Today marks the start of Nanaimo’s Pedal to Places Challenge — an extension of the province-led initiative, GoByBikeBC.
The initiative runs until Oct. 4 and encourages residents to explore the community by pedalling to specific places and collecting code words. The codes can be used to enter to win a $200 gift certificate at a local bike shop.
“The Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan is committed to doubling Active Transportation Trips by 2041. Pedal to Places Challenge is a community event that celebrates active and fun ways to get around,” said Jamie Rose, manager of transportation for the City of Nanaimo.
Registration for the event is free and can be found at www.gobybikebc.ca/nanaimo.
“It encourages [people to] visit new places in the community and map out bike-friendly routes they can incorporate into their daily lives and throughout the whole year,” said Rose.
GoByBike started in 2018 and was a huge success with 12,756 riders logging 542,755 kilometres and avoiding 117,671 kilograms of greenhouse gases in B.C., according to the city of Nanaimo.
“Cycling is good for you, good for the environment and good for our City. So please come out and pedal to places!” said Mayor Leonard Krog.