It’s 100% free, including the trip tracking app, which allows you to create workplace teams and compete for prizes, plus active transportation bragging rights between companies. Every year, about one in five participants is a first-time bicycle commuter.
It’s a great way to start.
The key is the network — at least in Vancouver and the surrounding region. With more routes built with reasonable accommodation for casual cyclists, working men and women, and youth, there’s more cycling, which leads to more corporate and municipal support for the event. Last year, there were over 80 ‘celebration’ stations in many of the two dozen Metro Vancouver municipalities. Mostly pop-up tents and tables, with local volunteers and businesses — including a bike shops and their pros — providing free coffee, snacks and bike supplies, plus tune-ups, maps and advice. Every city should do this. Any city could do this.
And everybody comes out for Bike to Work Week in Vancouver. In the metro area alone, ten thousand people will log about half a million kilometres this spring.
Bike to Work Week runs May 28 – June 3