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How a local organization works to get more Calgary students biking to school

How a local organization works to get more Calgary students biking to school

Laura Shutiak started Youth en Route in 2021 to change attitudes Students participate in Youth en Route programming, which aims to empower more students with…

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Laura Shutiak started Youth en Route in 2021 to change attitudes

Students participate in Youth en Route programming, which aims to empower more students with the skills and confidence they need to choose active transportation. (Youth en Route) For many years, bike theft was a problem outside Forest Lawn High School in southeast Calgary.

It’s something assistant principal Mark Anderson heard about from students as a hindrance to them biking to school.

But now that the school administration has teamed up with Youth en Route, they’ve seen a massive change.

"We were able to modify those bike racks to make them more appropriate and safe, and we were also able to bring them inside the school," he said.

"The students here actually fabricated, with the financial support of Youth en Route … bike-locking racks that we can use."

Since then, they’ve had no thefts, Anderson said. They’re even considering adding a third rack inside the school because they’re out of storage space.Bike theft is just one of the issues Youth en Route is trying to tackle. The Calgary group connects with area high schools to figure out what barriers students are facing when it comes to biking — whether it’s storage, road safety or learning how to ride a bike — so they feel more empowered to bike to school and beyond. The bike racks inside Forest Lawn High School are almost always full, according to assistant principal Mark Anderson. (Submitted by Mark Anderson) Laura Shutiak started the group in 2021 and has now […]

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