Youth cycling program gaining momentum

Week one of the BIGF's Youth Spokes program - June 19/21 (Photo courtesy of Bluewater International Granfondo via Facebook)

A new cycling program for area youths is already a big success after just one week.

The Bluewater International Granfondo (BIGF)’s Youth Spokes initiative teaches those aged 11 to 14 all about bike safety, and maintenance while also getting some exercise and building friendships.

BIGF Organizer Ken MacAlpine said the first session, held on Sunday, went extremely well.

“It initially started out with bike setting, how to fit the bike properly to you,” said MacAlpine. “We then did some road drills where we ride and check over your shoulder to make sure it’s safe behind you if you wanted to move out. We also learned how to change gears correctly, and wandered down the waterfront.”

Youth Spokes has put together a fleet of over 20 bikes and helmets for this program to assist those that otherwise might not be able to participate.

The program continues every Sunday until July 24.

It features five leaders, Pat St. Amand, Kendel Ross, Julian Service, Cormac Brown, and Jordan Colquhoun who each offer their own expertise to the kids.

About 24 of the 30 spots have already been filled, but limited registration is still available here.