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How biking to Coquitlam businesses can keep the community engaged

HUB Cycling is hosting a series of events aimed to encourage residents to leave the vehicle at home and explore locally-owned shops
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Coquitlam businesses have teamed up with HUB Cycling to host a series of activities and promotions as part of Bike to Shop Week, which runs until Sunday (Aug. 21).

Summer is beaming with bright sunny skies, encouraging local residents to get outside and get active.

In Coquitlam, the city has more than 100 km of bike routes, such as lanes and multi-use pathways, to ensure safe and smooth commutes for those that choose to get around by bike.

HUB Cycling is continuing to preach its mantra of commuting by bike around the community and is collaborating with local businesses for several events this week that challenge drivers to leave the vehicle at home.

Bike to Shop Week is an organizational effort between HUB Cycling, the city and Austin Heights Business Improvement Association (BIA) that runs until Sunday (Aug. 21).

As well, four local businesses are taking part in the annual event by offering promotions for customers that choose to bike to their establishment.

"It’s not only a great opportunity to learn how easy, fun and convenient it is to bike to shop in Coquitlam, thanks to the wide range of cycling infrastructure and services available, but is also a fun way to support your favourite local businesses," explains Dragana Mitic, Coquitlam's transportation manager, in a news release.

She adds by participating in Bike to Shop and Go by Bike Weeks, it represents Coquitlam's commitment to providing avenues for "sustainable transportation."

"Coquitlam has recently adopted new bylaw amendments, including increased numbers of bike parking spaces, bicycle maintenance and end-of-trip facilities in new buildings, to encourage cycling in the community and make it easier for future residents and commercial office users to travel by bike."

Bike to Shop activities and participating businesses include:

Genesis Kitchens and Design (1037 Ridgeway Ave.)

Free 30-minute Kitchen Consultation at the showroom

  • Discuss your kitchen renovation, explain the process and guide the customers through the process
    • If designers are available, can be done by walk-ins. If designers are not available, they can come in and schedule the free consult with reception
  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reflections Books (1111 Austin Ave. D)

Free Crystal for the first 10 riders per day, plus coupon for every rider - receive 15 per cent off a purchase of $20 or more

  • Everyone who gets a coupon can be spent that day or another time, valid until the end of September
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artisan Gifts and Flowers (1038A Austin Ave.)

15 per cent off any bouquets

  • Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Yuen's Family Martial Arts (1051 Ridgeway Ave.)

Free Martial Arts Class

  • Valid on class times depending on age
  • Monday to Friday: 1 to 8:30 p.m.

Burquitlam SkyTrain Station 

Bike Parkade is available at Burquitlam Station

  • Space is first-come, first-served, and costs $1/day — up to a maximum of $8/month
  • Now until Sunday (Aug. 21)