HOW WE STARTED
The Polar Bike Project has some amazing companies that have become an integral part of what the Polar Bike Project stands for. Transportation and shipping of bikes is 100% covered by Buffalo Airways and the Canadian Coast Guard. The collection of bikes is from a very dedicated and hard working group of individuals who volunteer their time fixing up bikes and make sure they are safe to ride. Alison works closely with the CCG, Buffalo Airways and the communities and agencies with the Hamlet to organize the delivery, event and organization of the bikes. These include RCMP, Hamlet, Income Support, Social Services. Fundraising is the major source of being able to make this all possible.
The Polar Bike Project started in June 2015 a year after Alison Harper and her husband Tim moved to Kugluktuk, Nunavut with the RCMP. They quickly realized that there was not a lot in the community for biking and wanted to try and change that. Alison would ride her bike to work everyday and the youth in the community were very fascinated with her Fat Tire bike and wanted to ride with her. She started riding with the youth and realized the need for bikes for kids as not everyone can afford one in the north. She made a few calls to friends, family and companies and the fun started.
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HOW WE DO IT
WHAT WE DO
The Polar Bike Project collects donated bikes from the southern part of Canada that are in good shape and gets them shipped to remote northern communities in Nunavut. We have built a very strong relationship with our sponsors to be able help cover the cost of shipping. Once Bikes are delivered we create a biking program in the community where youth and families can ride together, learn basic bike maintenance and most importantly be physically active. Each lucky recipient of a bike receives a gift bag of goodies for their bike.
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