Bike to Work and School Week doesn’t start until May 28, but people can prepare early for the annual cycling commute challenge with upcoming kick-off events hosted by the city and community partners. (News Bulletin file photo)

Bike to Work and School Week meant to get people pedalling

Nanaimo launches Bike to Work Week 2018 with kickoff party in Maffeo Sutton Park on May 5

Nanaimo is kicking off Bike to Work and School Week 2018 with a party.

The annual challenge to get people out of their cars and on their bikes for their daily commutes happens May 28 to June 3, but lead-up events hosted by the city and community partners will help people prep for a week of riding.

The City hosts a free kickoff party May 5, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Maffeo Sutton Park. Following blessing by Snuneymuxw First Nation, there will be a variety of bike-related activities for all ages, including bike yoga by Omtown Yoga and demonstrations from RDN Transit on how to put a bike on a bus. Cyclists will be able to decorate their rides in a Spice Up Your Bikes challenge with Iron Oxide Art Supplies. A free lunch will be catered by Bees Knees Community Café and the day caps off with a musical bike ride downtown to music by DJ All Good.

People wishing to participate are asked to RSVP at this link.

To learn more about Bike to Work and School Week, visit and follow @btwwnanaimo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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