The Polar Bike Project

$7,695 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 130 people in 48 months


The Polar Bike Project- Helping to bring bikes and biking to the childern in remote communititesin Nunavut. 

Many of us remember what its like to ride a bicycle for the first time. The wind in our faces, the sounds of the tires on asphalt but most importantly the sense of freedom it gave us. The Polar Bike Project wants to offer the children of Nunavut the opportunity to either relive those feelings or experience them for the first time, and we need your help

Our goal is to expose children, youth and families in these communitites to the benefits of cycling by providing bicycles for those who may not have or can't afford one, by teaching basic maintenance and repairs for those who do and to organize weekly group rides for as many children in the community as possible.

Life for many children in northern communities is far more challenging than many of us will ever know. Isolation, poverty, violence and broken families tend to be contributing factors that lead many youth down destructive and irreversible paths. The Polar Bike Project wants to help reverse this trend by increasing access to positive role models in the community, providing an athletic and physically changeling activity and help foster and develop valuable life skills for years to come.

Our goal is to raise resources and funds in two ways;
1- Organize and collect used bicycles for donation to local children
2- Fundraise to help purchase additional and necessary equipment such as helmets, spare bike parts, locks and tools.

We have already been successful in bringing up 180 additional bicycles through donations from people Calgary , Edmonton, Invermere and other southern cities. Through the donated time and cargo space from a local northern airlines we want this momentum to continue and reach as many childern, youth, and families as we can.
The weekly rides have already been a success and word is spreading quickly amongst the community's children. We now have more children than bikes and don't want to turn anyone away.

We are expanding to other small communities within Nunavut so we can provide these opportunities to more children in Nunavut. Taloyoak was our one and only community for 2016. Along witht the Canadian Coast Guard, Stantec, and local RCMP we delivered 38 bikes to the community. We provided T-Shirts, helemets and locks to everyone who recieves a bike in Taloyoak. There are two more very lucky communitites this summer who will be recieving bikes. Thanks to The Canadian Coast Guard, Buffalo Airways, and Nolinor air we will be delivering just over 100 bikes this summer !

We want to pass on our love and passion for cycling to these children and offer as many opportunities to them as possible and with your help we know this is possible.


Thank you for taking the time to donate and helping us to change not only a child's life but redevelop a community through sport.

Ali Harper



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More Bikes heading to Gjoa Haven. A last minute add of these bikes in Kugluktuk today. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.
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We had an exciting Canada Day giving bikes away to the kids in Kugluktuk. Despite the cold rainy weather there was still fun had by all. Thank you everyone that helped out on getting the bikes here and helping hand them out. An even bigger thank you to those that donated the bikes and donated money to that was put towards prizes to give out to those kids who already have bikes but were apart of the event.
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We helped a family out this week and put some smiles on 2 little kids faces :) They were so excited to ride their bikes they didn’t care how cold it was. This is just the beginning of the bike giveaways for the summer. We will hopefully be getting our first shipment of bikes this week in Kugluktuk.
We are still looking for donations to help with the growing project. Looking for both bikes and funds to help purchase parts for youth who already have bikes here but are unable to ride them because of missing/broken parts. If you have a bike you would like to donate please send us a message to arrange details .

Thank you everyone for your continued support
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Make sure to tune into CBC's Broadcast of RBC SPORTS DAY IN CANADA this Saturday November 21st at 12pm EST. The three finalists for the True Sport Give-Back Challenge will be announced. The Polar Bike Project may be lucky enough to be one of them. Tune in and cheer us on.

www.truesportpur.ca
www.participation.com/programs-even…/…/sports-day-in-canada/
www.cbc.ca/sports-content/broadcast/
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JimandShirley Palahicky
16 months ago

Hi Alison, I heard your interview on the radio and I live in Calgary and would like to collect bikes for the project. Please advise me. Cheers, Shirley

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Keith Towse
45 months ago

Hi, I live in Halifax and have a couple of bikes to donate. Is there a way to ship direct to NU direct from here? If it would be helpful, I could also get involved in collecting bikes locally to ship to NU? Great project, and great use for old unwanted bikes. Keith

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Janet Saunders
46 months ago

I have three great bikes to donate.....how do I do that?

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Suzanne McInnes
46 months ago

Are you still collecting bike donations? Where can I drop one off?

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Sharon Snell
47 months ago

I have a bike for an older boy to donate. I was going to sell it on Kijiji, but I don't really need the money, just want to get it out of my garage. Was my son's a few years ago and it's in good condition. Please let me know where to take it. I live in the far SE

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Randy Strang
47 months ago

Please tell us how to get the bikes to you.

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Padraic McCausland
47 months ago

Ditto to many here. I have 3 kids that get new bikes every other year. I have a couple in my garage in the GTA..just tell me where to leave them.

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Judith Lamarche
47 months ago

I have a boy's bike (youth 6-7 years old) that I would gladly donate if I can get it to you.

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Rakhi Sharma McAuliffe
47 months ago

I too have a few bikes to donate. Anywhere in Ottawa where I can donate them?

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Robert Patterson
47 months ago

I have several bikes in great condition and would love to help, in the past my family ran a bike shop and I could help fix up some bikes if there was a way to get them from me to you.

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Nicole Bilodeau
47 months ago

I have a pink girls first bike with training wheels I would gladly donate :)

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Kristin Slade Stringer
47 months ago

I have 3 kids 20" bikes - one pink, one purple, one green/grey. I can gladly give them.

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Jeannette Chapman
48 months ago

i have a girls bike I would like to donate. For approx. 9-12 year old. Great condition. Where can I bring it? Thank you.

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Tim Kingston
1 month ago

I recently watched the documentary "The Grizzlies" and was discussing it with Flo Boyd. She told me about the work you are doing in the North. And being a cyclist I though this all made sense. Much success in your endeavours.

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JimandShirley Palahicky
16 months ago

Hi Alison, I heard your interview on the radio and I live in Calgary and would like to collect bikes for the project. Please advise me. Cheers, Shirley

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Keith Towse
45 months ago

Hi, I live in Halifax and have a couple of bikes to donate. Is there a way to ship direct to NU direct from here? If it would be helpful, I could also get involved in collecting bikes locally to ship to NU? Great project, and great use for old unwanted bikes. Keith

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Janet Saunders
46 months ago

I have three great bikes to donate.....how do I do that?

+ Read More
Suzanne McInnes
46 months ago

Are you still collecting bike donations? Where can I drop one off?

+ Read More
Sharon Snell
47 months ago

I have a bike for an older boy to donate. I was going to sell it on Kijiji, but I don't really need the money, just want to get it out of my garage. Was my son's a few years ago and it's in good condition. Please let me know where to take it. I live in the far SE

+ Read More
Randy Strang
47 months ago

Please tell us how to get the bikes to you.

+ Read More
Padraic McCausland
47 months ago

Ditto to many here. I have 3 kids that get new bikes every other year. I have a couple in my garage in the GTA..just tell me where to leave them.

+ Read More
Judith Lamarche
47 months ago

I have a boy's bike (youth 6-7 years old) that I would gladly donate if I can get it to you.

+ Read More
Rakhi Sharma McAuliffe
47 months ago

I too have a few bikes to donate. Anywhere in Ottawa where I can donate them?

+ Read More
Robert Patterson
47 months ago

I have several bikes in great condition and would love to help, in the past my family ran a bike shop and I could help fix up some bikes if there was a way to get them from me to you.

+ Read More
Nicole Bilodeau
47 months ago

I have a pink girls first bike with training wheels I would gladly donate :)

+ Read More
Kristin Slade Stringer
47 months ago

I have 3 kids 20" bikes - one pink, one purple, one green/grey. I can gladly give them.

+ Read More
Jeannette Chapman
48 months ago

i have a girls bike I would like to donate. For approx. 9-12 year old. Great condition. Where can I bring it? Thank you.

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