Castlegar kids participated in Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at an event put on by the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society at Kinnaird Park on Saturday. Natasha Lockey from Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching brought a skills park setup and taught the kids some mountain biking basics and tricks.

Biking for life

Castlegar kids participated in Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Kinnaird Park on Saturday.

In celebration of national Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society hosted a mountain bike skills clinic at Kinnaird Park on Saturday.

Natasha Lockey from Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching taught kids some biking basics and had a portable skills park setup so the kids could practice different tricks and skills.

“The idea is just to get the kids out biking. For us to be here is a great opportunity to promote biking in Castlegar. We did programs here for a number of years and we just had problems really filling them, so we wanted to be more present,” said Lockey.

The Castlegar Parks and Trails Society hosted the event in part to get kids out on the trails, but also just to get them biking.

“For me it’s not just about biking on the trails, it’s about biking in general,” said Mark Jennings, director of the society. “I find that there’s a lot of kids get to the age around eight or nine, and for whatever reason—school, maybe computers, TV—they sort of lose interest with biking and then they don’t carry that on into high school.”

Jennings hopes by getting kids out biking, they can get kids to bike for life.

“What I’m hoping is that by getting programs like this—and hopefully we’ll get some programs going in the schools too; Natasha’s working on that—… we’ll be able to get those kids through that transition period and have them ride their bikes to school—to high school, to college, and eventually maybe to their first job.”

 

Just Posted

Two fires of note burning in Southeast Fire Centre

As of Saturday afternoon there were more than 20 fires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre.

Castlegar Duo Helps Nelson U18 Girls Net Gold at Provincials

The local twins helped fill the U-18 team’s injury-depleted ranks

Let’s play ball; B.C. Little League championship happening in Trail this week

Click story to see the games schedule for the 2018 Little League BC Major Provincial Championships

‘Farm the Kootenays’ creates supportive community

Helping hobbyists and serious producers alike, the Facebook group has grown to nearly 12,000 members

Brother’s determination pushes Ryan Cunningham to cycle 2,500 km for heart care

#Cunnycan: Ryan Cunningham ‘pushing the envelope’ to support brother Craig’s foundation

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

BC Wildfire update on 14 major Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

2017 wildfires give B.C. mom chance to say thank you to officer who saved her son

An unlikely encounter in the rural community of Likely, near Williams Lake

Most Read