Cycling in a Toque

Cycling in a Toque: October 2012

Saturday, 13 October 2012

BIKES: Exciting news!

Wow! There is no way I could have imagined the outpouring of support that BIKES has enjoyed in the past seven days.  From a constant bombardment of emails and phone calls from teachers looking to enroll their class; to donation platforms, entrepreneurs and public speakers contacting me about how best to develop my initiative and the seemingly unlimited sources of new information as how to best expand BIKES with the help of the Canadian Sport Center and other existing organizations who have been in need of a vehicle, a vehicle like BIKES.

Needless to say, I am very excited. 

This past Wednesday also marked the second visit to Spring Creek in as many weeks, this time a grade 3 class. I developed a bike safety and dream goal brainstorming activity for the students which worked very well. Grouping the class into parties of six, each group was provided with a 6-8 word sentence broken into 6 pieces of paper. The group then has to unscramble the words, write down the question and then brainstorm and conclude a few answers. Once all the groups were down, a student shares that group's findings with the class, sparking our 10-15 share a story/discussion on bike safety and the pursuit of one's dream goals. It worked great!

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Monday, 8 October 2012

BIKES: TV time = KaBOOM!

Ryder fan digging the Mighty Mouse bike
This past Tuesday, BIKES 2013 started up with an awesome visit at Whistler's Spring Creek Elementary. It was my first visit in ten months so I was testing out a few new ideas and now have a better idea of which components I'd like to incorporate in future sessions. One of the special elements was the showing of an amazing video filmed by Manual For Speed from Team Exergy's 2012 team training camp that has yet to be released to the public. Needless to say, it was a success. I'm sure it will be released soon so stay close to your MFS updates for 90 seconds of wow!

A few days later Global TV sports broadcaster Jay Janower invited me to the Saturday morning show and we discussed BIKES for 5-6 minutes. It wasn't long after that that my list of interested schools quadrupled Now it is just a matter of coordinating my visits with all these awesome teachers and students before I leave Canada for warmer weather on October 18th.

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