VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – How do you get to the polls on election day?
On two feet? How about on two wheels instead?
New research suggests if you bike to work, chances are you’re in better shape than your car-loving counterparts. Now, a local cycling group wants you to use your pedal power to get yourself to the polling station too.
HUB: Your Cycling Connection is rolling out a social media campaign on Thursday, calling on you to “Bike to Vote” this May 14th.
The group says it’s another way to inform people about the benefits of cycling.
“Voting stations are typically between two to five kilometres from your place of work, as well as your place of residence… [It’s a] perfect opportunity to get on your bike and get to the polling station,” says Mauree Aki Matsusaka, marketing and communications coordinator with HUB.
She insists the push isn’t just about cycling, though.
“It’s also about sustainable transportation, more connected communities, safer streets, [the] environment, [and the] economic benefits cycling can bring. But really, it’s about making the election engaging, [getting] more people… out to vote and participating and making it fun.”
HUB is one of a number of groups through the BC Cycling Coalition that is calling on all provincial parties to promise $75 million in the coming campaign to fund cycling infrastructure and initiatives, with most of the cash going to safer cycle routes.