Thousands of students take to the streets on two-wheels for Bike to School Week

June 16, 2017

Streets were filled with students from 109 Metro Vancouver schools biking, wheeling and walking to school for Bike to School Week which ran May 29 - June 2. Over 10,000 bike journeys were reported, from 49 schools reporting back to HUB Cycling, throughout the week, and 3,386 students took part! Many schools told stories of overflowing bike racks, and high levels of excitement and energy surrounding the event. We were particularly inspired by the number of stories we received from school organizers and parents who shared how Bike to School Week has motivated their students to continue riding even after the event.

This year’s event also saw 37 first time schools take part. First time participants had encouraging messages for others considering taking part next year - just give it a try! “You'll be amazed how many students are keen to take part!” - said staff at Lord Roberts Annex.

From bike parades, to student-run bike valets, schools found creative ways to celebrate their active commuters. Staff at John Norquay Elementary share, “We were quite excited to see so many bikes around the school and so much excitement around the week activities. The tiny rain showers did not affect [students’] passions to ride to school. The kids were all smiles, grins, giggles and laughs.”

A big congratulations goes out to all the schools who took part in the event and all the parents and teachers that put on school celebrations to make the event a success for their school community! A special shout out to this year’s top participating 

schools who won a new bike from Bikes for All, Sport Chek or Infinity Bikes:

  • Top Elementary schools: Lord Roberts Annex, Crescent Park & Ross Road Elementary

  • Top Middle/High Schools: Hillcrest Middle School & J.N. Burnett Secondary School

  • Most improved school - Ross Road Elementary

  • Best first time school - Lord Roberts Annex won a bike rack from Urban Racks

Next year’s Bike to School Week takes place from May 28 - June 1. Want to learn more about the event? Head to bikehub.ca/btsw