Bike to Work Week continues to promote the cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly mode of transportation until Sunday, June 2.
On the West Shore, there will be Celebration Stations, featuring snacks, tuneups and support, at Victoria General Hospital today (Wednesday) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday at the Crossroads Park in Langford from 4 to 6 p.m.
As a precursor to the week, last Tuesday organizers held a Commuter Challenge to see whether a car or a bicycle is the fastest mode of transportation to and from various points in the region.
Starting out from Langford, former Olympic cyclist Nathael Sagard took on Langford councillor Matt Sahlstrom. Sagard, on the bike, lost to the Sahlstrom, who arrived at the corner of Fort and Blanshard streets around 15 minutes ahead, for a commute of about 25 minutes.
Colwood councillor Judith Cullington hopped on her bicycle to race Shaw TV’s Nikki Ewanshyn from Capital City Centre to the downtown finish line.
Again the driver won, taking about 30 minutes and beating Cullington by about seven minutes.
Of the 25 total teams in the race, cyclists won in 17 cases, beating the drivers by an average of one to five minutes.