Bike Host is a free cycling mentorship program created by CultureLink. The program 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 Canadian experience while enjoying fun and healthy outdoor activities.

Program Benefits

As reported by past participants, the top three benefits of participating in Bike Host are fun, health and exercise, and getting to know new people.

View the details in this Report, prepared by Trudy Ledsham and Emma Heffernan of the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank. For photography and stories by 2016 participants, check out our annual publication, Bike Host 2016.

  • 86% of participants agreed that the program improved their cycling skills and knowledge.
  • By the end of the program participants reported that 31% of their daily trips were made by bike, on average!
  • Not surprisingly, 75% of participants reported saving money on transit fares.
  • 92% would recommend the program to friends or family.

Highlights and Media Coverage

January 30, 2017, Metro Morning on CBC: Matt Galloway interviews a Bike Host mentor and mentee!

March 25, 2015, Metro News: Bike Host program helps newcomers get in gear in Toronto

March 19, 2015, Spacing blog: Bikes, Community and New Lives

March 12, 2015, Spacing blog: Green settlement: living sustainable lives in Canada

June 3, 2014, Canadian Immigrant: A Toronto program uses two wheels to connect newcomers to the city

October 23, 2013, Spacing Magazine: Cycling Think & Do Tank: Bikes and Barriers — Is it only the physical ones that matter to New Canadians?

Spring 2012, Rogers TV: Introducing Toronto

April 23, 2012, Toronto Star and Metro: Newcomers to Toronto connect to the city on two wheels

April 20, 2012, CBC’s “Here and Now”: Discovering the city – with a little help from some friends

April 17, 2012, Sing Tao (biggest Chinese newspaper in Canada)

Follow the project on Twitter at @BikeHost