Vote Oct 20; Kids on Wheels; Call for Directors; We are 20!!
We are 20! Please join us in Victoria for our AGM, Active Transportation Plan Strategy session and 20th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 4 and The Future of Streets - How Do We Get There From Here on Nov. 5. More info below.
Kids on Wheels, had a very busy summer! An update below on this fantastic program for children.
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Vote - October 20th
Vote and encourage your friends to vote for candidates who strongly support cycling in your community. Here are candidate surveys from our member organizations:
We are seeking individuals dedicated to transforming B.C. into a fantastic place to ride a bicycle for transportation, recreation and tourism to stand for nomination to our board of directors. It is an exciting time to be involved with the BC Cycling Coalition.
To move the organization and cycling forward, we are seeking people who are passionate about cycling to provide leadership, experience and advice in Sponsorship, Business Engagement, Government Relations, Membership Development, Marketing/Communication, Financial/Accounting, Campaigning and Legal.
Please pass this on to those who might be interested.
More info here.
The doors open at 12:30pm. Please arrive early to register and enjoy some treats!
To vote for directors, your membership must be up to date as of Nov. 4. You can confirm your membership status at: http://www.bccc.bc.ca/membership
More at http://www.bccc.bc.ca/agm
Nov. 4, 5pm - 9pm, Milestones - Victoria
Following the AGM, join us for drinks and dinner to celebrate our 20th Anniversary!!!
Tickets and more information here.
November 5, 2:30pm - 5:30pm, Victoria City Hall - Antechamber
This session will explore how to accelerate the implementation of complete streets with protected bike lanes that safely accommodate new and future transportation innovations including ride-hailing, standup scooters and autonomous vehicles.
More info and RSVP here.
Kids on Wheels, the balance bike program of the BC Cycling Coalition, had a very busy summer! We reached a huge number of children through our Kids on Wheels Zones, daycare sessions, and new this year - community centre sessions! Those children are now more comfortable on a balance bike and have experienced the fun and freedom of biking.
Kids on Wheels Zones
We reached close to 400 children in our Kids on Wheels Zones at three major events in Vancouver. Main Street Car Free Day took place on a beautiful sunny day in June which attracted many people to a car free Vancouver. This was the third year Kids on Wheels took part at the event and 200 children rode our Kids on Wheels Zone throughout the day, making it one of the most popular children's activities of the event! Check out our photo gallery from the event as well as a short video.
During Main Street Car Free Day Shaw organized a special fundraising event for Kids on Wheels. Two stationary Mobi Bikes were in place and people took turns pedaling as fast as they could. The top speed of each person multiplied by 5 was the amount that was donated to the program. With great effort by everyone Shaw managed to raise $50,000 for Kids on Wheels! The top priority of this donation is to offer the Kids on Wheels five day program in daycares in various areas and to different populations in Vancouver as well as creating more Kids on Wheels Zones at major events. We are very grateful for this support and thank Shaw for their generous donation! Check out the cool video Shaw put together about the fundraiser.
For the first time we also set up a Kids on Wheels Zone during the Sport BC Summer Warm-up on Canada Day in Robson Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver! We also returned for the second year to Commercial Drive Car Free Day with yet another successful Kids on Wheels Zone!
This summer we continued delivering our five day program, going to three different daycares in Vancouver reaching a total of 70 children. During the week the children gained a lot more confidence on the balance bikes and they improved their balancing and gliding skills dramatically. Quadra daycare in Point Grey became a regular client of Kids on Wheels. This was our third year there, and they have already asked us to come back next summer.
We also offered the program, with Shaw’s funding, at two more daycares. Bumble Bear, which is part of the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and Eaglets Daycare of Britannia Community Services Centre.
“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, headteacher, Bumble Bear Daycare
Summer Camps at Community Centre
This summer we started offering Kids on Wheels as a registered one week summer camp style activity at Kitsilano Community Centre and Trout Lake Community Centre. We reached
60 children in four different sessions from early July till late August. All the sessions were full and had waiting lists. We have more community centers who are now interested, so stay tuned for more sessions in the spring and summer 2019!
Throughout all of our activities many children around Vancouver improved their riding, gliding and balance skills, gained confidence, learned some safety skills and rules of the road, and experienced the freedom of biking. Starting young is critical - those kids are the future and if we get them to start riding as young as possible we'll have more enthusiastic and responsible bike riders in the future!
Thank you to our awesome team: Caro, Emily & Beka (instructors), Julia & Edris (summer students), Gwyn (assistant), Melanie (volunteer) & Maya (program coordinator) and everyone else who helped out this summer. A big thank you to Shaw for their generous donation and supporting two of our sessions this year and many more next year. As always we couldn't have done it without the donations of bikes and helmets from: Strider Bikes, Firstbike Canada, Runners-Bike, MEC, Obsession: Bikes & Norco John Henry Bikes
For more information visit our website: https://www.bccc.bc.ca/kids_on_wheels
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