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Bike to work week!

Bike to work 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 Ellsworth.

"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 you'd think."

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 munbikeshare@gmail.com or look up the BikeShare St. John's Facebook group for more details.

For more information, please contact Sarah Smellie at munbikeshare@gmail.com.
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