Bike to Work switches to Go By Bike, with recreational rides counting towards the prize
With fewer people going to work, the new Capital Bike has replaced its annual Bike to Work week with a virtual Go By Bike week.
The event, scheduled for the first week of June, was postponed to fall last year due to COVID-19, but is returning to its traditional spring split this year.
Adam Krupper, executive director of Capital Bike, said the idea of revamping the annual event has been around for some time.
“Since people just weren’t going to work this year, we decided it was a good time for a change.”
With restrictions around gatherings due to COVID-19, the event will be virtual, which will mean the elimination of “celebration stations” that offered cyclists free snacks, hot drinks and freebies.
Now that the focus isn’t just on biking to work, the event has expanded to a week rather than Monday through Friday, and attendees can count recreational horseback riding or biking up. ‘at the grocery store based on their mileage, Krupper said.
Once participants have registered, each race puts them in a raffle to win a portion of the $ 15,000 in local and provincial prizes. The biggest prize in Greater Victoria is a $ 4,000 Norco electric bike.
The Provincial Grand Prix is a cycling adventure for two along the Dalmatian coast in Croatia.
Those with a Strava account – an activity tracking app – can also automatically upload their data. This means that the distances traveled on a stationary bike can count.
Prizes for children who cycle to school include winning a pizza party for their class at school.
The event, in its 27th year, is in partnership with Go By Bike BC Society (formerly Bike to Work Week BC Society), which promotes similar events in Nanaimo, Campbell River, Whistler, Penticton and Nelson.
Registration is free and opens today. The event runs from May 31 to June 6 across the province. For more information, visit gobybikebc.ca.
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