All bike riders -- Please JOIN US for coffee and breakfast this coming Bike-to-Work & School Week at three "Celebration Stations" around Ganges:
Tuesday, from 8am to 10am: Outspokin' Bikes will host a breakfast stop, complete with free bike mechanic checks, located on McPhillips next to the Library.
Wednesday, from 7:30 am to 9:30am: Islands Trust will host a pop-up tent with pastries and comraderie in front of their office on Lower Ganges, near the BC Hydro offices.
We're planning a "celebration station" in front of Outspokin' Bikes on McPhillips Avenue for Tuesday from 8 to 10am with doughnuts, coffee, and free bike mechanical check-ups by Sean.
Also this year, Islands Trust will host a breakfast station in front of their office, off Lower Ganges by the Hydro Station -- more details to come, soon.
Would YOU like to see other celebration stations in your part of the islands? Please get in touch!
New to the Gulf Islands this year is Bike-to-School for kids. Jenny Redpath with Island Health and the Salt Spring Elementary PAC are working with me to organize some bike safety and fun activities at Salt Spring Elementary for Thursday morning, May 31st before school. We'll have snacks for everyone, a helmet decorating station (with stickers and pens like below), and some kind of playground bike course.
As a new coordinator for Salt Spring & Gulf Islands Bike-to-Work Week, I'm looking forward to meeting and working with many of you to facilitate fine snacks, bike-related perks & fun events around the Islands and at school over the final week of this month. Since 2012, Gulf Islanders have been celebrating this week of riding bicycles instead of driving. Many thanks go to Bob McKie and Jan Slakov and others for making this happen for six years running!
As I sit here writing this article, I can feel the heat of the early morning sun on my face as it shines down and stretches out along my wall. Finally, spring has sprung and after a long, cold winter, summer quickly approaches. Beautiful though it is, there is no denying the increasing clarity of the impacts global warming is having on our world. Carbon emissions from vehicles are a huge part of this problem; the production of the vehicles, the transport and use of pollutive fuels...etc.
If you're using active transportation, hopefully you can "celebrate" at the Bike to Work Week celebration station on Saturday, June 3 from 10 am to 2 pm by the fire hall in Ganges.
And don't worry if you haven't registered yet; even a week after Bike to Work Week is over, there's still time to log in your kilometers here. Just keep track of your distances from May 29 - June 4 and log them in.
If you would like to join a team, the Island Pathways team is always happy to accept new riders.
Islanders who use pathways regularly, gathered for a photo on May 17 at the Islands Trust office in anticipation of Bike to Work Week. The shelter in the background protects the bikes of Islands Trust & BC Hydro staff who bike to work year round, rain or shine. Photo courtesy of Sean McIntyre, Gulf Islands Driftwood
There are endless reasons why we don't ride our bikes to work. The Orange County Transportation Authority thought commuters might be interested in knowing some reasons why we should ride to work.
We spend our whole lives learning how to get to work on time. From the earliest age we experience the routines of getting up at the right hour, choosing the right clothes, observing morning readiness rituals, and rehearsing greetings for coming and going. What we don't realize is that most of these activities are governed by the vehicle outside our home.