Bike month unites Shuswap

Bike Month events and group rides encourage local residents to get their bicycles…

  • May. 11, 2016 12:00 p.m.

The evidence is becoming too compelling to ignore: how we design our communities for travel has a direct impact on how healthy we are – and, it seems, how wealthy.

As the annual Bike-to-Work-and-School week approaches (May 30t to June 3), the local planning group in Salmon Arm is inviting residents throughout the Shuswap to use the entire month of May to highlight the benefits of walking and cycling.

A growing body of research is demonstrating people are more likely to be physically active in neighborhoods and towns that adopt active design standards that encourage walking and cycling as a primary transportation option. And those communities also seem to be realizing economic benefits in the form of increased property values, more resilient business districts, reduced health care spending, and lower infrastructure costs.

Several notable planning efforts in the Shuswap are setting a path toward healthier transportation options. These include the Enderby-Splatsin Active Transportation Plan, Sicamous’s Age and Dementia Friendly Community Planning, Salmon Arm’s Greenway Strategy and Bicycle Connector Planning, the CSRD’s Area Parks Plans, Chase’s discussion to develop a Walking Master Plan, and the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy.

“Participating in these planning initiatives is critical to ensure walking and cycling is a priority,” says Phil McIntyre-Paul with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, pointing to the excellent resources on active transportation on Interior Health’s website under Planning for Healthier Communities. For a feedback tool on bicycle connector planning visit the Shuswap Trail Alliance website.

Bike Month events and group rides encourage local residents to get their bicycles out and use some pedal time to think about how Shuswap communities might retrofit their community to make walking and cycling easier. Check out shuswapbike.com.  Register for Bike to Work Week at www.biketowork.ca/Shuswap

And mark Saturday, May 14, down for a full on street festival of everything cyclical at the Annual Salty Street Fest on Hudson Street, Salmon Arm. Check the details online at saltystreetfest.com.

The Shuswap Bike Month team includes the Shuswap Bike Club, Downtown Salmon Arm, Salmon Arm Economic Development, Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, Shuswap Tourism, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Shuswap Events, and Skookum Cycle and Ski.

 

 

 

Just Posted

In Photos: Trooper attracts a crowd on Shuswap Lake

Hundreds of boats turn up to watch the Canadian rockers play atop a 94 foot houseboat

Salmon Arm Secondary hosts B.C. mountain biking championships

Over 200 riders expected to hit the trails May 25-26

Tanto Latte brings authentic Italian flavour to the Okanagan

Organic Italian cheese to be produced in Salmon Arm

Shuswap karate instructor doubles for Hollywood’s big stars

Holly Raczynski’s latest job was as a stunt double on the upcoming X-Men film, Dark Phoenix

Rain will push risk of ‘extreme flooding’ in Okanagan

River Forecast Centre says rainfall over the next 24-36 hours will have the greatest impact

VIDEO: Grand Forks shores up defences as floodwaters rise to peak levels

Canadian Forces, volunteers working to protect low-lying areas

The Okanagan shines in foodie finalist list

Western Living has released their 2018 list of finalists

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Canada to face U.S. for bronze at world hockey championship

Canada was looking to play in the gold medal game for a fourth straight year, but saw 3-2 loss

Most Read