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Salt Spring Coffee Workplace Workshop
Salt Spring Coffee Workplace Workshop preparing for Bike to Work Week
More Vancouverites are using their bicycles to commute, run errands, and stay active as the cycling infrastructure in this British Columbia city continues to improve.
Bike racks around Vancouver are frequently packed due to cycling becoming part of part of the daily routine for more people. Despite the rain, a 20 percent ridership increase was observed during this year’s Spring HUB Bike to Work Week, with over 1,000 people trying cycling to work for the very first time.
It’s an exciting time; businesses are realizing the economic benefits cycling can bring, and starting to invest in their cycling employees and reach out to the growing market of cycling customers. HUB: Your Cycling Connection has worked with over 100 businesses in Metro Vancouver using the Bike Friendly Business Program. This program works to improve their bike friendly initiatives by providing customized services, resources and tools to address specific business needs.
Workplace Cycling Workshops, one of program’s offerings, encourages cycling through on-site education and training for the entire office. These one or two-hour workshops are especially popular around HUB Bike to Work Weeks in the spring and fall. Topics range from cycling safety and skills to bicycle maintenance and winter riding tips. “The workshop had just the right combination of safety scenarios, route planning information and bike maintenance. It was very well attended, [and] created cycling safety awareness at our workplace,” commented one participant.
With the Fall Bike to Work Week fast approaching (Oct 28-Nov 3), workplaces are getting ready to battle it out with one another in a friendly competition. HUB's Executive Director, Erin O'Melinn noted that this “fun competition proves that cycling the daily commute is not only affordable and enjoyable, but also great for your health during those increasingly sedentary autumn months.” Research shows that as the days get shorter, people in BC see a dramatic decrease in their day-to-day physical activity. “Cycling to work provides regular doses of endorphins that can bring you more energy and positivity at work and at home.”
HUB also offers Bikeability Assessments that provide customized recommendations for business improvements through cost-effective facility upgrades, employee incentives and promotional techniques. The HUB Bike Friendly Business Awards annually showcase and celebrate businesses for their bike friendly efforts. In 2012, ING DIRECT, BC Hydro, Vancouver Airport Authority and Harbour Centre Building Ltd. earned top honors for their leadership and commitment to making active commuting more attractive and accessible for their clients and employees.
“Encouraging a two-wheeled commute to work is one important part of the Airport Authority’s overall commitment to sustainability and employee health,” said Anne Murray, President of Community & Environmental Affairs at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We’ve invested in facilities such as bike storage areas available to the 23,000 YVR employees as well as a 24-kilometre cycling network on Sea Island that can be used by those working at the airport as well as Richmond and Vancouver commuters. In fact, we recently added an additional kilometer of paved pathway along Russ Baker Way, which makes it easier for Richmond-based employees to get to and from YVR.”
To register free for Fall Bike to Work Week on Oct 28-Nov 3, visit btww.ca