In a community known as the one of the country’s most cycling-friendly cities, in the event of a natural disaster, cyclists may be used to help move people, information and materials from one location to another.
On Saturday, July 4, the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition are partnering for the third year to present the 2015 Tour Disaster, which will teach cyclists how they can help during a community-wide emergency.
The event will double as a cycling rally and emergency exercise, where cyclists will make their way through a series of tasks including moving supplies and information, searching for lost individuals and conducting damage assessments through local neighbourhoods.
Each participant must be able to safety carry envelopes with instructions, cargo in the form of 12 litres of water and two eggs and is asked to bring their own map.
While it is not a race, participants will be awarded points for completing the tasks and a winner will be declared at the end.
The Tour Disaster will start and end at the Topaz Park parking lot located off Glasglow Street and will be completed by early afternoon.
Participants must be 19 years or older. The deadline for pre-registration is June 29 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit preparevictoria.ca.