Bike to Work Week on a roll

Volunteer Lawrence Surges makes sure the pile of volunteer T-shirts stays well stocked during the Greater Victoria 17th Annual Bike to Work Week kick-off event held at Victoria City Hall on Tuesday. Bike to Work Week is May 30 to June 5.

If employees at the Observatory can do it, anyone can.

Each year, a dedicated group sign up for the annual Bike to Work challenge.

“Everybody thinks it’s hard … but the gradient isn’t that bad,” said Michael Peddle, the team leader since 2003.

“It takes me about 12 minutes to make it from the bottom of the hill to where our offices are,” he said of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics.

On Tuesday, Peddle served sandwiches as a volunteer at the B.C. Bike to Work launch event at Victoria City Hall.

The celebration marks the start of registration, whereby offices and other organizations form teams to participate and compete in the 17th annual five-day event.

It takes place in communities around the province from May 30 to June 5.

The goal is to encourage more people to use bikes.

“It’s a fun, evil plot to get people to change their behaviour,” said Lori Garcia-Meredith, vice-president of the non-profit society, addressing the crowd.

“We’ve been encouraged to see the numbers grow every single year,” she said. “Bike to Work Week is the introduction – it’s the gateway drug,” she joked.

Peddle helps to keep participation rates high at his office by organizing fun events.

Of the 70 people employed there, 35 participated last year – including one employee living in James Bay.

On Day 1, the group starts their day downtown for breakfast before starting their cycle to Saanich. On Day 5, cyclers get their reward at the end of their journey.

As they approach the top of the observatory hill, the wafting smell of bacon greets them.

“It’s a bacon symposium,” Peddle said.

rholmen@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read