Today kicks off Bike to Work Week in BC as people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home for their commute and when they head to the polls to vote.
To challenge workplaces (and offer a reward for their participation) you can register your office & your school and win prizes for making the switch this week while logging your progress. To make the ride a safe one, should you have any troubles with your bike this week while participating, you can also call BCAA’s bike assist to come and give you a hand, free of charge.
Check out the Bike to Work Week site to see if your community is participating, discover resources and events happening this week.
On a related note, having a city that is accessible to cyclists, with paths, transit compatibility, bike lanes etc. is vital to a place like Vancouver. The monthly Critical Mass rides to reclaim the city from motorized vehicles and create a car-free space for riders as they cycle as a group, giving a steady reminder of the need for change. The latest decision from City Council to dedicate a lane on the Burrard Bridge to cyclists seems to have this in mind, although not all are in agreement.
Under the trial, which will begin in mid-to-late June, all pedestrians will have to use the west sidewalk. Bicyclists will use the east sidewalk and the west curb lane, separated from traffic with barriers.[CBC]
In honor of this decision, and it being Bike to Work Week, here’s a quick poll: