Island Cycles: 

News from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance

 

Bike trippers are more productive:

Ask your employer to buy you a bike trip!  The World Health Organization has estimated some of the cash values of a physically active workforce.  In Canada, 6% of health care costs are attributable to inactivity.  Sick leave in the U.S. is reduced by 6-32% where activity programs are introduced in the workplace and productivity gains have been calculated at anywhere from 2-52%.  You can’t afford NOT to take a bike trip.  Find out more at:

http://www.who.int/hpr/physactiv/economic.benefits.shtml

 

Getting on your bike and get active!

Here is another way to get active on the way to work.  Victoria’s Bike to Work Week is 10 years old!  The countdown this year’s events (June 7th to 13th) can be followed at:

www.biketoworkvictoria.ca

You can do it in Nanaimo too.  Bike Week is May 31 to June 6th.  Find more info at: http://thegncc.org

 

Bike for fun:

Skip work and bike for fun.  Mount Washington Alpine Resort will be the site of the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Adventure Relay multi-sport race.  Race day is April 25th, 2004.  Mountain biking and road cycling stages are links from the mountain to the sea.  Find out more at:

http://www.mountwashington.ca/winter04/

 

Whale Watching by Bike:

Staying at sea level?  Roll onto BC Ferries for any one of a number of journeys around coastal British Columbia.  Reliable sources say the most likely route for seeing whales is Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Departure Bay in Nanaimo.  The Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance will conduct further research to confirm claims.  Want to get on board?  Find schedules at:

www.bcferries.com

 

Stop and Smell the Roses:

More places to ride your bike:  Butchart’s Gardens celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2004.  http://www.butchartgardens.com/ Elsewhere on the Island?  Check out Milner Gardens and Woodland at Qualicum Beach:  http://www.milnergardens.org/

 

Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance:

Winner of the Best Marketing Award of 2003 at last month’s Tourism BC Industry Conference, VICTA is your source for information on cycling Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and coastal British Columbia.  Get info at:  www.cyclevancouverisland.ca Contact us for a copy of our trip planning map “Cycle Vancouver Island – It’s Worth the Ride”.  Get your business on the map.  More info from johnluton@shaw.ca

 

Get Maps: VICTA will carry an extensive library of local maps and information guides covering Vancouver Island. Vist the maps page on www.cyclevancouverisland.ca

 

Got an event or tourism tip? Favourite Ride? Share it with VICTA: johnluton@shaw.ca

 

Island Cycles is published by:

John Luton, 22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S 1S6; 250-592-4753/250-886-4166 (cell) johnluton@shaw.ca

Coordinator, Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance, Chair, Victoria Host Committee for Pro Walk - Pro Bike 2004*

*Pro Walk – Pro Bike 2004, is hosted by the National Centre for Bicycling and Walking in Washington, DC.  The conference will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, September 7 – 10More info at: :  www.capitalbikeandwalk.org