It seems like a lifetime ago, but in 2012 Vancouver hosted Velo-City, the world's premier cycling conference series. This year marked the beginning of VeloWorks, a more modest event aimed at building on the excitement and momentum that was generated two years ago.
Along with luminaries from around Metro Vancouver, including a number of mayors, academics and big thinkers, HASTe was invited to talk about the future of cycling education for children and youth in BC. Conference go-ers got a sneak peek at an exciting new initiative we are working on for the coming year. If you missed the conference (it will be back in 2015), keep watching this space in the weeks ahead to find out more.
Last fall, the Canadian Broadcasting Coorporation's Kids website posted an article in pictures called 14 Must-Do's for Cycling Season. My favorite thing about the post is that the absolutely nailed number #1: put the pedal to the metal and have fun!
Check out more of the article's timeless advice and images on the CBC Kids website.
A new school year was supposed to begin today in British Columbia. But they're having some, ah, unforeseeable and unavoidable delays. No one is happy about the current state of affairs at BC schools; but some parties are working hard to keep things fun.
For example, today I noticed that half of the short films on the National Film Board's homepage are about cycling. Coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe the NFB is trying to subtly send visitors messages about how to, or not, to get to school - or wherever you're headed this week.
We've all heard it before: adults regaling children with stories about how much harder or different things were when they were kids.
Image by Motor City Radio Flashbacks
The notion has become something of a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true. It is often hard to reconcile the way adults remember the world and their lives, and the way children experience things today.
Earlier this summer, Slate magazine published results of a survey that asked respondents "What were you allowed to do as a kid?" One of their most interesting findings related to when children were allowed to walk to school. Learn more after the break.
Slate journalists looked at the answers their survey received - over 6000 people responded! - and broke them down by decade. When it comes to walking to school, the results aren't necessarily surprising, but they are startling. The majority of respondents who were children in the 1940's told Slate that they were walking to school alone by the 2nd or 3rd grade:
Fifty years later, things had changed dramatically. Most younger respondents, who were children in the 1990's, told slate that they didn't start walking to school by themselves until they were in middle school - so, around 7th grade. That's about five years older than children 50 years earlier:
Findings in this area are mirrored in others covered by the survey, and together they add up to paint a pretty conclusive picture: children in North America today are less free - more restrictions and less independence - than they were a generation or two ago. Read the full article on Slate to learn more about how walking to school, and a host of other activities you probably participated in and took for granted when you were a child, has changed since back in the day.
Last night, HASTe staff joined 131 other nominees at the Vancouver Playhouse theater for the City of Vancouver's inaugural Awards of Excellence event.
The room was packed with the City's best and brightest, people and organizations working to make Vancouver a better city for all. HASTe was nominated for our work with Vancouver's schools in the category of Greenest City Leadership.
How did we do? Find out after the break.
Judy Graves and Jimmy Pattison were awarded the "Freedom of the City" for their life-long efforts on the City's behalf, and dozens of youth, individuals and organizations were recognized for their work to make Vancouver a better place to work, live and be.
The award event was a fun night full of inspiring people and stories - here's hoping it becomes and annual event! - but for us, well, it was an honor just to be nominated. For a full breakdown of who won what, head over the to Vancouver Sun's coverage of the event.