Two-Week Fall Bike Challenge Gears Up in the North Okanagan – Vernon Morning Star


The crisp autumn air, the changing leaves, the arborists harvesting the crops. As summer gives way to fall, it’s time to kick things into high gear…literally.

Fall GoByBike Weeks kicks off in Vernon and the North Okanagan on Monday, October 3, and this time the event runs for two weeks, until October 16.

GoByBike Weeks is an annual challenge that motivates people of all ages to trade in their cars and get around on their bikes, then log their rides online at for a chance to win great prizes .

Small-wheeled transportation trips (like skateboards, longboards, scooters, e-scooters, and rollerblades) can be recorded whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, or just having fun.

In the spring of 2022, 626 cyclists from Vernon and North Okanagan cycled more than 20,000 kilometers, the equivalent of more than half the world, and helped save 4,346 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions. tight.

“We’re building on a very successful spring GoByBike week, where we saw a huge jump in new riders signing up in Vernon and the North Okanagan,” said Anne Huisken, the city’s active transportation coordinator. “It’s clear that GoByBike Week has become a very popular and highly anticipated event for community members of all ages. Let’s go, Vernon, and show the rest of the province how we roll.

Vernon and North Okanagan cyclists who log at least three trips during the fall GoByBike weeks will be entered into a draw for the local grand prize, an introductory wellness getaway at Sparkling Hill Resort or $1,000 to spend at a local bike shop of their choice.

The provincial grand prize is a self-guided cycling trip for two in Italy, sponsored by Exodus Travels. We remind registrants that to be eligible for the Provincial Grand Prize, they must also register on the Exodus Travels website at

GoByBike Weeks are part of the City of Vernon’s broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make active transportation the first choice for getting around Vernon.

With shorter, cooler days ahead, the city would like to remind all cyclists to use your lights, wear light clothing, watch out for icy and slippery sections, and as always, wear your helmet.

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