February 9, 2011
Media Release

Become a CAN-BIKE instructor and teach bicycle safety

High school students can earn their community service hours teaching elementary school students bicycle safety
NEWMARKET –  High school students age 15 and up can register now for a training course that qualifies them to teach basic bicycle safety to elementary school students in The Regional Municipality of York.  Through a mixture of in-class instruction and on-road practice, students will gain leadership skills, teaching experience and become comfortable sharing the road with cars.
 
“It is important that our youth and children learn how to cycle safely through our local communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The CAN-BIKE program is the right step to giving our children the skills they need to bike safely.”
 
Students who commit to complete 42 hours of training will obtain a Junior Instructor Certificate from CAN-BIKE, the Canadian Cycling Association’s nationally standardized cycling safety program. 
 
“The CAN-BIKE program is a great way to help our youth become life long cyclists," said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee.  "This is a great program for high school students and it reinforces the role that cycling can play in creating sustainable communities."
 
To obtain a Junior Instructor Certificate, students must meet the following qualifications:
• Be a student in good standing at a York Region high school
• Complete the CAN-BIKE 2 Advanced Skills course
• Complete the CAN-BIKE Instructor Workshop
• Be at least 15 years of age by April 30, 2011
 
Upon successful completion of the Junior Instructor training program, students will receive:
• One year Ontario Cycling Association membership (required to be an instructor)
• Free bike helmet
• Free York Region cycling jersey
• Qualification to become a fully certified CAN-BIKE instructor
 
In return for this complimentary program offered by York Region, high school students are asked to deliver 40 hours of training to elementary school students within two years of becoming certified.  These 40 hours will count toward students’ mandatory community service hours required to graduate from high school.  After completing the 40 volunteer hours, students are eligible to become full adult instructors and deliver future programs.
 
A Junior Instructor Certificate would compliment a students’ resume when applying for summer employment in subsequent years.  Space is limited.  To register yourself or your child for this complimentary course, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY: 1-866-252-9933 by March 9, 2011.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca.
 
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Media Contact: Maria Schembri, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 1207 
Email: maria.schembri@york.c

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