After having to postpone due to bad weather, many neighbours, friends, and organisations came together for our 4th Annual Community Bike Day on Saturday May 20th.
This year, more organisations joined our event but once again, Velo-Service provided guidance on bicycle maintenance. The Gatineau Police Bike Patrol division provided lessons on riding safety while the Director of Mobio-O, Jean-Maxime Lemerise, was present and offered his support. Our event was also registered with United Nations Global Road Safety Week– 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland who provided a lot of information on shared, global initiatives about road safety.
Road safety, managing speed in our neighbourhood, bicycle maintenance, safety and fun, – all together- made this a great day in the park. And like all our community events, it was simply born by the flow of ideas supported by neighbours and volunteers.
Our community offers thanks to many generous and encouraging local sponsors and supporters for this event: Velo-Service, Gatineau Police Department, Pro-Cycle Bicyclette, Mobi-O, Provigo, IGA, The General Store and the City of Gatineau.
Special thanks go to Melanie Brassard (Street Representative) and Annic McGuire (Planning Director) who led coordination of this event. …and to our Community Association for planning, advertising, and material support.
Thank you, also, to all the volunteers who contributed to this event in a variety of ways: set-up, registration, music, food and road safety for bicycles. In particular, Angela Hagar, Chad Butler, Cristi Parapalita, Gilles Gougeon, Joelle Cleroux, Gaston Gagnon, Louisa Olvera, Lise Boileau, Anne Martinet, Louis Martinet, Dina Exantus, Gaston Gagnon, Lyne Forget-Lanthier and Tracy McCulloch.
A special thanks also goes to Velo-Service and the Gatineau Police Department for their education initiatives with children regarding bicycle safety and maintenance.
And most of all, thanks to all our neighbours and friends who simply came out and had fun together.