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Weekend cycling workshop offers numerous skills

QUEENS COUNTY – As part of its strategy to encourage more residents to become active, the Region of Queens Municipality’s Recreation and Healthy Communities Department will be offering a cycling weekend on June 16 and 17.

Offered in partnership with the Ecology Action Centre, this one-day workshop will teach participants how to lead the Making Tracks program or simply improve people’s knowledge, skills and confidence. Specific topics include safety, technical skills, preparedness, equipment maintenance, rules of the road and community route planning.

The workshop is scheduled to take place at the Region of Queens’ administration office at 249 White Point Rd. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 16. There’s a $10 fee for the workshop. People must pre-register by calling the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department by June 13. The workshop is for ages 13 and older. 

Making Tracks helps children and youth develop active transportation skill competency, confidence and safety, encouraging them to choose active transportation as a means to travel within their communities. Using an educational leader training model, Making Tracks enlists the help of adults and youth to teach children and youth safety skills in walking, cycling, in-line skating, scootering and skateboarding.  

Day two of the weekend will feature a bicycle care and maintenance skills course, which will be taught as a hands-on workshop to get participants’ bikes ready to ride this summer. Adults and older youth (13 and older) are welcome. Topics will include flat-tire repair, chain care and repair, break and gear adjustments, and cleaning and maintenance, among other things. 

This workshop is set to take place at the Region of Queens’ administration office from 10 a.m. to noon on June 17, and the cost is $5. Pre-register by contacting the Recreation and Healthy Communities Department by June 13. 

Visit https://www.regionofqueens.com/ for information about what’s happening in the Region of Queens. 

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