Bicycles needed for iRide program

iRide organizers are looking for children's sized bicycles to use for the iRide School program.

Barry Coulter

iRide organizers are looking for children’s sized bicycles to use for the iRide School program.

The plans are proceeding to introduce an innovative cycling instruction program for youth into area schools is proceeding apace — at least six schools in Cranbrook are participating as well as a couple in Kimberley, and a two-day coaching certification session is scheduled for next week.

The program is being operated by Cycling BC, in conjunction with Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, the Kootenay Freewheelers and the Wildhorse Cycling Club. The overall goal of iRide is to provide children with the joyful experience of bicycle riding with friends and family, promoting healthful activity in the East Kootenay, where cycling culture is at the forefront.

And now the call has gone out for bicycles — the last link in the chain.

“The bike should be in fairly good condition however we do have volunteer support ready to do tune-ups to ensure the bikes are safe to ride,” said Mel McFarlane of Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary, who is helping organize the program.

If you have a bicycle to donate please contact Mel McFarlane of Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary to arrange pickup, at 250-489-9101, or email

The iRide program should go along way to enhance and support the significant cycling culture already present in the East Kootenay.

“We have some of the best off road trails and our world class paved North Star Rails to Trails, connecting Cranbrook and Kimberley as cycling trails,” local cycling coach John Mandryk said. “The potential here is unlimited.”

To sign on with iRide Coaching Certification Program, April 2 and 3 at Gordon Terrace Elementary School, go to