City of Vernon gears up for Fall GoByBike Weeks

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The Fall edition of GoByBike Weeks gets underway next week!

GoByBike Week is an annual challenge that motivates people of all ages to trade in their cars for two wheels and get around by bike. This Fall, the challenge will take place over two weeks instead of just one.

Anyone can participate by riding their bike between September 27th and October 10th and recording their trip online at gobybikebc.ca for a chance to win great prizes. In 2020, 235 local riders saved 3,289 kg of greenhouse gas emissions by cycling nearly 15,170 kilometres.

The provincial grand prize is a cycling adventure in France once it is safe to travel, sponsored by Exodus Travels. Vernon & North Okanagan riders who log at least one trip from the week will be entered into a draw, sponsored by CUPE 626, for $1,000 to a local bike shop of their choice. The local who pedals the most kilometres will win a $250 Downtown Vernon shopping spree. And all local schools who participate will be entered into a random draw for a $250 gift card of their choice.

There will be no in-person events this year due to public health concerns, but participants are encouraged to form teams and connect with each other virtually or outdoors while following all public health guidance. 

“Now is the time to rally your team! While we may not be able to see our teammates in person this year, we can still encourage each other to get pedaling for joy, for our health, and for our environment,” said Amanda Watson, Manager, Transportation.  “Team leaders are the backbone of GoByBike Week. You inspire your coworkers, friends, families, and students to ride – and maybe fall in love with it. For that, we thank you.”

GoByBike Week is part of the City of Vernon’s larger strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than doubling trips made by bike in our community by 2040. The spring and fall campaigns are generously supported by many local sponsors, including Castanet and CUPE 626. It is organized across British Columbia by GoByBike BC Society with the support of generous sponsors, including the Province of British Columbia and ICBC.

For more information, to join the challenge, and to form your team, visit https://gobybikebc.ca/vernon-north-okanagan/.