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May 30 2016 - 7:00am to Jun 5 2016 - 11:45pm

Bike to Work BC wants us all to work towards a future in which as many people as possible experience the joy of commuting by bicycle!  This year's Bike to Work and School week is May 30th-June 5th and promises to be fun, inspiring, and kind to the environment.  

You can sign up to bike to school or work and can participate as an individual or a team.  Every participant is eligible to win fantastic prizes and can participate in Celebration Stations throughout the week.  It's a great way to celebrate human-powered transportation and make your commute even more exciting and social.

Action Guides

How can local governments support social connectedness in communities?

Listen to the recording of the PlanH Social Connectedness webinar and find a list of related resources here.



The toolkit was designed to support (in particular smaller) towns in the UK and Ireland to prepare for change.  The compass model helps communities assess and then make plans to strengthen four aspects of resilience: healthy, engaged people; inclusive, creative culture; cross community links and a localized economy.

- Fiery Spirits Community of Practice, Carnegie UK Trust 


  • Colin Basran of Kelowna on the new partnership between his city, Interior Health Authority and University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus.  These organizations have signed a Healthy Communities partnership with the City of Kelowna and all community members look forward to seeing the positive impact this collaboration will have on the health and general quality of life of Kelowna's residents. 

  • Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino enthuses about the Coastal Family Resource Coalition:  a "virtual and real network and hub of people who are involved in all aspects of community, healthy living and personal health, with a special focus on children, youth and families."  This inspiring coalition draws on the expertise and experience of many different community members and is a powerful collaboration for community change.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • In this video recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Jessie Hemphill of Port Hardy celebrates the success of many different ministries, organizations, and community members collaborating with local government to discuss health issues within the community.  Results have included transit in the north island, a holistic addictions service plan, and many more incredible community projects.

  • In this video recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Michelle Staples of the Duncan City Council reflects on the city's partnership with House of Friendship and Community Kitchens to create a communal cob oven in a downtown park.  The project was collaboratively built and is a hub for community events as well as a connection to food security conversations.

  • Barbara Desjardins, Mayor of Esquimalt collaborated with youth in her community.  A group of youth came forward to suggest that there were gaps in youth programming and worked with Esquimalt and the United Way to develop a plan to create an arts centre to serve youth in the community.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • In this interview recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention, Jeremy Loveday of the Victoria City Council enthuses about the diverse community partners involved in Victoria's new Housing Affordability Tax Force.

  • Karen Skadsheim, a City Councillor in Powell River celebrates a collaboration with the Powell River Cycling Association that led to new bike paths and increased safety for cyclists in Powell River.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • Louise Richmond of Salmon Arm City Council explains an amazing new project to bring art to their local trail network.  The art can be enjoyed by city residents using the trails and will ultimately become a photo book to be shared more widely.  This video was filmed at the 2015 UBCM Convention.

  • In this interview recorded at the 2015 UBCM convention, Sharon Gaetz, Mayor of Chilliwack celebrates her social issues committee with 36 members of different community groups and their success in efforts to "cheer each other on rather than build silos in our communities."

  • Taylor Bachrach, Mayor of Smithers, speaks to the importance of measuring indicators of success that are meaningful to healthy communities, such as crime rates and air quality.  The Town of Smithers have been working in collaboration with Northern Health to measure these community indicators.  This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.