Revelstoke gets ready to pedal during Go By Bike week

Go By Bike week is from June 3-9

Revelstoke residents will soon be making an extra effort to “go by bike” as the city participates in the B.C. initiative to travel by bicycle from June 3-9.

In a press release, Go By Bike B.C. said that the goal of the event is to encourage “British Columbians to experience the joy of cycling and to ride their bikes as much as possible during that time.”

Revelstoke has participated in the event, formerly known as “Bike to Work Week” since 2009. The event has grown to not just focus on biking to work but to other locations as well, such as schools.

Meghan MacIsaac, recreation and facility program coordinator has been helping to organize the event and said that they have been focused on engaging schools by having competitions between classes.

“Our goal is to encourage people to bike more,” said MacIsaac.

MacIsaac also explained that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week, there will be a celebration station set up in Grizzly Plaza with a spin wheel and prizes. As well, there will be coffee and treats in the morning.

The event has been well received by Revelstoke in the past as biking is a popular mode of transportation in the community.

“Revelstoke, for a small community, is one of the highest biking communities for kilometres in B.C.,” said MacIsaac.

MacIsaac also noted that one of the top groups when it comes to logging kilometres, is the senior riding group, the Silver Streaks.

Besides promoting cycling as an active and environmentally friendly activity, MacIsaac noted that the data obtained from the week is used to help advocate for improving cycling in Revelstoke. Some of these improvements have included more bike racks around the downtown area. MacIsaac said that the City of Revelstoke can see this data when it is working on its transportation planning.

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