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Bike to Work Week kicking off on Monday

Fall Bike to Work Week is running Oct. 26 to Nov.

Fall Bike to Work Week is running Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 in the Lower Mainland and the free, public event is featuring dozens of volunteers offering free coffee, snacks and bike repairs at more than 40 celebration stations along bike routes, a number of which are on the North Shore.

In addition, initiative host HUB Cycling is tackling the topic of wet weather riding, according to a press release from the organization. There used to be the perception that only hardcore cyclists ride in the rain, said Laura Jane, Bike to Work Week manager, in the statement. But there's no such thing as 'a cyclist' - just people who happen to ride bikes, she said. Many people ride bikes now, and living in Metro Vancouver means embracing its mild and sometimes wet winters. Fall Bike to Work Week is about raising awareness of how enjoyable, refreshing and energizing it can be to ride a bike, especially to work.

Bike to Work Week includes more than $20,000 of prizes, daily draws for new bikes and a bike trip for two to Vietnam from Exodus Travels. The week will close Friday, Oct. 30 with a Halloween Bike Wrap-up Party at Oxford Properties' Oceanic Plaza, featuring free treats, hot chocolate, bike repairs and costumed fun.