Bike to Work Week Guided Rides by Oak Bay Active Transportation Advisory Committee

Victoria, BC (May 23, 2012) Oak Bay’s new Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) will be hosting guided rides next Monday and Tuesday during Bike to Work Week, starting May 28th. The main goal of the guided rides is to introduce new riders to some of the region’s popular cycling routes. Members of the Committee will be hosting the rides.

There are many convenient, low volume routes heading to popular destinations like downtown that are often unknown. The guided tours will include two routes to downtown, via Richardson and Haultain. These are some of the hidden gems that makes cycling so popular for Oak Bay residents, who have the highest ratio of commuting cycling and walking rates in the region. “We are fortunate to be located within 5km of many of the regions’ major employment centres, which has been shown to be the key determinant of high rates of walking and cycling“ notes ATAC’s chairman Gerald Smeltzer. “This, combined with the relatively flat topography and abundance of broad quiet streets makes Oak Bay ideal for walking and cycling.”

Transportation planners have long recognized that in each community, there is a large proportion of the population that are interested in commuting by bike but currently do not. Labelled ‘interested but concerned’, this is the demographic that could become commuter cyclists if they felt safer. Finding the most convenient and comfortable route to your destination is an important first step in becoming a regular commuter cyclist.

The guided rides will depart at the following locations and times during Bike to Work Week:

Thursday May 31st
Departing Carnarvon park near the tennis courts (on Henderson Road near Townley Street), travel along Haultain and finishing at Centennial Square
Departs: 7:30 and 8:00
Detailed map of route: www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/95665765/

Friday June 1st
Departing from Oak Bay Recreation Centre (on Bee Street), travelling along Richardson and finishing at the Downtown Public Library
Departs: 7:30 and 8:00
Detailed map of route: www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/95666611

No registration necessary.
For more information – contact: activeoakbay@gmail.com

Contact:
Greg Miller
Oak Bay Active Transportation Advisory Committee