Bike Host

Bike Host is a summer program offered jointly by CultureLink’s Community Connections Mentorship Program and our Bike to School Project, in collaboration with Cycle Toronto, the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, and Evergreen.

Bike Host matches up newcomers who are open to cycling with mentors who ride regularly. In large and small group activities, Bike Host participants practice their communication skills and learn about civic engagement, all while exploring Toronto by bike. It is a great opportunity for the newcomers to gain some Canadian Experience while enjoying fun and healthy outdoor activities.

WHO ARE THE NEWCOMER PARTICIPANTS?

Bike Host “mentees” are from around the world, who have typically lived in Canada anywhere from a few months to 3 years. They know how to ride a bicycle, and they are able to borrow a Bike Host bike for the summer if they don’t have a bicycle of their own. Many are parents of students in Toronto elementary and secondary schools. Bike Host is affiliated with the Bike to School Project, and we engage with parents to build support for active and safe routes to school.

WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?

Mentors are interesting and outgoing Toronto residents from all walks of life. They have strong communication skills and a genuine desire to create a more welcoming community. They must ride regularly and be reasonably confident on city streets. Mentors are required to be at least 18 years of age.

Upcoming dates:

MENTOR TRAINING will be held on Monday May 5, 6:30-9:00pm at CultureLink, 2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301. Please pre-register with Kristin Schwartz, cycling@culturelink.ca, or 416-588-6288 x229.

SPEEDMATCHING between mentors and mentees will be held at Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street (lower level) on Saturday June 7, 10am – 1pm. Advance registration is encouraged. Contact Dolora Leka at dleka@culturelink.ca or 416-588-6288 x222.

Highlights and media coverage

You can read stories of Bike Host experiences from 2012 in this issue of the Welcoming Community News”.

You can view Bike Host highlights from 2011 at: Bike Host 2011 Highlights.

Bike Host is affiliated both with CultureLink’s Community Connections Mentorship Program and the Bike to School Project offered by CultureLink in collaboration with Cycle Toronto, the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, and Evergreen. It is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and (in 2014) the Metcalf Foundation.