The City of Charlottetown, together with the Town of Stratford, the Town of Cornwall, Cycling PEI and various other partners are hosting a number of community events to celebrate Bike Week, taking place June 3 – 10.
As part of Bike Week, and to celebrate National Health and Fitness day, the City of Charlottetown is hosting a free cycling event on Saturday, June 3. Cycle Our City will begin at Joe Ghiz Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. and includes a bike repair clinic offered by MacQueen’s Bike Shop, proper helmet fittings provided by the Brain Injury Association, fitness in the park with toys and sports equipment provided by go!PEI, and a group ride on the confederation trail to the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market. The Charlottetown Farmer’s Market Cooperative will be unveiling their micro-grant project, the Living Roof Bike Shelter at noon and then Cycling PEI will be providing a Learn to Bike with Push Bike session for children ages two and up. There is no cost to attend and people of all ages and abilities are welcome. Participants must bring their own bicycle and wear a helmet in order to participate in the group bike ride. Children must be supervised by an adult.
"Bike Week is an opportunity to promote cycling and show how cycling can easily be part of every day," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "This week aims to encourage active transportation and educate the public about social, health and environmental benefits. Our city is the perfect size for active transportation and I commend the three municipalities for working together to host several cycling events. We invite the community to join us throughout the month of June."
Friday, June 9 is Car Free Day, a tri-municipal initiative to encourage people to consider sustainable transportation options, including: active transportation (cycling, walking, etc.) and using public transit. T3 Transit and Youth Matters will be offering free, single passes to riders after completing a short survey. Complimentary T3 Transit passes will be available online and in person, more details to be announced next week. The three municipalities, with their Car Free Day sponsor, Sporting Intentions, will launch a social media contest for a chance to win some great cycling prizes for participants. For more information and a chance to win prizes visit the event page at: www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown/.
For the month of June, and to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle (June 12), a heritage display on Cycling in Charlottetown will be set up at the City’s Planning and Heritage Department (233 Queen Street). The display will include historical photos that show the history of cycling in Charlottetown. In honor of the 200th anniversary, there will be a Throwback Thursday social media contest throughout the month of June. Each Thursday in June, the public is encouraged to share "throw-back" cycling themed photos of themselves/family members for a chance to win one of three great prizes, donated by Outer Limit Sports. In order to be entered in the contest, participants must ensure the post is public and use the hashtags #BikingIsBack and #IBikeChtown. The prize draw will happen at the end of the month.
Various cycling activities will also be offered through the Town of Cornwall and Town of Stratford and Cycling PEI, to view a full schedule of events, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/bikeweek.php.
City of Charlottetown