Cycling Surrey: Rotary rolls out 2nd ‘Bike Day’ guided tours June 1 starting at park

Across region, ‘Go By Bike Week events’ are promoted June 3-9
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Cyclists at the Rotary Club of Surrey’s 2023 Bike Day event at Holland Park in Surrey. (Contributed photo)

On Saturday, June 1, cyclists of all ages and levels will gather at Holland Park for a morning of two-wheeling around North Surrey.

Starting at 9 a.m., the Rotary Club of Surrey’s “Bike Day” event involves guided tours on two routes – one seven kilometres in length, the other 16.

Fees to register are $10 for a solo cyclist or $20 per family on the organization’s website (https://portal.clubrunner.ca/259/Stories/rotary-bike-day-2024).

The shorter route is great for families and casual riders, taking approximately 40 minutes to complete. For those seeking a more vigorous cycling experience, the 16-kilometre route will take about an hour to complete.

“This is the second time we’ve done this at Holland Park, and last year we had around 80 people at the event,” said event organizer Lal Baniya, a local realtor and recreational cyclist.

“We want to promote bike riding,” he added. “The city is building infrastructure for (cycling) in the area, and we want to get even better biking infrastructure in Surrey, so hopefully this will give exposure to the event and attract the attention of the public.”

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Cyclists at the Rotary Club of Surrey’s 2023 Bike Day event at Holland Park in Surrey. (Contributed photo)

Bike Day supporting organizations include HUB Cycling, which backs Go By Bike Week events from June 3-9, with group rides, cycling tours, webinars, online events and more detailed on bikehub.ca/bike-events/go-by-bike-week.

“Ride your bike to the pharmacy, school, work or to grab a coffee, any destination counts and log your trips to track KM’s and greenhouses gas savings, the more trips you log, the more prizes you can win,” the website promises. “This year’s grand prize, sponsored by Exodus Travels, is a holiday to Italy.”

The Bike Day event June 1 at Holland Park is not a fundraiser, Lal noted. Riders are required to bring their own bike and helmet.

“(The fees) are just to cover the cost of the event, and all participants will be provided with a T-shirt for free,” Lal said. “It is not really a fundraiser, but if we get some extra money it will go to the Starfish Pack program that we do.”

The program “provides two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and snacks for local vulnerable children to take home every weekend, is 100% community funded and staffed,” according to a post on starfishpack.com/surrey.

Lal says cycling is “good for health, good for the environment and helps promote an active and healthy lifestyle.”

On May 18, the Rotary Club of Surrey hosted “A Taste of Philippines” dinner at Fleetwood Community Centre, as a way of “promoting Surrey’s cultural diversity while also raising funds for vital local and international projects.”



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