The aim of our project is to encourage every Rainbow and Brownie with the Riverside District to get out and about on their bikes and it be safe whilst they are out.
For the Brownies this will involve all girls completing their Cycling Badge which includes learning about bicycle maintenance, safety on the roads and the Highway Code. The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides will all also take part in a sponsored cycle ride at the end of the Brownies badge work to celebrate their success, raise money for the District and our Charity (UHURU Ministries) and to raise the profile of cycling and Guiding with the girls, their parents, and the community.
Sunday the 15th October 2006 saw Lancaster Riverside Guide district take to the cycle tracks and head for the Crook-o-Lune in order to raise some money for charity, help the Brownies be safe on their bikes and encourage our leaders and parents to get active.
Laura Pye District Commissioner said "This was a fund raiser which involved everyone from our youngest rainbow to our leaders and parents. It was about all of us getting out their and having fun whilst learning something about Cycle safety"
The "Riverside Riding" Challenge aimed to encourage all of the girls and their families in Riverside Guide District to think about how to be safe on their bikes and enjoy the cycle paths around the city. It was part of a bigger challenge for our Brownies who are also working toward their cycling badges.
The idea of the Riverside Riding Challenge came about after Lancaster became a Cycling Demonstration Town and the leaders thought it would be good to encourage more of our girls and their families to use their bikes to get around the city. The cycle path from Lancaster to Crook-o-lune was chosen mainly because it fairly flat and a good enough distance of all of our members to take part (some of the Rainbows only went half way).
In total 43 Rainbow, Brownies or Guides took part in the event and another 40 or so parents and leaders, making a large group on the cycle path (sorry to everyone trying to walk their dog!). The event was a great success and raised a lot of money for the girls units and UHURU Ministries.