City Announces Activities for Bike Week

City Announces Activities Taking Place as Part of Bike Week
Posted on 05/29/2019
The City of Charlottetown has partnered with several organizations and has declared June 15 – 22 to be Bike Week.

For the second year in a row, Charlottetown Police Services are hosting a free Bike Rodeo event for children aged 12 and under and their families. A bicycle rodeo is an interactive lesson that teaches children the skills and basics of riding and bicycle safely. The Bike Rodeo will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Simmons Sports Centre (170 North River Road). The event will include bike check-ups, a bike rodeo, a free BBQ, information booths on cycling safety, and attendees have a chance to win a new bike and other prizes! Pre-registration is required, event will go ahead rain or shine.

The semi-annual Charlottetown Police Services Bike Auction will also take place on Saturday, June 15 at 10 Kirkwood Drive, in the rear parking lot of the Station. Viewing will open at 8:30 a.m. with the live auction beginning at 9 a.m. There are approximately 50 bicycles up for auction. Funds raised during the auction support children’s education through Charlottetown Police Services.

On Wednesday, June 19, stop by the Cycling Pop-Up at the Charlottetown Farmers Market (100 Belvedere Avenue) for assistance with cycling route planning for commuting, cycling safety, information, and giveaways. The Pop-Up will be at the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join PEI Bike Guy on Thursday, June 19 for Thirsty Thursday Group Mountain Bike Ride, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Parkman Complex parking lot in East Royalty. This event is suitable for all skill levels of mountain bikers. After the ride the group is invited for a post-ride social meet-up at a local establishment. More details are available on the website listed below.

Friday, June 21 is Bike to Work and School Day. This year’s Bike to Work and School Day is being held in honor of Josh and Oliver Underhay. Josh was an advocate for all things cycling and an avid cycling commuter. The City of Charlottetown is inviting local schools and businesses to participate by encouraging students and employees to walk or bike to work instead of travelling by car. For information on cycling or assistance planning commute routes, visit the Cycling Pop-Up at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market on June 19 or visit: www.charlottetown.ca/cycling

On Saturday, June 22, visit the Charlottetown Farmers Market (100 Belvedere Avenue) for free bike tune-ups at the City’s Cycling Pop-Up station. PEI Bike Guy, Geoff Murray, will be proving free tune-ups to help prepare bikes for the season (routine maintenance only, no major repairs included). The City will also have cycling safety information and giveaways at the outdoor booth (to the right of the main entrance).

A Skate and BMX Competition, sponsored by Outer Limit Sports, will be held on Saturday, June 22. The competition begins at 10 a.m. at the Victoria Park Skate Park and includes a free BBQ. Onsite registration begins at 10 a.m.

Encouraging active transportation, including cycling, is one of many initiatives underway as part of the implementation of the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). One of the goals of the plan is to reduce the ecological footprint of the City through a focus on reducing commuter traffic. The carbon emissions of the city are greatly reduced when commuters use trails, bike paths or travel by public transit rather than traveling one person to a car.

Stay tuned to the City of Charlottetown’s social media pages throughout Bike Week for a chance to win great prizes. Share a bike related photo during bike week using the hashtag "#IBikeCharlottetown" for a chance to win awesome prize packs. Prize packs include: everything you need for a Downtown Date Night, Family Fun Day, a night out with friends, and more! Make sure the photo is set to public. Contest runs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information or to register for any of these events, click on Sustainability Events under Environment and Sustainability . A friendly reminder that helmets are required by law and must be worn by all cyclists within the City of Charlottetown.