2017 Bike to Work & School Week is May 29 - June 4!
2017 Registration opens April 13. Check back soon for details about this year's activities.
Until then, tune up your bike and your bike commuting senses with this short and sweet review of the top 10 reasons to bike to work from Momentum Magazine staff:
Top 10 Reasons to Bike to Work
Despite vast improvements in cycling infrastructure in many cities across the continent, the majority of North Americans still don’t bike to work. While the benefits of cycling to work are nearly innumerable, we managed to round them down to just ten so we wouldn’t run out of space on the Internet. From the Momentum Mag staff, here are our top 10 reasons to bike to work:
Biking to work is fun, plain and simple. Many people look back wistfully on fond childhood memories of riding their bike around their neighborhood, wishing they could still be so carefree amid the rigors of working life. Biking to work allows you integrate that simple feeling of exhilaration into your daily grind. Observe your surroundings, listen to the birds and wave at passing cyclists as you ride. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself wishing your commute were longer.
Biking to work is good for you. While the exact calories burned on a ride varies between each person, their speed, and the topography, cycling on average burns as many calories as jogging, with considerably fewer negative impacts on the joints. Cycling improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination. Sneaking the health benefits of biking into your daily commute is so easy it almost feels like cheating!
Biking to work makes you happier. While most people would not identify sitting in traffic, navigating a congested city, or riding crowded public transit as activities that calm them down or make them happy, cycling to work can actually transform your daily commute into a moderate form of therapy. Numerous studies have shown that daily exercise can reduce stress, alleviate symptoms of depression, improve sleep patterns for individuals with insomnia, and reduce anxiety. Furthermore, exercising outdoors – both in urban and rural contexts – has been proven to boost self-confidence and improve overall mood.
Biking to work makes you smarter. While it may not turn you into an astrophysicist overnight, research has proven that moderate, daily exercise can prevent cognitive decline, sharpen memory and learning, and improve overall brain performance. So even if biking to work doesn’t turn you into a Rhodes Scholar, at the very least it will make you better at your job.
Biking to work saves you money. Lots of money. In 2015, the average American household is forecast to spend $1,962 on gasoline and motor oil. Shockingly, that would be the lowest average fuel expenditure in the US since 2009! Add on vehicle maintenance, the occasional repair, insurance, and the skyrocketing cost of parking, and you have an average yearly cost of $9,000 USD just to own a standard sedan in America. Conversely, a brand new commuter bike retails at anywhere from $250-$1,500 USD depending on the brand, style, and components you’re after, with an average yearly maintenance cost of around $50 USD. Unless you want to maintain your bike yourself, then it’s close to free! One-off purchases of a lock and lights will run you about $60-$200 USD depending on the quality. So even if you went for the most expensive options in each case, you’re still looking at savings of around $7,050 USD in your first year, with savings of up to $9,000 each year after that. Not a bad deal!
6. Money Again
Not only does biking to work save you money, it saves everyone money. A 2011 cost-benefit analysis of biking investments in Portland, OR, by the Journal of Physical Activity and Health determined that Portland residents could save between $388 and $594 million in individual health care costs by 2040 because of the city’s increased investment in bike infrastructure. Add that to savings yielded by employers who invest in a company bike culture, the billions of dollars generated annually by the wider bike industry, and the economic benefits that strong bike communities bring to businesses, and you have yourself a solid financial case for hopping on a bicycle that even the most staunch defender of the automobile would have a hard time talking down.
7. Fresh air
For you and others! The transportation sector accounts for nearly 30 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions, with cars and trucks delivering nearly 1/5th of those emissions. While a solo driver in an average North American vehicle releases about 1.2 pounds of C02 per mile, the average cyclist releases only 0.7 grams through respiration. And while a bicycle’s life-cycle energy use including manufacturing and maintenance over a 15-year period is 60 kilojoules per Passenger Mile Traveled, the life-cycle energy use for a standard sedan clocks in at a whopping 4027 kilojoules/ PMT. That’s some serious energy savings with a seriously simple change.
One of the most common misconceptions about biking to work is that it’s inconvenient. But what’s more inconvenient than spending 10 minutes looking for parking every morning or getting stuck in an unexpected roadblock on the way? When you bike to work, finding parking is as easy as spotting the nearest pole, locking up, and walking away. Cyclists don’t get stuck in traffic jams and aren’t susceptible to the usual transit delays of driving or public transportation, making bike commuting as fast or faster than driving for most urban commutes. Panniers and cycling bags make carrying your work materials easy, and many workplaces are now including secure bike parking, showers, and other facilities to make things even easier for employees who cycle to work.
The more cyclists there are on the roads, the safer they will be. A 2008 study from the University of New South Wales determined that biking safety is a virtuous cycle. As more people ride in a given city, the number of collisions between drivers and people riding bikes decreases in absolute terms in that city. And this is not simply because there are fewer cars. Driver behavior actually changes to include safer driving practices when the number of cyclists and pedestrians increases. Because the perception of the relative safety of cycling improves with a decrease in collisions, more people then begin riding bikes. Virtuous cycle!
For most kids, the moment that they first lose the training wheels and go flying down the road on their bicycle feels like freedom. It is a defining moment of many happy childhoods. Then the teenage years roll around and the car comes to define a new sense of freedom. But after a few years and far too many hours wasted in traffic jams or circling a city block looking for parking, the car begins to feel more like a prison. Toss off the shackles and find that feeling of freedom again. Explore the city at your own pace, try a new route, stop for coffee on the way to work and check out a new neighborhood on your way home. Cycling opens up avenues, both literal and figurative, to see your city in a whole new way. It’s your community, go live in it!
Thank You 2016 Summerland Cyclists, Sponsors, and Volunteers
What a great week of cycling in the sun, sharing cycling stories while eating healthy snacks at our daily Celebration Stations, enjoying the diverse bikes that showed up, and witnessing the variety of happy cyclists in Summerland. Thank you to all the riders who registered and came by the Celebration Stations, the sponsors who provided food, refreshments, and encouragement, and to the volunteers who gave of their time and many talents. The numbers of registered riders increased this year again, to almost double from 2015 - impressive! Mark your calendars for next year Summerland and until then, get on your bikes and enjoy riding around this lovely town.
Congratulations to our Summerland Draw Prize Winners for 2016
Okanagan Trestles Tour Lisa Eaton
Front LED Light Laura Blystone
Summerland Health Club Pass Wayne Cybak
SummerGate Wine Elizabeth Allen, Michael Yunker, Jake McAstocker, Kyle Ellis
Challenge Bike Jerseys Jacquie Pagliocchini, Randy Jones
SDCU Gift Basket Fiona Girard
Freedom T-shirt Jenny Ayers
Freedom Bike Tune-Up Jane Theilmann
Bike Maintenance Kit Renee Ritchey
Bike Mirror & Bell Ian McIntosh
Challenge yourself and others to ride as much as possible to all your destinations during the event week. It's easy to register, the prizes are great, and best of all, you'll feel revitalized getting on your bike, guaranteed. You can ride solo or form a team of co-workers, friends or neighbours and log your commute trips on this user-friendly website https://www. biketowork.ca/registration or click on the orange Register button at the top of this page. By registering and logging in one commute, you are eligible for the Provincial grand prize and Summerland's prizes.
Fall in love with two-wheeled transportation and help generate momentum for safe bike-friendly streets in Summerland. Your participation will also contribute to Summerland's growing reputation as a distinctive cultural, agricultural and active community. The more people on their bikes, the more support created for bike-friendly trails, active transportation networks, and cycling/walking signage. It's that simple. You'll love your town a little bit more when you walk and cycle around it. Please share your cycling photos and videos on the Summerland Bike to Work Week Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/btwwsummerland.
2016 Grand Prize Trip: Cycling Adventure for 2 in Vietnam Sponsored by Exodus Travels!
Click here to learn more about the trip!
Visit a Celebration Station
Monday, May 30 - Friday, June 3, 2016 7 - 9 a.m.
Location: Summerland Library Parking Lot
Serving refreshments, snacks, and encouragement to all cyclists. Registration available too. Every day will be hosted by a local business or organization. Make sure to visit during your morning ride.
Thank you to our generous Celebration Station food sponsors!
Summerland Credit Union - Monday
True Grain Bakery - Tuesday
District of Summerland - Wednesday Special Hosts: Summerland Healthy Communities Initiative, Summerland Recreation Department and Ride Don't Hide BC
Hawt Dawgz Gourmet Dogs and Burgers - Thursday
Summerland IGA - Friday
BIKE TO EVERYWHERE WEEK REGISTRATION INFORMATION
First Time Registering:
To register for Bike to Work & School Week 2016, click on Register and complete the registration.
Registered Last Year:
If you registered for Bike to Work Week last year, click on Login. Logging in to your account will automatically register you for the 2016 Bike to Work & School Week.
Note: if you forgot your password, click on Request New Password and enter your email address.
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