Teachers & Daycare Staff
“The Kids on Wheels program was exceptional, from the first meeting with Maya to the implementation of the hands on program! All of the activities, whether inside or outside were suitable for all levels of our children's abilities. The staff were knowledgeable and confident in the lessons . The children LOVED the Kids on Wheels staff and program! All of the children grew in their own skills and confidence with the balance bikes during the week. One of our parents signed their child up for another session as their child said "the teachers are soooo nice." We look forward to having Kids on Wheels back next year!!!!” Suzy MacPherson, Preschool Teacher, 2019
"Our children had a lot of fun during the week you were all here. They were definitely exhausted at the end of each day! It was great to see all the children progress and improve by the end of the week. Even those who already knew how to bike were able to enjoy using the balance bikes to go through the different courses. Our class loved the story books and the staff were all very patient and helpful. Thanks to you and your team for coming in! We are very grateful and can't wait to have you guys back next year!" Livia Lee, Preschool Teacher, Spare Time Treehouse Preschool, 2019
"Thank you and all your amazing staff for all the hard work and dedication you have done this past week. We absolutely love your program and everything you offered to our children. It was so organized and well done. Kiwassa children and families and staff are so appreciative for including us!" Lori, Kiwassa Variety Club Daycare Coordinator, 2019
“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”. Amanda Barstow, Early Childhood Educator Lead, Bumble Bear Daycare, 2018
“Our children, through the fun interactive activities that Kids on Wheels Program implemented, improved their gross and fine motor skills. I observed children's self-esteem develop over the week as their confidence and strength developed as they faced new challenges.” Susan Nelson, Senior Supervisor, Eagles in the Sky Daycare, 2016
"We just finished a week camp with Kids on Wheels. It was my son's first camp and he was very excited. He now rides his balance bike every day when we take our dog for a walk. I liked that the activities at the camp were varied. He not only loved riding on the circuit but he was over the moon when he had to pump a tire. He also shared with us the stories he listened to and often looks for the books at the library". Parent, Kitsilano Community Centre Camp 2, 2019
“[My child] really enjoyed the camp, and every morning he would excitedly ask me if it was time to go to bike camp yet! The instructors were very experienced, and the kids had a great time. He was always so happy to go to camp, and was sad when it ended. He did not want to leave on the last day, he was having so much fun!” Parent, Kitsilano Community Centre Camp 1, 2019
“Very good team, very welcoming and knowledgeable. Patient with the kids. The program duration was just perfect” Parent, Kitsilano Community Centre Camp 2, 2018
“The program is amazing! My daughter, who had very little interest in riding her balance bike, was eager to ride it back home from daycare (and we live about a 25-minute walk away). By day 2 she was riding with confidence and enthusiasm. I thank you all for organizing this wonderful program!” Parent, Eaglets Daycare, 2015
“We had Kids on Wheels out for our Main Street festival in 2016 and it was an absolute highlight for everyone involved to see the constant flow of children being exposed to balance bikes and safe riding habits. Car Free Day works very hard to be a family friendly event but it’s not easy to fill our event site with child friendly attractions so we are very eager to see this program succeed.” Matthew Carrico, Executive Director, Car Free Vancouver Society, 2017
“The BCCC Kids on Wheels program plays a strong role in exposing children to active transportation and its benefits. This education and outreach, child by child, parent by parent, and teacher by teacher, we believe, helps shift public perceptions and attitudes towards active transportation and its myriad health, safety, and community long-term benefits.” Itay Wand, Board Member, Car Free Vancouver Society, 2017
“At the centre where I had the opportunity to observe the program in Vancouver (preschool ages 3-5), I witnessed the clarity and accuracy of the prompts and teachings from the instructors and the motivation of the children and early childhood educators involved. The program did not stop outdoors with children’s use of the balance bikes, but continued inside with arts and crafts that connected the teachings from the outdoor session with children’s own reflections and insights. A true example of research-to-practice connection that brought, at the same time, joy and a sense of well-being for all involved.” Mari Pighini, Ph.D. MED Coordinator – Early Childhood Education, The University of British Columbia, 2016
"I was fortunate enough to work as an instructor with Kids on Wheels and had so much fun teaching my kids about the joys of cycling... I am avid cyclist thanks to being exposed to it early by my family. It is essential to have programs like these that present healthy, sustainable choices to all children from a young age!" Katie Beardsley, Kids on Wheels Instructor, 2016 & 2017
“I had the most adorable job in the world of teaching preschoolers how to bike. Turns out that when children gain confidence with cycling when they're young, they're way more likely to be lifelong cyclists! Kids on Wheels does exactly that- and helps build a generation that chooses sustainable and active transportation options.” Rosalind Sadowski, Kids on Wheels Instructor, 2016
"It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of an organization that helps build confidence and expand the cycling skills of the youngest members of our society. Watching the campers improve each day, and teaching them road safety and cycling skills was such a rewarding way to spend my summer, and I am so grateful for the opportunity!" Samindi Fernando, Kids on Wheels Instructor, 2019
Kids on Wheels, a program of the BC Cycling Coalition, is looking for instructors and assistant instructors for our exciting program this spring and summer! In this program, through the use of balance bikes (pedal-less bikes) and classroom activities, such as books, bike toys, songs and discussions, children are exposed to active lifestyles at the earliest possible age.Read more
Bold Action Now
It is time for bold action now to enable every person, including older adults and children, in BC to cycle or walk safely for their everyday trips and recreation.
Investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking will send a strong message to the world that BC is serious about addressing Climate Change.
Cycling and walking will become attractive choices for everyone, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, congestion, and traffic injuries and fatalities. The paths and protected bike lanes could also be used by people in wheelchairs and other mobile devices.
Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.
Cycling is Popular
There is broad public support for cycling improvements. In the B.C. on the Move Engagement Survey, 72% of respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Cycling is popular. Almost 70% of adults in BC ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Many want to cycle more, with around 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic.
A Transportation Bargain
On a per dollar basis, we all benefit more from cycling more than other modes. While bike paths and protected bike lanes are a bargain that will benefit far more people per dollar invested than other transportation projects, it does take a significant amount of cash to build networks of them in communities around the Province. For example:
- Metro Vancouver: $850 million
- Capital Regional District: $275 million
- City of Kelowna: $267 million (cycling and walking)
- City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
- City of Kamloops: $13 Million
At current rates of investment, these plans will take 30, 40 or even 50 years to complete, leaving people to brave busy roads on their bikes or more likely, not bothering to bike at all. Today's children will be grandparents by then.
The Provincial investment combined with local and federal funds will enable the completion of ambitious local and regional plans across BC. For example, the Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon network build out, cycling will increase to 10% of trips. The CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network build out cycling mode share will increase to 15%.
The funding for the $1 billion investment could come from a variety of sources including an increase in the Carbon Tax, predicted budget surpluses, a reallocation of transportation budget, cutting the tax break on those earning over $150,000 or a tax on sugary drinks.
By providing people with practical and safe transportation choices, this investment would decrease the rate of the Carbon Tax required to meet Provincial goals also saving money for those who don't cycle or walk.
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I call upon the Government of BC to enable everyone in BC to cycle & walk in safety as part of their daily lives by implementing an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:
- Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
- Upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads & bridges
- Complete cycling & walking networks in communities across BC
- Provide safe routes to school for children
- Build trails & routes for cycling & walking tourism
- Ensuring that paths & protected bike lanes can be safely shared by people using wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates
- Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
- Promoting cycling & walking
- Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates
Maya goldstein signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-03 20:35:49 -0700
Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.
To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.
The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.
Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.
Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.
Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities.
Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic.
Everyone benefits from healthier transportation. More people walking, cycling and transit reduces health care costs through increased physical fitness.189 signatures
Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts
Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.
We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.
Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.
Maya goldstein donated 2014-10-10 18:08:16 -0700
The BC Cycling Coalition is your voice for safe bike networks everywhere. By joining us, you are supporting our efforts to enable everyone in BC to cycle for their daily trips, recreation & vacation.
Our team has over 60 years of experience successfully championing improvements & programs that encourage more people to cycle more often including:
- Increased cycling funding for communities by 50% over 3 years, $18 million
- Doubling shoulder sweeping frequency on highways popular with cyclists
- Wider paths on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, $20 million
- Central Valley Greenway, $40 million
- Cycling & Walking Path on the Canada Line Bridge, $10 million
Our campaigns include encouraging the Province to:
- Develop a cycling & walking strategy
- Invest $100 million/year in biking & walking networks
- Improve the Motor Vehicle Act cycling including a Safer Passing Law
- Make rail trails non-motorized
A household membership is $30 plus $10 per additional member from your household.Donate