Celebrate fall by hopping on your bicycle during the Fall Go By Bike Victoria event, which runs until Oct. 3.
The goal of the week-long celebration, hosted by Capital Bike and previously called Bike to Work Week, is to encourage the community to pedal for work, school, exercise or just for fun.
Participants have a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes from local bike shops and other businesses, including a provincial grand prize of a cycling trip to France, every time they log a trip on their bicycles.
Cyclists who visit any of the 14 Celebration Stations, pop-up events set up at various locations throughout the week, are eligible to win daily draw prizes. They can also register online and collect stamps on a GoByBike Week passport for a chance to win the grand prize
“We’re excited to get back to bringing the community back together again at our Celebration Stations,” said Sarah Frumento, event co-ordinator for Fall Go By Bike Week. “They are literally the heart and soul of the event, where we get to meet local cycling enthusiasts.”
At the stations, people can get take a break, get information on local cycling, pick up an event passport, grab a snack and refreshment or take advantage of give-aways.
On Thursday, Capital Bike and Victoria Orange Shirt Day organizers will be partnering for a National Reconciliation Day Ride. Participants are invited to wear orange for a group ride which will stop at locations of significance to the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen/Songhees) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) peoples.
This year, Capital Bike is also the title sponsor for the Kids Ride at this weekend’s Tour de Victoria. Capital Bike will host three cycling events for children as well as setting up a Celebration Station on the grounds of the B.C. legislature on Saturday.
For more information and a list of events, go to gobybikebc.ca.