Information and updates on COVID-19 and the impacts on our programs.
Up-to-date information is provided by all levels of government:
- Call 311 for information on City services
- Call 211 for information on community resources (You can also text 21166, chat online: 211Ontario.ca/chat, email: gethelp@211Ontario.ca, or use their search tool: https://covid19.211central.ca/)
- Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Hotline is 416 338-8421
- Online updates on COVID-19 from City of Toronto, Government of Ontario, & Government of Canada.
PLEASE STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL OR ILL. HELP US REDUCE THE RISK AND MINIMIZE TRANSMISSION.
Gateway Bicycle Hub Protocols (for all indoor programming – includes DIY, Earn A Bike, and other mechanic training workshops)
- Masks are required for everyone – includes staff, volunteers and participants. Surgical masks and cloth face coverings are acceptable. If you do not have one, we can provide one for you.
- Physical Distancing – Our space is demarcated for workstations to be 2 metres apart. We can have only 3 participants in our space at one time.
- Personal Protective Equipment and sanitation – in addition to masks, it is required that participants wear gloves (we provide) and aprons to protect clothing. As well, we have a handwash area along with sanitizer to keep hands clean. We also ask that tools and bicycles be wiped down with sanitation wipes (provided) after each repair.
For any further information on the effects of COVID-19 in our community, please click this link to access the TNO (The Neighborhood Organization) google drive library of resources.
We are currently open for programming. Check our Program Schedule
We are looking for volunteers
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 any of our programs 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.