Frequently Asked Questions

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

There are so many reasons to Bike to Work!

- 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

 

I want to participate in Bike to Work Week but don't live in Metro Vancouver. Where do I go?

Bike to Work Week takes place in all of BC during the spring! Go here to register in your community.

 

What is a Team Leader?

A Team Leader is someone in the workplace that motivates co-workers to participate in Bike to Work Week. As the Team Leader, you can add people to your team in the registration system, or people can register and join your team. As Team Leader you can also log trips for your teammates and you'll be invited to special events. To become a Team Leader and register your team, click here.

 

How do I motivate teammates?

Check out our resources page for lots of tips, posters and other information.  

 

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 BTWW?

If you are already registered on the site, you must log a trip this spring to be considered a fall 2016 participant. 

 

Can schools participate in Bike to Work Week?

Yes! We encourage schools to start staff teams and/or classroom teams.  We encourage high school and university students to use the Bike to Work Week Tracker (so they'll be entered to win our grand prize bikes and other prizes!).  Don't forget to register your team on our Bike to School Week website in the spring as well.

 

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

Once you have input your start and end point, you can try your route 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. 

- 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 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.

 

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 to 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. Enjoy, and let our sponsors know you appreciate it - check out the Sponsors page.

 

Can I input my total kilometres from the old site so my stats reflect all the kilometres I've ever ridden?

Yes, just make sure to input these kilometres for a past date (January 15th, for example), so it doesn't skew our reporting.

 

What kind of trips can I log?

Pretty much anything - trips to meetings, the store, a hockey game or the dentist can be logged towards your totals. Pretty much anytime you have to lock your bike anew! But it should be on a bike - walking to work is great but doesn't count for this event :)

 

How do you calculate Kgs of Greenhouse Gases?

"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, Bike to Work BC took 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!