New team leader for Bike to Work Week encourages other cyclists to join

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As Bike to Work Week (May 25 - June 1) approaches, City of Vernon has been supporting new team leaders who are taking part in the program that helps encourage alternate, more active methods of transportation. Kirbey Lockhart is one of the new team leaders and shared some of the reasons why he is participating in Bike to Work Week.

“It takes me about six to eight minutes to drive to work and 11 minutes to cycle with about 15 minutes to ride home," said Lockhart. "Pedaling allows me to unwind from the day’s tension."

Lockhart said he bikes to work in the morning from Middleton Mountain to get his “Zen moment” in Polson Park, as he pedals along the boardwalk through the park to his destination at RBC Dominion Securities. With rising fuel costs, Lockhart decided to buy a Canadian-made electric assist bicycle and plans to ride 100 days this year, an amazing goal. Lockhart is now challenging his co-workers to sign up and participate in Bike to Work Week.

"There is one less car on the road, and this is another way to improve my health and the community’s,” he added.

Along with Lockhart's co-captain, 29 other Bike to Work team leaders attended a workshop at Vernon City Hall last week to prepare for the event. Teams or individual cyclists can still register online at, and all registered Vernon and North Okanagan team leaders can pick up a free t-shirt and promo pack at the Community Services Building (3001 32 Ave) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, call 250.550.3634 or email

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