Vernon residents consistently express a desire to ride bicycles more often. Residents have shown a growing interest in the benefits cycling can provide to their lifestyles. These benefits can be wide-ranging:
- Cycling generates no greenhouse gas emissions, improving individual and community footprints.
- Cycling is a cost effective way for commuting to and from work and can significantly lower your gas budget.
- With the constant improvement of bike path and road infrastructure, cycling is becoming a more efficient use of public road space.
- Cycling provides a low impact form of exercise and can increase heart rate and muscle production with minimal strain on joints.
- Including cycling into your lifestyle mitigates stress and adds fun.
However, many residents say they would cycle more if they felt safer, and frequently inquire about safety practices. For these reasons, The City of Vernon is committed to making cycling easier for residents and visitors by providing an extensive network of cycling routes around the city, and promoting safe and healthy travel. The City of Vernon makes cycling a high priority in its transportation plans and provides community bike initiatives and safety programs.
Bike to Work and School Week 2017
The City of Vernon thanks everyone who participated in and supported this year’s Bike to Work and School Week.
2017 Results for the City of Vernon:
1,265 total cyclists participated, 411 of whom were new to biking to work or school
40.5% of the 1,265 cyclists were elementary and high school students
17,168 total kilometres were cycled
3,724 Kg greenhouse gasses (GHGs) were saved
139 teams participated
Provincially, over 44,000 riders participated, cycling a total of 1,109,340 kms and saving 240,582 in GHGs. Visit https://www.biketowork.ca/ to see the complete provincial results and learn more about Bike to Work and School Week.