How to deal with your old and broken bicycle? A bunch of Markham volunteers are collecting donations of used bicycles and giving them to newcomer children and youths after repairing.
Since the beginning of July, Markham Cycles has launched two programs aiming to collect donations of used bicycles from the community and give the newcomer youth a chance to ride this summer.
For the past month, a team of volunteers called “Bike Rescue” have been meeting each week to fix bikes, and then given them to participants who joined in the “Cycle the City” program.
“So far, 20 children’s and adult bikes have been donated to the program and we’ve given away 14 bikes,” said Yvonne Verlinden, the project manager of The Centre for Active Transportation. “We also have twice weekly virtual sessions on bike topics, such as safety, the environment and bike repair.”
The Bike Rescue and Cycle the City programs are the result of a new partnership between Markham Cycles by The Centre for Active Transportation and the Immigrant Youth Centre (IYC) by the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, Verlinden explained.
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