Residents Encouraged to Cycle to Work, School This Week
Prince George, B.C. – Bike to School Week in Prince George had its official kick-off event Sunday in the parking lot at Exploration Place.
Bike to School Week and Bike to Work Week, which has its kick-off at City Hall Monday morning, are jointly sponsored by the PG Cycling Club, the Brain Injured Group and PG Air. The focus is on safe and enjoyable cycling.
Sunday’s event included a Bike Rodeo, which teaches kid how to handle and manoeuvre a bicycle in a safe, proficient manner. Local bike shops had booths set up and there was information on training programs. Kids were also treated to some healthy snacks and beverages.
And the Prince George RCMP had its own booth set up. Corporal Craig Douglass says “there are several reasons why we’re involved and first and foremost is safety. It’s a very busy week, lots of bikes on the road and we want drivers to be aware that these events are taking place and that there will be more bikes on the road. It’s beautiful weather, people will be out and about so keep an eye out for them.”
The other reason they were on hand was the security aspect. Everyone with a bike was welcome to drop by to have their bike registered, “for free by us through the 529 Garage app, which is a third-party app that we’ve partnered with. This weekend we expect to have registered well over one hundred bikes.”
Cpl. Douglass says there will be other opportunities to register bicycles throughout the summer, and the next four events will be posted on the RCMP website, www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca . They’ll be at the BMX track Wednesday night and at Canadian Tire next Saturday for Jump Start Day.
Bike thefts are up in the city, according to Douglass. “We’ve definitely seen a spike over the last couple of years, hundreds and hundreds, and we recover hundreds of bikes. But because most people don’t record their serial numbers we have no way of getting it back to the rightful owner.”
“This is a method to prevent that because everybody that registers their bike will have their serial number and will have the important information, including photos, of their bike so that we can not only help to locate it but get it back to its owner.”
Douglass says bikes are stolen from school yards, “some right out of living rooms during break and enters, out of shed and garages. We do encourage you to lock your bike up, even if it is in your living room, to make it as difficult as possible to be stolen.”
Bike to Work Week has its official kick-off Monday morning with a breakfast from 6:45 to 9 am at City Hall.