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Vancouverites urged to gear up for Bike to Work Week

The semi-annual cycling event that encourages year-round commuting is taking place May 30 to June 5.

Cyclists climb the Adanac hill between Commercial Drive and Victoria during the June 2015 Bike to Work week.

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Cyclists climb the Adanac hill between Commercial Drive and Victoria during the June 2015 Bike to Work week.

Cycling advocates are urging Vancouverites to gear up to take part in Bike to Work Week, starting Monday.

Hub Cycling is vying to get a record-breaking 13,000 riders on the road when the semi-annual cycling event that encourages year-round commuting on two wheels gets underway May 30 to June 5.

Last year's spring event saw almost 11,000 people take part across all Metro Vancouver municipalities, according to the cycling advocacy group.

Emma Cunnington, manager of Bike to Work Week, said the increasing numbers of participants in the event is largely due to the efforts of governments and TransLink to improve cycling infrastructure.

"Every spring and fall, we say 'it's a new record', and still the numbers continue to grow," Cunnington said in a news release. "If it weren't for the continued work of cities across the region, TransLink and the province … we might not see such strength in numbers, especially the thousands of new riders who start cycle commuting with each event."

Participants are required to register online, which is free, and to log their bike trips every day during the week to be entered to win prizes, including a new bike, each day, as well as a trip for two to Amsterdam on the airline KLM.

Trips must be logged before midnight to be eligible for that day’s grand prize bike.

Anyone who convinces a friend or colleague to sign up for Bike to Work Week can also be entered to win a free coffee from Ethical Bean if they post on Twitter who they’ve recruited using the hash tag #1FriendChallenge. 

For more information on Vancouver's Bike to Work Week, visit Hub Cycling's website.

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