On Sunday August 23rd, 2015 Happy Home School System, under the leadership of Urooj and Elliot Montpellier, hosted an event entitled Seaview Bicycle Tour. A total of 103 children on bicycles participated accompanied by about 150 family members.
The purpose of this tour fitted in with the mission of the Happy Home School to connect students with their environment and contribute to its wellbeing. The tour consisted of a short ride to The Clover School, the newest member of the Happy Home School System, where small refreshments was served. From The Clover School they returned to the point of departure. The tour was the final activity of a three part series. An initial interactive lecture was held with senior students to introduce topics such as the environment, cycling, and urban-planning while emphasizing the importance of well-planned and sustainable cities that serve inhabitants. Afterwards, three hands-on workshops were held on bicycle mechanics with 45 senior students.
The culmination of all these educational activities was the Seaview Bicycle Tour during which both students and parents participated. The aim was to reverse stigma associated with cycling, which in Pakistan, is commonly understood as the means of transportation for the underprivileged. However, people from these backgrounds, oftentimes, and especially in this case, live more sustainably as they consume less and have less of a negative impact on the environment. Simply put, good practices, from wherever they may come, should be adopted for the communal benefit of our cities and its inhabitants. The Seaview Bicycle Tour aims to valorize this practice and demonstrate its usefulness in the 21st century as a safe, economical and an environmentally friendly means of transportation.
Following are some of the photographs of the event: