Program Inception & Growth
GoByBike BC Society (formerly Bike to Work BC Society) was initially formed as the provincial body to secure and share resources to help communities throughout British Columbia deliver successful Bike to Work Week events.
The Bike to Work Week (BTWW) event began in Greater Victoria in 1995 with a core group of commuter cyclists committed to raising the profile of commuter cycling. The first event counted approximately 500 participants.
Over the years the event has expanded to include a "Bike to School" component. Many communities now run a combined "Bike to Work & School Week" event; while others run seperate "Bike to Work Week" and "Bike to School Week" events during the same week. Below is a summary of the event's growth over the years.
Historically, our organization was focused on commuting to work by bike; hence our original name, Bike to Work BC Society. Then along came Bike to School and our name started to feel too restrictive. After some soul searching, we decided that our core mandate simply involved helping people discover the joy of using their bikes for everyday transportation. So we changed our name to GoByBike BC Society and rebranded as such!
What about Bike to Work Week, you ask? While we've changed our provincial organization, we're still committed to helping communities across BC to put on Bike to Work Week and Bike to School Week events.
Historical Participation Statistics for Bike to Work & School Week:
In 2017, more than 56 regions/communities across BC participated with the following stats:
- 44,523 Participants
- 27,008 Registered workers
- 17,515 Registered students
- 5,858 Workplace teams
- 1,225,180 Kilometres were cycled
- 240,980 Kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere
- 33,343,145 Calories were burned
In 2016, more than 52 regions/communities across BC participated with the following stats:
- 36,9987 Participants
- 7,798 First-time commuter cyclists
- 3,200+ Workplaces participated
- 1,825,180 Kilometres were cycled
- 324,906 Kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere
- 37,054,982 Calories were burned
- $80,930 In Gas saved
In 2015, more than 47 regions/communities across BC participated with the following stats:
- 34,267 Participants
- 7,660 First-time commuter cyclists
- 3,000+ Workplaces participated
- 1,334,557 Kilometres were cycled
- 289,333 Kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere
- 40,036,739 Calories were burned
- $86,048 In Gas saved
In 2014, 44 regions/communities participated with the following stats:
- 25,000 Participants
- 5,963 First-time commuter cyclists
- 3,000+ Workplaces participated
- 955,110 Kilometres were cycled
- 207,068 Kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere
- 28,653,303 Calories were burned
- $61,747 In Gas saved
The Bike to Work Week program can be shared with and implemented relatively easily with other communities. This has been consistently demonstrated throughout BC.
The history ...from the beginning...
In 2008 a provincial coordinating body, Bike to Work BC was formed as a Society. Bike to Work Victoria was the driving force behind this new direction, some background includes:
2005. Bike to Work Victoria launched a Province-wide pilot project intended to test the feasibility of BTWW in other locales. Residents throughout B.C. were invited to register and participate and several communities organized a Bike to Work Week event. 1,164 cyclists including 120 teams and 162 new cyclists from 18 communities registered & participated.
2006. The program was evaluated. Participation province-wide was minimal, but interest was wide-spread.
2007. BTWW was held in Greater Victoria, Abbotsford/Fraser Valley & Metro Vancouver. It also included some participation from other parts of BC. Total 11,250 total cyclists & 2,612 new riders.
2008. Eight communities have hosted the Bike to Work Week Workshop. Ten communities are organizing recurring, successful BTWW events. Total numbers = 14,887 cyclists, including 3,515 new riders (23% of total participants).
2008. A separate provincial body Bike to Work BC was created to coordinate activities through the province. With the generous support of the Government of BC, Bike to Work BC was able to provide grants to communities throughout the province, allowing for the expansion of the bike to work week activities and participation.
2009. Fifteen communities held Bike to Work Week events, 14,716 riders participated, with 29% being new riders.
2010. Seventeen communities held Bike to Work Week events motivating 14,544 participants to cycle to work instead of drive.
2011. More than 18 communities participated, with 15,166 cyclists cycling 727,753 kilometres and saving 168,268 kg’s of CO2 offsets from entering the atmosphere.
2012. More than 25 communities participated with 19,439 participants, 3,583 first-time commuter cyclists, 3,111 workplace teams participated (up from 2,401 in 2011), 903,216 Kilometres were cycled, 209,610 Kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere.
2013. More than 35 regions/communities participated with the following stats:
- 19,860 Participants
- 3,634 First-time commuter cyclists
- 3,175 Workplace teams participated
- 734,973 Kilometres were cycled
- 170,516 Kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere
- 20,138,260 Calories were burned
- $47,388 In Gas saved