The City of Nanaimo is organizing events for Spring GoByBike week from May 30-June 5. (Stock photo)

The City of Nanaimo is organizing events for Spring GoByBike week from May 30-June 5. (Stock photo)

City organizing group rides as part of Spring GoByBike Week in Nanaimo

Commuter challenge cycling event features ‘Nanaimo (Handle) Bar Ride,’ celebration stations and prizes

The City of Nanaimo is encouraging people to go by bike for a week in an effort to get people out of their cars.

Spring GoByBike happens May 30-June 5 when Nanaimo’s cyclists can get in the saddle to reduce emissions, save on fuel costs and win prizes by participating in events and visiting celebration stations, noted a city press release.

Cyclists are encouraged to make the most of this year’s commuter challenge by registering online for Spring GoByBike where they can record all the kilometres they ride throughout the week for a chance to win prizes that include an adult bike and a kids bike, donated by Canadian Tire. Registration is free at

In Nanaimo, celebration stations hosted by sponsors will be set up at various locations, so riders might want to plan their routes to stop by and enter to win prizes. An updated digital cycling map will be available soon to assist with route planning.

Numerous biking events are planned, too, with a kickoff event May 29, a downtown heritage bike tour on May 31, a clean-up ride June 4, a “Nanaimo (Handle) Bar Ride” June 4 and a commuter challenge wrap-up event June 11.

Cyclists who don’t want to attend events can still participate virtually. The City of Nanaimo has joined bike tag, a game started by the cycling community that is now played all over the world. Bike tag is a photo tag game played on bicycles where riders find and create fun mystery locations around Nanaimo.

“Grease the chains, don your reflective vests and GoByBike Nanaimo,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog in the press release. “This B.C.-wide event celebrates active and fun ways to get around and is for everyone, at every level.”

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