May 21, 2016 - 3:00 PM
The City of Vernon is reminding residents that this year’s Bike to Work and School Week is May 30 to June 5 and several events are planned to get Vernon residents rethinking their daily commute to work and school.
May 25-26: The campaign in Vernon begins with four secondary schools—Clarence Fulton, Kalamalka, Vernon (VSS) and W.L. Seaton—competing to have the greatest percentage of students cycling to school. VSS and W.L. Seaton Recreation Leadership students have produced their own videos in their goal to win the challenge. VSS and W.L. Seaton are also encouraging staff and students to participate in Bike to School Week by hosting a free hot dog barbeque, sponsored by Save-On Foods, for all who sign up to ride during the week. The VSS event begins 11:25 a.m, May 25. The W.L. Seaton event starts 11:25 a.m., May 26.
May 30: Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund will be leading a celebration ride with local celebrities and Ellison Elementary students (grades four to seven) using the multi-use paths from Ellison School to Polson Park. Kiki the Eco Elf will provide entertainment at Polson Park while students can get their faces painted and have a fruit snack provided by SunRype. All cyclists are invited to attend a Community Celebration Station from 6:45 - 9:30 a.m. in the back parking lot of Ellison Elementary School. This event is sponsored by Cobs Bread, CUPE 626 and Starbucks Coffee. Cyclists have a chance to win prizes including a free bike from Sun Country Cycle and the Downtown Vernon Association.
May 31, June 2 & 3: Three elementary schools will be hosting Bike to School celebration stations from 7:45 a.m. until the bell rings: Alexis Park on May 31, Harwood on June 2 and Ecole Beairsto on June 3.
June 1: Sun Country Cycle will be hosting a community wide Midweek Celebration Station from 6:30 - 9:30 a.m., with a free continental breakfast sponsored by CUPE 626 and Starbucks Coffee. This is another great way for cyclists to network and have a chance to win prizes such as a Vietnam cycle trip for two from Exodus Travel.
June 3: Wrap up Bike to Work and School Week with a free BBQ at Spirit Square (beside City Hall by the Museum). This is a final chance to win prizes and enjoy free entertainment by Tanya Lipscomb and the Vernon Community Band. This event is sponsored by A&W, CUPE 626, Kal Tire, Nature’s Fare Markets, VantageOne Credit Union and the Vernon Lions Club.
There is still time to register as a rider or a team leader for this year’s Bike to Work and School Week. To register online or for more information about the event, please visit www.biketowork.ca. For more information on getting around Vernon using alternate forms of transportation, please visit www.vernon.ca/vernonmoves.
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