Cycling is one of the most efficient forms of transportation. It requires the least amount of energy per metre traveled than any other form of transportation, including walking. In honour of Bike to Work Week (BTWW), here are five stories from our community that celebrate cycling and support BCIT’s commitment to reducing carbon footprint by cutting down on carbon emissions.
1) Paving the path for safe and comfortable cycling
It takes time, commitment, and advocacy to build infrastructure. That’s why HUB Cycling focuses on improving conditions to make cycling more enjoyable. With local chapters throughout Metro Vancouver, HUB Burnaby meets at the BCIT Burnaby campus. As a result of the chapter’s recent campaign, Burnaby City Council pledged to widen a dangerous section of the Sea to River Bikeway on the Gilmore Overpass.
If you are interested in joining, email HUB Burnaby to be added to the mailing list. HUB Burnaby meets the second Tuesday of every month, from 6:15–8:15 pm.
Watch Hub Burnaby Chair, Cathy Griffin, demonstrate the dangers of the Gilmore bypass
2) We’ve got your bike covered
All BCIT campuses are equipped with convenient and secure bike racks, rental lockers, and showers (for the riders). There are also five Dero Fixit bike repair stations at the Burnaby campus for cyclists in need of minor repairs or air. For more information about cycling at our campuses, contact the BCIT Cycling Committee.
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Join the BCIT Bike to Work Week Team
During BTWW, there are great prizes and many Celebration Stations around the Lower Mainland. To sign up, login to the BTWW website and record a ride. BCIT Burnaby Campus is hosting a Celebration Station on Wednesday, May 29 from 7–9 a.m. Look for the station off the Willingdon bike path at BCIT. Enjoy free coffee, scrumptious snacks, and a mechanic will be available for tune-ups.