Calgary Cycle Shares the Ride … and a whole LOTTA love!

Dec 20, 2007 at 14:53
by Leah Duperron  
When we first heard about Operation Share the Ride over here at Calgary Cycle we immediately knew that we wanted to be a part of it in any way possible. Since there was no “share-o-rist” cell here in Calgary we volunteered to get one underway. After teaming up with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club of Calgary we found many deserving children to pair up with a new set of wheels this Christmas.

Trek Bicycles was kind enough to hook us up with a great deal on 50 kids bikes for us to give away. We had a 2 day bike building marathon here at CC and soon enough the shop was littered with pink, blue and yellow 12”, 16” and 20” wheeled bikes, streamers, baskets and training wheels. The little bikes brought us all back to when we all got our first bikes and the giggles, smiles & good times that came along with ‘em. Needless to say we were all pretty stoked to be able to be a part of this program.


The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club brought us up to Catherine Nicolas Gunn Elementary School to donate the bikes. The bikes were wheeled into the gym and then the lucky little ones soon followed. I must say that the look on their faces when they first saw the bikes was absolutely priceless… Mastercard had NOTHING on it. During the presentation the kids could hardly sit still or pay attention to what was going on as all of their eyes were glued to the shiny new Treks that were parked on the gym floor.


Finally, each individual child was matched up with a bike, given a helmet then told to go tear it up. It was quite the chaotic atmosphere and the kids pedaled their little hearts out round and round and round the gym. A few heartwarming moments were had and a few eyes welled up with tears when the little ‘uns thanked us for the bikes and wished us a Merry Christmas. For some of the children this was their very first bike and for others it may be the most memorable Christmas present that they’ve gotten. One thing that I learned today was the power that a single 2 wheeled piece of aluminum can have and the happiness that it can bring to the life of anyone, especially children.


It’s hard to say what impact this bike may have on the childs life but we hope that if nothing else it brings a smile to their face every time they see it and every time they ride it. A special thanks goes out to each and everyone of you that donated to Share the Ride, Calgary Cycle, Trek Bikes, PinkBike, The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club of Calgary and Catherine Nicolas Gunn Elementary School.


There is still time to be a part of Operation Share the Ride by donating generously right here on PinkBike.com. Help us make a difference one child and one bike at a time; Donate now.




www.calgarycycle.com


33 Comments

  • 13 2
 helping people is incredible goodBig Grin Big Grin
  • 7 2
 COOL! MERRY XMAS!
  • 4 1
 that was a great idea! wish i was there lol, i do the same thing for kids in my neighborhood
  • 6 2
 JOYEUX NOEL A TOUT LES ENFANTS
  • 0 0
 BOWCYCLE in calgary has been doing a program called bikes for kids for a long time now. where they fix up old broken bikes and give them to the womens shelter and other organizations.... its cool to see cal cycle doing the same.
  • 0 0
 They are very similar programs that both shops are doing. Share the Ride is not just being done in Calgary though. There are cells out east and out west that should have stories in the new year about their "Share the Ride" experiences. Watch for this program to continue to grow in 2008. Merry Christmas to everyone!
  • 0 0
 Bow Cycle does a Bikes for Kids program where they fix up donated bikes and give them out at Christmas time. They put in all the parts and labour to get the bikes rolling and generally give out a few hundred every year....plus delivering them city wide for free. Great to have Calgary Cycle doing something too so the kids can have fun.
  • 5 2
 i wish someone give me a trek when i was a nipper lol
  • 0 0
 if there's a session going free i'll have it. but really though this is great what they are doing for the kids. good job pink bike and calgary cycle i bet you made a few christmas wishes come true.
  • 2 0
 Very nice, the kids look stoked!
  • 0 0
 Thats awesome but i feel bad for the kids that dont get bikes?? also i remember seeing share the ride on facebook and i was like haha sweet! but this is a great program.
  • 0 0
 thats really cool i fix kids bikes where i live and i love to see the smile after they get there bike back its nice to see peole helping others out these days
  • 5 4
 first!! its so great that organizations are helping out and doing this.
  • 18 0
 ya i agree, its a rly good thing wat their doing...
the * first!!* thing wasn't necessary at all tho...
  • 1 0
 Thats really cool the guys at Calgary Cycle are really rad!
  • 1 0
 thats not the point of this mtbdarren...
  • 0 0
 What a great way to spreed joy. Ficken awesome. I like the kid that wasworjing on a wheelie, NICE
  • 1 0
 all it takes is a lil generosity and it could last rest of their lives
  • 1 0
 thats a aewsome program, good job to u guys. everyone deserves a bike
  • 2 1
 awesome stuff guys what a way to get kidsto love to ride way to go
  • 0 0
 I totally agree what these guys did was just fantastical!! And I'm sure those kids were well deserving of those nice bikes
  • 2 2
 wow, real life santa claus'
  • 1 0
 Great job guys!
  • 1 1
 thats wicked! pinkbike is awesome!
  • 0 0
 great job now kids can bike as much as they want. PROPS
  • 0 0
 awesome article leah! good to see the folks at CC making a difference!
  • 0 0
 thats awesome....!
  • 0 0
 Calgary cycle rocks
  • 0 0
 great job
  • 0 1
 ecxelente regalos...
  • 0 1
 nice job guys(y)
  • 1 4
 good job givin them bikes if you didnt get to them soon enough they woulda been wood pushers!!
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