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Bike to Work Week: May 25 - 31, 2015

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Bike to Work Week 2015!

The Grand Prize Winner of the Prague to Budapest Cycling Trip for 2 is...

Sarah Deagle, Assistant Registrar of North Island College in Campbell River

Sarah Deagle started participating in Bike to Work Week about 11 years ago while she was living in Metro Vancouver. When she moved to Quadra Island last fall from Northern BC, she started cycling three times a week from the ferry terminal with a number of other cyclists to get to her office at North Island College in Campbell River. She does this year-round, but states she particularly loves riding in good weather. “I love riding to work - it's a lovely way to connect with what's happening outdoors—whether it’s plants or birds. I have long days so it’s also nice to get some exercise during the day without having to think too hard about it,” says Deagle.

When asked how she feels after using her bike to commute Deagle says, “Fabulous!” She adds that the bike commute enables her to be mindful of her day—of her surroundings, her emotions, etc. “For me, cycling is the perfect transition from one world to another: the world of work to the world of home.”

When Deagle found out that she won the Exodus Travels prize, she felt “completely disbelieving” she says: “I cannot believe my good fortune.”

Deagle has done a number of self-crafted and self-guided cycling trips but has never before done a supported trip. Deagle and her husband look forward to experiencing the sights and sounds cycling from Prague to Budapest. “My husband has not done much cycle touring. I’m excited for the opportunity to share this experience with him.”

Exodus Travels has sponsored Bike to Work Week BC for the last two years. Their grand prize cycling trip for two from Prague to Budapest was a key incentive for many people to participate in Bike to Work Week this year. Province-wide participation in the event increased from 25,000 riders last year, to 34,000 riders this year, and 7,600 of which were first-time commuter cyclists. Riders cycled 1.4million kilometres and saved over 300,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases from entering our earth’s atmosphere in just one week.

“Exodus and Bike to Work really are a match made in heaven,” says Katy Rockett, North American Marketing Manager of Exodus Travels. “Exodus and Bike to Work both run on the same ethos of concern for the environment and share a passion for the sense of achievement when you’ve travelled or commuted using nothing but your own energy to get you there.”

“We share such similar philosophies in recognizing the value of travelling by bike. Not only does it offer the opportunity to travel places while staying physically fit, it also gives you clarity of mind and such an appreciation for your surroundings with the added benefit of having a minimal impact on the environment.”

Exodus supports a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations around the world, focusing primarily on destinations in which they operate. This ranges from providing education in the rainy season to porters on Kilimanjaro to further their language skills and ability to build their careers in the tourism industry, to working to protect one of the last remaining tiger populations in India. Exodus has also had a strong involvement in fundraising for aid in Nepal—raising over $400,000 to provide emergency supplies and assist in the reparation efforts in remote villages affected throughout the country.

Rockett states, “We were thrilled for the opportunity to sponsor Bike to Work week this year and want to send a heartfelt congratulations to all of the participants for their achievement.” 

Exodus has a wide range of adventure tours available around the world. These include classic cultural and wildlife tours, giving travellers the opportunity to experience destinations up close and personal when they travel, as well as hiking and cycling tours – allowing travellers to reach the far corners of the Earth with minimal environmental impact. Exodus Travels’ full product range can be viewed at www.exodustravels.com.  

Buzz for BTWW

““Bike to Work Week provided me an opportunity to explore alternative forms of transportation. I was inspired to calculate the cost-benefit comparison of using a vehicle for errands vs. using a bike. Long live the bicycle!” ...”

Amanda Wells, Environmental Educator, City of Kamloops
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April 28, 2015
Cam Zaremba of Prince George, was the winner of last year’s Bike to Work BC Grand Prize of a Cycling Trip for 2 in Cuba sponsored by Exodus Travels. Cam and his wife, Joan, took the trip March 19-26, 2015 and also added some extra time to relax on the beaches in Cuba: “I want to thank both Bike to Work Week and Exodus Travel for the biking prize trip to Cuba. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, both from a guided tour (first time) and biking in a foreign country (first time) perspective. The information and service provided by Exodus prior to and during the trip was excellent. We felt well-prepared before arriving in Cuba and the time spent on the bike was fun and informative, and gave us a good head start to the biking season here in Northern BC!  We took the opportunity to add on an additional week within the country at the end of the bike tour and the customizing of our travel... read on
July 1, 2014
 “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
June 5, 2014
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."
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Bike to Work Week 2015

May 25th - May 31st 2015

34,266 Total Riders 2,103 Total Teams 7,660 New Riders 50/50 % Female/Male 1,411,839 Total Kms Cycled 42,355,161 Calories Burned 306,087 Kg GHGs Saved

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