Distributed June 24, 2016 10:30 AM
Nanaimo continues to build upon Bike to Work Week
This year, Bike to Work and Bike + Walk to School week saw an increase in kilometres ridden and schools participating. This week-long event is a great way for participants to improve their health, help the environment and see their City in a whole new way.
A total of 14 schools in Nanaimo participated - up from 10 in 2015. Participants rode a total of 26,969 kms - up from just over 25,000 kms in 2015. For those who hadn't participated before, Bike to Work Week was a great opportunity to start with 122 of the 670 participants identifying themselves as new riders.
Strategic Link: Transportation and Mobility; Community Building Partnerships; Environmental Responsibility
- Bike to Work and Bike + Walk to School Week (May 30 - June 5) is an annual province-wide event that encourages commuters to get out and ride their bikes to work and school.
- Bike to Work week riders rode 26,969 kms, burned over 809,000 calories and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by nearly 6,000 kg between May 30 and June 5.
- Cycling is a healthy way to travel and riders burned over 809,377 calories during this year's event - the equivalent of eating 2,181 Nanaimo bars!