Bike to Work Week

Our Spring Bike to Work Week will be May 31st - June  6th, 2021 and Fall 2021 will be held from Sept 27th - Oct 3rd, 2021 
Look out for an updated schedule coming out in the lead-up to the event!

What to expect: 

This spring, 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, Q&As, cycling tips and more!

 

The bike lanes were busier than ever in 2020, and our Bike to Work Week events were a resounding success. Highlights included

  • Over 7,000 registered participants 
  • 2,500 new participants
  • Over 1,000 teams registered
  • Over 62,000 trips logged & 470,000 kms cycled
  • Over 100,000 KGs reached via our live streams

​​​​​​Interested in reading more about last years' success? Read more about it here! 

​We also have our COVID-19 protocols for in-person engagement to learn more about 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? Log a trip to be considered a participant.

 

Why register? 

  • Enter into daily prize draws and the grand prize, a trip with Exodus (TBC - to be used once it is safe to travel)
  • Logged trips help us work with local leaders in our communities to improve cycling conditions.
  • Challenge others and have a chance in becoming an award-winning team
  • Loads of prizes at our Knowledge HUBs and other activations
     

Not cycling to work right now? Rember that all bike trips count! Encourage your friends, colleagues and family to register and ride, wherever that may be.

 

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 will also offer a prize draw to a participant. To be eligible to win prizes, you must register and log a trip using the BTWW dashboard found here.

Grand Prize

  • Win an adventure for two, including flights with Exodus travel

Other prizes:

  • Early bird prize
  • Volunteer prizes
  • Survey Prize: Complete the post-event survey to win 

Team Prizes:

  • Recruit the most number of riders and enter to win 
  • A prize to the top-performing team 

Knowledge HUB prizes:

  • Each Knowledge HUB has its own prize to win! 

Webinar Prize Draw

  • Each webinar will have a prize draw for a participant. 

How it Works and Spring 2021 Goals

It's fun, easy 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 log in and record a trip after the official launch to be considered a participant. Note: Your team for Bike to Work Week in 2021 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 more times you log a trip, the greater your chances of winning the daily prize!

The goals of May BTWW event are to: 

1) Encourage people to choose cycling as their commute mode of choice and cycle safely when returning to the workplace or 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 and continue to push for more sustainable and active modes of transportation

Spread the Word and Media 

Spread the word about Bike to Work Week! 

Check back to find sample media and messaging you can use to spread the word on BTWW. 

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 during their daily commute? Consider becoming a Team Leader this year! Team Leaders help us make Bike to Work Week a success. Thank you to the over 1,000 Team Leaders in Metro Vancouver that helped us reach almost 7,000 registrants last year - let's see how many people we can get cycling in 2021!

Here are our top tips from the 2020 Bike to Work Week on how you can encourage your teammates to get involved. 

Team leader guidance

Download our Team leader guidance (PDF) (created in 2019). 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 already a Team Leader 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 May 31 - June 6, and we're looking to build our largest team 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.

Volunteers - Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us at Bike to Work Week in 2020! If you are interested in volunteering in 2021, please sign up for alerts on our Volunteer page or email us at volunteer@bikehub.ca.

FAQs

1. 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 keeps you active.
  • It helps save 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.

2. What kind of trips can I log?

Pretty much anytime you have to lock your bike! or for 2021, 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 :)

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 -the system records only the total kilometres and number of trips.

- 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.

7. Can I automatically import my rides from another tracking app?

Unfortunately, our system does not support integrations with any distance tracking app (e.g. 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 input your ride distance for each trip quickly. 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.

8. 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 changing 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."

9. How do I change the Team Leader?

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

10. 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 can offer this community and workplace event free of charge to everyone in Metro Vancouver. 

11. How do you calculate GHG emissions?

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

12. 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 the 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!