Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are gearing up for smartTRIPS Bike to Work and School Week, May 25 to 31.
The week-long event encourages cyclists of all levels to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS will be rewarding those who roll out on two wheels with fantastic prizes, including daily bike draws, gift certificates to local businesses and the chance to win a cycling vacation in Europe.
Daily Celebration Stations will provide extra motivation, with free refreshments from local sponsors, complimentary bike tune-ups from local bike shops and socializing. The Bean Scene/Fresh Air Bike to Work Week kick-off station will be at the Landmark Centre (1632 Dickson Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. Monday, May 25. At 8 a.m. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and other officials will officially launch Bike to Work Week in the Central Okanagan at the event.
"Bike to Work Week is a celebration of cycling acknowledging those who already cycle regularly and encouraging others to give it a try in a fun and supportive environment," said Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Co-ordinator. “Bike and Walk to School Week encourages youth and their families ride or walk together while providing schools with an opportunity to show their support of healthy, active living.”
For 2015’s event, there are more celebration stations than ever, including:
- Monday, May 25 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Landmark Centre, 1632 Dickson Ave. at base of Dayton Street overpass
- Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 1150 Glenmore Dr.
- Wednesday, May 27 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Westbank First Nation Office (515 Hwy 97)
- Thursday, May 28 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Mission Creek Regional Park, (2363 Springfield Rd)
- Friday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Mission Park Shopping Centre – Urban Fare – 3155 Lakeshore Rd. and from a second one from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Tree Brewing Institute (1346 Water St).
Local sponsors are also hosting 10 smaller Satellite stations around Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country and West Kelowna. Check out the full schedule here.
"We have a fantastic group of sponsors and partners that support the program every year," said Kittmer. "It's great to be part of a program like this that brings our community together."
So far, 1,896 cyclists have registered, joining 236 Bike to Work Week teams in the Central Okanagan. Those still wanting to register can do so here.
Interested participants can visit smartTRIPS.ca/events or email [email protected] for more information or to help plan their route to work or school.