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Record number of riders take part in Bike to Work Week

A separated bike lane on Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver (Source Flickr: pwkrueger)

More than 10,000 people register to participate in Bike to Work Week

Cyclist advocates unsure if event's popularity rose due to nice weather, high gas prices

Spring Bike to Work Week a success, another winter-ready campaign slated for October

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Bike to Work Week is wrapping up a very successful seven days in Metro Vancouver.

Thousands of people ditched the four-wheels for two this week says Erin O’Melinn with the cycling advocacy group HUB.

“Bike to Work Week is breaking records this year. We have over 10,000-thousand registered participants online which is up over 3,000 from last spring and over 2,700 of those people are riding for the very first time.”

O’Melinn isn’t sure whether it was the nice weather to end the work week or if riders were simply fighting the increased price of gas.

She adds while many of those first-timers keep riding through the summer, the challenge is to keep them on their bikes when the weather turns in the fall.

“The hardest part is trying it for the first time, so they’ve already conquered that one. Then letting them know ways to make it part of their lifestyle. Like how to carry things on their bike or how to get around in wet weather and they’ll be really comfortable and safe.”

The group also held safety seminars for kids to teach them how to use a four-way stop and shoulder check when riding in traffic as it was also Bike to School Week.

There will be another winter-ready Bike to Work Week in October.