What is Endeavour to Ride?
Endeavour to Ride is TraC’s most recent project, wherein we have created a bike library for students from the Sunshine Coast Alternative School’s NDVR program (scasweb.sd46.bc.ca/NDVR/).
In October of 2018 TraC received $8300 from Vancouver Coastal Health’s One-Time-Only Health Promotion Grant.
TraC will utilize these funds to:
- Acquire a set of 10 bikes and helmets, a bike rack and basic tools;
- Provide training in bike safety and basic maintenance at both the Gibsons and Sechelt campuses;
- Empower teachers and students to manage the care and maintenance of the equipment to ensure use and engagement for 5+ years.
In addition, SD 46 has agree to underwrite the cost of 2 bikes and helmets for the teachers.
Why are we excited about this?
WE all know that riding a bike is a healthy, fun activity that also just happens to be the most efficient mode of transportation ever invented. But for some Sunshine Coast youth, access to two wheels is not easy. Empowering these youth to improve their health and well-being is the immediate goal. Creating life-long cyclists is the dream.
Where are we with this project?
Thanks to the generosity and guidance of Elphi Cycles in Roberts Creek (couldn’t have done it without them!), TraC purchased 12 new Kona Lana’I mountain bikes + 12 helmets, which we delivered to the Gibsons and Sechelt campuses. Teachers Tom, David and Scott have reported that the tires are already seeing dirt and the kids are loving it. Next up: acquire and bike rack, floor pumps and tools. LifeCycle will be providing bike safety training and mechanical basics in February or March.