Bike To Work Week Underway
Stephanie Mynen displays the Bike to Work Week T-shirt she purchased – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- Bike to Work Week is up and wheeling, with Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall welcoming cyclists to a kick off breakfast at City Hall this morning.
This year’s event is the largest yet, with more than 500 riders having registered to take part. Those taking part are encouraged to keep track of the routes and kilometers travelled. That information can prove invaluable when trying to convince City Council there is a need for a new bike lane in a particular area.
“Look at North Nechako Road” says Mayor Hall “We had a group of folks come to Council and say ‘We need to have this type of opportunity on North Nechako’, so, through granting opportunities through various levels of government, we were able to do that ( add a bike lane.)
Although Prince George has had an active transportation plan for some time, it just hasn’t really been fully adopted. The result, says Kyrke Gaudreau, Director of Urban Cycling for the P.G. Cycling Club, is that there are some bike lanes, but no connectivity. “If you are travelling west on 5th Avenue and get to Central, well, you’re at a major intersection (with Highway 97) and the bike lane doesn’t continue on the west side of that intersection. So, you have to go over to 8th Avenue to carry on.”
Gaudreau says another issue for cyclists in Prince George is the lack of bike racks. He says the Downtown Business Improvement Area is trying to place more bike racks in the downtown core, “Encouraging cyclists to come to the downtown core is a key component in revitalization of a core area”.
During the week, the P.G. Cycling Club will be selling T-shirts, and handing out daily prize packs.