The District of Mission has proclaimed May 22-28 as Cycling4Diversity week. Riders will head out beginning May 25.

The District of Mission has proclaimed May 22-28 as Cycling4Diversity week. Riders will head out beginning May 25.

Cycling4Diversity week in Mission

On May 27, cyclists will ride through Mission and Abbotsford to share their diversity stories.

It’s Cycling4Diversity week from May 22-28 in Mission and throughout the province.

This year, riders will be taking to the streets on a three-day tour of the Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland area.

On May 25, cyclists will ride through Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, stopping at schools and other community buildings to share stories about diversity.

Riders will go again on May 26, this time from Burnaby to Surrey and will wrap up the tour on May 27 in Mission and Abbotsford.

“We are trying to encourage people in the community to reach out to people they may not know in their neighbourhood or in their workplace and schools, to bridge the culture gaps that we still face,” said Ken Herar, founder of the event.

This year marks the sixth annual Cycling4Diversity event. Since it began, cyclists have visited more than 100 schools in the area.

“We’ve done all the schools in Mission already (except for one),” said Herar.

While it has yet to be confirmed, riders are hoping to visit Dewdney Elementary this year.

There are usually six to 10 riders at a time taking part in the event.

“It’s better with a smaller group because it gives everybody a chance to speak at the school and share their experiences. It’s not about how many people, it’s about the message,” said Herar.

Students are encouraged to share their stories as well.

“We want people to hear about the challenges, but about the positive stories as well.”