Many cyclists from around Fernie participated in the 2017 High Roller, a 40+km bike route around some of Fernie’s most ridden and challenging trails. (Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)

Many cyclists from around Fernie participated in the 2017 High Roller, a 40+km bike route around some of Fernie’s most ridden and challenging trails. (Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)

GoByBike challenge coming up in B.C. aims to reduce greenhouse gases, offers prizes

The initiative encourages participants to travel by bike and log their kilometres

Spring GoByBike Week is coming up in B.C. and the grand prize winner will have a chance to take a trip to Holland.

From May 30 to June 5, participants will commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by travelling via bike (and by other means), and tracking their kilometres travelled.

Registration is open for those who wish to participate in the initiative, put on by GoByBike BC Society, at gobybikebc.ca. Those who participated in the Fall GoByBike 2020 and subsequent events need not register again, but can use their old account and register by logging in.

In an email announcement from the society about the available prizes, it reads: “Any ride counts this spring to participate in Spring GoByBike Week, to and from work or school, to get groceries, to get some fresh air or meet up for a coffee with friends, trail rides, pump track laps, recreational rides to explore your region.

“Getting around on smaller wheels like rollerblades and scooters counts, too!⁠ Or taking the bus or carpooling part way, or driving a portion of a long commute.

“No matter the reason, make it count, ride your bike and log your bike rides online.”

Prizes are available for those who log at least one trip through the week. Some of those prizes include Axiom Cycling Gear bags, Mountain Equipment Company prize packs, 7MESH prize pack, a two-night stay at the Horsethief Getaway in Panorama, and more.

The grand prize is called ‘Pearls of Holland’, and is billed as a cycling adventure for two in the Netherlands, sponsored by Exodus Travels. To win that, participants must log at least one bike ride and enter the Exodus prize draw. The prize winner must be at least 19 and the package does not include round trip airfare.

There is also a free educational resource available that adult beginner riders are encouraged to look into.

“StreetWise Cycling Online covers everything you need to know in advance of your ride, including what gear you’ll need, the rules, rights and responsibilities of cyclists, how to plan a safe route, and how to navigate tricky intersections.”

According to the GoByBike BC Society website, there are 8,272 riders registered, with 2,404 of those being new. There are also 1,381 teams registered.

In 2021, the society experienced a ‘wild ride,’ it says.

“Through it all, we inspired more than 50,000 British Columbians to participate in our programs, which resulted in saving 418,026 kilograms of greenhouse gas emission and improving air quality.”

Sponsors for the week include Black Press Media, BC Transit, BC Hydro, Big Bear Software, Exodus Travels.

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