Ski-Doo’s parent company BRP is partnering with the TreadLightly! organization and the RideSafe program to spread a message about responsible and safe riding – and is using a Nitro Circus celebrity to help drive the message home top school-aged kids.
The three year partnership, announced March 29, covers multiple powersports – not just snowmobiling – but snowmobiling was featured rather largely in the introductory video showcasing one aspect of the program.
TreadLightly! is an organization we’re very familiar with here at EPG/Snow Goer – members of our team served on the non-profits board of directors for more than a decade. It pulls together groups from various off-road communities – from the Jeep world to various powersports, and from OEMs to the aftermarket – to spread a positive message about taking care of riding areas (among other things). Members include all four major snowmobile factories (Arctic Cat, Polaris, BRP/Ski-Doo and Yamaha).
Here’s the press release from BRP (below). We’ve also posted the video with Nitro Circus’ Hubert Rowland in the center of the story. Snowmobiling states that will be visited by his part of the program include Minnesota, Wisconsin and Utah.
BRP TEAMS UP WITH TREAD LIGHTLY! AND RIDESAFE TO PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE RIDING
VALCOURT, QC, March 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – BRP Inc. (TSX: DOO) (NASDAQ: DOOO) is proud to lead the powersports and marine communities with initiatives promoting safety, the environment and riding etiquette with its Responsible Rider program. Today, BRP is broadening its impact by announcing three-year partnerships with two organizations equally committed to empowering all those who ride to do so responsibly: Tread Lightly! and RideSafe.
“The Responsible Rider program was born out of our deeply held belief that when all riders look out for each other, engage in safe experiences and are mindful of the environment, they help build a more caring community and preserve our playgrounds for future generations,” says Anne-Marie LaBerge, Chief Marketing Officer at BRP. “We are taking bold steps to encourage all riders to ride responsibly and are thrilled to welcome new partners to further our impact. By teaming up with Tread Lightly! and RideSafe, we will drive positive change and ensure our next ride is as good as the last.”
Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect and enhance recreation access and opportunities by promoting outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship.
Over this three-year partnership, Tread Lightly! and BRP have committed to developing trainings and other tools dedicated to driving positive change through BRP’s worldwide dealer network and all powersports riders. Training will be delivered online and cover subjects based on the Responsible Rider program’s three pillars: Safety, Environment and Riding Etiquette, and will be available in French, English and Spanish.
“In the past few years, we have seen rapid growth in motorized recreation all over the US. Tread Lightly! has heard regularly about the need to better educate these enthusiasts on how to be respectful and responsible,” says Matt Caldwell, Executive Director, Tread Lightly!. “This partnership with BRP provides every enthusiast with the tools to ‘do your part’ to ‘protect the fun’.”
The mission of RideSafe is to significantly reduce the number of powersport injuries and fatalities by inspiring children and adults to wear helmets and proper safety gear and obtain safety certification before operating powersports equipment.
During this three-year partnership, RideSafe and BRP have committed to educating young riders and their families on how to be responsible riders. To accomplish this mission, Hubert Rowland and his team will visit schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona, Utah, Florida, Texas, and West Virginia.
“BRP is more than just a company, they are a team of people dedicated to creating a positive impact. Their entire team embodies the qualities of leadership, humility, and compassion – making them a true leader in the powersport industry,” says Hubert Rowland, racer and Co-Founder of RideSafe.
“Our partnership with BRP is critical to educating consumers on safe practices and promoting responsible riding. By combining our mutual resources and utilizing the voice and talent in our industry, we aim to get the attention of a broad audience, empowering them to make informed decisions about safe riding practices and shifting the culture where everyone makes safety their first priority,” says Kristen Almer, Co-Founder of Ride Safe. “As I often say, our powersport athletes and influencers are great because they are masters of safety first, and our partnership with BRP is a crucial step towards making this a universal mindset.”
BRP is committed to playing an even greater role in the lives of its employees, dealers, and consumers with the goal of truly moving the needle on social issues that touch people in their everyday lives. Including the Tread Lightly! and RideSafe contributions, BRP has invested nearly CAD $1.5 million towards initiatives in line with its Responsible Rider program in the last year alone. These partnerships align with BRP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR25) commitment to foster positive change worldwide and invest 1% of annual pre-tax profits in local and global causes by 2025.