Cyclists will say No to Enbridge with an island-long bike ride Saturday

  • Jul. 3, 2013 1:00 p.m.

A group of local bike riders is planning to cycle from Queen Charlotte to Masset on Saturday (July 6) to protest Enbridge, and everyone is welcome to join in. Organizer Ryan Barber said the event – dubbed the “Ride to Conquer Enbridge” – came about in response to Enbridge’s “Ride to Conquer Cancer”. “I find it ironic that Enbridge, who is actively involved in tar sands oil production, is organizing national rides to fight cancer,” he said. “Development of the tar sands has been shown to lead to higher rates of cancer in the Athabasca region. I thought a community bike ride would be a fun and positive way to celebrate our opposition to Enbridge’s pipeline.” All are welcome to participate in the ride, which will start at 8 am at Queen Charlotte’s Spirit Square. Riders should be self-sufficient, providing their own water, food, tools and planning their own return transportation. Riders are welcome and encouraged to join and leave the ride at any point. An average bike rider will probably take around eight hours to cycle the 120 km from Charlotte to Masset, Mr. Barber estimated. Experienced cyclists might finish in four to six hours. The ride is not a fundraising event, but rather a way for islanders to express their opinion against Enbridge and the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. If people do want to offer financial support, the organizers suggest donating to the Dogwood Initiative, the Unist’ot’en Camp, or Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych. Mr. Barber said as far as he knows, this is the first-ever “Ride to Conquer Enbridge” but he’s hoping other communities across BC will be inspired to organize similar events. Bike Re-Psych will be hosting a special tune-up session from 3 pm to 7 pm on Friday (July 5) in the high school parking lot in Queen Charlotte. Cyclists can bring their bikes in to make sure they are ready for the ride. Bike Re-Psych will also set up beside The Ground Coffee House in Masset from 1 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturday and will be offering free assistance to anyone who wants help fixing their bike. For more information, check out skyscraper.nu/conquerenbridge. To coordinate rides from Masset after the ride, check out the Bike Re-Psych Facebook event.