Alyssa Doerksen rides her bike to work at least three times a week. Others are being encouraged to do the same at least one day next week during Bike to Work and School Week.

Alyssa Doerksen rides her bike to work at least three times a week. Others are being encouraged to do the same at least one day next week during Bike to Work and School Week.

Event promotes cycling to work or school

More than 50 communities, including Abbotsford, involved across B.C.

Abbotsford resident and Vancity financial service representative Alyssa Doerksen has set a personal goal to bike to work at least three times per week – rain or shine.

“I love starting my day with exercise,” says Doerksen, who travels 3.2 kilometres from home to work.

“I find that getting moving and being outdoors in the morning helps give me time to prepare for my day. Giving myself that time outdoors is so beneficial for both my mental and physical well-being. A little fresh air, sunshine and movement can go a long way when it comes to boosting your mood.”

Abbotsford residents are encouraged to try cycling to work during Bike to Work and School Week (May 29 to June 4) throughout B.C.

More than 50 communities across the province organize Bike to Work and School Week events.

Last year, 37,000 participants rode 1.26 million kilometres and saved 272,094 kilograms of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere in just one week.

Workplaces can register and track their participation stats online at biketowork.ca to see how many calories they burn and kilograms of greenhouse gases they save by biking instead of driving a vehicle.

Workplace teams can compare their results to other workplace teams and challenge others to friendly competitions.

Those who don’t have a workplace team can register and participate as a solo rider.

Participants can qualify for a draw to win a trip for two from Exodus Travels to cycle the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. They simply have to register online, ride their bike at least one day from May 29 to June 4 and log the kilometres online.

First-time participants will also be entered into a prize drawn for a $500 gift card to the bike shop of their choice.

For more information, visit biketowork.ca/fraser-valley.