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Prince Rupert joins Bike to Work Week

A provincial cycling initiative is coming to Prince Rupert from May 26 to June 1 with the intent of cutting down vehicle emissions.

Bike to Work Week has locations across British Columbia and manager of Pioneer Backpackers Inn, Juliane Mark has developed a Facebook page and website dedicated to getting people to sign on to the cause.

Prince Rupert is one of 41 communities including Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers taking part. Mark and fellow organizer and friend Kerem Har-Paz, want to see their totals grow.

The pair will be setting up an information and sign-up booth at the Salmonberry Farmer's Market on Saturday near the courthouse.

"Let's say a workplace wanted to sign up [as a team], they would count the number of kilometres they biked," said Kerem.

"Prince Rupert is quite a small place, basically. When the sun's shining it's a great place to be outdoors."

Currently, no bike lanes exist on city streets, but Mark and organizers along with an RCMP representative will be explaining proper bicycle etiquette on the road at the market.

Bike to Work Week BC calculates the number of calories each individual and team burns once they register, and totals the tally from across the province.

Last year, the non-profit society motivated people across B.C. to burn 22 million calories during the week.

"It's a way for people to say 'one week, I'll cycle to work' and maybe they would love it and continue later," said Kerem.

As of Sunday, Prince Rupert had two teams and five riders. More than 20,000 riders took part across the province in 2013.

To register, riders can visit www.biketowork.ca/prince-rupert or visit the organization's Facebook page at: Bike to Work Week Prince Rupert.

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