West Kootenay Bike to Work Week is almost here

Bike to Work Week 2016 is taking place May 29 to June 4.

It’s almost here. Bike to Work Week 2016 is taking place May 29 to June 4.

According to regional coordinator Mike Kent “Bike to Work Week (BTWW) encourages everyone to join in the fun and commit to commuting to work by bicycle for a week.

In addition to all the benefits that come from active transportation to work, like promoting healthy lifestyles, increasing physical activity, and doing something beneficial for the environment, we have the chance to win great prizes for those who sign up.”

Registration is open now at www.biketowork.ca/kootenays.

Once participants register for BTWW Kootenays, they are eligible for random draws taking place each day through Bike to Work Week including terrific prizes sponsored by Revolution Cycles, Mountain Shuttle, Cycology Bikes &Gerick Cycle Nelson, to name just a few.

All participants who log at least one of their rides on the Bike to Work Week site between May 29 and June 4 are also entered into the provincial Grand Prize draw of a dream bike trip for two along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast from Exodus Travels.

Bike to Work Week Kootenays is proud to continue their tradition of being the only “community” to fundraise for a local not-for-profit society in conjunction with BTWW. This year, funds are being raised for the West and East Kootenay Brain Injury Association (WEKBIA).

Kent says, “West &East Kootenay Brain Injury Association is a small community organization and the only brain injury association serving the entire Columbia Basin/Boundary region. The organization depends on community grants, donations, and fundraising to continue to provide services. We are asking for your help to collect online pledges to aid them in continuing to provide much needed supports and services to the individuals and families in our communities who are living with an acquired brain injury.”

Funds raised in the East Kootenays will support WEKBIA programs in the East Kootenays; funds raised in the West stay in the West — so please ensure you sign up to fundraise for your specific region.

Donations of $25 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. To raise pledges online visit: http://btwwkoots17.yodel.org/

According to Kent “We want to encourage a fun little EAST VS WEST fundraising challenge to see who can raise the most donations for this great cause. The West came out on top last year. Can they keep the title in 2017?”

Bike to Work Week Kootenays thanks their incredible sponsors across the Kootenay region for their support of this year’s initiative including Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Summit 107, Black Press, Kootenay Savings, the City of Castlegar and the City of Trail.

They also encourage local businesses and organizations to get involved and join the fun through corporate teams, fundraising events or competitive challenges. For more information, contact Mike Kent at 250-368-7776 or mike@yodel.org