As cycling enthusiasts like to proclaim, the combination of bicycle and rider is the most efficient machine on earth in terms of distance travelled for energy expended.
A commute by bicycle has multiple benefits: it reduces vehicle emissions, thereby reducing health risks to others; it reduces your spending on fuel; it helps to alleviate traffic congestion; it improves the physical fitness of the cyclist; and as you glide past drivers stuck in another traffic jam, it sends a strong message about the advantages of active transportation.
Cycling can be part of your everyday routine for getting to work or school, shopping and visiting friends. Using your own energy to get places increases your overall level of daily physical activity.
In municipalities across Ontario Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Month have been proclaimed, promoting the value of active transportation.
The City of Barrie is celebrating Bike to Work Week on from May 26 to June 1. It's an event organized by the Barrie Cycling Club and community partners.The week will kick off with a breakfast celebration at City Hall on Monday, May 26 at 8 a.m. Arrive by bike or on foot for a free breakfast in the rotunda, and flag-raising in the courtyard, before heading off to school or work. There will be some interesting speakers and other little takeaways. Try out the new bike racks on Barrie’s buses if you have a longer distance to travel.
Regardless of the town you're in, the weather is great and the time is right to start riding to school or to work. Consider making this your personal Bike to Work Week.
Active Transportation is any form of human‐powered, non‐motorized transportation such as walking, cycling or wheeling (e.g. in-line skating/skateboarding). Click here for information about what you can do to make a difference, and how your municipality can support active transportation.
Remember that, except on some multi-use trails, cycling in Simcoe and Muskoka means riding alongside motorized vehicles on roadways. Riding on local roadways requires special attention to safety and the rules of the road. To refresh your memory on bicycle safety, visit www.ontario.ca/safecycling.