During the last week of May, Iridia staff participated in Metro Vancouver’s Bike to Work Week. Bike to Work Week which is a twice annual event, encourages avid cyclists and new riders alike to sign up, log their communities, win prizes, and be part of making Metro Vancouver a better place to live. Improving air quality, reducing road congestion, improving personal health and connecting with their communities are a few of the benefits realized by Bike to Work participants.
This spring’s Bike to Work Week had approximately 4,500 participants, who biked a total of 320,435 logged kilometres! The three person Iridia bike team rode a total of 300km throughout the week.
Aside from the environmental benefits of biking instead of driving, cycling is great for your health! The heart is one of the most important organs for a healthy life but can suffer from an inactive lifestyle. Cycling is ideal for training the heart to be stronger which results in less stress on the heart. All the risk factors that lead to a heart attack are reduced, and regular cycling decreases the likelihood of heart attack by more than 50%. In addition, moderate cycling can prevent, or at least reduce, high blood pressure and help avoid stroke or damage to your organs.
One of Iridia`s Values is Social Responsibility. Bike to Work Week is a great example of how this value goes beyond Iridia`s bottom line and extends into promoting and encouraging practices that are socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. Iridia has provided its employees with the facilities and amenities to bike to work and, in turn, directly impacts the amount of greenhouse gasses and other emissions that could be potentially put into the air by driving to work.
Even though Bike to Work Week is over, our staff will continue to bike to work, rain or shine, and we encourage everyone to get out for a cycle!
Bike Route Map of Metro Vancouver
ICBC Bike tips – http://www.icbc.com/news/2011may26-04
HUB – http://www.bikehub.ca