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

  • Working towards determining best practices in cycling education for children with special needs (ongoing).
  • Teaching youth with cognitive disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle (2012-2014)

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

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. We anticipate loaning out between 140 and 150 bikes in 2020.

Program Awards and Grants