Clear streets and spring weather means biking season has arrived in Terrace. Bike to Work BC is launching Bike to Work Week (BtWW) 2012, May 28 ‐ June 3, in Terrace and other communities throughout British Columbia. The purpose of BtWW is to encourage people to try something new by riding their bikes or walking instead of driving to work.
BtWW challenges local individuals, business and organizations to sign up through an online system and ride to work as many days as they can during the week of May 28 – June 3. City of Terrace and Regional District residents are encouraged to form a team or join an existing team in their workplace. Individuals and teams can register at: www.biketowork.ca
BtWW coordinator Chris Gee says, “Biking to work is a great way to take in some of Terrace's fresh air and to save money on fuel. Terrace is a great city to bike in; starting and finishing a work day with cycling not only relieves stress but is a great way to stay in shape.”
For residents who haven't had their bikes on the road for a while, Gee says, “ensuring your bike is safe with properly inflated tires, functioning brakes and reflectors or lights is a priority. Taking your bike into a local bike shop for a tune up is a great start.” Another option is to drop by the Skeena Bicycle Service's workshop. The Skeena Bicycle Service is located in the basement of the George Little House (Via Train Station) and has an open shop night every Wednesday evening starting at 5 PM.
Skeena Bicycle Service will be on location at the Farmer's Market Saturday, May 26th to provide free bike assessments and tune‐ups to BtWW participants. Another feature of the BtWW event is the offer of basic bike tune‐ups offered to organizations and businesses that are able to sign up 5 or more people to the challenge. Gee says, “The Skeena Bicycle Service will come to participating businesses and do assessments and minor tunes at your work place.” Gee notes, “there are many reasons people choose not to bike but we are trying to lower as many barriers as we can.”
One of the biggest reasons to bike to work is for the health benefits cycling and walking bring. "Cycling to work even one day a week can make a big difference to your health and make you feel a lot better about yourself, as well as help boost morale in your workplace," says Dr. Richard Backus, volunteer president of Bike to Work BC. Backus, a Victoria sports medicine physician has been cycling to work for over 30 years and has seen direct benefits for himself and his patients. "You can convert the drudgery of the morning commute to the fun of sailing to work through the morning air, and convert the drudgery of the afternoon commute home to a space where the workday worries evaporate, and the transition to home becomes refreshing and energizing," he says. Backus notes, "We encourage people to form or join a team, or they can be a team of one. Register at: www.biketowork.ca"