8.05 Trails encourage non-motorized transportation

Mobilized FreeWheelers version 1.0 was an elaboration on our core Build-A-Bike program. The project explored the need for more community-based and locally specific knowledge of cycling and transportation access, based on experiences of young people living in marginalized communities in Toronto.

Past participants of Charlie’s FreeWheels learn on-road safety, get to see more of the city, and they can spend time with new friends.Bike Club has been to Scarborough Bluffs, Leslie Street Spit, the Don Valley Ravine, and to the Toronto Islands. Students typically choose places to go, and a picnic lunch is provided.

CFW is increasing its capacity to facilitate youth advocacy efforts related to cycling and active transportation. Mobilized FreeWheelers: Youth Advocacy capitalizes on community research done in 2013 to imagine creative solutions to build safe, accessible streets for young cyclists in Toronto.

Charlie’s FreeWheels is open for Drop-In hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:00-6:00.During this time youth who have gone through our Charlie’s FreeWheels programming have full access to tools and they are able to ask an experienced mechanic any questions about how to maintain their bicycle.

Our programming is predominately filled with boys and the bike world is filled with male mechanics. We are lucky enough to have Ainsley Naylor from Bike Pirates come and teach this class to our group of girls. Naylor also teaches a Woman and Trans Class at Bike Pirates. We are happy to have her to represent the female mechanics. We will also be inviting strong female role models from the community to talk and inspire our students.

 Our goal is to provide a non-threatening environment for women of all skill levels to learn the joy of mountain biking. As a growing community of riders, we offer encouragement, fun, local rides, destination rides, opportunities to race and skill development plus an opportunity to give back to the community through trail advocacy. We call ourselves the “Dirt Divas — soft skin, hard core”.

Adaptive Recreation works within the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide recreational programs for the population of Fairbanks and North Pole who have a disability.  
Our programs change with the seasons, from biking and hiking in the summer to snow shoeing and x-c skiing in the winter with almost everything else in between.

The Sheridan Senior Center introduces a new Summer Senior Outdoor Activity Program for 2014. Part of this program is free bikes for use. You can check out a bike and a helmet for the day just by signing your name.

Sheridan Senior Center has added this new program to their recreation and fitness activities. Biking for Seniors!

Eastern Ontario's first Stand Up Paddle business now in it's 4th year serving Canada's Capital Region.

   Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing water sport because it's fun and easy to learn.  It's a sport for all ages and abilities from touring around on flatwater to running whitewater or catching a wave SUP has caught on.   You can find SUP on lakes, rivers, oceans and even in pools around the world from floating yoga to SUP racing there is SUPthing for everyone!   

BIXI Montreal is a great example of how to make  urban cycling a more practical and attractive transportation option. BIXI makes it convenient for commuters to cycle rather than drive, especially for frequent, short trips. It is a turn-key service that is inexpensive and replicable across many countries and cultures. In addition, by making cycling more chic and attractive.