Your Stories

Below are some feedback we've received from people accross BC. If you'd like to submit a testimonial about how Bike to Work Week has effected you, please send it to Terri-Lynn Gifford, Program Coordinator, terri-lynn@biketowork.ca.

“Hats off for taking the initiative to get people to use a bike to get around. Wonderful, wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, nature and so many more healthy things. Growing up in a country where most everything is done on a bike, it has always been surprising to me, how little a bike is used here in this enormous and beautiful country.” 

Tilly Meuwissen, Participant, Kamloops

“The best things about riding to work are knowing the exact time it will take to get to work (22-24 minutes), having free parking (and the best parking space), increasing my fitness level (and I lost 2 pounds last week!), and my favorite, is zooming past all the cars stuck in traffic, on Northfield behind a truck turning left for example.” 

Karina Sheardown, CUPE Secretary, Nanaimo Area Office, Nanaimo

“Bike to Work Week is a much appreciated way of getting people to discuss how transportation choices affect community well-being in a way that builds community, rather than in a confrontational way. I would say that Bike to Work week is not only an investment in environmentally sensible transportation but an investment in social cohesiveness – healthy communities.” 

Jan Slakov, Salt Spring and other Gulf Islands

“Bike to work week is a great way to get out and motivate yourself to bike to work as alternative transportation. You never realize the many benefits of biking to work until you try it. It relieves stress, gives you extra energy and its great exercise. I’m very happy to see that Merritt has joined the program and hope that it will become a great success and open up the City to bike commuting.  Looking forward to next year already, and plan to ride more often between then and now. Great job to everyone who helped get this event going.”

Ben Currie, Director of Finance, City of Merritt

“The un-expected benefit became evident within weeks when I started losing weight and inches, 50 lbs so far.”

Francois Durusisseau, BC Ferries, Victoria BC

“Our staff looks forward to the annual Bike to Work Week (BTWW). BTWW provides an excellent opportunity to build camaraderie amongst staff from various departments. The competitive aspect of BTWW has enhanced corporate pride and has encouraged high levels of participation. Exercise, fresh air, camaraderie and corporate pride…what more could you want from an event? BTWW, fun for all and good for the planet, thanks.”

DaleDanallanko, Facilities Operations Manager, Regional District of North Okanagan

“It’s the fact that it’s so inclusive that makes the event so much fun – people of all ages and fitness levels get outside and get active by riding their bikes to work.“ 

Sue McDonald, Participant, Campbell River

“Bike to Work Week got me into cycling five years ago. I’ve ridden regularly ever since.”

Andrea Massey, BC Ambulance Service, Central Okanagan

“Bike to Work Week helped me realize that biking is simple, inexpensive, environmentally friendly, healthy, and fun. Can there be a better way to get to work? It's great to see cyclists out on the road and sharing smiles at celebration stations. I hear over and over how Bike to Work week has helped to inspire others to commute by bike.”  

Trevor Dinn, Participant, Pritchard, Kamloops

“I have a hard time losing the weight and when I walk my legs and ankles cause me so much pain, I just end up quitting and continue to gain weight. I started biking back in February and by the time May rolled around I had lost between 50 and 60 pounds. AND I did not change my eating habits... well kind of (I drank a heck of a lot more water). My stress level had gone down so much. My energy level was up and I felt GOOD!”

Dawn C., Shaw Cable, Nanaimo

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