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Events encourage environmental awareness

Bike to Work Week starts May 27, Enviro Fest set for next month

Nina Arnold and her coworkers plan to be on their bikes quite a bit next week. The marketing manager and her co-workers at RTown Communications plan to do some extra pedalling during the week of May 27 to June 2 to mark Bike to Work Week (BTWW).

Arnold said there are a number of benefits to parking the car and riding a bike to work:

"It's the combination of getting out and getting some exercise before work and saving some gas along the way — not using your car. I think it's a win-win."

BTWW coordinator Kim Slater said more than 20 Whistler teams have registered to take part in the week — Squamish and Pemberton numbers are lagging behind the resort so far.

Registered BTWW participants who cycle to work at least three of the seven days are eligible for donated prizes, including a season's pass to the Whistler bike park.

Prizewinners will be announced on June 8 at Whistler EnviroFest fair.

The fair is a chance for businesses and service clubs to promote the work they do in the community for the environment. It will offer interactive games and activities at Olympic Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The EnviroFest is really trying to get young people engaged in fun activities that help to convey how a healthy community supports a healthy environment," said Slater, who also organizes this event.

The next day there will be a Dinner and Dialogue Evening at the museum featuring a three-course dinner provided by Alta Bistro and the screening of a movie called Edible City.

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online through