Bike to Work Week

Our next Bike to Work Week is September 28th - October 4th 2020. 

What to expect: 

This fall, we are excited to see: 

  • A return of the ‘Celebration Station’, updated for COVID-19 regulations and rebranded to ‘Knowledge HUBs’. Each station will have a mechanic providing quick bike fixes, prizes, cycling information, and fun vibes. 
  • Prizes for high performing teams in addition to daily grand prizes and social media competitions
  • An online schedule of webinars, scavenger hunts, Q&As, cycling tips and more! Building on the success of May’s Go By Bike Week!

​Read our COVID-19 protocols for in-person engagement to learn what HUB Cycling is doing, and what you can do, to stay safe while participating in our programs. 

Be part of the change and help make Metro Vancouver a happier, healthier place to live, work and play! Register for Bike to Work week today. Already taken part before? Simply log a trip to be considered a participant.

 

Why register? 

  • Enter into daily prize draws and the grand prize of an adventure for two to Portugal including flights with Exodus travel (once safe to travel: prize includes flexible booking TnCs). Remember to both log a trip and register on the Exodus contest page here to be in for a chance of winning! 
  • Logged trips help us work with local leaders to improve cycling conditions
  • Challenge others and be in with a chance of becoming an award winning team
  • Loads of prizes at our Knowedge HUBs and other activations
  • Remember that all bike trips count!

What's happening?

Physical Schedule

We have 23 carefully curated Knowledge HUBs. Check out the schedule and start to plan your Bike to Work Week.

Each Knowledge HUB has a local mechanic providing 15 minute quick bike fixes, cycling information, prizes, and good vibes!

Our local bike mechanics will:

  1. Do a safety check of your bike
  2. Basic adjustments including air, brakes, and chain, lube
  3. Diagnose if there are any larger issues that should be taken to a bike shop

Online schedule

Last updated: September 24 2020

In addition to the Knowledge HUBs, we're organizing a free online event series for Bike to Work Week! Check out the list of Webinars, Scavenger Hunts, and Q&As below.

 

Monday September 28: Getting back on your bike 

Daily prize: Two passes to Scandinave Spa - Winner: Bogdan Osowski!

11:00AM: Pre-ride check: Air, Brakes, Chain by Dunbar CyclesWhere: Facebook (re-run from Spring) Win: A multi tool from Dunbar Cycles Winner: Natalie Cheah!

12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunchtime webinar: Introduction to city cycling from HUB's Bike Education TeamWhere: Register here. Win: TransLink Icon throw pillow ($57) Winner: Tatyana Slavkova!

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

Tuesday September 29: Creating a cycle friendly workplace 

Daily prize: Ryders Eyewear Pack worth $300 - Winner: Thibault Doix!

10:00AM: How to Brew Fancy Coffee. Where: Facebook. Win: A coffee pack thanks to Ethical Bean Winner: Richard Liu!
10:00AM Onwards: #ComorChallenge! The first 5 people who visit Comor Sports Kitsilano will instantly win a $20 voucher. Details below.

11:00AM: Tips to buying a bike by Dunbar CyclesWhere: Facebook (re-run from Spring) Win: A set of lights from Dunbar Cycles Winner: Dannie Fan!

12:00 - 1:00PM: No lunchtime webinar today but we encourage you to try out a 0km commute or 'Ride Hour' instead today

1:30PM - 2:00PM: Myodetox Mobility Lab for Cyclists by Myodetox. Where: Facebook live. Win: A Myodetox Experience Session Winner: Dickson Leung!

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

Wednesday September 30: Wellness Wednesday  

Daily prize: Two passes to Scandinave Spa - Winner: Valerie Roberts!

11:00AM: How to lock your bike by Dunbar CyclesWhere: Facebook (re-run from Spring) Win: A new lock from Dunbar Cycles Winner: Lindsay Der!

12:45PM - 1:45PM: Lunchtime webinar: Injury Prevention for Cyclists and Bike Fit Tips from Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre. Where: Register here. Win: Translink Puzzle ($47) Winner: Teresa Murphy!

4:00PM - 6:00PM: Bike Fit Tips from Midori from Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic from our Science World Knowledge HUB. Where: 5 Minute Q&A over Facebook Live. Visit the Knowledge HUB for advice!

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

Thursday October 1: Bike safety and security

Daily prize: A kids strider balance bike donated by Matrix - Winner: Shana Ip!

11:00AM:  Helmets! How to wear one and how to pick one by Dunbar CyclesWhere: Facebook (re-run from Spring) Win: A new helmet from Dunbar Cycles Winner: Adraina Gugliotta!

10:00AM Onwards: #ComorChallenge! The first 5 people who visit Comor Sports Kitsilano will instantly win a $20 voucher. Details below.
12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunchtime webinar: Introduction to biking with children with a HUB Cycling Bike Education Instructor. Where: register here. Win: TransLink Umbrella ($58) Winner: Heather Shay!

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

Friday October 2: The Future of biking

Daily prize: $250 Service Voucher to Dunbar Cycles - Winner: Joanna Lady-Pants!

11:00AM: How to ride with Children with Lisa Corriveau. Where: Facebook (re-run from Spring)
12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunchtime webinar: Where next? A history of cycling in Vancouver with Colin Stein, Executive Director of the BC Cycling Coalition. Where: Register here. Win: TransLink Wayfinder pillow ($59) Winner: Lisa Altan!

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

Saturday October 3: Keep on Riding

Weekend prize: $250 Service Voucher to Dunbar Cycles - Winner: Topher Wong!

10:00AM Onwards: #ComorChallenge! The first 5 people who visit Comor Sports Kitsilano will instantly win a $20 voucher. Details below.

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

Sunday October 4: Keep on Riding

Weekend prize: $250 Service Voucher to Dunbar Cycles

All Day:  #SlowStreets Scavenger Hunt around City of Vancouver. Where: How-to doc here Win: A Clif bar prize pack worth $100

How it works: Slow Streets and #ComorChallenge

 

  • Slow Streets Scavenger Hunt. How it works:
    • Post a photo, story, or video to social media and tag
      • Facebook = @wearehub @walkbikerollvancouver and #walkbikeroll and #SlowStreetsVan
      • Instagram = @hubcycling @cityofvancouver #walkbikeroll #SlowStreetsVan
    • The Scavenger Hunt runs September 28 - October 4
    • Entries will enter to win a prize pack from Clif bar each day
  • #ComorChallenge. How it works:
    • Ride to the Comor Kits location and tag @comorgoplayoutside and @HUBCycling on Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #ComorChallenge
    • The first 5 people each day will win a $20 Comor voucher on the spot
    • Stop by from 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday

Prizes

There are so many ways to win prizes this Bike to Work Week. Each Knowledge HUB has its own prize to win and each webinar (see schedule below) will offer a prize draw to a participant from the Translink gift shop. There will be a QR code for you to scan.

Grand Prize

  • Win an adventure for two to Portugal including flights with Exodus travel. You must log your trip and enter the Exodus contest page here

Other prizes:

  • Early bird prize: Register before September 23 and enter to win a $100 voucher from Body Energy Club
  • September 21 - 25: Watch Breakfast TV and enter to win a $50 Park Royal voucher each day
  • Volunteer prizes: All volunteers will enter to win one of five Ryders Eyewear Lifestyle Glasses
  • Survey Prize: Complete the post event survey to win a weather riding kit thanks to Axiom Cycling Gear. Worth over $350, this comes with fenders, a Monsoon Pannier bag, and a rack to hold it to your bike. 

Team Prizes:

Knowledge HUB prizes:

  • Each Knowledge HUB has it's own prize to win! 

Webinar Prize Draw

  • Each webinar will have a prize draw for a participant from the Translink gift shop.

How it Works and Fall 2020 Goals

It's easy, fun (and free) to participate in Bike to Work Week. Here's how it works:

1. Register for Bike to Work Week. You can start a team, join a team, or register solo. If you registered in the past, you do not need to re-register - simply login and record a trip after the official launch to be considered a participant. Nb: your team for Bike to Work Week in 2020 can be your workplace, family or challenge a group of friends!

2. Encourage your colleagues, family or friends to join your team to win great prizes!

3. Log your trips to be entered to win more amazing prizes. Each day you log you'll be entered into the daily giveaway for bikes, gear, and more!

The goals of the September event are to: 

1) Encourage people to choose cycling as their commute mode of choice and to cycle safely when returning to the workplace or whilst continuing to work from home
2) Encourage workplaces to support employees to cycle to work. Cycling is a great way to promote employee health and wellness during these difficult times.
3) Support our local communities as we ‘restart’ B.C.’s economy

Spread the Word and Media 

Spread the word about Bike to Work Week! Example images included below. 

Download and share our Bike to Work Week media kit to help spread the word!

Download our example lead/social media images:
Example image (couple biking)
Example image (lady biking)
Example banner image

Email signature

We recommend adding the URL 'btww.ca' to the image in your email signature so that when this is clicked from someone's email signature, it takes you directly to the registration page

Team Leader Resources

Do you love cycling and want to encourage others to try biking their daily commute? Consider becoming a Team Leader this year! Team Leaders help us make Bike to WorkWeek a success. Thank you to the over 1,500 Team Leaders in Metro Vancouver that helped us reach almost 18,000 registrants last year - let's see how many people we can get cycling in 2020!

Here are our top tips from the 2019 Bike to Work Weeks on how you can encourage your teammates to get involved. 

Team leader guidance

Download our Team leader guidance (PDF). Our friends at Two Wheel Gear have also made a guide for biking to work

Other resources available: 

Overcoming bike commuting concerns

Understanding your dashboard

If you're a Team Leader already and want some help understanding your Team Dashboard, check out this video.

Email Template for Colleagues/Friends/Family

Hello colleagues/friends

Bike to Work Week is around the corner from September 28th to October 4th and we're looking to build our largest team yet to be recognized across Metro Vancouver! Here are three easy steps to register for (your team name)

Go to the Bike to Work Week Registration Page

Select: 'I am a Rider'

Select: 'Join an existing Team'

Simply type in your team name and join in on the fun this spring!

Get Involved and Volunteer

Sponsorship and Supporting

We would love your organization or business to get involved in Bike to Work Week. We have a range of opportunities for you.

See all the ways in our Events: Get Involved information.

Please note that this document was originally published in early March 2020, and hasn’t been updated yet to reflect how COVID-19 has impacted our events programming for 2020

Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the 2019 Bike to Work Week! If you are interested in volunteering in 2020 then please sign up for alerts on our Volunteer page.

FAQs

What are the benefits of participating in Bike to Work Week? 

There are so many reasons to go by bike! 

  • It's fun
  • It's great for your health and saves you money 
  • It helps reduce air pollution and congestion
  • It's great for workplace comradery
  • There are tons of great prizes to win
  • The data we collect from the event helps to make biking better in Metro Vancouver

What kind of trips can I log?

Pretty much anytime you have to lock your bike! or for 2020 anytime you hop on a training bike at home. But it should be on a bike - walking is great but doesn't count for this event :)

What if I'm retired / work from home / a student?

We still want you to join in on Bike to Work Week! As mentioned above, any time you use your bike for transportation, you can log that trip.

How do I become a Team Leader and register a new team?

Click here and register. After you enter your personal information, choose to register as a Team Leader.

I have an existing team on the website. Are we automatically registered for this event? 

If you are already registered on the site, you must log a trip after our official launch date

How do I modify the route that Google Maps has automatically created for me?

Once you have input your start and endpoint, you can try to customize your route if you like (but it's not always easy!). You don't have to do this though - it's ok if your route isn't perfect - only the total kilometres and number of trips are recorded by the system.

- Click and drag any point on the purple directions line to any place on the map.
- Google Maps immediately re-creates the directions on both the map and the left panel.
- The point you added appears as a white dot on the route.
- Google Maps also updates the estimated travel time and distance.
- Move a destination by dragging a marker to another place on the map.

Can I automatically import my rides from another tracking app?

Unfortunately, our system does not support integrations with any distance tracking app (eg Strava, MapMyRun, Biko, etc) at this point in time. If you're already using an app to track your distance, we recommend using the Quick Kilometre Log feature in your Dashboard to quickly input your ride distance for each trip. Our tool is the only one where your trips are communicated to decision-makers to show the demand for a fully connected, safe cycling network and better education and policies.

How do I change teams?

Sign in to your dashboard and click on "Change my Team".  If you are a Team Leader, you will need to assign a new Team Leader before you can change teams.  Sign in to your dashboard and click on "Team Profile" to assign a new Team Leader.  You will then become a rider and can click on "Change my Team".

How do I change the Team Leader?

Sign in to your dashboard and click on "Team Profile" to assign a new Team Leader. 

Do I have to pay to register or be part of Bike to Work Week? 

No, Bike to Work Week is entirely free for you!  Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer this community and workplace event free of charge to everyone in Metro Vancouver. 

How do you calculate GHG emissions?

"Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases Saved" is calculated based on an average of vehicle size/model's emissions per kilometre driven. The formula used is 0.2168 Kilograms of Greenhouse Gases saved per Kilometre.

How do you calculate calories burned?

"Calories Burned" is calculated based on a very generic formula. Since you do not have to enter your weight when you register and your cycling speed when you log a trip, it is an average weight of males and females in the BC Population and calculated calories burned based on an average speed. The formula used is 30 calories burned per kilometre cycled. 

Still, have questions? Email us at biketowork@bikehub.ca and we'll be happy to help you!

 

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

 

Thank you to our 2020 Supporters!