Photo by Christopher Trotman
Story by Marvin Macaraig
On Saturday June 18, Scarborough Cycles celebrated the launch of its new bike hub at AccessPoint on Danforth (3079 Danforth Ave. one block east of Victoria Park) with a free community event. Activities included bike decorating, face painting, henna hand art, and bike tune-ups provided by local cycling advocacy groups TO35Cycles and Ward 36 Cyclists. Residents could also obtain copies of the new Toronto Cyclists Handbook produced by Cycle Toronto, which has been translated into 13 languages.
Also present was the Toronto Police Service, 41 Division, who helped residents record and register their bikes. The event concluded with a group to Rosetta McClain Gardens where participants enjoyed the cultivated gardens and scenic views of Lake Ontario.
A ribbon cutting ceremony featured speakers from project partners and included Serena Nudel (Youth and LGBTQ+ Program Manager, AccessPoint on Danforth) and Damion Ketchum (Treasurer, Cycle Toronto).
The Scarborough Cycles bike hub at AccessPoint on Danforth is one of two bike hubs launched this year, the other at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre located at 93 Birchmount Rd (at the Birchmount Community Centre). Programming has already begun at both sites and includes do-it-yourself bike repair clinics, workshops, a bike mentorship program for newcomers, and various group rides for all skill levels.
Funded by the Metcalf Foundation Cycle City program, ‘Scarborough Cycles: building bike culture beyond downtown’ is a project led by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and supported by CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank at the University of Toronto, and Cycle Toronto. The main goal of the project is to increase participation in cycling for transportation, and establishing these two community spaces represents an important step to removing barriers to cycling in Scarborough. Learn more about Scarborough Cycles at http://www.scarboroughcycles.ca and via Twitter at @ScarbCycles.
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