The Gateway Bike Hub began with a simple idea. What if we could take discarded, abandoned and used bikes, fix them up and give them to people who need them? What impacts would that have on us as an urban community, and our experience of the city?
It means that we would build strong connections to the community, reduce waste, enable active lifestyles and self-sufficient transportation, all while making our city more liveable and sustainable.
Together with the City of Toronto, under its Community Reduce and Reuse Program, and our community partners The Neighbourhood Organization, Flemingdon Health Centre, and Evergreen, we created the Hub. Its purpose is to provide repaired and refurbished bikes to people in the community while empowering at-risk youth through the creation of our Earn-a-Bike program.
Since 2019, the Hub has had a big impact on the community:
- over 3,000 bikes refurbished and repaired
- over 400 volunteers trained in bike repair
- over over 800 bikes given away in our community.