The Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club (DDCC) is capitalizing on some recent donations to move forward its goal of providing healthy opportunities in the community that focus on physical activity and mental well-being.
DDCC’s Bike Hub Project has launched thanks to a $5,000 grant from Prairie Mountain Health’s Healthy Together Now program and matching donations from Johnston and Company, Accent Chartered Professional Accountants and the Dauphin Veterinary Clinic.
“Our request for that funding was to establish a bike program for people that may not have access to bikes,” DDCC chair Brenda Gregory said, adding the $20,000 was used to purchase 12 fat bikes and 12 helmets as the foundation of the project.
The plan is to make the bikes available to the community to learn about cycling and experience area trails, guided rides and workshops.
The bikes will also be used by youth that would like to be part of the Kids of Mud program, but do not have access to, or the means to purchase a bike on their own.
“We’re going to stick with the primary objectives of still ensuring that people who may not have access to bikes will have access to them,” Gregory said, adding it is intended that the Bike Hub program will run year round and give people the opportunity to try biking in all types of climates. “So there’ll be two components to the program. It will be for people that want to rent them up at Northgate trails and it will be for people who may not have the ability to get up to Northgate, but want to either learn how to ride a bike or ride a bike in town. So we would give access to groups that are maybe a little more marginalized and don’t have the funds. So we would balance that between rentals and free programming.”
The vision of the DDCC is to facilitate a positive and inclusive cycling culture that promotes a lifestyle of wellness and a connection to nature. The Bike Hub is the perfect vehicle to promote that, Gregory said, adding biking is a life skill and sport that can be used for fun, transportation and employment.
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