Good Intentions

We all have good intentions. We want to live more simply, be more environmentally conscious, be more in tune with nature, and be good to ourselves – but these things can take a lot of planning and effort and somehow we just don’t get around to them.  

Well – here is the solution in one simple activity. Participate in Bike to Work Week in Campbell River, May 11 – 17, 2009. Cycling for just one day will reduce your carbon footprint by one pound of CO2 for every mile that you cycle. You will save 54 cents for every km that you do not drive your car. By cycling for 30 – 60 minutes you will meet the nationally recommended daily physical activity level for personal health and you will arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

Still not sure about giving this a try? Here is how to deal with some of the obstacles that might get in the way:  

Do I need special clothing? No, just make sure that your clothing is bright and highly visible and wear a well fitting bike helmet.

Do I need special equipment? You don’t need a Tour de France bike! You need to make sure that your bike is in good working order. Check the brakes, tire pressure, nuts and bolts. It is best to have your bike checked by a qualified mechanic at a bike store. It’s inexpensive and very worthwhile.  

How will I carry my personal belongings? A small back-pack will carry everything that you need. You don’t need to buy panniers or special bike packs.

Bike Security: Take a bike lock (a padlock & chain will do) with you if you intend to stop somewhere and leave your bike unattended.  

Taking your bike to work: Talk to your supervisor or other staff and arrange for a spot where bikes can be stored securely. A storage room or unused office will do.  If you have showers at work that is a bonus but if not – take a face cloth and a change of clothes and you will feel fresh and ready for work in no time.

Another great advantage to cycling is getting to know your town.  Check out all the great bike routes and trails. You can take your bike places that cars just can’t go. There are lots of pedestrian/cycle connections between neighbourhoods, including paved and dirt trails. You will see your community through new eyes.

So whether you choose to cycle to benefit your personal health, save some money or to benefit the environment, you have lots of reasons to give it a try. You can also participate in the BTWW activities throughout the week. There are celebration breakfast stations from 6:30 – 8:30 AM on Monday, May 11 at Frank James Park in Willow Point and On the Rocks Climbing gym in Campbellton on May 15. There is a BBQ station on Wednesday, May 13 from 4 – 6 pm at Robert Ostler (Foreshore) Park and a Bike Shorts cycling film festival on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm in the Sportsplex. 

Check out the Bike to Work Web site at and under location, choose “Campbell River” to check out the details or call Linda or Meghan at 250-923-7911 for more information.

Published by Linda Nagle

Linda Nagle is a Programme Coordinator with Campbell River Parks Recreation & Culture Department. She loves to mountain bike, road bike and participate in triathlons.