Partnerships are everything to make a memorable experience for kids learning to cycle. Lorie Johnson-Miller organized Manitou Park Bike Parade Jun 25th for her local park in Brampton. She obtained grants from Greenfields Specialty Alcohols and City of Brampton for the bbq lunch and bike parade decoration supplies. What is a parade without decorations? Kids from the neighbourhood flocked to the event.
City of Brampton Parks and Recreation departments supported with tents and staffed games for the children. Walk + Roll Peel supplied safety prizes. BikeBrampton members volunteered to help with the parade and fitted bikes with bells. Ministry of Transportation’s Road Safety grant donated money to produce the One-metre safety law banner that BikeBrampton designed to educate the kids and their parents.
Ranger Lorie, volunteer extraordinaire!
Lorie set the short course for the kids.
Those feet will grow…
Recreation summer staff help kids develop hand-eye coordination.
Let the bike-decoration begin…
The whole neighbourhood and their dog showed up. Note Athena’s flower-decorated dog collar.
literature from Brampton Parks for the parents.
Refillable water bottles only, please!
Lorie gives the rider briefing to explain safety for the bike parade route.
The parade sets off, followed by City of Brampton’s Cycling Advisory Committee sign trailer.
Once around Manitou Park to warm up and show off to the parents.
A parade is serious business.
Prize draw for safety equipment
Lets open that package and attach that bell now.
Thanks to Jessica and the Brampton Recreation team that staffed the BBQ for lunch. Thanks to Michele for helping with the organization. Recreation is always there for great support! Thanks to Erica at Region of Peel AT for adding Manitou Bike Parade to Brampton`s Bike Month event list to help promote.
A wonderful summer experience for the kids. Hopefully a lifetime of enjoying bike riding!