Vernon riders win big by participating in GoByBike Week

Hundreds flex pedal power

A total of 550 Vernon and North Okanagan riders joined cyclists from across the province in taking to the streets for Spring GoByBike Week.

The event was held from May 31 to June 6.

A total of 24,000 kilometres were biked locally, which equals the distance from Alaska to Argentina.

“Vernon should be proud of how much we achieved,” says Angela Broadbent, the City of Vernon's active transportation co-ordinator. “Going by bike instead of driving is a little step that has a big impact when we do it together. Let’s keep the momentum going and keep riding all summer.”

GoByBike Week is a part of the city’s larger strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than doubling trips made by bike by 2040.

A total of 54 local teams participated in the week. The top teams were:

  • City of Vernon Velocity: 47 riders, 3350 km, 726 kg GHGs saved
  • Okanagan Spring Brewery: 17 riders, 1851 km, 401 kg GHGs saved
  • KVHP Team: 21 riders, 1050 km, 228 kg GHGs saved

Vernon’s top rider was Alesha Miller, who logged 698 kilometres and won a $250 downtown Vernon shopping spree. The staff of Alexis Park Elementary took home the local school prize, $250 to a local business of their choice.

Aaron McVey won the local grand prize, $1,000 to a bike shop of the winner’s choice, sponsored by CUPE 626.

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