Bike To Work Week 2010
Here’s a recap of Bike to Work Week 2010…
It’s a wrap
So, that’s another year in the books, this evening’s wrap up party at The Broken Spoke was a great success, with a big turnout and many stories of bike commuting this past week, through glorious sunshine, wind and rainstorms.
Many thanks to everyone who came out - hope to see you out on the roads of the beautiful Comox Valley during the summer, roll on Bike To Work 2011…
Fantastic final Friday morning
What a fantastic end to the work week, the sun was shining and the weather was warm enough to convince even the occasional commuter that it was better to go by bike this morning.
At Simms Park in downtown Courtenay, 78 cyclists were spotted between 7 and 9am, 18 stopped by the Celebration Station to grab a banana, granola bar and juice to ensure they had plenty of energy for the day, whilst an amazing 60 others kept on pedaling..
Many thanks to The Eagle 97.3FM for once again broadcasting live, to Mountain City Cycles and to Amron, one of this years Tour De Rock riders for joining us this morning.
Meanwhile at the iHos Gallery it was another great morning, the Celebration Station sponsored by Simon’s Cycles saw 51 cyclists between 7 and 9am, 21 stopped in and 30 flew by, but many of the fly pasts did accept a banana on the go… Next week it’ll be strange not to see Simon and Patti starting their morning with the eagles on the estuary!
Outside the gates of 19Wing/CFB Comox, 35 riders finished their work week by pedaling in and grabbing a snack, what an amazing turnout they had all week.
Hopefully this week has encouraged many to give bike commuting a try for the first time and celebrated those who are out there doing it every day!
Don’t forget the wrap up party this afternoon, from 4pm at The Broken Spoke in downtown Courtenay, with a BBQ, live music and prizes, including delicious fair trade chocolate bars from our friends at World Community, so why not stop in before you Bike From Work?
Fine weather on day four
Thursday morning and Cumberland along with the rest of the Comox Valley was calm, bright and dry
14 commuters decided to cycle past the Celebration Station at Village Square, The Eagle 97.3FM were once again broadcasting live and encouraging folks to give the car a rest and the bike a try.
At the iHos Gallery, the numbers were back up to 59 and CFB Comox saw 46 enjoying a more pleasant pedal than yesterday.
A little later and the little ones had their second event of the week, 8 preschoolers biked to the playground, from Simms to Lewis Park in downtown Courtenay, led by the fantastic Blue Toque ice cream bike.
Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day of events around the valley to celebrate Bike To Work Week 2010, it’s a busy one, here’s what’s going on;
Simms Park, Courtenay - Celebration Station from 7-9am, with The Eagle 97.3FM broadcasting live from 7.30-8.30am
iHos Gallery, Comox (Dyke) Road - Celebration Station from 7-9am
CFB Comox - Celebration Station from 6.30-8.30am
Then to finish off the work week, why not come along to The Broken Spoke, downtown Courtenay from 4-6pm for the wrap up party, there’ll be a BBQ and live music, meet fellow bike commuters and share stories, you may even win a prize from one of our fantastic sponsors and supporters!
Wednesday morning had us thinking it was November rather than June at the Celebration Station outside the iHos Gallery.
but the wet windy weather wasn’t a deterrent to the 29 commuters who either sped by, or slowed down to grab a snack and laugh about the rain!
Meanwhile, at CFB Comox, 26 rode in regardless.
At lunchtime the clouds cleared and there was free coffee and curry for those that cycled to the Freakin’ Coffeeshop,
hopefully tomorrow in Cumberland the climate will be a little kinder…
Day two and numbers increase
Tuesday morning started a lot warmer, drier and generally more Spring like which was a relief to the large numbers of folks riding to work at CFB Comox today.
Once again The Eagle 97.3FM were broadcasting live, encouraging as many people as possible to stop in and grab a snack and possibly a prize on their way, it worked…67 did, almost doubling Mondays total of 35
There will be a tent outside the gates from 6.30 every morning until Friday, it’d be great to double the figures everyday!
The Celebration Station outside the iHos Gallery on Comox (Dyke) Road sponsored by Simon’s Cycles saw an amazing 72 people cycle by this morning, most stopping in to pick up a banana and granola bar or enter the prize draw, here’s hoping that figure also doubles each day - they’ll be open from 7 to 9am every morning until Friday!
A little later on and the second annual Bike To The Playground event, organized by the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, got underway at Simms Park in downtown Courtenay, almost 20 pre-schoolers went on an adventure riding all the way to Lewis Park to be rewarded with a ribbon, juice and cookies.
If you missed out on the fun, there’ll be another chance for the bike commuters of the future, on Thursday morning, leaving Simms Park at 10am
Don’t forget to arrive by bike at The Freakin Coffeeshop between 12 and 2pm tomorrow, celebrate the first half of Bike To Work Week 2010 and get a discount on a delicious lunchtime snack.
Bike To Work Week 2010 off to a slightly soggy start
Bike To Work Week 2010 got off to a slightly soggy start this morning, but it wasn’t enough to dampen enthusiasm outside the iHos Gallery in Comox
We had 18 brave souls pick up a delicious snack, have their bike checked out and their tires topped up courtesy of Simon’s Cycles
Some stopped in to share a smile on the way to work,
whilst another 20 kept on pedaling,
Have a safe ride home everyone and hope to see even more out tomorrow.
You can stop by a Celebration Station every morning this week (Monday - Friday) at the following locations;
Outside the iHos Gallery, Comox (Dyke) Road (7-9am)
Outside the gates, 19 Wing/CFB Comox (6.30-8.30am)
Village Square, Cumberland (7.30-8.30am)
Simms Park, Courtenay (7-9am) FRIDAY ONLY
and don’t forget the other great events happening this week;
If you have a pre-schooler, you can join the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition’s "Bike To The Playground" events on Tuesday and Thursday mornings this week, at 10am in Simms Park, Courtenay, for more info click here
Bike To Work Week 2010 is only a few days away
There’s not long to go now, our friends at The Eagle 97.3FM have confirmed that they’ll be broadcasting live from the Celebration Stations at the following times;
Monday May 31st: I-Hos Gallery 7-8am
Tuesday June 1st: CFB Comox 6:45-7:45am
Thursday June 3rd: Cumberland Village Square 7:30-8:30am
Friday June 4th: Simms Park 7:30-8:30am
So why not leave a little extra time and stop by, enjoy a snack, meet fellow bike commuters and join in the fun!
Celebrate Bike To Work Week 2010
There’s just a week and a half to go before this year’s Bike To Work Week (May 31st - June 6th) and plans are taking shape.
If you are new to bike commuting, here are a few tips to help you prepare and make it an enjoyable experience.
- Plan your route and ride it ahead of time. If you know a regular commuter, ask them for advice, they may know shortcuts or which roads to take to avoid traffic (and hills!).
- Check your bike is in good working condition in advance, make sure the tires are fully inflated (maximum tire pressure is usually shown on the sidewall), the chain is lubricated and your brakes are working well. Carry a spare tube and a pump, ideally you’ll know how to change a flat, but if you don’t, you’ll have what you need when asking for help.
- Find your helmet and make sure it fits securely and comfortably. If you don’t have one, visit your local bike store and get one, it’s the law!
- Be visible - wear bright clothing and don’t forget to check the batteries in your lights if you have them.
- It is a good idea to take a change of clothes, perhaps you could leave them at work, so you don’t have to carry them with you, hopefully it will be a dry, warm week, but you never can be sure.
- Figure out where you’ll leave your bike whilst you are at work. Bring a bike lock or find a secure place to store it during the day.
- Give yourself some extra time to stop by a Celebration Station on your way to work, enjoy a snack and meet other bike commuters…
Celebration Station Locations:
Monday - Friday Outside the iHos Gallery - Comox (Dyke) Road, Comox (7-9am)
Monday - Friday Outside the gates - 19 Wing, Comox (6.30-8.30am)
Monday - Friday Village Square - Cumberland (7.30-8.30am)
There will also be other special events during the week, just look for the banners;
Friday June 4th only - Simms Park in Courtenay (7-9am)
Arrive by bike at The Freakin’ Coffeeshop in TinTown, Courtenay, between Noon and 2pm on Wednesday June 2nd, get a discount on a delicious lunchtime snack and join in the fun.
Celebrate a week of commuting by bike at The Broken Spoke Coffee House in downtown Courtenay from 4pm on Friday June 4th, there’ll be music, prizes and a BBQ!
Bike to Work week 2010 is fast approaching
Spring is in the air in the Comox Valley and the third annual Bike to Work week is fast approaching!
From Monday May 31st until Sunday June 6th more folks than ever are expected to leave their cars at home and enjoy commuting by bike.
There are many special events planned, from celebration stations at various locations in the mornings, delicious lunch time food offers and a big party to end the week, it is shaping up to be a week to remember.
Keep up to date with the plans by joining the Bike to Work Comox Valley Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-to-Work-Comox-Valley/294870207098
If you are keen to get involved as a volunteer or a sponsor/supporter, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org