Earlier this year, a student at the U of R came to RPIRG with an idea. Nwakaku Okere wanted to provide sustainable, independent transportation & information to newcomers, specifically new refugees, in the form of bicycles. Anna was excited about the project and soon we were on our way to planning.
Thanks to the hard work of our planning committee – Cam Faser (Knox Met), Lynn Lau (Bike Regina), and Nwakaku Okere – we managed to put on a great event with about 25 attendees. We were able to give away 17 bikes and helmets to newcomer and refugee youth ages 15-25 here in Treaty 4, Regina. Bike Regina’s Sara Maria ran an interactive road safety workshop, and True Wheels’ Joel Braun gave the low-down on basic bike maintenance. After some snacks, the group went on a ride with their new bikes.
A special thank-you goes out to Joel Braun for fixing up the 17 bikes, turning donations into ride-able, safe vehicles; all of the donors including the City of Regina Bike Program and the University of Regina Students’ Union; and Roberto Misterio and the Regina Open Door Society for all of their tireless assistance when our O & E Coordinator just couldn’t figure something out!