Bike to Work & School Week kicks off

By Vanessa Ybarra
May 28, 2017 - 2:37pm Updated: May 29, 2017 - 12:58pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops 10th annual Bike to Work & School Week gets rolling Monday.

The event, where drivers are encouraged to swap their cars for bikes, takes place across the province May 29 to  June 4.

The hope is the event gets more people biking year-round in an effort to improve people's mental and physical health as well lower road emissions.

Faith Bateman, Bike to Work & School Week Coordinator, says biking is one of the best ways to start your day. 

"The productivity of your day shoots straight up," said Bateman. "You start the day off with exercise, your mental concentration increases. It just shifts the tone of your day into a really good feeling."

While beneficial, people living atop Kamloops many hills may still be daunted by the long climb home. 

Bateman's advice is to bike to work and take the bus home, adding participants are still helping lower B.C's carbon emissions.

This year's event features the 'Kamloops Bike to Work & School Passport' where participants collect stamps at various Bike to Work events throughout the city, with each stamp going toward various prize draws. 

999 people took part in last year's event in Kamloops.

To register for Bike to Work & School Week, or for information, click here.

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