Gateway Bicycle Hub - September Newsletter
Thank you for your continued interest in the Gateway Bicycle Hub! We have lots to share this month - a new website, extended DIY hours, new learn-to-ride and mountain biking programs, a women in cycling event, an upcoming logo design contest, and more! Never hesitate to reach out to us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 416-551-2011 & tell your friends about us!
Baby Bike Giveaway in Parkdale
There is a kid's bike giveaway TODAY: Friday September 20 at 4 pm - 6:30 pm at Bike Pirates in Parkdale (1416 Queen Street West). This is a great opportunity being organized by the Toronto Community Bike Collectives (TCBC) of which the Gateway Bicycle Hub is a member. This is first-come first-serve so come early to have a better chance at a bike that fits your kid.
For more information about the requirements to get a bike visit the official event page here.
Visit www.gatewaybikehub.org !!!
NEW Do-it-Yourself Hours!
To accommodate rising demand of Do-It-Yourself Bike repair time, we have extended our Saturday Hours, now open from 12pm to 6pm. The weeknight hours will remain the same, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm. Come on by!
NEW Learn to ride session!
We are offering a Learn to Ride session at Flemingdon Park! We have an afternoon session scheduled for Saturday, September 28 from 1pm to 3pm, and we have space for 6 participants! Adults and children are both welcome. If you want to register, please send an email to email@example.com First come first serve. Please bring your own bike!
NEW! Gateway Bicycle Hub Mountain Bike Ride!
Do you want to learn more about mountain biking and different trails in the Don Valley? Do you want to get better riding skills? Come with us as we tour the many kilometres of trails in the Don Valley. Our first ride is Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4pm, and we meet at the Gateway Bicycle Hub, 10 Gateway Blvd. We do not provide bikes or helmets, so please be prepared to bring your own.
Women's Bike Social
On Monday September 30th at 5 pm to 7pm join other women cyclists at the Gateway Bicycle Hub (10 Gateway Blvd. Suite 100 B) for an event to allow women cyclists to get-together and create a networking platform. The first gathering is to allow participants to share their bike experiences in the community and have a brainstorm session with the participants to set objectives for a Women's Cyclist Network.
This event is being hosted by Cycle Don Valley Midtown and Women’s Wellness Cafe, and supported by the Gateway Bicycle Hub.
Flemingdon Neighbors for Safety Event on September 8, 2019
The Flemingdon/Thorncliffe Bike Group organized the first neighborhood event promoting cycling safety on Sunday, September 8. Funded by the City of Toronto’s Strong Neighborhoods Strategy and supported by The Neighborhood Organization, Flemingdon Health Centre, Flemingdon Community Support Services, and Evergreen Brickworks, this event was very well attended - over 130 people came out for this one day festival of games, activities, giveaways, and cycling initiatives! Cycle Toronto, Park People, and Toronto Police Services provided much value added services to this event to endorse healthy lives. Many walked away with generous prizes and free bicycle helmets. Special thanks to Louis Fliss, the level 3 CAN BIKE instructor in making this all happen. Also thanks to all the volunteers and community partners that helped make this event a success!
Collaboration with Grenoble Public School
The Gateway Bicycle Hub was thrilled to begin a collaboration with Grenoble Public School and their Bike Club. Our staff worked to refurbish their club’s 30 bikes while delivering A-B-C safety check workshops to their grade 4, 5 and 6 grade classes - just over 230 students!! The students and teachers at Grenoble Public School were enthusiastic about learning more about bicycles and bicycle maintenance, their school’s Bike Club, and the services of the Gateway Bike Hub. Thank you Grenoble Public School for your hospitality! Special shout out to teachers and cyclists David and John for their dedication to making this happen!
TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON...
We will soon announce a contest to design the logo for the Gateway Bike Hub! Keep an eye out for the announcement in early October and start getting your creative juices flowing!
We’ve had great success running our Earn-a-Bike program where community members without bikes learned in-depth bicycle mechanics and refurbished a bike that became theirs to take home. We’ve had so much interest that we have not yet been able to register everyone who filled out the application. But not to worry, we will continue to offer this program - next date to be announced!
In the meantime, for an opportunity to be registered for the Earn-a-Bike program, fill out the application form available here: http://gatewaybikehub.org/earn-a-bike/
On Mondays from 4pm to 7pm reserved Do-It-Yourself (DIY) hours for people who identify as girls, women, trans, and gender non-binary continues! We are always looking for people who identify as girls, women, trans, or gender non-binary to join or volunteer for Access Hours.
For more information check out our website:
If you have any questions about Access Hours or volunteering contact Abrah McKeen at Abrah@gatewaybikehub.org or 416-570-3883
*Access Hours is one initiative we are taking to address gender-based discrimination and the underrepresentation of women, trans, and gender non-binary participants in cycling and bicycle repair communities
SEBU (Social Enterprise Bike Upcycling)
Every Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm we are building bikes and we need volunteers to help us! If you want to learn or increase your skills in stripping and rebuilding bikes come on by.
These bikes will be for sale at Evergreen Brickworks for the Drop, Swap, and Shop event on Sunday October 6th and the proceeds will go back into Gateway Bike Hub programs, allowing for the purchase of consumables and small parts for our FREE programs.
The Gateway Bicycle Hub Team