Peninsula cyclists will have some local excitement during this year’s Go By Bike Week. The Saanich Peninsula will host two new Celebration Stations—one along the Lochside Trail at Newman Park Beach Access on October 4, and one at Iroquois Park on October 5, both from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The stations will have giveaways, free bike repair, demos, and over $15,000 worth of prizes in total.
Participants need to register online and log a ride to be entered to win prizes; registration is free. Riders can also track their visits to Celebration Stations throughout Greater Victoria on a printable passport and collect stamps at each station—four stamps equal an entry to win prizes.
“We are thrilled to sponsor a local celebration station and hope it encourages peninsula riders to take part in this fun event,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor.
“We’re happy to see our new Celebration Station at Iroquois Park. Sidney is quite flat and connected to several multi-use paths, making it a great place to go by bike,” said Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith.
“We are pleased to join our Peninsula neighbours in this celebration, and we also recognize the numerous environmental benefits, and important mental and physical well-being benefits, attributed to cycling,” said North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr.
The Districts of Central Saanich and North Saanich recently adopted Active Transportation Plans to ensure safe and accessible transportation options are available for all community members and to improve safety and reduce GHG emissions; the Town of Sidney is currently developing a draft Active Transportation Plan with community input.
Go By Bike takes place throughout greater Victoria October 3 to 9. Register at CapitalBike.ca/go-by-bike-week.