Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bike to Work Week May 30 - June 5

Have the high prices at the pump made you grunt and groan recently? You may want to consider riding your bike for your commute, or at least part of it. It might not be as hard as you think.

Did you know that:
  • the West Coast Express stations in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have bike lockers?
  • there are also bike lockers at the Haney Bus Loop?
  • these bike lockers can be rented for $10 a month?
  • all Translink buses in the Metro Vancouver area have bike racks?
Click here for more information on using the bike lockers or taking your bike on the West Coast Express.
Here's some useful info about bikes on buses, or on the Skytrain.

One thing that is interesting to know as well is that Vancouver is expecting to launch a public bike share system in 2012. Many of these PBS's are popping up in cities all over the world and rapidly becoming very popular. Once the Vancouver bike share is operational, it may help make it easier for people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to choose a greener mode of transportation for their commute. Exciting stuff, but we'll have to wait a bit.

This spring, during Bike to Work Week, we will be setting up our Bike to Work stations in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area in the following locations:

on Wednesday June 1, from 4:00 - 6:30 pm:
at the West Coast Express / Park and Ride station

on Friday, June 3, from 4:00 - 6:30 pm:
at Memorial Peace Park

Click here for a map with the location of the stations

The local bike shops, Maple Ridge Cycle, Local Ride and Westwood Cycle are all participating with the Bike to Work Week event by providing free bike mechanics and prizes. When dropping by one of our stations, make sure you fill out a ballot in order to have a chance to win a prize. We are also offering drinks and snacks, provided by Superstore and Save-on-Foods.

You can sign up for Bike to Work Week on the Bike to Work website. Ask your colleagues to join your team. Even if you're the only one at your workplace who bikes to work, you can still sign up and log your miles to track your reductions in GHG's, kilometers biked and calories burned.

Finally, I thought you might enjoy watching this inspiratonal video, where you can see some of the changes that have taken place in New York in recent years. Note the bike lanes buffered by parked cars. If they can find the space to do this in New York, surely it can be done in Maple Ridge!

Hope to see you at one of our stations!

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