The inaugural edition of the Penticton Bike Festival will begin on May 20. (Robin Grant -Western News)

The inaugural edition of the Penticton Bike Festival will begin on May 20. (Robin Grant -Western News)

1st annual Penticton Bike Festival planned for May 2022

The four-day event will take place during the Victoria Day long weekend

A brand-new community festival is expected to come to the Peach City later this month.

The city’s lake-to-lake bike lane will be occupied by dozens of cyclists during the Victoria Day long weekend for the first annual Penticton Bike Festival.

Organized by the Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA), the four-day event will feature a special mountain bike ride on Sunday morning, May 22, in an effort to bring together the local cycling community and “hopefully bring a few more people into town.”

“Some of the best times to ride in the Okanagan are during the spring and fall,” said Kevin Dyck, the executive director of PACA.

“We want to celebrate bikes of all nature. We’ll be using the bike lane and working with the Bike Barn and the Freedom Bike Shop to host gravel and road rides.”

Dyck presented PACA’s plan to city council on Tuesday, May 3, as part of an update on the organization’s local cycling initiatives.

The presentation included the introduction of “pump tracks,” an area built to develop body awareness on a bicycle, according to Dyck.

PACA secured funding for a pump track on Naramata Road in 2017, however, the organization is hoping to complete the building of one closer to the heart of Penticton’s core by the end of this year.

“Pump tracks” are used to develop body awareness on bicycles, according to PACA executive director Kevin Dyck. (Photo: PACA)

“Pump tracks” are used to develop body awareness on bicycles, according to PACA executive director Kevin Dyck. (Photo: PACA)

The inaugural Penticton Bike Festival will begin on May 20.

“What you’ve accomplished all over town is truly remarkable,” Coun. Katie Robinson told Dyck. “It’s great to have you here.”

READ MORE: Next phase of Penticton’s Lake-to-Lake bike lane begins


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