About
Us

These are our values.

Two Wheel View uses best practices in youth development to inform our program curriculum and shape the way we form relationships with the youth, our partners and our community.

Adventure

Adventure helps us navigate the fine lines between uncertainty and preparedness, courage and surrender, adversity and success; this allows us to approach every- day struggles with more of the social and emotional strengths that are essential for success in school and life.

Respect

Developing a culture of respect is critical to helping us achieve our mission because our programs bring together people from all demographics – different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. In order to do the work we do, which requires the breakdown of barriers and the building of trust, we need to respect each other to make great things possible.

Authenticity

Authenticity and diversity are important to the team at TWV because we feel that people, especially young people, are constantly changing as they interact with the world, taking on new understandings and behaviours they see modelled by the people around them. Exposure to new ideas, beliefs and behaviours can help broaden our ability to define the type of person, and leaders, we want to be.

Resilience

Using the bicycle as a tool, our programs foster resilience by building age appropriate competencies such as teamwork, problem solving and leadership. We help young people and each other develop and practice social and emotional skills such as emotion management, empathy and positive attitudes about self.

Community

By encouraging leadership competencies and helping us practice communication skills, our programs are helping to change the perspective on what we can be and how we can contribute to society. We give ourselves the opportunity to interact with and contribute to our communities in positive ways beyond our programs.

What We Do

Build Belonging

Do you remember your first bike? Imagine earning a bike, lock and helmet of your own alongside a group of new friends that felt like you’ve known them forever. Our 10-week Earn-a-Bike (Bike Club) program creates a place where youth feel like they belong and environment that fosters teamwork and leadership. Youth, grades 7-12, make positive peer and adult connections, explore topics such as empathy, identity and responsibility while learning how to repair and maintain bicycles. This program is supported by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

Create Connections

Connection is key to our human experience. Building strong connections with others take time, particularly if your upbringing lacked trust, support and consistency. The youth in our Beltline Bike Club program, who meet weekly throughout the school year at our shop in Sunalta, get the time to build enduring and supportive connections with their peers. They learn to build upon each other’s strengths, listen compassionately to each other’s struggles and be present to the needs of their community. Meeting at TWV connects them with more members of our team and community through our regular events. The Beltline Bike Club is an extension of our Bike Club program and generously supported by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and other generous donors in our community.

Expand Horizons

Youth who have the opportunity to participate in a high impact outdoor experience that takes them beyond their comfort zone are capable of high-level problem-solving, gaining a sense of accomplishment and adventure that helps them navigate through life. In our Bike Trip Programs, participants learn that, like most things in life, if you push the pedals enough times, you are going to get where you want to go. Primarily in Alberta and Quebec, we explore a wide variety of routes and ecosystems in this program. For our youth participants, whether they’ve lived here for generations or are newcomers, this results in the opportunity to deeply explore their home and gain a greater appreciation for the communities which they live and those they visit. Huge thanks to donors like Going the Distance (Justin Chadwick) and our Raise-a-Ride donors who give their support this program.

Uncover Resilience

Young people are powerful beyond measure. They may just not be aware of it – yet.  Our Full Cycle Program engages southern Alberta First Nations by aiming to reduce risk factors facing Indigenous youth, while increasing protective factors through a program that combines our Bike Club and Bike Trip experiences. In partnership with the communities and local schools, TWV delivers experiences that help youth uncover their innate strengths and resilience and demonstrate that they capable of anything they set their minds to. Thank you to an anonymous donation for your support of Full Cycle at Morley Community School in 2019.

Provide Mentorship

Transitioning from life as student to a career can be an overwhelming path to navigate. Mentorship and real-world work experience support young adults as they enter their working life. Our GAP Employability Program, offered for the first time in 2019, engages young adults ages 18-24 in employment and life skills training, using bike mechanics as our focus. Participants receive ongoing mentorship through the program from members of our TWV team and gain practical experience with local businesses. Our GAP curriculum includes educational partnerships with Momentum and Youth Employment Centre, recruitment partnerships with CBE Discovering Choices and The Alex and is supported by the City of Calgary Crime Prevention Investments Program.

Foster Community

At the end of the day, we all want to feel like our contributions are meaningful and making a difference in the lives of others. Our growing volunteer program is creating these opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life. We are so grateful to have this team of amazing volunteers help us keep the rubber on the road. TWV is honoured to welcome so many talented individuals through our doors that work together to weave the fabric of our community and give their time, energy and wisdom to those who can really use it – our youth. Thank you to the Frischkorn Family Foundation for their support of our volunteers.

“I love that making a friend as a result of this class made me happier and I enjoyed this class more.” 

- Bike Club Participant

Supporters and Funders

Two Wheel View uses best practices in youth development to inform our program curriculum and shape the way we form relationships with the youth, our partners and our community.

Thank You

4iiii Innovations
Adventure Medical Kits
Alberta Bike Swap Ltd.
Anonymous Donors
Benevity
Bicycle Film Festival (BFF)
Bike N Brew
Bow Cycle
Bruce Lukey
Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Catholic School Board
Calgary Parking Authority
Calgary Police Service
Calgary Public Library
Calgary Transit
Clif Bar
Cyclepalooza
Dave Bloxham
Family and Community Support Services
Frischkorn Family Foundation
Gage Foundation Fund at the Victoria Foundation
Going the Distance with Justin Chadwick
Government of Alberta
HAWK Design & Creative

Jolene Livingston and Bespoke Non-Profit Consulting
Lifesport
Maria K Eriksen + Harold Hanen Fund at the Calgary Foundation
Marty Korba and Shimano
Momentum
One Way Foods
Ridley’s Cycle
Rob Parkhill
Roy McAvoy 7 Golf Tournament
Scott Clark
Shaw Charity Classic and the Shaw Birdies for Kids, presented by AltaLink
Sunalta Community Association
Supporters of Ca Roule Pour Moi
Synergy Racing Cycle Club
The Calgary Foundation
The City of Calgary
The Emissary Society of Alberta
Trevor’s Pizza
Trips for Kids National
United Way of Calgary – Donors Choice Program
Youth Employment Centre