Wood School students build a bike

A group of around 60 students from Wood Elementary School walked to Ozzie’s Cycle last week to watch a bicycle being constructed, and they walked away with bicycles of their own.

The field trip was part of the elementary school’s cycling pilot project, funded by the B.C. government and put together with help from Cycle Alberni, Alberni Employment Centre, INEO Employment Services and Ozzie’s Cycle.

“Right now it’s just a pilot project,” said Sarah Thomas, a Cycle Alberni member. “But we’re looking at the possibility of using it in the future.”

Wood Elementary School, she explained, has been developing a curriculum for using bikes as transportation, while also teaching about cycling safety and bike maintenance.

On Monday, May 8, Tannis Seredick’s Grade 5/6 class and Heather Macleod’s Grade 6/7 class walked to Ozzie’s Cycle to watch Charles Thomas and Gordon Randall put together two bikes. The school purchased 30 bikes in total from Ozzie’s. Each student partnered with a student from the other class, so they will be able to take turns with the bikes.

“They’ll store the bikes at the school so they’re accessible for use,” said Sarah Thomas.

During the demonstration, Thomas tested the students on how to measure the volume and circumference of a tire.

“It’s all about looking at different ways we can tie it into the curriculum,” she said.


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Karson Karaim, a grade 7 student from Wood Elementary, helps Charles Thomas put a seat on a new bicycle at Ozzie’s Cycle. Elena Rardon photo

Elena Rardon photo Right, Charles Thomas is assisted by grade 7 student Sanam Munir from Wood Elementary School as he puts together a new bicycle at Ozzie’s Cycle.

Duncan Richardson, a grade 7 student from Wood Elementary School, assists Sarah Thomas in measuring the circumference of a bicycle tire outside of Ozzie’s Cycle as part of the new cycling pilot project for the school. Elena Rardon photo

Elena Rardon photo Above, Rick Dunington, a student from Wood Elementary School, adjusts a new bicycle for himself as part of the new cycling pilot project for the school.

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