Bike to work week!
The week of May 11th to May 17th marks the first annual Bike To
Work Week in St. John's.
Celebrated in many other cities across Canada, the United States
and the world, Bike To Work Week seeks to promote bicycling as a
healthy, green alternative to commuting to work by car.
On May 4th, at the city council meeting, members from BikeShare, a
partnership between The Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Chapter
and MUN's Project Green, and Bicycle Newfoundland and Labrador
presented a proclamation to Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth to make May
11th to May 17th Bike To Work Week. They're hoping that the city
will adopt Bike To Work Week as an annual city-wide event and
promote it, and its message, each year.
"I urge all citizens to try biking or walking to work this week,
and all weeks after, and to leave their cars at home," read
"Bicycling is becoming a preferred method of transport for more and
more people in the city," says Sarah Smellie, BikeShare
Coordinator. "The city's Cycling Plan, if approved at next Monday's
council meeting, could bring us up to par with the rest of the
country in terms of urban cycling infrastructure. This is very
exciting. It only makes sense that we join the many Canadian cities
in celebrating Bike To Work Week and actively promoting cycling as
a viable option in St. John's."
"Riding a bike to work every day may seem like a small thing, but
it's really one of the few catch-all answers to the problems the
world is facing today," says Elling Lien, editor of The Scope. "It
saves the world, makes you a happier person, and isn't as hard as
An avid cyclist himself, Lien has been keeping a close eye on the
city's cycling scene and its increasing momentum. He says things
are definitely looking promising - despite the hills, St. John's
may become a biker's paradise yet.
Bike To Work Week coincides with The Bike Issue of The Scope, which
hits newsstands this Thursday, and the May launch of the BikeShare
program. Members of the MUN community can go to the MUN Earth
Sciences parking garage on May 11th and 12th from 11am to 2pm to
borrow a BikeShare bike for the summer semester. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or look up the BikeShare St. John's Facebook
group for more details.
For more information, please contact Sarah Smellie at