Nanaimo Bike to Work Week was a Big Hit

By Daryl Major
June 28, 2016 - 10:20am

More and more people are taking part in Bike to Work Week in Nanaimo.

The City has released final totals from the annual event which was held May 30th through June 5th.

Recreation Coordinator Deborah Beck says the numbers were up over last year.

“This year we had 670 riders. And the cool thing is 122 of them considered themselves new riders, which is huge. And we rode almost 27-thousand kilometres,” said Beck.

And it appears more women than men were biking to work this year.

”53 percent were female and 47 percent were male. The larger that female number is, the safer the perception of cycling is becoming.

Bike to Work Week has been in Nanaimo since 2008 and Beck says there has been steady growth since 2011.

Riders burned over 809-thousand calories during this year's event - the equivalent of eating 2,181 Nanaimo bars.

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