Psyched on Cycling

Cycling students celebrate first 100 km

For immediate release (May 25, 2011)

High school students from both Guelph school boards will celebrate riding over 100 kilometers with – what else – more cycling. They will converge on McCrae House by riding on the first completed north/south bike lanes through the city along Gordon/Norfolk/Woolwhich. With more bike lanes being added to city roads in the last year, the most significant achievement is 10 km of continuous bike lanes from north to south right through the city.

Beginning at two starting points: Westminster Woods Library (near Gordon at Clare) and the Woodlawn Cemetery (Woolwhich and Woodlawn) the groups will bring students, family and friends together to celebrate at John McCrae House (108 Water Street).

Students from the boards’ environmental leadership programs; TERRA and CELP, have spent a week ‘becoming traffic’ by travelling over 100 kilometres through the city. Instead of driving all over town to learn about city government and infrastructure – they biked.

“Feeling at ease in traffic is critical if we expect our leaders of tomorrow to embrace cycling as a serious form of transportation” said Joel Barr, CELP/Centennial CVI teacher.

“Helping our students discover that bikes are much more than toys and belong in our daily lives is critical for the health of our young people and the planet” added Peter Glaab, TERRA/St. James teacher.

The CELP and TERRA Grade 10 semesters integrate environmental learning, outdoor education, Civics and English in a way that helps kids put all the pieces together.

For more information: CELP: Joel Barr, 519-546-4522 joel.barr@ugdsb.on.ca TERRA: Peter Glaab, 519-546-7480, pglaab@wellingtoncdsb.ca

Background:

To join PSYCHED ON CYCLING meet with your bike and helmet at either of the starting locations: 11:00 am Saturday May 28, 2011 at : Woodlawn Cemetery (Woolwhich south of Woodlawn) Or 11:00 am Saturday May 28, 2011 at: Westminster Woods Library (Clare Rd. east of Gordon)

At McCrae House: Join Mayor Karen Farbridge as she greets the students, family and friends to celebrate the new bike lanes and a great week of biking.

In the event of inclement weather a rain date has been set for Sunday, May 29 using the same timeline as above.

CELP – Upper Grand District School Board CELP (Community Environmental Leadership Program) is a semester-long four credit environmental leadership programs that foster a sense of wonder for the natural world in our students. Students develop an understanding of current environmental issues, and teach hands-on skills in sustainable living while meeting Ontario curriculum requirements for high school credits. Students are bussed from their home schools each day to Camp Edgewood in Eden Mills.

TERRA – Wellington Catholic District School Board The Grade 10 TERRA Program challenges students to reflect on gospel values when examining their ecological footprint and issues related to social justice and earth stewardship. TERRA uses the property of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre as its outdoor classroom where students facilitate leadership opportunities, build teamwork skills and experience outdoor activities throughout the entire semester while earning credits in English, Outdoor Activities, Career/Civics and Theology.

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