Vancouverites who have been wary of leaving their cars behind and biking to work are being encouraged to leave their fears at the door and give pedal-power a try — even for just one day.
Today marks the start of the fourth annual Bike to Work Week, a campaign created by the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition to encourage cycling in lieu of driving and even transit.
“The idea is to get people out of other modes and on their bikes because it’s healthier, more economical and better for the environment,” said Erin O’Melinn, program manager of Bike to Work Week.
O’Melinn said commuting by bike has become easier and safer than it was last year because of the new dedicated bike lanes along the Burrard Street Bridge and the Dunsmuir Viaduct.
Another lane is being installed along Dunsmuir Street.
She said people worried about being sweaty at work can bring a change of clothes and freshen up in the washroom at the office.
“It’s really fast and really fun. You feel great, have more energy and … you’re doing it with other people,” she said.
VACC has organized commuter stations with snacks and has set up a website where you can log your mileage and win prizes during the week.