The community is invited to don their spandex (or not) and celebrate the opening of the Saanichton Bike N’ Ride.
The event promises fun for the whole family and will include refreshments, speeches, giveaways, an e-bike demonstration station and a bike skills station. Local Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders will also be holding a bike-a-thon with Central Saanich Fire Chief Kenn Mount and Central Saanich Police Service Cpl. Pat Bryant logging training hours and raising money for childhood cancer research and support services.
The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m. The facility is located off Lisnoe Ave in Saanichton, across the street from the Prairie Inn.
The new facility offers a place for cyclists to store their bikes, rest, tune up and charge e-bikes in the heart of Saanichton. The project was initiated by the Saanichton Village Association who saw the need for bike storage in the village and contributed $28,220 to make the project a reality. The association also commissioned local artist Sarah Jim of the W̱SÁNEĆ nation to add public art to the facility. Jim’s bull kelp design represents community, highlights the important role of kelp forests in underwater ecosystems, and brings the coastal environment of the area into the village.
“Amenities for cyclists are critical to supporting an active community and I’m looking forward to celebrating with the community and the Saanichton Village Association,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor.
“The event is a big celebration of new cycling opportunities in our community,” said Saanichton Village Association President Jim Townley, who notes the event takes place during Go By Bike Week and encourages attendees to pedal to the event if possible. “The Saanichton Village Association is very proud of this project and enjoyed the collaborative effort made by local government and many businesses and groups to make it happen.”