Anne Drummond is heading from the Saanich Peninsula into Victoria, but she’ll cycle just part of the way and bus the rest.
“They’re very safe. Their bicycles will be secure in them. We’ve never had, to my knowledge, any incidents of vandalism or theft from the lockers.”
And Drummond should know. She voluntarily manages the lockers for the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, a non-profit that advocates on behalf of cyclists.
Brenda Boyd, board member and secretary of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition says that their goal “is to have more people cycling more places more often.
“We’re looking for all-ages, all-abilities infrastructure.”
Boyd adds that “we’re the folks that created Bike Sense manuals.”
“And we also, as part of our information and education, three times a year we publish Cycle Therapy magazine.”
Right now, the GVCC is organizing it’s sixth annual Tweed Ride Victoria, happening on Saturday, September 10.
“The Tweed Ride is not only a ride, it’s a social occasion” says GVCC Volunteer Coordinator Janet Besler.
“We go from the Legislative grounds to Beacon Hill Park. People are dressed in fancy clothes and tweeds. We celebrate a by-gone era.”
Tweed Ride Victoria is also a fundraiser.
“It’s a fundraiser for Bikes for Humanity, and that’s to provide bicycles in Africa, in Malawi specifically. We pay for the shipping of the bikes to Africa.”
The first Tweed Ride happened in London, England in 2009. Now, they’re staged around the world. About two-hundred fifty riders are expected in Victoria this year.
“Twenty-five or so last year were children” says Besler.
“I do want to mention it’s a good family ride, because we have a police escort.
“There’s a picnic at the end! Everyone brings their own tea cups, everyone brings their own crustless sandwiches, we make it into a very English Tea.”
And while the event is enjoyed by all, they also know their participation is helping ensure bikes get to those in need in Malawi.