A new program is teaching recent arrivals to Canada how to explore the city in a uniquely Vancouver way — on two wheels.
The joint initiative of HUB Cycling — a non-profit organization that promotes cycling in Vancouver — and Immigrant Services Society of B.C. connects Vancouver cyclists with refugees and other newcomers who want to learn how to cycle in the city.
“Some of the newcomers in the spring session have never cycled before, and they learned through this program how to cycle together with their volunteers,” said program coordinator Tim Aeberli.
Starting in May, 16 local cycling enthusiasts were matched with 16 newcomers. 
The participants came from 10 different countries, including Syria, Iran, Japan, Iraq, and China, according to Aeberli. Most have been in Canada for less than two years.
“The program … is as much about improving their cycling skills and learning to cycle as it is about improving their English and finding new friends outside their usual circles,” he said.
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