Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, has issued the following statement on Bike to Work and School Week:
“This week, May 28 to June 3, is Bike to Work and School Week in communities throughout B.C. As a commuter cyclist myself, I will be participating in Bike to Work Week, and I encourage everyone to join.
“Last year, nearly 45,000 people participated in Bike to Work and School Week. That was a fantastic turn-out. I am hoping that this year we can get even more people to take part.
“As many of our jobs and lives can be hectic, biking to work or school can help you get a great start to your day, beat the traffic, and get fresh air and exercise – all in one. Cycling can be an excellent way to start your day with energy and vitality, and help you to have a sharper mind.
“Of course, there are many environmental benefits, too. As people get out of their vehicles and hop on their bikes, this will help reduce our carbon footprint. By cycling instead of driving, we can prevent thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere.
“There are plenty of ways that you can get involved. Participate as an individual, start a team, or get your workplace, school or community involved. You can also introduce friendly workplace or school-wide competitions.
“To encourage healthy living and to help address climate change, our government is committed to cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects like bike lanes, separated bike paths, shared roadways, shoulder bikeways and bicycle/pedestrian overpasses with local governments and First Nations all around B.C.
“I want to wish everyone a happy Bike to Work and School Week, and encourage everyone to get out on their bikes.”