Indigenous and racialized youth programming

HUB Cycling has developed a specialized urban cycling program to enable Indigenous, black, and other racialized youth to use bicycles as a means to more fully access their communities. 

HUB works with Red Fox Healthy Living Society (a registered non-profit charity that promotes healthy active living among youth) to recruit youth leaders (aged 16-18) from their existing leadership program to mentor younger participants (aged 9-13). All youth leaders are paid an honorarium. 

The program begins with a one-day cycling course for the older youth leaders.  Following that, HUB Cycling instructors and Red Fox Program Facilitators work with the youth leaders over five sessions to teach the younger participants how to cycle safely, basic bike maintenance, and to introduce them to Metro Vancouver’s cycling culture. Together, the youth mentors and participants identify and map community resources in their area reachable by bicycle so that they can spend the next five sessions trying out the safe and enjoyable cycling routes they have mapped to spots in their local community. 

All participants and youth leaders are provided with bikes, helmets, and locks that they will use during the instructional sessions and keep after the program. Where there is funding, HUB endeavors to provide lights to participants as well. 

In 2021, HUB Cycling and Red Fox ran this program, with the support of the Greenest City Grant, in the City of Vancouver and reached 10 youth leaders and 34 younger participants. With funding from the Government of Canada’s Healthy Community Initiative, we are running this program in Spring 2022, in Surrey, New Westminster, and North Vancouver with 8 youth leaders and 24 younger participants in each location. In July 2022, with a grant from Fraser Health’s Vision Zero program as well as donations from the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society and the Rotary Club for Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, we will be able to run this program for 5 youth leaders and 20 younger participants from the Katzie First Nation Band in Pitt Meadows. 

 

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