A lot can change in a year. The world is definitely a different place now, with more opportunities to travel and socialize face-to-face. The life of Samuel Goddard is also very different.
In the summer of 2021, the Campbell River resident was diagnosed with depression and substance abuse issues. So he decided to change his routine.
“I needed to make some drastic changes in my life and as part of that I started commuting between my job and my job on my bike. At this point, I’m happy to report that I feel great better both mentally and physically, and I can certainly attest that a significant part of the progress I have made is due to my daily bike rides.
Randy Gregory from Kamloops and Kristy Gabelhouse of Nanaimo are also in a different place in 2022 â literally. They have each won an Exodus Travels Cycling Adventure grand prize by participating in GoByBike week (Randy in fall 2019 and Kristy in fall 2021), and now that travel restrictions have eased, they’re both swapping prices this spring.
“I’ve been to at least four GoByBike events and entered the grand prize competition each time. I’m so grateful to have won the grand prize this year. I’ll be taking my mom with me on the adventure cyclist in France because she also loves cycling, gardens and wine!â Kristy said.
Follow @GoByBikeBC on social media to travel alongside Kristy as she cycles through France during Spring GoByBike Week May 30-June 5!
Spring 2022 Grand Prize
This year’s grand prize is a Cycling adventure in the Netherlands Sponsored by exodus journeys. It’s free to enter, fun to participate, and all you do is:
- Register for GoByBike spring week.
- Log at least one bike ride from May 30 to June 5, 2022. Every ride counts, but the more rides the better!
- Enter the Exodus raffle here.
GetStreetWise before GoByBike
To help cyclists gain confidence and stay safe, GoByBike BC Society is partnering with HUB Cycling to offer FREE online cycling training classes ahead of GoByBike week this spring.
These interactive online courses are aimed at beginner to intermediate cyclists of all ages – sign up now for StreetWise Cycling Online (adults) or Learn2Ride (youth) and take the course at your own pace. Learn more and register for free here. Participants receive a certificate after successfully completing the course!
Kids, grab mom and dad and tell them it’s time to gain some confidence on the bikes in the garage. Teachers, register your whole class to keep your students safe as they ride this summer.
Every race counts
GoByBike BC Society envisions a future where everyone can experience the joy of cycling – for transportation, for play, for well-being, for the planet.
This Spring 2022 GoByBike Week encourages participants to log all bike rides from May 30 through June 5. Every journey counts, and it doesn’t even have to be on a bike! Participate using a scooter, roller skates or roller skates to get your body moving, reduce car emissions and have fun. GoByBike week is a great time to try cycling for part or all of your ride, as you’ll notice a lot more support on the roads. Try a multimodal route: bus to work and bike home, bus halfway and bike the rest, or drive to a park-and-ride and bike the rest of the way. Every bit counts.
GoByBike Week isn’t just for your work or school trips. Ride a bike for stress relief or exercise. Explore your community’s mountain bike trails. When you run out of milk, choose the bike for quick trips to the store. Each trip you register increases your chances of winning a prize. There are tons of great prizes to be won sponsored by AXIOM cycling gear, Mountain Equipment Cooperative, SUGOIand After.
Tip: Link your STRAVA account to your GoByBike account and your rides will be recorded automatically! Share your STRAVA rides on social media and tag @GoByBikeBC to enter additional STRAVA raffles!
Create a team for more impact and more fun!
- Coworkers: Which office department can log more miles? If you’re still working remotely, creating a team is a great way to feel connected.
- Family and friends: Invite aunts and uncles, grandkids or siblings to join your team and track who travels the furthest.
- Neighbors: Create a neighborhood challenge and compete to see who can pedal the fastest down the street!
- Classmates: Make each class its own team and see who in your school can register the most participants. Which class can save the most greenhouse gases by cycling to school?
For instructions on registering your team, visit gobybikebc.ca/resources/create-a-team. Teams have more opportunities to win exclusive prizes!
For the planet
In 2021, 50,415 participants cycled over 1.9 million kilometers and avoided 418,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere during the GoByBike Winter, Spring and Fall weeks. . Let’s beat it in 2022! Log all your bike rides to see how many kilograms of greenhouse gases you’ve saved.
If you have any questions about contests or events in your community, please contact your local community coordinator. If you have any questions about the provincial GoByBike Week program or the GoByBike BC Society, please contact [email protected].
About GoByBike BC Company
GoByBike BC is a provincial non-profit corporation that promotes active transportation through the use of bicycles for daily transportation throughout the province of British Columbia. They believe that cycling regularly can improve physical and mental health and help reduce our environmental impact on the planet.
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