|It is being predicted that gas prices will hit an all time high this summer. If that isn’t enough to make you work towards a less car-dependent life, consider the latest Health Canada statistics. Only 7% of Canadian adults are getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. Biking to work will not only save you money but it is a fun way to get some exercise and get to work at the same time.|
This year, Collingwood Bike To Work Week is June 4-10th. It is an ideal time to try out a healthier, greener and cheaper method of commuting. All Collingwood area workplaces are being encouraged to challenge their staff to try riding their bike to work during this week. It is a great office team builder and cyclists will arrive at work invigorated and ready to go. The goal is that participants continue to commute by bike after they have given it a try.
“In the effort to raise awareness of health and participation during Bike to Work Week the Town of Collingwood is delighted to support the initiative developed through the joint efforts of Maximum Physiotherapy, the Environment Network and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Recreation has many benefits. It boosts your confidence and improves self esteem, making you feel better about yourself and giving you more energy. I encourage you to get outdoors and start cycling to work and enjoy what Collingwood has to offer, our accessible sidewalks and over 72 km of trails, for walking, running, or hiking and an abundance of green space, something for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Sandra Cooper.
This year Bike To Work Week kicks off with a ‘ride thru’ coffee event on Monday June 4th from 7:30-9:30am on the First Street multi-purpose sidewalk in front of Maximum Physiotherapy. Bike commuters are encouraged to ride by with a reusable coffee mug, if possible, and get a free Starbucks coffee, generously donated by Starbucks on First St. Tracking sheets will be available along with information from the health unit regarding adult exercise requirements and helmet safety. The Collingwood Cycling Club will be on hand to inform cyclists about the benefits of being a member and they will have a draw that participants can enter to win a Converter Solar Backpack donated by Collus, which along with carrying all of your gear, will quickly charge all of your handheld electronics while you bike to work!
“Participating in Bike to Work Week makes you feel good about how you get to work and it makes the day at work that much brighter. Getting outside and on the trail really makes me happy!” says Michele Rich, The Environment Network.
Sue Underhill, owner of Maximum Physiotherapy encourages everyone to give it a try as “even a short commute by bike has such huge health benefits and there are less barriers than ever to using your bike for transportation!”
Details of the event and a tracking sheet can be found at Maximum Physiotherapy. All participants whose names are on submitted tracking sheets will be entered in a draw for numerous prizes.