As summer gives way to fall, the City of Vernon is urging residents to keep on pedalling.
Fall GoByBike Weeks kick off in the North Okanagan Oct. 3, and runs until Oct. 16.
GoByBike is an annual challenge that motivates people to trade in their car for the bike and log their trips online for a chance to win prizes.
Trips by small-wheeled transportation like skateboards, longboards, kick scooters, e-scooters, and rollerblades are also eligible to be logged, whether heading out for work, errands or just for fun.
In spring 2022, 626 Vernon and North Okanagan riders cycled more than 20,000 kilometres – equal to more than halfway around the world – and helped save 4,346 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are building off a really successful Spring GoByBike Week, where we saw a huge jump in new riders registering in Vernon and the North Okanagan,” says city active transportation co-ordinator Anne Huisken.
“It is clear GoByBike Week has become a very popular and well-anticipated event for community members of all ages. Let’s go, Vernon, and show the rest of the province how we roll.”
Riders who log at least three trips during the Fall GoByBike Weeks will be entered into a draw for the local grand prize, either an introductory wellness getaway at Sparkling Hill or $1,000 to spend at a local bike shop of their choice.
The provincial grand prize is a self-guided cycling trip for two to Italy, sponsored by Exodus Travels. Registrants are reminded that to be eligible for the provincial grand prize, they must also register on the Exodus Travels website.
GoByBike Weeks is part of the City of Vernon’s larger strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make active transportation the first choice to move around Vernon.
With shorter and cooler days ahead, the city reminds riders to use lights, wear bright clothing, watch for ice and slippery sections, and wear a helmet.