Get your helmet ready, lace-up your shoes, take your bicycle out of the garage and prepare to enjoy various active events in Belleville throughout the month of June.
“This is a time to bring attention to the importance of creating community environments that support and encourage people to bike more through municipal policy and infrastructure,” says Tanya Hill, Health Promoter with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. “A bicycle-friendly community not only provides residents with opportunities for physical activity, but also allows those without cars to travel around the city easier and contributes to a healthier environment with cleaner air.”
You can get involved by taking the Commuter Challenge and promote active and sustainable commuting in your workplace. This friendly competition between workplaces celebrates active and sustainable ways of getting around. Cyclists can also participate by sharing their #BellevilleBikeSelfie throughout May and June, and join in on community events like the Bike To Work Breakfast and Glow Ride to get connected with other cyclists in the area.
People are encouraged to make a commitment to at least one sustainable commute to work from May 31 to June 6 and receive a chance to win fabulous prizes. The winner of the workplace challenge is declared at the end of the week to the workplace with the highest percentage of healthier commuters.
Belleville Bike Month Events
Commuter Challenge – May 31 to June 6
This friendly competition between workplaces celebrates sustainable and active ways of commuting. Register and track your active commutes at www.commuterchallenge.ca
Bike to Work Breakfast – June 4, 7 am to 9 am, Market Square
Let’s gather downtown for a free healthy pancake breakfast to celebrate everyone who has enjoyed biking as a sustainable form of commuting on Bike to Work Day, June 4.
Shop and Mingle – June 6, 7 pm, Ideal Bike
Come on out to Ideal Bike for bike repair tips, new product demonstrations and a discussion of local infrastructure and policy issues in Belleville.
Glow Ride – June 13, 9:30 pm, Market Square
Bring your family, friends, bikes and plenty of glow sticks and lights for a joy ride around town with the folks from Belleville On Bikes.
Pedal Palooza Bike Festival – June 20, 10 am to 2 pm, Riverside Park
Come out to this fun family event and celebrate bikes! Join us for a Kids Bike Rodeo, Free helmet giveaways, a bike repair clinic, an adult cycling skill development workshop, and much more.
Bike and Save – June 1 to 30
Local businesses are celebrating Bike Month too! Visit www.BellevilleBikeMonth.ca for a list of participating businesses.
#BellevilleBikeSelfie – May 4 to June 30
Throughout June, use #BellevilleBikeSelfie and post pictures of you, your bike and a Belleville landmark on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win prizes.