Kids on Wheels
MISSION: TO INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO THE JOY OF CYCLING
Our mission is to introduce young children in British Columbia to the joy of cycling and active, outdoor, sustainable lifestyles by empowering them to use balance bikes and engaging them through fun classroom activities.
VISION: THAT EVERY CHILD IN BC WILL KNOW HOW TO RIDE BY AGE 5
Our vision is that every child in British Columbia will know how to ride a bike by age 5 and that cycling will become a core part of their lives, leading to increased health, wellness, and a better environment.
Kids on Wheels is an innovative program to introduce young children to the joy of cycling and active, outdoor, sustainable lifestyles. The program teaches and empowers children under five to ride balance bikes in a safe, interactive environment in their daycares. We come to daycares with our skilled instructors and run a five day program in which children ride balance bikes outside, practice stopping and turning and enjoy the freedom of cycling! We also do activities about cycling, like reading books and art projects. They also practice pumping tubes in our mechanic corner, learn about commuting by bicycle as well as travelling by bike. On Friday we end the week with a bike celebration with the parents!
KIDS ON WHEELS BALANCE BIKE CAMPS: Dates for Summer 2019!
Due to popular demand we are happy to announce that we will run four week-long balance bike summer camps at three community centres this summer! Below are the dates, times and locations. Registration for West Point Grey Community Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre , and Kitsilano Community Centre (first session, second session) is now open.
Kitsilano Community Centre - July 8th-12th - 1:00-2:30pm
Trout Lake Community Centre - July 29th-August 2nd - 10:00-11:30am
West Point Grey Community Centre - August 12th-16th - 2:00-3:30pm
Kitsilano Community Centre - August 19th-23rd - 1:00-2:30pm
This week long camp is designed to introduce young children, ages 2.5-5, to the joy of cycling. Children will ride balance bikes (no-pedal bikes) with skilled instructors in a safe environment while having fun and playing games, learning important skills such as stopping, balancing and gliding. Balance bikes help children to gain confidence, improve their self esteem and risk management. In addition the children will learn some road signs and safety rules of the road. The camp is designed for all levels - from beginners to advanced riders. Join us for a fun week! Bikes and helmets are provided for the week.
KIDS ON WHEELS ZONES IN PUBLIC EVENTS
Our popular Kids on Wheels Zone is coming back to Main St & Commercial Drive Car Free Days this year!
Main Street Car Free Day on Sunday June 16th - West side of Main St between 29th & 30th Ave (new location in a more family friendly area)
Commercial Drive Car Free Day on Sunday July 7th - East Side of the Drive & Mcspadden Ave
Commercial Drive Car Free Day 2017
Main Street Car Free Day 2016
Kids on wheels Zone & A Fundraising Event By Shaw - June 2018
Shaw was running a very exciting fundraising event during Main Street Car Free Day on Sunday, June 17th, 2018! We are very grateful to Shaw for their support of our program and are very excited about this opportunity. Check out more photos from the Kids on Wheels Zone and the fundraising event!
- allow children to discover balance and steering in their own time and comfort zone
- help to develop responsibility and better judgment of risks
- separate steering and balancing from the skills of pedaling and braking
- give kids plenty of experience by the time they are ready for a pedal bike
- allow easy transition to a pedal bike without the need for training wheels
DAYCARES WE'VE BEEN TO SO FAR
Eaglets Daycare, East Van, 2015, 2017 & 2018
Grandview Terrace Daycare, East Van, 2015
Berwick Child Development Centre (two classes), UBC, 2016
Quadra Daycare Centre, Point Grey, 2016, 2017 & 2018
Bumble Bear Daycare, Kitsilano Neighborhood House, 2018
Your contributions are critical to the success of Kids on Wheels. Thank you for your support!
Do you want to bring Kids on Wheels to your daycare? Or to your child's daycare?
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that Kids on Wheels has enormous potential to grow and to empower children in British Columbia to ride bikes before they enter school and to spark a lifelong love of cycling! Please contact us for sponsorship options: email@example.com
Kids on Wheels thanks Shaw for their generous support of this program! We are also thankful for donations from Runners-Bikes, FirstBike Canada, Norco John Henry, Obsession: Bikes, MEC, Strider Sports Canada and individual donors.
Press release, June 13th 2019: Innovative Kids Cycling Program Gears Up for an Active Summer
“The families and children loved the program! (and so did staff!) One parent told me how impressed he was with his child’s progress. He said at the beginning of the week his child couldn’t get on a bike and by this past weekend, that’s all the child wanted to do! It was great to see the children grow so much in such a short amount of time. The program is set up so well and I like that it appeals to different interest areas – reading, painting, games and on the track children were able to race around or try the ropes and cones. Thank you”
Some great coverage of Kids on Wheels in Vancity Buzz by Melissa & Chris Bruntlett . Kids on wheels introduces young children to cycling through hands on experience with runner bikes, cycling toys, art and books. “There is still a lot of car culture embedded in the way young children play,” states Goldstein, referring to the car mats, trucks, and toy cars prevalent in daycares. “I wanted to help bring bike culture into that environment.” Goldstein set to work developing a five day, age appropriate program, combining 45-minutes of in-class learning with equal time experience learning on balance (pedal-less) bikes. “It’s amazing to watch them grow in ability and confidence over the course of the five days.” Goldstein recalls. Through a grant from MEC, as well as support from the BC Cycling Coalition, she has been able to offer the program at two daycares in East Vancouver, as well as two separate sessions at Berwick Daycare in UBC. More here. Please help us bring the joy of cycling to more children by donating today.
At Kids on Wheels we come to daycares and run a five day program in which children ride balance bike outside, practice stopping and turning and enjoy the freedom of cycling! We also do activities about cycling, like reading books and art projects. The kids absolutely love it and they learn so much! They also practice pumping tubes in our mechanic corner, learn about commuting by bicycle as well as travelling by bike. Please help us to reach more children in daycares!
Your donation would help to keep the program running, and make an immediate difference in children's lives!
Thank you from Kids on Wheels! Every contribution will be very much appreciated!