BTSW 2014

The 2nd annual Bike to School Week (BTSW) is rolling into town this month.

We have lots of events planned to get you out on your bikes and actively travelling to school. There will be a:

  • May 15 School-wide assembly featuring Richard Wooles of Cycling BC and Sarah Coney of TREK Red Truck Racing.
  • energy snacks
  • daily prize giveaways
  • bike safety and repair clinics
  • morning meet up rides
  • an evening family ride

Your child will also receive two cycling skills training sessions through Cycling BC’s iRide program.

Last year, through the school’s high level of BTSW participation, children raised >$3,000 in pledge money which has gone towards PAC sponsored sports-programming. In addition, the school won an MEC Ace mountain bike ($400 value) which will be this year’s grand prize. It will be awarded to the student who raises the most money in pledges.

For more information, please see BTSW 2014.


IMG_7385DAY 1: BTSW 2014 started this morning with over 135 kids riding their bikes to school today!

Children and parents who arrived early were treated to a gnarly energy snack provided by Nourish Market, Hippie Foods and FreeYumm. There was coffee, juice, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt for all hungry riders.

Bikes were checked over and given a brief tune-up by the fine fellows at Lynn Valley Bikes.

A surprise visit was also made by the RCMP Safety Bear, accompanied by Cst. Rockhill. The RCMP were impressed with LVE students awareness of bicycle safety.


Bike to School Week Organizers Tania Newman and Barb Towns together with Lynn Valley’s wonderful community sponsors

_MG_0116Morning meet up rides were arranged in various neighbourhoods around Lynn Valley. The bike to school was made all that safer through speed enforcement checks along Mountain Highway by the community policing volunteers.

To build on the morning momentum, Cycling BC was on hand all day to run the primary divisions through cycling skills such as accelerating, braking, weaving and avoiding obstacles.

_MG_0014And there is more to come -> Join in the fun on Wednesday!

BTSW Events for Wed May 21

Morning meet up rides depart at 8:25 am from the Campbell Ave area and Westover Rd area.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Want to learn how to Change a Flat Tire? (8:25 am)
Children & parents invited to a quick tutorial from Lynn Valley Bikes on how to change a flat tire. Look for the Lynn gazeboLSCRValley Bikes tent tomorrow at 8:25 am on the gravel field.

Cycling BC will be running Advanced Cycling skills courses for Divisions 1-6 throughout the school day. Please bring your waivers, bikes & helmets to school.

Family Ride (6 pm)
Plan to come out at 6pm for a Family Meet up Ride in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Children accompanied by an adult can meet at the gazebo near the Rice Lake gates in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve at 6pm. A great way to meet other families who enjoy riding and to explore our natural surrounds. Ride will be on the paved pathway.

_MG_0135Day 2 of BTSW saw a surge in bikes at school. The day’s bike tally topped out at 194 bikes, that is 60% of the student population!

Lynn Valley Bikes was on hand before school to give bikes a once over and ensure bikes are in good riding condition for the iRide sessions and the evening Family Meet Up Ride .

FamRide-2 Cycling BC was back to host the iRide cycling skills session for Intermediate grades. The training included a sprint race course, cornering workshop and mastering ramps. For those children who were new to biking, Cycling BC provided bikes and got them pedalling independently.

For all those keen riders that scarfed down an early dinner and headed to the LSCR, the family ride proved to be an excellent way to cap off a beautiful day of biking. A delicious ice-cream treat awaited all the energetic riders at the End of the Line General Store.

FamRide-1Finally, don’t forget to collect pledges to earn yourself a chance to win some of the following prizes:
– MEC 24″ Ace Mountain Bike
– bike jerseys
– Playland passes
Endless biking Youth Sunday Rides
– helmets
– t-shirts

Check out the events for Thursday, May 22

MEET UP RIDES (8:25am)

The morning meet up rides are continuing in the Lynn Valley catchment. It is a wonderful way to meet your neighbours, actively travel to school and enjoy this fine weather. Only 2 days left to join in, refer to maps for the Thursday May 22 meet up location and Friday May 23 meet up location.

1. Campbell Ave: Meet on sidewalk on S side of Frederick Rd where Campbell Ave terminates


2. Fromme Rd:  Meet in the driveway of 3360 Fromme Rd. at 8:25am


DAY 3:  Haven’t heard of cyclo-cross? Some of your kids have after today!

Students in the Intermediate Divisions sampled a cyclo-cross course which challenged riders to race around a gravel track several times, lift their bikes over obstacles, dismount and run with their bikes and cycle over uneven terrain. Participants were tired, sweaty and happy after completing the course.

_MG_0007Before school, the dedicated staff at Lynn Valley Bikes came out to tune-up a long line-up of kids’ bikes. Brakes were adjusted, tires pumped and chains fixed in order to keep the LVE kids going.

And, the bike tally results for the 3rd day of BTSW was a tremendous 199 bikes. Parents, teachers and neighbours are delighted by the sight of so many bikes at the school. Thank you for supporting this event with your participation all this week!

Friday is the last day of Bike to School Week! Check out what’s happening:

MEET UP RIDE (8:25am)

LAST CHANCE! Join a meet-up ride and share the bike commute to school with other families. The designated spots are as follows with rides leaving at 8:25 am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Wellington Dr: Meet in the cul-de-sac on Wellington Dr where it meets Maginnis Ave


Through Cycling BC, LVE students will receive two cycling skills training sessions during the week of May 20 – 23 outdoor on the gravel field. The primary divisions (Div 7 – 13) will participate on Tuesday & Friday, where kids can expect to review cycling safety, turning, weaving, riding in a straight line, shoulder checking and bike skills relays. See the complete iRide Schedule – BTSW 2014.

Students must bring a bike and helmet and have returned signed Bike to School Waiver 2014 to participate.

FLAT REPAIR CLINIC (8:25-8:45am)

Everyone is invited to this before school session. It’s your last chance to learn how to repair a flat tire from the experts at Lynn Valley Bikes. Look for their set up under the Lynn Valley Bikes tent.


Be sure to return your pledge forms and money to your classroom by Friday May 23 to be entered into the prize draws. All students who raise a minimum of $75 in pledges will be entered to win prizes from Rocky Mountain BikesVanCityRaven Pizza and Endless Biking.

24” MEC ACE Mountain bike will be awarded to the student who raises the most money in pledges.


Day 5: Test of Lynn Valley Riders’ Mettle

The morning rain didn’t stop riders coming out in droves again on Friday May 23, the last day of BTSW 2014. This was Mother Nature’s test to see how dedicated LVE cyclists are. Students and parents adopted a wonderful rain or shine attitude with 151 bikes at school for our final day of BTSW.

The week long event aimed to encourage families to get out of their cars and into their communities by riding bikes or using other active transportation. Highlights of the week included:

  • smiling faces and active kids everywhere
  • first time riders learning to ride bikes
  • families meeting up for morning and evening rides
  • overall participation of 49% of student body riding to school

We have had so many generous volunteers help make this week a fun, healthy and community building experience. A huge thank you again to:

We would love to see the bike racks full of bikes in the final month of school.

Thank you to all who participated. BTSW prizes will be awarded May 28, stay tuned!

The school and community have been such amazing supporters of BTSW. Another banner year of participation and pledge collecting.

photo-2Children raised over $4,300 in BTSW pledges which will go towards PAC-sponsored sports programs in the next school year. This is a very large and important part of the PAC’s fundraising campaign, thank you to all donors!

Children who raised more than $75 in individual pledges were awarded various prizes. They included:

  • bike helmet
  • Playland passes
  • Endless Biking camp
  • bike jerseys
  • t-shirts
  • bike socks
  • gift certificates
  • water bottles

To celebrate the school’s success, the following prizes were awarded:

Top participation – Intermediate : Division 6 Mrs. Mah / Mr. Backie

  • This class had 54% of the class bike to school, the entire class has been treated to ice-cream cones from Lynn Valley Dairy Queen

IMG_3252Top participation- Primary: Division 10 Mrs. Obst / Mrs. Watt

  • This class had 70% of the class bike to school, the entire class has been treated to ice-cream cones from Lynn Valley Dairy Queen

Top pledges collected: Division 9 Mrs. Connop & Mrs. Clemente

  • This class raised $763 in pledges and will receive a lunch pizza party from Raven Express Pizza

The grand prize of an MEC Ace mountain bike was awarded to the student who raised the most money in pledges.  This went to Chris in Division 4. Way to go Chris! Happy trails!

IMG_7437For all those dedicated and supportive parents, we drew seven names from a jar and the winners received gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, water bottles, t-shirts and bike accessories.

A very large thank you goes out once again to the generous sponsors of BTSW 2014.