Check your tire pressure, oil up your bike and join in on Bella Coola Bike Week, June 15 to 21. Active Communities Bella Coola, a Bella Coola General Hospital initiative has organized a week of bike events to highlight the spirit of bike riding. Take this week to ignite your bike love or dust off a neglected wheeler and rediscover the benefits of biking.
Biking….puts a big fat smile on your face , keeps the doctor away, feels like flying, produces zero emissions, slows global warming, whizzes past traffic jams, gives you legs of steel, it’s as quiet as a mouse, there is no need to pay for gas, auto insurance, or parking, and the earth sends a lil’ extra luv to those on bicycles (this is scientifically documented).
That’s just to name a few, so hop on board the best invention ever. The week begins with a Father’s Day Family Ride starting at 10 am at BCE. The RCMP will escort riders along the scenic wharf road with refreshments and prizes at dockside. Acwsalcta School is making a big bike love statement with a daily group bike commute from townsite to the school, also piloted by the men in red serge.
This is the week to activate that commuting wish, come join our handful of cyclists and commute to work or school. If distance is stopping you, park at Hagensborg or Lobelco parking lot and break in slowly; the point is to just START. Build and track your weekly kilometers for a chance to win!
Two of our local yoga instructors, Mary and Sandy, also bike devotees, are offering free classes for cyclist this week with emphasis on cycling muscle groups. If yoga isn’t your sublime and as Geoff says, “you’ve got a few loose screws”, join Geoff Gericke on June 19th at 6PM for an adrenaline pumping mountain bike ride at East Nusatsum.
On Friday, June 20 celebrate solstice on a women’s night ride. Meet at the Saloompt and the Hwy 20 intersection at 6pm. Dress up yourself, or your bike and travel down Saloompt Road on the longest night of the year. The night ends at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge with drinks and appys for $5. Bike week finishes with an eclectic Bike Week Crawl on Saturday, July 21.
Meet at Walker Island and Hwy. 20 juncture at 10AM for a ride filled with appetite, agriculture and art. The ride winds its way up to Hagensborg with stops at Dragonfly Studio, free coffee at Jen’s, Liz Endicott’s beautiful garden, Haywire Farm, the Art House and Creekside Studio Gallery. The tour will culminate with a $5 lunch at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge. Prizes and draws during all events. Registration is required for both the Women’s Night ride and the Bike Crawl, phone Monica to register. This week, fall in love with your bike.