Like last year, it was cold and raining! That did not deter the 340 folks who showed up, ate a great lunch, and visited the various environmental booths – BikeBrampton BikeWrx pop-up, Heart Lake Turtle Troopers, Sierra Club Peel, Friends of Dorchester Park, People Against Littering, Brampton Library, Brampton Forestry and Parks Maintenance, Brampton Transit e-bus, Brampton Animal Shelter, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Brampton Stormwater Programs, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Brampton Horticultural Society, PLAST/EarlyON, Community Climate Council. Polly even brought her e-car for Electric Vehicle Society. Brampton Environmental Alliance helped City of Brampton organize the event. The ceremony began and closed with a sacred fire by Edge of the Bush.
The Brampton Environmental Alliance Youth Council stopped by to ask Sonia questions about Different Spokes, Brampton Bike Hub and what we do at BikeWrx: Pedalwise mentoring, DIY bike repair, educational workshops, group rides and a great drop-in fun experience!
Brampton Environmental Alliance kicked off their Graceful Aging Through Connecting with Nature project, which is funded by a New Horizons for Seniors grant from the Government of Canada. Check out the list of 26+ events that are scheduled now until mid October!
When Earth Day finished, we packed up our wet tents, loaded the cargo trailers. David and Sonia hauled everything back north to the bike cage at Sunny Meadow!
As part of Earth Week, BikeBrampton was invited to host a booth at the Stellantis (Chrysler) assembly plant on Apr 19th for 6 hours. We spoke with workers from 2 shifts. Nearly 3,000 are employed there. Yes, most ride bikes! In fact, cargo tricycles are used on the shop floor to transport the smaller items along the production line. We promoted Different Spokes, Bike the Creek, Brampton Community Rides and Brampton Environmental Alliance.