Biking to School with North West
The North West Company (NWC) is working with Winnipeg students in May to make our planet a little greener. Students from six schools are participating in this year’s Bike to School Week supported by NWC and Giant Tiger.
More than 1,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 11 are taking part in the event, participating in activities such as cycling demonstrations, route finding, bike obstacle courses, group rides and mechanics training.
“We’re piloting this at six different schools, and are trying to make it accessible for everyone to participate,” said Andraea Sartison, Bike to School Event Coordinator.
“All the activities are things you can do for fun, and are not just about biking, but how to take care of your bike and love your bike.”
NWC contributed to the events by donating snacks to students and volunteers participating, including granola bars, juice boxes and apples. Working with Bike to School Week, NWC also helped purchase 600 bike helmets for students, and provided volunteers to help out.
This is the first year for the program, but organizers of Bike to School Week hope to have more schools participate in the future, with a goal of starting cycling education and programming in schools year-round.
“Our hope is that this will be a sustainable activity in schools to promote healthy living, active transportation, and awareness of road sharing and driving safety. Kids who are cycling now will be drivers one day, so we want to build a safe road for a younger generation starting now,” added Sartison.
To learn more about Bike to School and Bike to Work Week visit: biketoworkdaywinnipeg.org