Happiness Cycle rocks
This Wednesday, we helped Bicycle Network's Happiness Cycle team to organise the first Happiness Cycle ever held in Tassie. About 150 bikes were put together by two waves of fifteen and sixteen year olds from local schools, with the assistance of volunteers from the local bikeriding community, including a number of Bicycle Network Tasmania members and some professionals like Ray Appleby.
What a great opportunity for these students, and well done to those who put their hands up to give it a go. Highlights of the day for the kids included meeting two popular Hawthorn players. After the fun of putting their own bikes together (some of them even helped each other, wow) the bikes were checked over by the quality assurance team, then the new riders were supplied with a new bright red helmet, lock and lights. Almost ready to be let loose on the roads they first had fun learning some riding skills in the park with the assistance of Austcycle trainers.
Two thirds of the students on this day were girls, which is fantastic as we need more women riding.
A lesser known part of the Happiness Cycle is the intensive leadership development of a selected group of the kids. They learnt not only about putting bikes together but also how to work together and lead their peers on the day. What a great investment in the local youth.
This was the 27th event of the year for the Happiness Cycle team, and they are now looking forward to a well-deserved Xmas break. Thankyou for your passion and whole hearted contribution to the Moonah/Glenorchy community. Well done to Elisa and other staff from Glenorchy City Council for pulling together the schools and the kids, and for supervision on the day.