Festival rides into rec centre

Oak Bay rolls out third annual bike festival for Saturday

Recreation Oak Bay is on a roll.

Saturday’s third annual Oak Bay Bike Festival has something for every age and skill level.

There will be a bike rodeo for the youngsters, skills workshops and safety checks for intermediate riders, and a giant air bag jump and stunts and obstacles for the more daring. There will also be exhibits from local bike shops, a chance to meet champion trail rider John Webster and state-of-the-art bike fitting, courtesy of physiotherapist Barb Bialokoz. And best of all, it’s all free, sponsored by the Oak Bay Community Initiatives Committee and Recreation Oak Bay.

“Toddlers just learning on a two-wheeler, they can come through and learn about road safety. We will also have these stunts that kids can try if they want,” said Janet Barclay, manager of recreation program services with Recreation Oak Bay.

If the weather co-operates, the more daring riders will be able to test their skills by taking their cycle off a ramp and into a giant air bag.

“I would say we probably had about 300 through last year, and that was pretty good considering it poured. It was like a tropical rainstorm, said Barclay.

“Things turned out so well we have planned it indoors this year in conjunction with Sports Day Canada.”

The bike festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at the indoor sports field at Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee St.

For more information, call Recreation Oak Bay at 250-595-7946 or visit http://oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/news/spotlight/oak-bay-community-bike-ride-and-festival.

 

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