Articles, Letters October 10, 2018

Cycling one way to help needy

by Kai L. Chan

Letter to the Toronto Star (Wednesday, October 10, 2018)

10 people. 10 solutions for poverty, Oct. 8

Joe Mihevc’s idea to incorporate cycling solutions is fantastic in that it simultaneously tackles poverty, fitness and the environment. However, some people — especially those living in poverty — may not know how to ride a bike.

I grew up in poverty and learned to ride as an adult. Unfortunately, if this skill is not taught at home it is unlikely to be picked up elsewhere, and learning after early childhood comes with a lot of stigma and embarrassment.

This skill should thus be taught in early elementary school for those not fortunate enough to have already learned at home. It would help overcome the mobility issue that limits the options of the poor, a point that was almost universally mentioned by the 10 people in the article.

Kai L. Chan, Montreal

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