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Get ready to Bike to Work next week

Final plans are underway by organizers of this year's Bike To Work Week. While Valley residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home, all road users are reminded that good communication is essential whether using urban core streets or out on the Trans Canada Highway.

"Knowing the basic regulations in the Motor Vehicle Act is important to safe travel whether you are driving or cycling, " says Alex Haddad from Cycle Cowichan. "And for cyclists, especially, hand signals and shoulder checks allow motorists to anticipate a change of direction for the bike rider."

New for this year is a friendly meeting of the car and bike cultures at one of the morning Celebration Stations on Tuesday the 27th. "Cyclists will have the chance to mingle with the four-wheeled crowd at Java World while fueling up on their favorite caffeine and muffins!", noted Haddad.

This year's event takes place May 26-30 featuring Monday-Friday Celebration Stations, prizes for riders and live music & carrot cake at the Friday afternoon Wrap-Up Party. Details can be found on Cowichan's page of the Bike To Work website: www.biketowork.ca

More 'Communication' tips can be found at:

Bike Sense Manual: (www.bikesense.bc.ca/Bike_Sense-Nov 05.pdf )

Bike BC: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC/links

Registered riders are eligible for $1500 in gift cards at the bike shops.

Rider registration and event information can be found at: www.biketowork.ca

— submitted by Alex Haddad, event co-ordinator

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