Teaming up with our sponsors and distributors globally, Pinkbike's Share the Ride raises money to bring disadvantaged children from all over the world the opportunity to share the joy of being on two wheels by providing them with bicycles, helmets and locks. Since its inception in 2013, the foundation has raised over $200,000 and brought smiles to hundreds of children around the world. Information on the Share the Ride foundation can be found at pinkbike.com/sharetheride.
The opportunity to host a Share the Ride event was a unique experience from start to finish. To play host to the mountain bike community at our school and to be given our very own fleet of mountain bikes, was a dream come true! Our students thrive when they have experiential learning opportunities and are connected to the land. The donation of 36 bikes to our school community opens the doors to many possibilities and the sky has become our limit! To see our students smile after they’ve built a bike, fresh out of a cardboard box, was a highlight of hosting this event. The Share the Ride event gives the whole school community an opportunity to be involved. We had our Music Academy perform and our Powwow Academy share dances with the volunteers and our entire school.
Since we received news about this incredible donation, our school administration has been extremely supportive in allowing us to move forward with some of our dreams! In April, our school approved plans for and built a brand new building that will be our central location for all things bikes - including the bike shop and trailer that we have recently purchased. We are working with the community to gain approval for single track trails and a pump track - all accessible from our school doors! We are keen to remain engaged in the mountain biking community and to give and give back where we can. We view the bike as a tool for students to gain confidence, autonomy, connection to the land, and mental and physical health benefits.
We cannot thank Stephen enough for providing this experience and opportunity to our school and the community. The full impact remains to be seen, but the wheels we have in motion now, are just the beginning.
To say this was a good day is truly an understatement and really doesn’t take in the full impact of what the Pinkbike Share the Ride foundation accomplished at this school – not only for the day, but for the future – and every user that donated, built a bike, or helped out in any way should be proud.
Since March 2019, when we hosted Pinkbike, volunteers and received more than 30 brand new mountain bikes and helmets, things have been very busy around our school! We made announcements to our students that day in March, and we are now proud to say, that we have delivered! Sitting on our school grounds, is a brand new shop that will be dedicated to all things bikes and outdoors! We have also purchased a brand new trailer, that is housed in our bike shop - available to take our students and their bikes beyond our school grounds! Our annual Two Wheel View grade 9 bike trip from Lake Louise to Stoney Nakoda Nation, in its 6th year, will end right inside of this new bike shop. We couldn’t be more thrilled for our students, and the impact that the bicycle will have on them, their education and beyond. Since the snow melted, numerous teachers have taken their learning outdoors, on the land, with bicycles. We are forever grateful to Stephen Exley and the Pinkbike crew for building on the legacy of bicycles at Morley Community School. A very special thank-you to the following for working together to make this event a success: Stephen Exley - SE Racing
Sarah Lukas - Pinkbike
Woom Bikes and the Bike Dads
Outside Bikes and Ski
Red Path Talent | www.redpathtalent.com
Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest | http://plaidgoat.ca/
Emily Parkin and all students and staff at Morley Community School
Prairie Girls Racing
OGC / Camel Back
Along with all the Pinkbike users who donated to Share the Ride in 2018/19. Video:
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