Tim Fredrickson was one of the winners of the NCES bike giveaway.

Tim Fredrickson was one of the winners of the NCES bike giveaway.

Photo: Bike poetry

Nine people one bicycles as part of the North Columbia Environmental Society's bike giveaway program on Saturday.

Nine people one bicycles as part of the North Columbia Environmental Society’s bike giveaway program on Saturday.

The bikes are unclaimed bikes donated by the RCMP and fixed up by the mechanics at Flowt.

The giveaway was part of the NCES’ Revel-Pedal event on Saturday. About 100 people took part in a cross-town scavenger hunt and an open house at the Village Idiot afterwords.

The scavenger hunt was won by team StokeFM and the Fire Family. Matthew Carter won the grand prize of a handmade bike trailer.

Here is a poem written by Tim Fredrickson in his application for one of the bikes:

From the misty blue mountains in a faraway land,

I come from a country of dust and sand.

I travel with a fair maiden true

We sailed across the oceans blue.

 

Touched down in a place we did not know,

A magical world of ice and snow.

Spent winter up high shredding the gnar,

Cold days, dark nights, we didn’t go far.

 

Then Springtime arrived in her rosy glow,

The trails and paths peeked out from below.

Warm rain meant the snow revealed the ground,

And I started to wonder how to get around?

 

Now, I do believe there can surely be,

no place in the world more beautiful than BC.

And it seems to me in a place so green,

Things should be kept clean and pristine.

 

Revelstoke shouldn’t spend our summer daze

in a petrol induced smog and haze.

I pledge to leave my car shut down

and use friendlier transport to get around town.

 

So now one small problem still remains,

without all the cars and buses and trains,

How should I get from work to home,

On my own human leg power alone?

 

My fair maiden, pure and kind,

Has a machine she was excited to find.

It’s clean and green and this I like,

And it hit me, Eureka, I need a BIKE!

 

So many people in this wonderful town,

Use pedal power to get around.

It’s a great tale and should be told

To inspire all riders both young and old.

 

I want to join them on the happy streets,

Using not my car, but just my feet.

So what it comes down to, at the end of the day,

I’m sending a heartfelt plea your way…

 

I run, I jog, I sometimes hike,

But I want to RIDE – please give me a bike!

Shout it out as you leave the door,

Everyone yell…. “Two wheels are better than four!”