Dedicated DIY and workshop space for people who identify as women, trans, or gender non-binary.
Why Access Hours
While the Gateway Bicycle Hub always strives to be free of all oppressive and discriminatory behaviour, and a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all participants at all times (see our Code of Conduct), we recognize that there is a continued need for dedicated space for women, trans, and non-binary people at the Bike Hub in order to address pervasive gender-based discrimination and to work towards the full representation and inclusion of women, trans, and non-binary people in all of our programming.
Dedicated programming for women, trans, and non-binary people is necessary because bike mechanic spaces continue to be cis-male-dominated and places where gender-based assumptions and behaviours are directed at women, trans, and non-binary participants that can make them feel unwelcome, upset, and hinder their participation and learning experience. As such, women, trans, and non-binary people are underrepresented in cycling and bike repair spaces, including our own, and we want to change that.
Access Hours is one initiative we are taking to address gender-based discrimination and the under-representation of women, trans, and gender non-binary participants in cycling and bicycle repair communities. There will only be women, trans, and gender non-binary staff and volunteers working during these hours.
We are now offering Access Hours workshop and community space on Mondays from 2pm to 7pm.
We are looking for volunteers
If you are available Monday evenings and have a basic knowledge of bicycle mechanics sign up to volunteer. If you want to learn bicycle mechanics basics and become a future volunteer, come by with your bike and we will teach you!
To find out more about volunteer opportunities with the Access Hours program contact
What is gender-based discrimination?
Gender-based discrimination is often accidental and can be subtle. We ask that all participants in the Gateway Bicycle Hub community be aware of what gender-based discrimination can look like and question their assumptions about and behaviours towards women, trans, and non-binary people.
Thank you to Edmonton BikeWorks for creating a list of examples of common behaviours informed by gender-based assumptions (view their resources here).
Thank you also to the many other DIY bicycle repair spaces in Toronto, including but not limited to Bike Pirates, Charlie’s Freewheels, and BikeChain, for modelling similar programs to address the underrepresentation of women, trans, and gender non-binary people in DIY bicycle mechanics.
- Assuming to know someone’s gender based on their appearance and treating them differently according to this assumption.
- Assuming that women need more help than men (especially with technical matters and matters than involve physical strength) and need help when they are not asking for help (for example, while putting a bike up on a stand).
- Assuming that women will not be able to understand or are not interested in technical matters.
- Comments about a person’s appearance.
- Assuming that one person is a more qualified mechanic than another because of their gender and asking to speak to a male mechanic even when a non-male mechanic is already helping you.
- Asking a male mechanic to double check the work of a non-male mechanic.
- Taking the tools out of the hands of non-male patrons.