Warning: biking to work is good for you!


Jolie Wist (human resources) shows off the new Breezer commuter bike won by the department of human resources. The bike is being raffled off to raise funds for mobile shelters for the homeless.

The Policy Peddlers (law and
POLIS project), the Drips (biology, aquatic sciences research program), the Reference Riders (McPherson library) and Pass on Gas (facilities management trades and maintenance crew)—these were just some of the 56 teams and 700 people from UVic who participated in Bike to Work Week (BTTW) 2006.

The city-wide event took place May 29–June 4. UVic events included cycling support stations at a different location every day by the UVic Bicycle Users Society, free minor bike tune-ups by the UVic Bike Lab Society, free bike engraving by campus security, and a BBQ lunch for all BTTW participants.

Cycling workshops and courses were also offered. As well, the event featured prizes ranging from gift certificates to a Breezer commuting bike from Oak Bay Bikes.

“Trying another travel option doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition,” says Allan Dunlop, UVic’s transportation demand management co-ordinator.

“You don’t need to give up your car to explore the many benefits provided by alternatives to driving to work alone, such as ridesharing, taking transit, cycling and walking. Even using another travel option one day every week or two can bring you real benefits, and is a good way to explore these viable choices.”

According to Dunlop, the event’s success was due to the dedication of many volunteers on campus who led a team, encouraged others to take part, and helped in the promotion and events. At UVic, more than one in 10 BTTW participants were cycling to work for the first time.

Free commuter cycling courses and workshops are being offered on campus this summer, including traffic safety skills, commuting tips and bike repair. For details on these sessions and information on other ways to improve your commute (including a range of driving and parking options) visit http://transportation.uvic.ca.

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