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Lycra Drive has overwhelming response

The first annual AYC Lycra Drive was met with an incredibly positive response. For two months, seasoned cyclists from all over the province raided their closets and sent their previously used cycling clothes to be handed out to our native youth riders. “At one point I stopped by La Bicicletta expecting a bag or two and there were boxes of clothes waiting for me…The response we had is a true testament to the strength of the cycling community here in Vancouver and the lower mainland,” said Kelyn when asked about the success of the initiative.

We want to thank everyone that contributed to the success of this Drive! The clothes we’ve collected will be handed out to our youth cyclists to help lower the barrier for entry into the sport. Everything we’ve collected, from gloves to shoes, will be put to good use so if you happen to notice some extra clothes keep us in mind. “We’re always trying to look ahead and see how we can improve upon the things that we’ve done, meanwhile we’ve got a lot of clothes to hand out.”

 

AYC Formalizes Community Partnership with the Urban Native Youth Association

When I was first presented with the opportunity to create an Aboriginal youth cycling program in Vancouver it was important to look for organizations within the community that were already providing meaningful programming to Native youth. With a 22 year history of providing programming to Native youth in Vancouver, the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) stood out as a prime candidate. Their AYF Sports and Recreation program’s overall goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles, leadership, and skills development amongst Native youth was exactly what I was hoping to achieve with AYC. After working with UNYA for almost a year I am very pleased to announce that we are formalizing our community partnership! As an official community partner, UNYA’s AYF Sports and Recreation Program supports the participation of Native youth, ages 11-24, in select AYC activities. In addition UNYA’s AYF staff are able to provide supervision and transportation to and from East Vancouver (East Hastings Street near Commercial Drive) to the velodrome for Native Youth participants.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with, and learn, from this organization and the wonderful people that work and volunteer there and I trust that the relationship will continue to grow as time passes.

Lycra Drive Poster

AYC Launches Lycra Drive

It’s easy for anyone that’s been riding for years to take for granted the amount of time it took them to compile a closet full of cycling clothes. Now, with all those clothes, it’s easily overlooked how simple it is to take on anything Mother Nature may throw your way. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ve figured out the few go-to pieces that make every ride come together; everything else in the closet just sits there. Help our riders equip themselves this year by donating your old cycling clothes to AYC. Not only will you be helping future generations of cyclists but you’ll be doing yourself a favor by making space in your closet.

To donate, drop off your clothes (clean of course) at the Burnaby Velodrome during open track hours or at La Bicicletta (233 West Broadway) during regular business hours. Please remember to include your name and contact information. We’ll make sure they find a good home!

Please direct any questions to kelyn@aboriginalyouthcycling.com

Thank you for keeping AYC on track!

AYC meets at a new time

Starting this Friday March 16, 2012 Aboriginal Youth Cycling will be meeting at a new time on Friday nights. The session will now start at 5:00pm. We’ll see you there.