The Pedalwise Owl is looking for you! Become confident and ride with a mentor. It’s FREE!

Pedalwise Mentors Wanted

Call out for Pedalwise Mentors

About You:
You are comfortable biking on the road and are interested in building up your community through cycling in Brampton. You know some of the safer streets to ride on in your area and want to share them with others who live there too. While strong cycling skills and knowing multiple languages is an asset, you are primarily concerned about connecting with people for where they are at and supporting them where they want to go. You have felt that sense of freedom that riding a bicycle brings and knows how it helps the environment and promotes health and wellness. You want to learn how you can use biking as a tool for building up your community and make friends along the way.
Position Summary:
Mentors are paired with protégés in your neighbourhood that want to grow their cycling knowledge and skill. With the assistance of a CAN-BIKE instructor, you will assess the confidence and skill for each protégé and go on rides together. Successful mentors will remain in contact with their protégés and create cycling opportunities to help them achieve their personal objectives. The Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub will support these rides by providing free equipment and skills training.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Take protégés out for rides (one-on-one or in a group)
• Maintain a safe, inclusive, and fun environment during rides
• Attend monthly check-ins with other mentors
• Attend up to two riding workshops
• Provide mentor support for up to ten Pedalwise protégés
o Assess current skill and confidence level (with Can-bike instructor assistance)
▪ Customize a mentor program for each protégé that may include which may include route planning and skills training
o Agree on communication frequency, ride frequency, duration and degree of difficulty
• Record rides on Strava
Qualifications and Skills:
• Enthusiastic to support protégés while they develop at their own pace
• Over 17 years of age
• Knowledge and confidence riding a bicycle on roads (it is not necessary to be a cycling expert)
• Fluency in English. Ability to speak South Asian languages is an asset
• Interpersonal skills including active listening and empathy
• Eager to initiative in maintaining contact with protégés over text, email, and phone
• Resides in Caledon or Brampton

What You Can Expect:
You will help lead bi-weekly group rides in your area and/or go on one-on-one rides with your neighbours to help them enhance their skills riding a bicycle? Typically, most protégés are new to the city and are looking to become familiar with the road rules, learn safer routes, and gain confidence riding on the rode. Unless you are comfortable or have experience teaching adults to ride, you will not be assigned to them. Less experienced protégés require more attention. For in-person activities, mentors and protégés must physically distance and ensure they always have their mask.
Benefits:
• Our mentors tell us how rewarding it is to see their protégés start from minimal confidence and skill, to exceeding their goals. With this opportunity, you will improve the health, well-being, and happiness of your protégés while building a sense of community.
• Join a community of like-minded volunteers, mentors, and staff and gain access to networking opportunities.
• Access to free equipment and discounted membership to the DIY bike hub in Downtown Brampton.
About the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub
The Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub, offered in partnership with BikeBrampton and Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS), empowers cyclists to choose bikes over cars to get around. We believe that riding and fixing a bicycle is a powerful tool to connect neighbours, promote independence, improve health, and enhance environmental sustainability.
Since 2015, the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub has been teaching residents about riding, maintenance, and repair, removing barriers to cycling in a friendly setting. Past programs include running the one-on-one cycling mentorship program (Pedalwise), drop-in DIY bike repair (BikeWrx), Bike Library, and delivering free pop-up bike services at parks and schools around Brampton and Caledon. In 2022 the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub will open a physical location in Downtown Brampton called Different Spokes.

On April 27th and May 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. we will be hosting two Pedalwise information sessions. Sign up here

Email sonia@bikebrampton.ca for any questions.


We are accepting new Pedalwise registrations! Please register using the link below. We will send you a welcome kit to get you started.

Do you live in Brampton or Caledon and are interested in biking for recreation or transportation?

  • Do you lack skills or confidence to ride on the roads and trails?
  • Are you unsure about places where you can ride in safety and comfort?
  • Are you wondering about what clothes to wear or what equipment to buy?
  • Do you need to borrow a bike to see if cycling is for you? 
  • Would you like to be part of a growing culture of cycling in Brampton and Caledon, meet new friends, improve your fitness and help the environment?

If YES, to any of these questions then Pedalwise is the program for you.

  • Ride with a mentor to improve your cycling skills and confidence
  • Learn about safer, less travelled roads and paths
  • Explore Brampton and Caledon by bicycle with experienced cyclists
  • Borrow a bike
  • Learn maintenance and repair skills to keep your bike in top working condition

All for Free!

PEDALWISE REGISTRATION LINK


Check out the Pedalwise Facebook Group to see what is happening! This is a closed group for those who have signed up for the free Pedalwise program.

Each Pedalwise participant (protégé) is given a mentor in their community. The mentor who is an experienced cyclist who will help you choose less travelled roads and paths, giving you riding tips and even come with you as you ride a new route.

Ride a bike to destinations in your neighbourhood. Shop, dine, run errands, commute — all by bike. Be active with your family year-round. Meet new friends. Become healthier. Enjoy nature. Help reduce traffic congestion. Reduce your carbon footprint.


Pedalwise FAQs:

Who can join Pedalwise?

Residents of Brampton and Caledon, 16+. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have and use a bicycle helmet.

Do you rent bikes? 

We have a Bicycle Library. Please read more about it here. Volunteers mechanics lovingly refurbish and maintain bikes that have been donated to the program. Thanks to them, this service remains free, affordable, and available to your friends and neighbours in need. 

Do I need to know how to ride a bike?

You need basic bike riding skills.

What if I don’t know how to ride a bike?

We can arrange a few lessons with a CAN-BIKE instructor to get you going if you have no experience riding.

How many hours are involved?

That is up to you and your mentor to work out a plan that is comfortable for you.

How fit do I need to be?

You only need to be able to ride short distances safely, usually trips of 5km or less. There will be opportunities for longer rides if you choose.

What are my responsibilities?

Ride as often as you can. Complete one survey when you join and one in the fall. Contact your mentor at least twice a month.

What training can I expect 

Last summer, Lisa, one of our senior Mentors, conducted two series of four ZOOM presentation and virtual classroom meeting discussions exclusively for new and on-going Proteges, and Mentors wanting a refresher to update their skills. Other experienced Mentors added their colour commentary to make the evenings fun and highly informative. BikeBrampton heard several comments from quite experienced mentor cyclists who were surprised to learn new things! Skills and tips for everyone! — how to safely navigate our trails and streets. Stay tuned for the next series to be announced, available only to those who are registered in our Pedalwise program.

Lock your bike when not in use — it is good habit! If you have borrowed a bike, and it were to be stolen, you would report it to the Police. You would present us with a police report. Register your bike with Peel Regional Police Crime Prevention crime prevention bike serial number registration – then click on ‘Cycling’, then click on ‘Bike Registry’. It appears like this is a form to report a stolen bike, but just fill out the form and keep going. This is the correct form! Check out our blog post on locking your bike securely!

All users of BikeWrx are asked to join Pedalwise, no matter the level of mentoring they might need (a little, lots or none at all).


Cycling Data are King & Queen…

Pedalwise has been made possible by Region of Peel’s Community Cycling Program. We need to collect data on our cycling trips to show our funders that we are fulfilling the goals of the Peel’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy. Even though how we FEEL about cycling counts significantly, having the DATA shows proof of our success!

Track your Cycling Trips on ‘Strava’

  1. Sign up for a FREE Strava account on your computer to record your kms cycled. If you have questions, your mentor can help you.
  2. Make sure you set Strava privacy settings according to your personal comfort level. Lisa has prepared a clear step-by-step Strava privacy process to help you make your privacy decisions.
  3. Download the Strava app onto your smartphone and pair it with your account on your computer. Some members of our group have had success with downloading the Speedometer GPS app onto their Blackberry, since the Strava app is only available for Apple and Android phones. It can be paired with your Strava account on your computer.
  4. Every time you ride your bike, you start Strava at the beginning and stop at the end of your trip. It is important to log your trip as a “commute” before you save your trip. You can edit your trip after it is uploaded and you can add trips you missed.
  5. Next step is to join our Brampton EcoAction Club so your data can be gathered along with the other members.
  6. The Bikeport by Kevin Montgomery will include your Strava data in our Brampton EcoAction Club totals, once you
  7. Authorize The Bikeport Cycle Survey to complete your registration.
  8. You can view our statistics as we pedal our way to a greener community!
  9. (if you do not have a smartphone, we have a GPS tracker device is available for borrowing with a $30 deposit)

For more information, contact David at info@bikebrampton.ca 


After a 2015 pilot program, Pedalwise was launched on December 6, 2017 at the Brampton Bike Hub, in space provided by our local partner, PCSH, at 50 Sunny Meadow Blvd. Unit 108. In 2019, it expanded with Ardglen and  with the Caledon Bike Hub in Bolton and Southfields.

Pedalwise mentor and her protégé cycled on their first ride together, to the Brampton Bike Hub BikeWrx drop in.

 

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