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If you work in Victoria click here: http://www.biketowork.ca/help/team-leader-only
If you work anywhere else (other than Victoria) in BC and you are registering as a Team Leader click here: http://www.biketowork.ca/help/team-leader
If you work anywhere else in BC (other than Victoria) and you are registering as a Rider click here: http://www.biketowork.ca/help/rider
We encourage schools to start staff teams and/or classroom teams. Not only will this help increase your students' and staffs' activity levels, but it will also decrease traffic congestion at busy drop-off and pick-up times as well as decrease vehicle idling and improve the air quality!
Encouraging physical activity as a lifestyle
The average cycle commuter travels 20-30 minutes one-way on their commute, easily meeting Health Canada’s recommendation of one hour of physical activity each day. The most important influencing factors for people to Bike to Work are:
- fun; and
- health & wellness
Surprisingly, people are less convinced by these benefits:
- saving money,
- using time efficiently; and
- helping to protect the environment.
For this reason, Bike to Work Week focuses on and accentuates the fun and health benefits of cycling.
Greater sense of community connectedness
People get excited about Bike to Work Week. In the workplace it is a great opportunity for colleagues to develop camaraderie in encouraging one another to fit activity into their day. The celebration stations provide a festive atmosphere that visibly demonstrate the fun of cycling to both cyclists and motorists.
There are many ways in which you can motivate teammates to participate. Below is a list of suggestions:
- Login to your BTWW Dashboard
- Click "Communication" and email possible teammates to see if they want to join your team
- Contact the Coordinator in your community and get posters to hang in your workplace
- Talk to your employer about organizing prizes for workplace competitions
- Hold an information session at lunch to RALLY your team (or try to sign people up to join your team)
- Hold a route planning session to teach first time commuter cyclists how to safely plan their routes
- Encourage teammates to familiarize themselves with safe cycling skills
- Encourage teammates to log their kilometres cycled in their BTWW Dashboard to see how many calories they burned and how many kilograms of greenhouse gases they have saved
- Celebrate your team's successes with a party or special breakfast or lunch
- Register (click the orange Registration button up top)
- After you enter your personal information, choose to register as a Team Leader
- Create a Team
- Add teammates to your team (or encourage teammates to register and join your team)
- Login to your BTWW Dashboard (click the Login Button and enter your email address and password) and click "Communication" to email possible teammates to see if they want to join your team
A Team Leader is someone in the workplace that motivates co-workers to participate in Bike to Work Week. As the Team Leader, you can add people to your team in the registration system, or people can register and join your team. Click here: for more information about what a Team Leader does.
You can start a new team by Registering as a "Team Leader". Once you register as a team leader, you can add people to your team. If you do not want to be the team leader for your team, then you can re-assign this role to another teammate.
No. It is Free to participate in Bike to Work Week in BC.
Bike to Work BC Society is a non-profit society and we appreciate donations to help us keep this website running and to allow the event to continue to run for free.
- Search to see if other groups or individuals from your community are involved; combine resources
- Determine what you want to do in your first year - this may range from organizing a few workplace teams to holding one or several celebration station(s)
- Contact Bike to Work BC: Terri-Lynn Gifford, Program Coordinator, Bike to Work BC Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Request or attend a nearby workshop for your community
- Develop your plan of action (Events, Prizes, Promotion)
- Make sure participating teams register on-line
Communities are provided with the essential basic materials required to organize a successful Bike to Work Week event in their community, most efficiently. These include:
- camera-ready, customizable templates for posters, t-shirts, forms and background materials for team leaders
- use of a licensed, established set of logos
- potential for seed funding
- expertise from Bike to Work BC
- Web pages specific to your community
- real time registration and results for the community and in comparison with other areas
If you have additional questions or would like additional information, contact email@example.com.
Costs will vary from community to community and the amount of local and provincial sponsors and funders. Bike to Work BC can help you establish budgets and provide tips on attaining local sponsors. Depending upon overall funding seed funds may be available to help local communities-available after completing a simple application process.
"Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved" is calculated based on an average of vehicle size/model's emissions per kilometre driven. The formula used is 0.2168 Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases saved per kilometre.
"Calories Burned" is calculated based on a very generic formula. Since you do not have to enter your weight when you register and your cycling speed when you log a trip, Bike to Work BC took an average weight of males and females in the BC Population and calculated calories burned based on an average speed. The formula used is 30 calories burned per kilometre cycled.