Free Biking Event - Topaz Biking Clinic #3

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Topaz Park (access via Finlayson or Topaz Ave > Glasgow St

Topaz Park, Lacrosse Box

Victoria, BC


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This clinic is for children aged 3 to 6 years.

We will be biking around cones, praticing starting, stopping, cornering and basic biking literacy. Adults and siblings are encouraged to bring their bikes as well (not mandatory). Only the child participant that's registered wil be provided with a t-shirt and swag bag.


Children should bring their own well-adjusted helmet. (See this YouTube video.) They should also bring a bike in proper working condition. A couple of bikes and helmets will be available if your child doesn't have one. Please email the organizer to request a bike or helmet.

Parents/guardians are to supervise their child at the clinic. Due to insurance requirements, you cannot drop off your child. All participants needs to be registered in advance through Event Brite.

Participants will need to sign a waiver, photo permission and pick up a t-shirt before going into the Lacrosse Box.


Potluck chili lunch. Looking for people to make chili, bring bread, bring dessert etc. Sign up posted here. *** Bring your own water and dishes ****


The Lacrosse Box is located right near the Finlayson parking lot.

Families are encouraged to bike to the park. If that isn't possible, parking is availabe in either of two parking lots (the busiest one is off Finlayson and the quieter one is accessed off Quadra > Glasgow). If you go to Quadra > Glasgow, you will need to walk north past the bathrooms on a paved path to the lacrosse box.


This event can't run without parents and volunteers helping out. Looking for parents who can help wtih event registration, event set up and take down tents, or provide a potluck dish. Lots of little jobs will need doing! Sign Up here.


The purpose of this event is two-fold: to encourage bike literacy and to promote the idea of a bike park for children at Topaz Park. Please join the facebook group to follow the movement. You can sign the petition on

Join the Facebook event to ask a question or catch any last minute event updates.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at the clinic!

High Five adult and child


What should I bring into the event?

Child's bike in good condition, helmet, snacks, water bottle, dishes, closed toed shoes (no sandals!), warm clothes, rain jacket. Parents are welcome to bring their bikes too.

I am a parent with two children, a baby and a child. I'm torn about attending the clinic without another adult - a second set of hands. What should I do?

Please join us! There will be many helping hands.

That said, try to invite a someone: a friend, a neighbour, a colleage or a grand parent perhaps. This clinic aims to help build community. Asking for help is a great way to make new friends or reconnect with an old friend! Everyone benefits when we get together and help each other.

I have a bike or bikes that need a tune up. Can you help?

Yes maybe! Contact Yvonne the organizer and let her know. We can request that Velofix, the mobile bike mechanics attend the clinic. They have a well stocked van full of parts and the knowledge to get your bike working well. Use the "Contact Organizer" button or use the sign up sheet.

Are there bathrooms at the lacrosse box?

There are washrooms about a 5 min walk away.

Is my child required to have a bike and helmet in order to participate?

Helmet use is required. If you need a helmet or a bike email the organizer to make a request.

What does the lacrosse box look like?

It's a big flat hockey rink with hockey boards around the sides. It's protected from the wind so it can be very hot. The advantages is that there are no cars in the space.

I'm a vegetarian. Will there be anything for me to eat?

Yes! I was hoping you would ask. I created a sign up for food and I'm hoping someone can bring vegetarian chili or a veggie platter.

Will parents and sibilings get free lunch?

It will be a potluck. Please sign up! If nobody signs up, well... I'm not even going there. People will sign up and the food will be awesome!

How is this event being funded?

Victoria City My Great Neighbourhood Grant, Victoria Foundation Grant and Yvonne Mendel. The event is being hosted by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. If it weren't for the GVCC, there wouldn't be a clinic!

Where can I can get more information about Topaz Park or the Topaz Park Improvement Plan?

Visit the City's page about Topaz Park. The City is promising concept plans "soon".

I can't make it to this clinic. When is the next one?

This is the last clinic of the series. I (Yvonne) am hoping that an organization will continue the free clinics. City of Victoria? Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition perhaps? The number of participants this summer has far exceeded my expectations!

Photo credit: Bastien Lanusse

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