By Toby Gorman
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Ralph Nilson hopes to teach Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan a lesson when it comes to the benefits of commuting by bicycle instead of a motor vehicle.
To help kick off Bike to Work Week, May 28-June 3, Nilson, Vancouver Island University president, and Ruttan will participate in the annual Commuter Challenge, a good-natured competition between cyclist (Nilson) and driver (Ruttan), staged to demonstrate the comparability of travel times throughout the city.
Both will start at the VIU campus at noon on Tuesday (May 15) and, obeying all traffic laws along the five-kilometre pre-planned route, will end up at Diana Krall Plaza 10 to 15 minutes later.