HUB Bike to Work Week hits Vancouver from May 26 to June 1, 2014, and registration and preparations are well underway for an energizing event week.
Now in its eighth year, BTWW will bring together new and experienced bike commuters for a week of bike-related events, including free coffee, snacks, cycling maps and bike repairs at over 50 celebration stations along some of Metro Vancouver’s busiest bike routes.
You can register for free online, track your trips and you’ll be entered to win daily grand prizes. You can also create a team within your company and track the whole team’s results while competing against other workplaces in a friendly competition to see who can cycle the most.
“Biking to work provides regular doses of exercise that can give you more energy, productivity and concentration at work,” said Erin O’Melinn, HUB’s Executive Director. “It also gives you extra spending money you saved from not paying for gas and parking.”
Vehicle owners spend on average $10,000 per year on their cars whereas bike commuters spend less than five per cent of that amount, according to data from the Canadian Automobile Association. Studies show that with that extra cash in hand, people on bikes end up shopping more on average each month, which is great news for local businesses.
Since the first HUB BTWW back in 2007, the number of people choosing their bike as a transportation option has seen a 200 per cent increase and over 8,000 people have tried biking to work for the very first time. During HUB’s 2013 spring and fall Bike to Work Weeks, a record 1,290 people tried bike commuting for the very first time.
Registration is now open through HUB’s Bike to Work Week website. Once signed up, you’ll be able to find celebration stations, map your routes, calculate calories burned and track reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information, visit www.bikehub.ca/bike-to-work-week.
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