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Bike to Work Week rolls out

The Bike to Work Week banner at the Gilmore commuter station.

The Bike to Work Week banner at the Gilmore commuter station.

As posted last Friday, the first ever winter edition of Bike to Work Week is rolling this week. Polly Ng from TransLink’s Cycling department wanted to share a few photos from the event so far—she helped staff a commuter station near Gilmore Station from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. this morning.

Commuter stations are tents set up along bike routes in the region during Bike to Work Week. (Here’s the locations and times of the stations.) You can take a short break from your ride, have a snack, meet other cyclists, get a TransLink bike map, and join the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition.

Mechanics are also available for tune-ups and small repairs, and Polly says you can also win prizes in a draw at every commuter station, which include bike baskets and bike racks (the kind that go on the back of your bicycle, not bike racks for your car or the street). About 40 to 50 people dropped by the Gilmore commuter station this morning, so those are pretty good odds!

Riders fill out entry forms for the commuter station prize draw.

Riders fill out entry forms for the commuter station prize draw.

As well, Polly says that more than 2,000 people have signed up for this Bike to Work Week. You can still sign up on the official website if you’d like to join and track your commute. Plus, there’s a daily draw for two Norco panniers—everyone who logs their daily commute is eligible.

Grab TransLink bike maps, meet VACC staff members and more at the commuter stations.

Grab TransLink bike maps, meet VACC staff members and more at the commuter stations.

For more tips on winter cycling, check out the Buzzer blog’s earlier post about Bike to Work Week, or have a look at the winter cycling display currently over at Mountain Equipment Co-Op in Vancouver.

The back of the Gilmore commuter station. Note the tent from Cap's Bicycle Shop, where a bike mechanic is happy to help you out!

The back of the Gilmore commuter station. Note the tent from Cap's Bicycle Shop, where a bike mechanic is happy to help you out!

And Bike to Work Week cyclists, just a reminder that there’s a big after party on Friday—the Winter Bike to Work Week Warm-Up party! The party will be held near Science World, at the gazebo in the front lawn area, from 4-7 p.m. Check the events page on the Bike to Work Week website for more info.


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