City of Vernon rolls out Bike to Work Week campaign

The campaign kicks off Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Polson Park with a Community Bike Fest

Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky

Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky

The City of Vernon’s fifth annual Bike to Work Week Campaign is ready to roll.

The campaign kicks off Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Polson Park with a Community Bike Fest that will include an obstacle challenge as well as a bike parade led by Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

The event is supported by the City of Vernon, the Bike to Work Society, the Government of B.C., and local business sponsors and volunteers.

“The new bike obstacle challenge will also feature Mayor Jim Garlick and Councillor Maria Besso from Coldstream and members of the media,” said Sawatzky. “It will be a fun and unique way to create interest in the Bike to Work Campaign.”

The Community Bike Fest will include bike safety education for families, a Community Policing Bike Rodeo and bike engraving.

BrainTrust Canada will also be hosting a helmet check station. Additionally, there will be a bike decorating station, bike parade, face painting, entertainment by the Mark Rose Big Band, and other community-sponsored activities.

Two other events planned for Bike to Work Week are the midweek celebration at Sun Country Cycle (102-1340 Kalamalka Lake Road) on May 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., and the wrap-up BBQ at Spirit Square (30th Street and 32nd Avenue) on May 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“Cycling is a healthy alternative to get to school and work,” said Pam Moore, an environmental health officer and a member of the City’s Transportation Committee.

“Most Vernon residents have a five-to-15-minute bike ride to school or to downtown depending on their location, and about 20-30 minutes from Okanagan Landing. With rising rates of chronic disease and obesity, cycling and walking to school and work is an ideal way to get some exercise and improve fitness levels.”

For more information on North Okanagan Bike to Work activities, or to register a team, visit


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