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Welcome to the Gateway Bicycle Hub's January newsletter!

Tomorrow: participate in our Earn-a-Kids-Bike program - 2 spots are left! See below for more information.

Also, find out who won our logo design contest and learn more about our winter 2020 program offerings.

Wall art by The Paint Factory at Gateway Bicycle Hub

Community Engagement

Announcing our logo contest winner!

Congratulations to Henry Ren for winning the GBH logo design contest!!!

We will be working with Henry to finalize the logo, which will be launched this winter.

Thank you for voting on your favourite logos and thanks especially to all the participants and contest finalists. You made our job extremely difficult by submitting such amazing designs! We wish more of you could have won. We hope to see you at future activities of the GBH!

Stay tuned for another announcement related to our logo contest in the coming weeks!

Sincerely,

The Gateway Bicycle Hub team

"I took objects that are a part of Gateway Bike Hub and tried to recreate using simpler shapes. Some examples are the windows in the background that represent the community Gateway Bike Hub helped develop and the bike that shows how Gateway Bike Hub attempts to minimize waste by reusing or re-purposing materials"
- Henry, logo contest winner

Join the Women’s Cycling Network

The newly launched Women’s Cycling Network (WCN) meets monthly at the Gateway Bicycle Hub (GBH) and is open to new members!

WCN is an inclusive group of women and girls who are strong women cyclists who are voices for their community, addressing the barriers that women and girls face to biking and bicycle mechanics.

The next meeting is on Tuesday February 25 at 2pm to 4pm at the Gateway Bicycle Hub (10 Gateway Blvd. Suite 100 B).

For more information on how to get involved contact Najia Zewari at nzewari@hotmail.com

Gateway Bicycle Hub is now partnering with the Parenting Group

As part of our effort to become more engaged with the fantastic residents of our wonderful community, GBH is now partnering with the Parenting Group to deliver bike mechanics and cycling education programs for parents and children of Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park.

In early December this joint venture was awarded the Neighborhood Climate Action Grant from the City of Toronto, which aligns nicely with GBH’s vision of supporting green initiatives and reducing waste. The Parenting Group is a terrific grassroots community group led by founder Charles Zhu, who envisioned a partnership with GBH to be a positive win-win for all those in the community.

“We are excited and looking forward to this amazing opportunity to implement this project, which aims to change the behaviour of ourselves and that of our children.” – Charles Zhu

This program will commence in March and run to August 2020. GBH will be delivering earn-a-bike sessions, safety workshops, learn-to-ride lessons, and other cycling advocacy initiatives for both parents and children in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon.

The 2019 Children's Talent Festival hosted by the Parenting Group at Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre in Thorncliffe Park. The Gateway Bicycle Hub ran a bike crafts booth and gave away two kids' bikes in the raffle draw.

Winter Programs

Earn-A-Kids-Bike program

This Saturday January 25 (tomorrow) from 11am to 3pm, GBH is offering an amazing opportunity for community members to Earn-a-Kids-Bike. This program is for parents and/or guardians to learn basic bicycle mechanics and fix up a bike for a kid who is 10 years old or younger.

There are 2 spots left in tomorrow's program! To register contact Abrah McKeen at abrah@gatewaybikehub.org or call 416-551-2011.

Unfortunately at this time we do not have child care.

Our next Earn-a-Kids bike program is on Saturday February 22nd at 11am to 3pm. 

Wednesday DIY and volunteer training hours

 

Over the winter months, GBH is open every Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm for drop-in Do-it-Yourself (DIY) hours or for volunteer mechanics training.

If you bring your own bike you can work on it, or you can learn mechanic skills by working on our bikes! We hope this will encourage you and give you the skills to volunteer with us when our programs expand in the spring and summer.

If you have any trouble finding us, you can call 416-551-2011.

Parents refurbish kids bikes in October 2019 at our Parent and Guardian Earn-a-Bike.

NEW Community workshop and meeting space


GBH is now offering community workshop and meeting spaceon Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 7pm (for anyone) and on Mondays from 2pm to 7pm (prioritized for folks who identify as women, trans, or gender non-binary).

If you are a group, or want to start a group, that engages with cycling, bike mechanics, active transportation, environmental initiatives, or waste reduction, you can host your meetings or workshops here at GBH! You can also collaborate with us to develop and lead a workshop or series of workshops for your group! Priority is given to groups who live or work in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.

In January and February we are collaborating with TNO youth groups to offer mechanics workshops for Refugee Youth Engagement for Success (RYES) and Project X.

There are spots available in Project X - register here

Stay tuned for changes to our EAB program and more riding programs in the spring

We are currently redesigning our Earn-a-Bike (EAB) program to be more accessible to diverse community members - stay tuned for an announcement before Spring 2020!

In Spring 2020 we will also announce more frequent and new riding programs, including learn-to-rides, mountain biking, and group rides on the road and in the Don Valley.

Earn a Bike graduates, summer 2019
Don't hesitate to reach out to book our community space or to share your ideas for what programs you think we would should offer!

We can be contacted by phone at 416-551-2011 or by email at info@gatewaybikehub.org 

Sincerely,
The Gateway Bicycle Hub Team


 
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