Cycling4Diversity tour ends

Organized by two Mission residents, the annual tour made 40 stops in nine cities

The Cycling4Diversity tour, organized by Mission’s Ken Herar and Sarina  Derksen-DiMartino ran last week, and both residents report their talk about cultural inclusion and welcoming others across the region was being well received.

Starting at Griner Park on Cherry Avenue with a tree replanting, the four-day journey took the group of riders to 40 stops in nine cities, including schools and community centres. The high-energy ride ended in Victoria at the Legislature, where the provincial government proclaimed a Cycling for Diversity week.

Herar and Derksen-DiMartino noted there were lots of questions from students and good support from representatives in each city.

“We felt, as a team, that we were successful in delivering our message,” said Herar, which was linked to this year’s theme was building bridges of dialogue, one city at a time.

The trip highlight for Derksen-DiMartino was “meeting with the children and seeing that they were getting the message.”

In nearly every school, she continued, there was discussion around diversity actively being taught.

“[The students] are already living diversity and bringing it into their home.”

For more information and trip photos, visit the team’s Facebook page.