“I am riding to work today, sun is out, sky is blue. I can hear the birds chirping, and bunnies are peeking out through the long grass. I am looking at the different flowers growing on the side of the path. As I slip past them, my blood is pumping. I have a smile on my face. Out of the blue a huge eagle soars over my head. It was so close I could see it’s talons. I would have missed all that if I was in my car.”
- Shaw Cable Staff Member (requested to be un-named), Nanaimo
Horsefly Elementary Junior Secondary, a small K-9 rural school of 51 students, had 45 students and 2 staff Bike to School this Bike to Work Week! The school, located in the community of Horsefly BC, which is 40 minutes east of Williams Lake, ran a Bike to School week event all week and won a prize as the largest team in the Williams Lake area. "Our student leadership team designed a student led inquiry project this year based on the question 'How can our school reduce it's Carbon Footprint?' " says Principal Calvin Dubray, "we have been involved in many projects and programs based around that so Bike to Work (School) Week fit in quite nicely."
Cameron Zaremba started participating in Bike to Work Week 8 years ago when he was living in Kelowna and has continued to participate in Bike to Work Week in Prince George where he has resided for the last three years. Zaremba says that each year Bike to Work Week is a reminder to get his bike out to commute with for the summer season and he continues cycle to work once or twice per week after Bike to Work Week through the summer months.
When asked if he notices any health benefits from using his bike to commute Zaremba says, “It is good cross-training for winter activities such as downhill skiing and snowshoeing.” He adds that he always feels “invigorated” when he completes his bike commute in either direction!