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GoByBike challenge launched in Ucluelet

Participants get a chance to win a cycle tour in Sicily, Italy.
Jack, left, Jesse, Evan, and Beau are amped for Ucluelet’s first ‘Go by Bike’ challenge to hit the pavement. Kids and adults are encouraged to bike to shcool or work for Oct. 15 to 29. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

From Oct. 15-29, people from across B.C. will show their support of sustainable transport and a healthier way to commute by taking on the GoByBike challenge.

“Whether you’re new to biking or have been doing if for years, the goal is to try to be on your bicycle as much as you can,” said GoByBike Ucluelet co-ordinator and local teacher Ellen Perkins.

To encourage participation, GoByBike is offering numerous prizes, including a chance to win a magical eight days cycling through the landscapes of Italy’s biggest island, Sicily.

GoByBike allows you to track and follow you and your team or communities’ kilometers travelled. Registration is easy, simply visit: Participants can sign-up as a solo rider or as a team.

“This is the first time we’re having [GoByBike] in Ucluelet. I thought it would be pretty awesome for the students here to have more celebration around biking to school,” said Perkins.

“So many of them already do it. So many of them already live that lifestyle, so it’s just a chance to celebrate what they are already doing,” she adds.

Two free events are scheduled in Ucluelet during the GoByBike challenge. On Friday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. students in Grade 4 or higher will receive a full day of fun working on bike skills at the Ucluelet’s Seaplane Base.

“We have a class set of bicycles, helmets, locks, and safety vests that will be used during the program,” said Perkins. “If you are without a bike, we’ll get you fitted.”

There are 40 spots available for this free Pro-D day event. Anyone interested can sign-up at the Ucluelet Community Centre.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. a Celebration Station will be set up at the UAC Hall. Rain or shine, there will be snacks, free tune-ups and prizes, notes Perkins.

Funding and support for the week-long cycling initiative was provided by GoByBike, Cycle Alberni, the District of Ucluelet, the Ucluelet Co-op, and Zoe’s Bakery.

“We want everyone to participate. It’s not just for kids, it’s for adults too. Ride your bike. If you’re on a short commute to school or work, consider biking this week to show your support.”