Gabriolans log 888km for 2015 Bike to Work Week

Sounder News

Tuesday, June 9 2015

The 2015 Bike to Work Week (BTWW) saw 32 Gabriolans log 888 km, enough to have circled Gabriola’s North/South Road loop 32 times.

They burned 26,643 calories (218 cups of 2% milk) and saved 192 kilograms of greenhouse gases from being emitted.

This doesn’t include any islanders who commute to the city and registered as part of their employer’s team in Nanaimo, nor all of the Gabriola students who cycled their way to school for that week.

Local organizer Nadine Secord said it was a very fun year with three businesses entering teams to compete against each other for who could ride the furthest.

North Road Sports made bikes available to their employees, who then biked 179 km to be the top team, followed closely by the Islands Trust and Gabriola Medical Clinic teams.

Erin O’Brien and Nikki Stewart were the top single riders this year.

Secord said that on a provincial level this was the best participated BTWW since it started in 1995.

In all, 31,277 British Columbians took part, riding a total of 1,214,967 km - roughly 30 times around the equator.

Along with the daily riding to work, this year saw two special events added. Robert’s Place hosted a coffee and treat morning on Friday, May 29, for anyone to stop by on their way to work, and on Wednesday, May 27, riders gathered at Silva Bay and rode to the Gabriola Medical Clinic with a couple of the doctors.

Secord said there will most definitely be another Bike to Work Week held in 2016, with plans to have some trophies created for the winning riders.