Inspired by a similar event taking place in Seattle, Daniel and I have organized a community, diabetes awareness bike ride for World Diabetes Day (November 14th, 2009). Started in 1991, World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign for diabetes. Here in Victoria, British Columbia, we’ll be marking this day by grabbing our bicycles and getting active!
This ride is not about speed or endurance; all levels of cycling experience are welcome! This ride is about creating community and raising awareness about the number of people touched by this disease. We are affixing World Diabetes Day signs and banners to our bicycles and we’re decorating our rides in blue, the official colour of World Diabetes Day.
For those of you on Southern Vancouver Island, we hope you are able to join us on the ride. For those of you farther away, we hope you will help us spread the word about World Diabetes Day…and maybe even consider organizing a ride of your own.
The Details: World Diabetes Day Ride – Victoria, BC
When: November 14, 2009. 9:30 – 11:00 am.
Where: Meet at the pavilion south of the Selkirk Trestle Bridge on the Galloping Goose.
Time: Gather at 9:30 am. Ride starts at 10 am.
Route: A 10 km loop around the downtown core, ending at Centennial Square.
Other: Cyclists are encouraged to get creative and decorate their bicycles (and bodies) in blue, the official colour of World Diabetes Day.
In other World Diabetes Day Victoria news, from 5 – 6 pm on November 14th, Victorians will be participating in the World Diabetes Day Blue Light Monument Challenge. Details can be found at this web site.