2018 Fall Bike to School Week | 2018 Fall Bike to Work Week

Greater Victoria

Results

2017 Results Overview

In 1997, the non-profit ‘Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society’ formed with a focus on team formation to encourage commuter cycling in the workplace as the organizing principle. The event has grown steadily from 50 teams and 500 participants in 1997 to 778 teams and 7,003 participants in 2017. The purpose of the annual Bike to Work Week is to bring the community together and expand the number of people cycling to work year-round. By getting people to try commuting by bike for the week, in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie, the event helps people to become regular bike commuters over time. 

During the 2017 Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week, 7,003 registered participants on 778 teams – including 1,204 new riders – took 23,397 trips by bike. Over 261,800 kilometers of pedaling resulted in approximately 7.9 million calories burned and 57,000 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions averted. 

Benefits to our Community:

Benefits to our communities include:

Healthier People:

Approximately 7.9 million calories burned by Bike to Work Week participants. Cycling to work improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination. Bike commuters have lower incidence of high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Long-term health benefits are staggering and include lowered risk of heart disease and cancer.

Happier People:

Cycling to work reduces stress, can reduce anxiety and symptoms of depression, improves sleep, boosts self-confidence, and improves mood.

Improved Air Quality:

Measured approximately 57,000 kilograms of averted greenhouse gas emissions in Greater Victoria during Bike to Work Week.

Reduced Congestion:

Thousands of people on bikes rather than in single occupancy vehicles clogging roadways during peak commuting hours.

Productive Workforce:

Bike commuters feel less stressed, take fewer sick days, and are more productive at work.

Connected Communities:

Bike commuters experience the sights, smells, and sounds of their communities and engage with their surroundings. 

 

 

 

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