Media Release: Riders Bike Equivalent of Eight Times Around World During Fall Bike to Work Week
November 3, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Riders Bike Equivalent of Eight Times Around World During Fall Bike to Work Week
Over 450 people bike to work for very first time
Vancouver, BC (): Last week over 5,799 people registered online for HUB's Fall Bike to Work Week, with thousands more stopping to enjoy prize draws, free tune-ups, coffee and snacks at 51 free events across Metro Vancouver. Participants also were entered to win a trip for 2 to Amsterdam on KLM.
Despite the wet weather, participants set a new fall record by logging 333,276 kilometres of bike trips - the equivalent of biking eight times around the world. Bike to Work Week helps hundreds of people discover the ease and pleasure of cycling to work, as well as helping existing riders make the switch to year-round cycling each spring and fall.
"Bike to Work Week welcomes new people to cycling for transportation, and we get the most amazing letters with stories of how healthy and happy people feel after having biked to work," said Emma Cunnington, Bike to Work Week Manager. "Our fall event also gives us a chance to celebrate the growing number of people who keep cycling through the fall and winter months, which are mild and bike-able for most people."
Cunnington added that the goal is for Bike to Work Week participants to continue to bike after the street-side events have ended. "Most of the people who hadn't previously biked to work before our Spring 2016 Bike to Work Week were still cycling at least once a week when we surveyed them ," she said.
Bike to Work Week will return next year with the spring edition taking place from .
Fall 2016 Bike to Work Week Organizational Winners
The following organizations logged the most bike trips during Bike to Work Week this fall:
Best in School - Hamber Secondary School
Best in Health - Provincial Health Services Authority
Best in Business - Mountain Equipment Co-op
Best in Not-for-Profit - Vancouver Aquarium
Best in Government - City of Vancouver
Best in Higher Education - University of British Columbia
Best in Other - The Amp
Best Workplace (1-10 Employees) Coastal Genomics (Burnaby)
Best Workplace (11-25 Employees) Bruce Carscadden Architect
Best Workplace (26-100 Employees) Zaber Technologies
Best Workplace (101-250 Employees) Knight Piesold Ltd.
Best Workplace (251-500 Employees) Arc'Teryx Equipment Inc.
Best Workplace (501-1000 Employees) MDA Richmond
Best Workplace (1000+ Employees) University of British Columbia
Fall Bike to Work Week Statistics (October 24-30)
Riders Registered Online: 5,799
Brand new to bike commuting: 459
Bike Trips Logged: 36,136 *New Fall Record*
Total Kilometres biked: 333,276 *New Fall Record*
Greenhouse Gases Saved: 72 tonnes *New Fall Record*
More information at: www.bikehub.ca
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