Cycle Chilliwack is preparing to host a festive cycling week, May 31 – June 6, to mark Go By Bike BC week.
Cycle Chilliwack Co-Chairs Janice Balakshin, Jennifer Douglas and David Swankey encourage cyclists of all ages and skill levels to check out some of the bike paths and trails around town this spring.
The idea is to get people to ride their bikes to school, work, or just take a ride away from endless Zoom meetings.
“Go By Bike Week provides an opportunity to showcase new and improved cycling infrastructure in the city while working to bring the community together to promote health, wellness, sustainability and of course cycling,” said Swankey.
“We had funds in place last year and the plans were well advanced, but COVID kept us from moving forward,” said Douglas. “We are very happy to follow through on some of those intentions this year. “
There may not be any events or gatherings planned to mark Go By Bike BC Week in Chilliwack for 2021, but there is still a way to get around town, record the bike trails to have a chance to win prizes.
This is the first time that Cycle Chilliwack has offered to organize something locally for Bike Week. They invented a Bike Bingo game inviting people to try out specific bike paths like the Broadway Corridor, the Vedder Rotary Rail or the Valley Rail Trail for example, or to go to a food truck or bike shop.
“We encourage cyclists to participate, register online and register their rides throughout the week,” Balakshin added.
Previously known as “Bike to Work” and “Bike to School Week,” the provincial Go By Bike campaign continues to expand its footprint.
To play Chilliwack Bike Bingo, register at GoByBikeBC.ca, then complete as many routes and bike rides as possible. Take a photo of the Bike Bingo sheet and email it to [email protected]
To participate or to find out more, follow @CycleChilliwack on Facebook and Instagram, email [email protected], or visit www.gobybikebc.ca/chilliwack.
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