Participation in Bike to Work Week Down Slightly
Prince George, B.C. – Fewer people took part in Bike to Work Week in Prince George this year.
Though she doesn’t have exact numbers, coordinator Jessy Rajan estimates there were almost 500 participants last week compared to around 600 at last year’s.
She believes the slight dip was due to a mixture of miscommunication and poor weather.
“I feel we could have improved communication or outreach,” says Rajan. “A lot of participants that were coming to our stations told us they didn’t think they could register as a sole participant or if you didn’t have a workplace which you totally can.”
She says the bad weather – especially on Friday – hurt their numbers too.
On the bright side, Rajan was pleased to see a whole host of new cyclists take part.
“We did have over 100 new cyclists that were identified as not previously cycling to work which is what we were aiming for.”
In all, she felt it was still a good year.
“In my perspective it was a great year. I‘ve never really been involved in Bike to Work Week before – I’ve been involved in Bike to School Week. So it was really exciting to be part of the community this time rather than just the university community.”