The annual GoByBikeWeek Penticton, hosted by Penticton and Area Cycling Association, returns next week.
Residents are encouraged to bike to work or school from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.
This year, the event is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary.
GoByBike Week is a community event that educates participants about the benefits of incorporating cycling into their commute and everyday life to promote healthy lifestyles, decrease carbon emissions and help save riders money, according to the events coordinator, Karina Chambers.
However the main goal of the program is to celebrate commuter cyclists, while also encouraging first time commuter cyclists. Penticton is one of more than 30 B.C. communities to host a GoByBike Week.
Like so many other events this year, GoByBike Week was postponed in the spring and has had to undergo many changes to make it align with COVID-19 safety protocols this fall.
Chambers hopes that GoBikeWeek motivates people to get out and be active.
“GoByBike Week is here to help people get motivated and give them a reason to hop on their bike, like a new bike from The Bike Barn and lots and lots of other prizes,” she said.
To help local businesses, GoBikeWeek will also be giving away gift certificates for various local shops to encourage its participants to get out and support Penticton companies.
Also, all registered participants will be given a Pedal Perks discount card to be used at various businesses around town.
This year, participants are encouraged to complete events like the Ride the Route and Snap Your Bike Photo Challenge, where participants have to explore Penticton by bike and snap a picture to enter to win prizes.
Registered participants can take part in a scavenger hunt and all day specials at select businesses, like a free smoothie at Booster Juice, a coffee at the Prague Café, treats from Natures Fare Market, free hot desking at Cowork Penticton, as well as two for one tacos at Smugglers Smokehouse.
Schools will also be participating once again with a variety of classroom activities and events. Skaha Middle school has a new set of class bikes that it will be getting it’s students out on during GoByBike Week.
Finally, to wrap the week up, there will be a bike show and shine at the Penticton Safety Village for families. Kids are encouraged to bring their decorated bikes and practice riding the roads, while parents can learn about e-bikes, cargo bikes, bike safety, or get their bike tuned up by Freedom Bike Shop staff.
Participants must be registered to be eligible for prizes.