Friday marks the ninth annual Bike to Work Day. The event is put on by Bike Week Winnipeg and it encourages all commuters to grab their bike and ride to work.
Both CAA Manitoba and Bike Week Winnipeg have pit-stops set up throughout the city to provide services to cyclists, including tire and chain repair.
Erika Miller from CAA Manitoba says if you are planning to be on your bike tomorrow, make sure that you are visible to drivers.
“Be predictable and visible,” says Miller. “Bright colours and reflective clothing can definitely be a life-saver, especially in the early morning or at night.”
Dave Elmore from Bike Week Winnipeg says those who are apprehensive about taking their bike should familiarize themselves with the bike routes in Winnipeg to feel more comfortable.
“Winnipeg does have a bike map that shows all of the bike routes and the various places where there are bike lanes,” says Elmore. “Look at that bike map and figure out a route for yourself.”
Elmore says that people have a tendency to forgot about their tires.
“If you look at the side of a bicycle tire it will tell you the maximum pressure that you can put in those tires,” Elmore says. “And if you pump those things right up to the maximum pressure, obviously you’ll have a lot less rolling resistance and make your ride a whole lot easier.”
Elmore added that a u-lock is the best way to ensure your bike is safe while you’re at work.