On May 30, 2015, the PedalWise community bicycle program officially launched in Brampton. As part of the program, over 30 registered participants received a bicycle to use for the summer. Modeled on CultureLink’s Bike Host bicycle mentorship program, the PedalWise program is designed to develop community cycling knowledge, utilitarian cycling skills and confidence and community connections while promoting healthy living and having fun cycling.
The PedalWise program provides participants with access to volunteer cycling mentors, bicycles and programming. This includes safe cycling skills workshops, bus-on-bike demonstrations, route-planning assistance, and group rides organized by volunteer mentors. The mentors and their work are the heart of this program.
In addition to the PedalWise program, volunteers from BikeBrampton will also run the ‘BikeWrx’ program using space generously provided by the Community Environment Alliance. The BikeWrx program for summer 2015 will provide community members with basic bicycle mechanical skills through a six-session course. The program will retrofit donated used bicycles to make them roadworthy and give these valuable resources a second life in the community. Materials and supplies for the BikeWrx program were made possible through a MEC Access and Activity Grant.
The PedalWise program is part of the Region of Peel’s Community Based Social Marketing Pilot Program for Active Transportation. TCAT was retained by the Region of Peel to lead this collaborative initiative with Dr. Beth Savan and her research team at the University of Toronto, Culturelink, Community Environment Alliance, and BikeBrampton.