Recipes from Transit Kitchen: Part 3
This is the third instalment in our series of recipes from the August 20 performance of Transit Kitchen at Evergreen Brick Works. The event was sponsored by Metrolinx, a government agency working to develop an integrated transportation system for the GTA.
Happy Healthy Kids: A recipe for cycling education in the elementary school curriculum
By Yvonne Bambrick
- Kid-sized bicycles and helmets
- Dedicated parents
- Motivated teachers
- Cycling advocates
- CAN-BIKE instructor
- Curriculum Council
- Private sector partners
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Transportation
- Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
- Ontario Medical Association
- Safe Routes to School
- Find and combine a group of dedicated parents willing to spearhead and pursue a request to include cycling into the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.
- In a meeting bowl, network with parents and teachers in order to form a coalition that sees the value in adding a bicycle–training component to the Grade 1 or 2 physical education curriculum.
- Stir the discussion until a proposal and next steps are formed.
- Measure and secure the services of a provincial cycling advocate to finesse and finalize a proposal with the coalition.
- Sprinkle the proposal to taste with the Ontario Medical Association, Safe Routes to School, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Ministry of Transportation, and various key staff members, until letters of support, partnership and encouragement for the proposal are achieved.
- In a separate bowl, begin to assemble and knead various private partnerships with companies such as Canadian Tire and CAA, until a kids’ bike and helmet fleet is formed.
- Assemble all combined ingredients into a meeting bowl with Curriculum Council and CAN-BIKE instructor. Dissect and review the Kids’ Bicycle Education curriculum proposal.
- Knead curriculum proposal, partnerships and letters of support in meeting bowl, then let rise in the Curriculum Council until a thumbs up is achieved, Sprinkle occasionally with a Cycling Advocate.
- Transfer curriculum proposal to Minister of Education’s baking tin, place in preheated political oven, and let idea, ingredients and relationships warm through, expand and solidify, until ideal firmness is achieved.
- Remove from oven, let cool, and serve alongside new guidelines for teachers, to serve to hungry and eager students!
- Biking to school or just for fun becomes a natural habit that can endure throughout adulthood
- Kids gain a sense of independence
- Kids learn and routinely practice a fun physical activity that can provide hours of active play
- Early education helps create better/safer cyclists and drivers through ongoing practice
Yvonne Bambrick is Coordinator of the Kensington Market and Forest Hill Village Business Improvement Areas (BIA), an Urban Cycling Consultant and Photographer.