Tu Loan Trieu leads an active lifestyle and attempts to cycle to work at least a couple of days a week (it is an hour commute one way!). Last year she was the athletic coordinator at Hillcrest Middle School and organized Bike to School Week for the second time. She believes that cycling education leads to lifelong skills and instills good, healthy practices in youth.
Last year Hillcrest Middle School was awarded a brand new bike for having achieved the highest ridership for all middle schools in the province. Tu Loan “framed” Bike to School Week last year as training for the school’s Kettle Valley cycling trip that took place at the end of the same week. The trip, combined with Bike to School Week, meant that, in Tu Loan's words “bike culture at the school really blossomed in 2015”.
The school recently completed HASTe’s School Travel Planning program, and in the spring of last year HUB and Cycling BC provided bike education workshops for students. Leading up to Bike to School Week, newsletters were sent home and announcements were made on a daily basis. On the Wednesday of Bike to School Week, Tu Loan took a group of students to the nearby Bike to Work Week celebration station, which was a highlight for students because there were snacks and prizes available in addition to those handed out at school. Lots to celebrate!
In order to achieve success for Bike to School Week, Tu Loan says that coordinators should be passionate and enthusiastic about cycling. She believes that school staff and administration should be riding too in order to get uptake from the kids, and, of course, having prizes available for students is a great way to increase participation.
Stay tuned for more profiles over the coming weeks and follow the links to register for this year's event!