Bike commuters encouraged to ride in winter

Organization says cyclists should keep on riding to work even through bad weather

Just because the leaves and raining are fall doesn't mean it's time for bicycle commuters to put their wheels in hibernation.

That's the message the GoByBikeBC Society, formerly known as Bike to Work BC, is trying to get across by initiating GoByBike Weeks that will run from Oct. 15 to 29.

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"The idea behind our new two-week event is to promote going by bike in fall and winter, instead of taking your car, whether you bike to yoga, to shop, to meet friends or to work, school or anywhere," said GoByBikeBC executive director Penny Noble in a press release.

Participants in the event are eligible for its grand prize, an eight-day cycling trip to Sicily.

The society recommends when riding in the fall and winter to use lights even in the day time, and to keep dry by installing fenders on the bike and wearing a good rain jacket, a bright vest and carrying rain pants in case of rain.

• More tips on riding in the fall and winter months, including short videos, can be found at gobybikebc.ca. Participants can register and log their kilometres at the site as well. Although the event is open to all ages, only those over 19 are eligible for the grand prize.

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