing and don’t forget to check the batteries in your lights if you have them.
  • It is a good idea to take a change of clothes, perhaps you could leave them at work, so you don’t have to carry them with you, hopefully it will be a dry, warm week, but you never can be sure.
  • Figure out where you’ll leave your bike whilst you are at work. Bring a bike lock or find a secure place to store it during the day.
  • Give yourself some extra time to stop by a Celebration Station on your way to work, enjoy a free snack and meet other bike commuters…

Celebration Station Locations:

Monday May 28th

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
Airpark - Courtenay Riverway (Behind CV Chamber of Commerce) 8 - 9am

Tuesday May 29th

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
Comox Valley Transit (4th Street & Cliffe Avenue) 7.30 - 9am

Wednesday May 30th

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
Lewis Centre Courtenay (Old Island Highway) 7 - 9am
**Bike To The Playground - Simms Park 10am - Noon**

Thursday May 31st

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
I-Hos Gallery (Comox "Dyke" Road) 6.45 - 8.45am
GP Vanier High School (Headquarters Road) 7 - 9am

Friday June 1st

19 Wing (Ryan Road & Military Row) 6.30 - 7.45am
Trail Bicycles (1999 Lake Trail Road) 7.30 - 9.30am
Village Square, Cumberland 7.30 - 8.30am

Celebrate a week of commuting by bike at The Broken Spoke Bicycle Shop in downtown Courtenay from 4 to 6pm on Friday June 1st, there’ll be music, prizes and a BBQ!

Bike To The Playground - Weds May 30th

Kids, come join the fun and celebrate being a pedal-head at Bike To The Playground.

We’ll be decorating our bikes and learning the rules of the sidewalk, as well as taking a great pedal through the park, from 10 a.m. to Noon Wednesday, May 30.

Good times kick off at Simms Park and will bike to the Rotary Water Park in Lewis Park. Stories and snacks for all.

There’s no charge for this fun way for kids ages 0-5 to get involved in Bike To Work Week 2012.



Bike To The Playground 2012 is brought to you by the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, Our Big Earth Media Co., School District 71 StrongStart and Bike To Work Comox Valley. Images courtesy Our Big Earth Media Co.

 

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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