From the wide smiles on their youthful faces to the light in their eyes, you could tell this experience will remain in their memories for a long time. In the spring, Two Wheel View had the honour of working with an incredible group of youth from Morley, a First Nations Community located outside of Calgary. As a result of support from the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation, we were able to provide 10 students with our Bike Club program over the course of seven weeks. In this Bike Club students learn bike mechanics skills – everything from fixing flat tires to more complex brake and gear adjustments.
As a special addition to the program, eight members of the Bike Club, along Two Wheel View’s experienced trip leaders and two of their teachers, biked from Castle Junction back to Morley over four days. At the end of the trip they proudly rode into their schoolyard, covered in mud but encouraged by the support of their entire school, who came out of class to welcome them home with signs and cheers.
Upon successful completion of the Bike Club program, each of the members earned a bike, lock and helmet of their very own. We were thrilled to hear that the students were using their bikes to get to school, a few of them having previously struggled to get there. Throughout the summer, there were reports of Bike Club participants attending youth activities and workshops hosted by the local youth centre, their new bikes providing them with the transportation to access these resources.
We are proud of the accomplishments of our first Morley Bike Club and look forward to working with this community in the spring of 2015.