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April 17, 2018
Just as there are scientists searching for a cure for cancer, there are also scientists whose life’s work it is to uncover the secrets of living a happier life. Two such “happiness researchers” from Harvard University wanted to know which daily activities make people the happiest, and which make people the least happy(1). To test their question they developed a smartphone app that sent their participants texts randomly throughout the day asking: How are you feeling right now? What are you doing right now? The results? One of the least enjoyable activities that people reported during their day was commuting/travelling. The average Canadian spends about 52-minutes a day just commuting to and from their workplace(2). When you include other trips this is likely more than an hour for most people.
January 3, 2018
Biking to work and school is a healthy, eco-friendly way to commute to work and school ...saving you money on gas and helping you get physical activity on your way to work or school! However, biking can get a little more complicated in inclement weather. These tips can help you whether you are dealing with a thunderstorm, or a light shower: Click here to Read THEM!
June 21, 2017
Peter Wood, of Vancouver, BC, sold his car in 1996 and uses his bicycle primarily for transportation, “it’s a great way for city transport for my lifestyle,” says Wood. For longer trips, he adds public transportation, “the combination of my bicycle and public transport is generally sufficient for all my needs.” Wood has been participating in Bike to Work Week for the last four years, “I fully support and appreciate HUB and all that they have done to advance cycling in Metro Vancouver,” he states. “I enjoy participating in Bike to Work Week! It’s nice to bike out in the morning to the Celebration Stations, have coffee, visit with other cyclists, and enjoy the comradery it brings. I really appreciate the bike mechanics that donate their time and skills at each station as well.” When asked how he felt about winning the trip to Croatia, he says “I was shocked and ecstatic…I’m a bit of a... read on
May 16, 2017
Joel Carter took the Cycling Vietnam trip sponsored by Exodus Travels in January, 2017 with his father, Stephen Carter, where they travelled from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City in the South to Hanoi in the North. “We cycled a total of 500 kilometers!” says Joel. “We went to the Mountain Town of Da Lat, the 16th century trading port of Hoi An, and many places in between.” This was Joel’s first cycling adventure trip and he discovered that he thoroughly enjoyed traveling and experiencing the culture by bike. “We learned to take our time and we explored places you would normally drive by and wouldn’t get to explore if you were traveling by vehicle.” “Being on a bike versus a vehicle offered a unique perspective. Much of the trip was on side roads, avoiding the main highways where very few tourists visit. People were very friendly, and the children loved running out to practice their English,... read on
May 4, 2017
October 5, 2016
Joel Carter, Information Systems Infrastructure Team Member, Kal Tire, Vernon, BC Joel Carter started participating in Bike to Work Week 10 years ago when he worked at BCIT in Burnaby. When he moved to Vernon, he found it enjoyable to bike to work during most months of the year—although he admits the Okanagan snow makes it a little difficult to bike commute in the peak winter months. Carter and his family aim to operate one vehicle in their household and biking to work enables his family to achieve this environmentally and economically-friendly goal. “I also find it difficult to find time to exercise with a busy schedule and by biking to work it serves two purposes: it enables me to get some exercise; and it is great form of transportation to and from work.” He adds, “…and when I arrive at work, I feel awake and alert. I may even be more productive at the start of the work-day than co-... read on
July 8, 2016
I have participated in bike to work week for a few years in Canada but had also done it in Australia before we moved here 4 years ago. This was the first year that my daughter was involved however (in the photo). I leave for work early before my wife and daughter are awake. My wife drops my daughter and bike trailer off at daycare in the morning on her way to work. I leave work early on my bike and attach the bike trailer and ride my daughter home from daycare. My ride is 30 minutes each way but my daughter is only in the chair for 10 minutes on the way home. She likes the trailer but hates the helmet, she is getting better with practice though. We have got efficient enough at this that we did not re-register one of our cars for the summer months but will re-register it in winter when it isn't safe for Harriet and I to ride. Chris and Harriet O'Hara, Kamloops BC
May 16, 2016
Check out this short “How to Bike to School Safely” video made by a grade 5 student in Smithers? It is REALLY well made and easy for kids to relate to and learn from. Teaching kids about the rules of the road and how to bike safely at a young age is very important for all road users and this video does a FANTASTIC job of it: https://vimeo.com/166741641
April 26, 2016
Sarah Deagle, Assistant Registrar of North Island College in Campbell River won the 2015 Exodus Travels Grand Prize Cycling Trip in Europe. Here’s what she has to say about it… Sarah Deagle took the trip with her husband, who had never been on a cycling trip before, during the first two weeks of October, 2015. Sarah has been on numerous cycling trips before but found the experience with Exodus Travels more liberating because she did not have to arrange all the details herself and she didn’t have to take her own bike from one location to another. “The excellent organization and planning undertaken by Exodus in Canada and Headquarters in Europe made me aware of how terrific organized travel can be and what you can see differently travelling in this way.” Although she’s been on vacation cycling adventures before, Sarah says: “this trip reminded me that cycling is way BETTER than driving... read on
April 18, 2016
Use locks that are theft proof. Do research and purchase a lock that comes with insurance, such as the Abus locks. If possible, store your bike in a safe location, preferably in a locked area. If you are leaving your bike unattended on the back of a vehicle, lock the bike to your vehicle. Never lock your bike by the front wheel only. Always lock your bike with two quality locks — preferably a U-lock and a cable lock. To be safe, take the extra step of removing the seat or a wheel. Ensure you have a photo of the bike and record the serial number so that if the bike is stolen, it can be identified if located. Insure your bikes. Your house insurance or renters insurance will cover your bikes up to a certain value if theft happens outside your home. Talk to your insurance provider.
July 14, 2015
Bike to Work Week in Revelstoke BC from Colleen Gentemann on Vimeo.
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."
June 2, 2014
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!
March 11, 2014
Bike to Work’s mandate is to encourage and promote the use of the bicycle as transportation to work. For more information on our mission, goals and principles visit the "About BTWBC" section.
March 11, 2014
Bike to Work BC Society is excited to launch this brand new website and registration tool! Look in the "Communities" menu above for your region and take a look at what Bike to Work Week events are being organized in your area.
March 8, 2014
The David Suzuki Foundation has developed 5 Easy Ways to Green your Workplace, and at the top of the list is "Commute Smarter" by biking or bus + bike to and from work instead of driving a single occupant vehicle. The second thing recommended is to "Save Energy" and turn off and unplug equipment that you aren't using. The third thing is to "Live Healthier" by taking the stairs instead of the elevator and choosing local, organic, sustainable foods. The forth is to "Waste Less" and fifth is to "Conserve Water." Read more here. So you see, Bike to Work and Green your Workplace!
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.