International Bike to Work day is Friday, May 15 and, for the fourth year, City of Charlottetown staff will be taking part. The City, in partnership with Cycling PEI, is encouraging everyone to participate by cycling for their commute to and from work.
"Bike to Work day has been a great staff engagement event for us for the last four years and we encourage everyone to take part," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We are so fortunate to have so many trails and bike-able routes in the city and it’s great to see people taking advantage of them and being active."
Bike to Work 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.
Research completed for the Regional Active Transportation Plan (2012) show that in 2006 that 15 per cent of Charlottetown residents cycle or walk to work. As more bike routes are made available and more people become interested in cycling, the City anticipates this number will grow.
"Our City departments continue to look at ways for how we can make cycling more accessible and safe in the city," said Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability committee. "We want to see the number of cycling and pedestrian commuters increase as it has numerous benefits to commuters and the community – from cleaner air due to less greenhouse gas emissions, to less demand on parking, to improved health and reduced cost for travel."
"Bike to Work day is a great opportunity to test out your bike commute at the beginning of the season," said Mike Connolly, Executive Director of Cycling PEI. "It gives participants the opportunity to see what it is like to travel this way and integrate it into their work routine for the summer months."
To view the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (2010), visit: www.charlottetown.ca/pdfs2013/chtown_sustainability_report2012_FINAL.PDF
For more information on active transportation routes in Charlottetown, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/trailsandactivetransportation.php
City of Charlottetown
Executive Director of Cycling PEI