Cyclists claim commuter challenge

Biking to work is faster than driving according to the 2015 Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge

  • May. 28, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Biking to work is faster than driving according to the 2015 Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge. Twenty cyclist/driver teams put their wheels to the test seeing who – following all of the rules of the road and parking legally – could get to the downtown Victoria finish line first on May 20.

Of the 20 teams, 14 cyclists beat their motorist by one to 10 minutes, with an average commute time of 18 minutes. Two teams were tied.  Teams began from their own starting points, including: Esquimalt, Saanich, Victoria, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Cadboro Bay and Oak Bay, ending at the Starbucks on Fort and Blanshard streets.

For the most part, cyclists travelling from the further reaches of the community still beat their car-counterparts. Cyclists travelling from Colwood, Langford and View Royal had an average commute time of 28 minutes.

The commuter challenge was a prelude to the 21st annual Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week that kicked off Monday. In a recent survey, 90 per cent of respondents who started biking to work during Bike to Work Week are still riding today. Workplace teams can still register online until May 31 at

Sportsview lounge offered a reprieve

The recreation commission maintains that Sportsview Lounge and Grill will continue as usual.

Closure during the slowest months, utilization of that space to add revenue through summer camps and hosting additional cultural events culminated in the eatery at Oak Bay Rec meeting its budget for the first time in years. Though that budget is set at a loss.

Those efforts, combined with the expected addition of ‘culture’ to the parks and recreation mandate, as well as costly estimates to renovate the space, add up to a reprieve for next year.  Sportsview closes at the end of the month and reopens in September.



Oak Bay sets out to bond with neighbours

Oak Bay now has a First Nations Task Force “to work with the CAO to continue in a direction set out in the OCP in building bridges with First Nation partners,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen.

Three council members serve on the task force, councillors Tara Ney, Eric Zhelka and Tom Croft.



Little works, big results

The Avenue Gallery proved even small things can make a big difference. The popular Oak Bay gallery hosted a special exhibition and sale, A Little Something … in May,  with partial proceeds going to Victoria Hospice. The event resulted in a donation of over $2,700 from the gallery and artists.



Walk for dog guides

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is celebrating 30 years of supporting Canadians with physical and medical disabilities, and Victoria is hosting one of more than 200 walks taking place across the country this spring.

The annual event raises funds for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, a national charitable organization which breeds, trains and places service dogs with qualifying applicants.

The Victoria walk is Sunday (May 31) at Ogden Point. Registration and sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m. To register or donate, please go online to


Just Posted

UPDATED: Man arrested on Richmond Avenue after standoff with police following ‘serious assault’

Police were called early Sunday morning following an assault in the building

Victoria harpist releases ‘old school’ jazz album, makes singing debut

Musician ‘blown away’ by reactions to her seventh album Songs From the Harp

Victoria’s Christmas bird count set to take flight

More volunteers needed on the West Shore for Dec. 14 count

Trees topped, greenery snatched from Saanich park

‘If everyone took one thing, there’d be nothing left,’ says president of park society

New Saanich resident says volunteers get back as much as they give

Saanich Volunteers Services Society member encourages others to help the community

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read