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Fall Go-By-Bike Week sees hundreds participate in Smithers

Participants log kilometres and are entered to win provincial and local prizes including free bikes
Go-By-Bike Week ended with a glow-in-the-dark ride on the Smithers-Telkwa multi-purpose trail. (Contributed photo)

The fall edition of Go By Bike Week has wrapped up with an impressive number of cyclists taking part in Smithers.

The total number of fall campaign participants in Smithers was 177.

In comparison, Whistler, which has double the population of Smithers had 232 riders.

Regionally, Burns Lake had one rider, Houston had five, Terrace had six and Prince Rupert had 45.

Smithers Bikes volunteer coordinator Sheena Miller said these numbers weren’t bad for snow and rain and everything in between during a cold snap that lasted pretty much the entire two weeks. She added another 113 participants took part in the activities over the two weeks that did not register.

The purpose of the campaign is to kick-start active transportation habits and celebrate cycling.

The spring edition normally sees much higher participation, with approximately 600 riders.

The fall campaign ended with a glow-in-the-dark mass bike ride on Oct. 29. Registered participants took an evening ride with glow-sticks at the Cycle 16 Kiosk trailhead.

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Marisca Bakker

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Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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