Pick of the Day: Bike to Work Week

I won’t be participating in this promotion to encourage Reginans, for the week of May 15-19, to ditch motor vehicles as their principal means of getting to work in favour of bicycles.

It’s not that I’m not a fan of cycling. Far from it. I don’t own a car, and for over 20 years now a bike has been my principal mode of transportation in non-winter months. So I’m a huge fan of cycling. But I live across the street from where I work, and if I was to cycle to work I’d technically be breaking the law as you’re not allowed to cycle (or skateboard) on the mall.

I suppose I could walk my bike back and forth across the mall as an expression of solidarity. But then I’d have to rely on the elevator at my place to get down to the main floor instead of just taking the stairs and that would inflict a needless hit on the environment.

You, on the other hand, can do the environment a real plus by leaving your car at home this week and getting to work via a bike (or walking, or even taking the bus, I’m sure organizers are flexible).

We’ve heard a lot of complaints about traffic congestion downtown during the revitalization process. Here’s a perfect opportunity for people who work in the area to think outside the box for a bit and start to buy into a vision that needs to be realized if Regina is to continue to grow and prosper.

And the health benefits … by the end of the week, you’ll feel them. Guaranteed. But one warning. If you do start cycling you’re likely to find it highly addictive. I know I did.

If you visit www.bike2workregina.ca you’ll see that a kick-off for the week is planned for 1-3 p.m. today on the front lawn of the Royal Sask Museum.  There’ll be info sessions on how to do simple bike maintenance and how to attach a bike to the handy-dandy racks on the front of city buses. Then on May 19 (Thursday) at 5 p.m. there’s a Wrap ‘n’ Ride wind-up that gets going at 5 p.m. on the south end of the Scarth St. Mall and will include a bike parade around the downtown.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

6 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: Bike to Work Week”

  1. It’s against the law to bike on the mall? Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahaaahahahahhahaha….

  2. Good for you for living so close to where you work. People consider that more often when buying a home!

  3. Sweep up the winter gravel and sand, City of Regina!! It would nice to have the streets clean for Bike to Work Week! We are so often forced into the gravel which is taking up most of the side lanes, and when a gust of wind comes along (it IS Spring time and it IS windy!), we get the dust in our nose and eyes, and have a terrible time seeing and breathing.

    If people are trying the Bike to Work for one week only (and WHY One Week Only??? ), if they have a bad experience with dust or gravel or cars and danger, they will be put off cycling……

    Thanks, Greg! Happy Bike to Work Week, Everyone! Please continue all summer and fall, if possible!!! on longer……for you wonderful all year cyclists, Bravo!!!

  4. Had an amazing ride this morning. A little windy but amazing. There’s nothing like the morning commute. Now if only we had more bike lanes!

  5. Or more painted lanes. The city and Wascana were lazy last year, leaving painting until September I think. This year more of us need to phone them to let them know their priority needs to be maintaining safe bike lanes.

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