About Us

Our Story: A short telling of You Can Ride 2’s beginnings and history

Vision

ALL children will be able to experience the joy and freedom of riding a bike.


Mission

Inclusion

  • To allow families to “Borrow a Bike” thus enabling children to participate in cycling with their friends and family.
  • To modify equipment so that all children will be able to experience the joy of riding a bike.
  • To share ideas and parent feedback on various styles of bikes to promote adaptive cycling across the country.

Education

  • To offer “Learn to Ride” courses to help children with special needs master the skills required to ride a two-wheeled bicycle.
  • To offer “Train the trainer” workshops  to share the tools and resources developed in our course so that other professionals might offer the program in their own communities.

Development

  • To develop resources so that information can be shared with those interested in supporting children with this important skill
  • To team with the University of Alberta (Engineering, Industrial Design, Rehabilitation Medicine) to develop advances in adaptive cycling.

Research

  • To work towards determining best practices in cycling education for children with special needs.
  • To teach youth with cognitive disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle.

Achievements

Since we started in 2003, You Can Ride 2 has come a long way in achieving our goals- thanks mainly to our amazing volunteers, families, sponsors and partners.

Bikes Loaned out

2020: 151 children supported**
2019: 115 children supported*
2018: 138 children supported*
2017: 156 children supported
2016: 122 children supported
2015: 105 children supported
2014: 84 children supported
2013: 46 Children supported

*an increase in costs with no corresponding increase in sponsorships forced us to first cut staff time (2018) and then to increase parent fees (2019) to keep the program running.
** In 2020, we continued to distribute bikes during the COVID-19 pandemic, with strict infection control and social distance measures in place. Despite these challenges, we exceeded our predicted 140-150 bikes loaned out.

Program Awards and Grants