The Big Bike for Heart & Stroke returns to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Friday June 21.

The Big Bike for Heart & Stroke returns to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Friday June 21.

Big Bike teams pedal through Langford with heart in mind

Heart & Stroke Big Bike visits West Shore on Friday, June 21

  • Jun. 18, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Too big for a bike lane, the Heart & Stroke Big Bike will make its way through Langford this Friday.

“It’ll be travelling through the heart of Langford,” said Jeremy Loveday, community development co-ordinator with the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Throughout the day nine teams of 29 pedallers will propel the bike through the streets to raise funds and awareness.

Each rider commits to raising a minimum of $50 to take part in the event. All of the money raised will go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

“This event raises money for research, advocacy and health promotion,” said Loveday, adding the goal this year is to hit  $30,000 from the Langford event. Last year it brought in $22,000.

This is the 20th year of the big bike travelling the country. There are 12 of the multi-person bikes touring Canada since April. The rides in  Greater Victoria are the last events of the tour.

“It’s a lot of fun and a team-building experience,” Loveday said.

Teams will take the bike through downtown Langford from noon to 7:30 p.m. on June 21. A booth will be set up at Veteran’s Memorial Park and donations are accepted there.

Visit www.bigbike.ca for more.