Bike to work and win

For the 10th year running, the Penticton and Area Cycling Association is hosting Bike to Work and School Week beginning May 28.

The aim of the event is to educate participants and the public about the healthy benefits associated with including cycling in their lifestyle. It's also good for the environment, helping to reduce carbon emissions, as well as saving riders money. 

Coordinator Karina Chambers said she hopes the momentum built over the years will put a little pressure on the city to improve bike lanes around town. 

"We need more bike lanes, safer bike lanes in Penticton," Chambers said. "For people who are using bikes as their transportation to work, to the grocery store, in their every day lives."

Workplace and school teams can register online to participate. They will log their combined trips by distance travelled and other statistics in the hopes of earning prizes and recognition for their organization. 

Individuals can also register and compete solo. 

"Celebration Stations" will be set up around Penticton from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday to Thursday, starting in Nanaimo Square Monday, for cyclists to visit and get free snacks and giveaways. A wrap-up barbecue will be held on Friday at 4 p.m. in Gyro Park. All participants will be entered in the grand prize draw for a new bike and a coastal bike trip in Portugal. 

Schools will also be participating in unique ways, with Skaha Middle School holding a "1,000 Kilometres of Awesome" event on May 31, and various other schools encouraging students to use bikes, scooters or skateboards to get to school. 

Chambers said she hopes to get at least 700 participants this year. Past years have seen up to 600 riders. 

For more information or to register, click here

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