Bike to Work Week is under way in British Columbia and this year’s event is more inclusive than ever with the introduction of Bike to School Week.
Cycling appeals to all ages and is one of few activities that crosses transport, recreation, tourism, sport and health, but two words that keep coming up when asking people to describe cycling are “freedom” and “fun.”
With this in mind, the Town of Qualicum Beach is looking forward to welcoming riders to their Bike Week participation ride from town hall tomorrow (Wednesday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m.).
Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome, as long as they and their bikes are able to safely complete a route of around five, mostly flat kilometres safely. There will be refreshments served on return but, to make sure everyone gets around safely, former racing cyclist Michael Addiscott of Outsider Adventures has some tips for riding in a group.
“Group riding is fun, but it’s important to remain aware that there are other riders around you. Make sure that you keep to the right except to pass. Don’t suddenly change speed or direction and shoulder checking and giving a shout of “on your left” before passing can make a big difference.”
“This is definitely a social ride on an easy mix of quiet roads and bike trails. It’s not a race, so everyone is welcome to ride at a comfortable pace, take a bit more space for themselves and follow the route within their comfort zone. What’s important is that people come out and enjoy the experience.”
There are also some safety requirements for clothing and equipment, and riders attending must ensure the following:
• tires should be inflated to the recommended pressure (printed on their sidewalls).
• bikes must have working brakes
• bikes should be a good fit for their riders.
• all riders must wear a helmet approved for cycle use.
• Avoid clothing or shoelaces that could catch on chain rings.
• Make sure that bikes are lubricated and do not have loose parts.
— NEWS Staff/Town of Qualicum Beach