City Announces Virtual Bike Week

City of Charlottetown Announces Virtual Bike Week
Posted on 06/08/2020
The City of Charlottetown is excited to announce that a virtual edition of Bike Week is set to take place from June 13 – 20.

Bike Week is a collection of cycling related events and initiatives to encourage a conscious effort to use active transportation. Due to COVID-19, this year’s programming will look a little different in order to follow guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office.

As part of Bike Week, the City has partnered with PEI Bike Guy to create a five-part video series on cycling safety and bike maintenance, to be released throughout Bike Week and will be available on the City’s social media accounts, as well as the website listed below. These short videos will be follow-along guides to complete simple bike repairs such as fixing a flat tire or adjusting the brakes, as well as important safety considerations.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in a virtual cycling contest by sharing photos cycling around Charlottetown. Looking for a fun spot to pose? Check out the cycling photo backdrop, created by local artist Jordan Cameron, located near the Charlottetown Farmers Market on the Confederation Trail. All posts will be entered for the chance to win a selection of prizes, including cycling-related products as well as local goods and gift cards. To enter, residents can post a photo using #ibikeCharlottetown to social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), each post of a different ride counts as a separate entry. Posts must be set to public in order to be received.

Want a chance to win a bicycle from Outer Limit Sports? Take a guess at who will win a bike race between Mayor Philip Brown and CFCY radio personality Chris Pride. All guesses must be in by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 and the race will take place at Confederation Landing and shared on social media. The winner of the contest will be announced on Friday, June 19. For more info or enter the contest, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/cycling.

Friday, June 19 will be declared Bike to Work Day. Residents are encouraged to cycle, or use any other mode of active transportation, to get to work or wherever they may need to travel. Workplaces that post photos, tagging the City of Charlottetown, of those participating will be entered in to win an office coffee break for up to 25 people.

“Despite the ongoing pandemic, it is still important to use and encourage active transportation whenever safely possible,” said Mayor Philip Brown. “Bike week is a phenomenal way to not only promote active transportation, but to do in a fun and interactive way that gets residents involved. I am very excited to see some of the photos residents post and to learn some new tips from the informational videos as well.”

The City is also pleased to announce the release of the Charlottetown Cycling Handbook. This handbook will include information on why cycling is important, what regulations need to be followed, and tips for proper cycling safety and etiquette. The Charlottetown Cycling Handbook is available online

“Promoting cycling in Charlottetown is a goal represented in the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan,” said Councillor Terry MacLeod, Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee. “This goal is an essential component of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as promoting numerous additional benefits for both individuals and society.”

A friendly reminder that helmets are required by law for all cyclists on PEI. Helmets are an essential component of staying safe while cycling and can help prevent serious injury in the case of an accident.

For more information visit the Bike Week page and also find cycling related resources.