Mayor Issues Challenge for Bike to Work Day

Mayor Issues Challenge for Bike to Work and School Day
Posted on 06/13/2019
Mayor Philip Brown has issued a challenge to Charlottetown City Council to use their bicycles for transportation on Friday, June 21 for Bike to Work and School Day.

Bike to Work and School Day 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.

“I see cycling as a key element of a healthy and vibrant city, where residents have opportunities for safe, enjoyable and suitable travel. With this in mind I am issuing a challenge to my Council colleagues to join me in participating in Bike to Work and School Day,” said Mayor Philip Brown. “We are lucky to live in such a cycle friendly city and I look forward to seeing residents around Charlottetown on their bikes June 21.”

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.

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).

“I further extend the challenge to both Cornwall and Stratford’s Mayor and Council,” said Mayor Brown. “Together we can show those we represent that cycling is a great way to get around safely and efficiently.”
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, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/cycling . A friendly reminder that helmets are required by law and must be worn by all cyclists within the City of Charlottetown.