Explore Saanich by bike during the Cycling Festival
May 1, 2019
For immediate release
Saanich, BC – Residents are encouraged to get outside and explore the municipality’s vast cycling network during the 10th annual Saanich Cycling Festival Sunday May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 2019 festival route includes six community celebration stations where participants collect stamps on their event map for a chance to win prizes as they make their way to the main festival site located at the Saanich Municipal Hall.
“The Saanich Cycling Festival is a great event for families,” said Councillor Brownoff. “Explore our cycling network together while exploring Saanich, visit the celebration stations and come back to our Municipal Hall and enjoy the activities, music and food. See you there!”
A variety of free family activities will take place in the Municipal Hall parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including:
- a bike rodeo;
- cycling obstacle course and skills challenge;
- kids decorated bike parade;
- face painting;
- inflatable slide obstacle and games;
- bike safety tent; and
- festival food carts and concessions.
The kids decorated bike ride starts at 1 p.m. with a 1.5 km or 2.2 km route option and is open to all ages and abilities. This year, kids can meet and ride with cyclists training at Pacific Sport for the Olympics.
Participants can pick up an event map at any of the six celebration stations in the community:
- Saanich Municipal Hall
- Tillicum and Galloping Goose Trail
- Grange Road and Galloping Goose Trail
- Quadra Street and Lochside Trail
- Blenkinsop Greenway - Lochside Trail
- Lochside Elementary School
In addition to Saanich departmental displays, many partner organizations will have interactive information booths on display at the main festival site: VeloFix, Oak Bay Bikes, Bikemaps.org, Bike to Work Week Society, Capital Regional District (CRD) Parks and Trails, CRD Climate Action and Active School, North Park Bike Shop, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Mac’s Cycle, Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Mt. View Colquitz Community Association, U-Bike, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Atlantis Programs – Pedalheads.
Visit saanich.ca for more information and to view the route for the Saanich Cycling Festival.
Councillor and Chair, Active Transportation Committee
Programmer II – Events,