Celebrating cycling, one soggy pedal stroke at a time

Cyclists in the Tri-Cities pedalling to or from work next week will be able to get a respite, and maybe even a quick snack, at two stations celebrating Bike to Work Week.

A station with coffee, snacks, a bike pump and oil, will be set up at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree in Coquitlam on Wed., Oct. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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On Thursday, another station will operate from 4 to 6 p.m., at the corner of Foster Avenue and Poirier Street in Coquitlam. In addition to offering snacks and water, it will staffed by a mechanic who can tend to any minor wobbles or squeaks in your ride.

The fall edition of Bike to Work Week runs from Oct. 21 to 27. The cycling advocacy group, HUB Cycling, estimates more than 6,500 people will register their rides online during that time.

And while that’s significantly less than the 12,000 people who cycled more than 575,000 km across metro Vancovuer during the event’s spring incarnation, HUB’s Rowena Farr said the darker, wetter weather of the fall season shouldn’t be a detterent.

“Riding your bike in Vancouver’s wet weather doesn’t require too much in the way of extra gear,” she said in a press release. “Your run-of-the-mill raincoat and a pair of boots is generally all you need to start your bike commute in the fall and winter months.”

In addition to celebrating their resilience and commitment to cycle commuting at the more than 50 stations scattered across the region during the week, cyclists can also team up with their co-workers to measure their riding achievements against other workplaces using HUB’s online trip logger.

The week culminates with a big wrap-up party on Friday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at Vancouver’s Olympic Village.

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