Horsefly elementary students how their riding spirit during Bike to School and Work Week.

Horsefly elementary students how their riding spirit during Bike to School and Work Week.

Time to get prepared for Bike to Work and School Week May 25-31

Leave your car in the garage and grab your bike — it’s time to get in gear for Bike to Work and School Week.

  • Apr. 28, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Leave your car in the garage and grab your bike — it’s time to get in gear for Bike to Work and School Week.

The annual B.C. event takes place May 25-31 this year and encourages healthy living, clean air, and fun times.

Scout Island Nature Centre and the Williams Lake Air Quality Roundtable are local promoters of the provincial, all-ages event, helping to reduce vehicle emissions by encouraging active transportation.

Motor vehicles create more air pollution than any other single human activity.

If everyone in Canada chose an environmentally friendly form of transportation like cycling or walking one day a week, vehicle emissions would be reduced by 20 per cent.

Taking part in Bike to Work and School Week will not only get you in shape and contribute to cleaner air quality; it will save you money at the pumps!

Riders can participate individually or as part of a team. Using the Bike to Work BC website, you can track your kilometers, emissions saved, and calories burned as you pedal throughout the week.

Each time you log a trip you are entered into a daily draw to win great prizes.

The more riding you do, the better your odds of winning.

The grand prize this year is a cycling trip for two from Prague to Budapest, sponsored by Exodus Travels.

To qualify, you must register at www.biketowork.ca/williams-lake” www.biketowork.ca/williams-lake and have logged at least one trip during Bike to Work and School Week.

Check out the website for events and special offers happening all week.

Encourage your kids to bike to school and consider riding with them — research shows physical activity improves attention span and academic achievement.

Whether you are a first timer or a cycling fanatic, the free event makes it enjoyable for you to take part.

You can participate by riding to and from destinations besides work and school.

Ride to work, ride to school, ride to the store; just get out on your bike and soak up the fresh spring air.

Does your bike need a tune up or repairs? Tune up specials ($30 plus parts) are available at Barking Spider and Red Shred’s.

Need a bike?

Contact the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society’s ‘Bikes for All’ program — or to donate a bike to the cause e-mail wastewise@ccconserve.org. You can also call 250-398-7929.

The benefits of cycling and walking are many: reduced traffic congestion, reduced emissions, improved air quality, improved health, lower fuel costs, and a greater appreciation for the outdoors.

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