Jan 17: Launch Event, Biking Beyond Downtown: Panel Discussion and Report Launch


Biking #BeyondDowntown is sold out! We are thrilled that over 150 residents want to learn more about how we are building suburban bike culture! If you weren’t able to get a ticket, join the waitlist and download the report Thursday!

Join The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) on January 17, 2019 for Biking Beyond Downtown: Building Suburban Bike Culture, celebrating the launch of our new report titled Building Bike Culture Beyond Downtown. A Guide to Suburban Community Bike Hubs.

With millions of short trips made each day in the communities outside of Toronto’s core, there’s great potential for cycling – but how can we tap into it?

The report summarizes what we’ve learned through the Scarborough Cycles initiative, a three-year community bike hub project that has successfully led over 1,000 people on rides, repaired over 2,000 bicycles, and trained over 200 people in cycling skills – all in a suburban community with next to no bike lanes and only one bike shop.

With research complete, our team is now publishing a guide to incubating cycling in suburban settings. The guide lays out a targeted approach centered on community bike hubs to overcome local barriers and foster unlikely partnerships.

At this event, opening remarks and a short presentation will be provided by TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea. You’ll then hear from experts who are finding innovative ways to encourage cycling in places which previously had very few trips by bike. The panel, moderated by urbanist, author and Toronto Star columnist Shawn Micallef, will include:

  • Erica Duque, Active Transportation Planner, Region of Peel
  • Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
  • Trudy Ledsham, Researcher, Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, University of Toronto
  • Marvin Macaraig, Community Health Promoter and Scarborough Cycles Bike Hub Coordinator, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
  • Fionnuala Quinn, Director, Bureau of Good Roads, Washington, DC
  • Kristin Schwartz, Assistant Manager, Sustainable Communities, CultureLink Settlement and Community Services
  • Michael Skaljin, Project Manager, Tower and Neighbourhood Revitalization Unit, City of Toronto

While barriers to suburban cycling exist, so does much potential. This event will help you discover it.

About the event

Thurs, Jan 17, 2019

6:30PM Doors and light food

7:00PM Launch and panel

8:30PM Mingle

North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St

Free! With thanks to the Metcalf Foundation for their support.

Want to dig deeper? We’re also hosting a full-day workshop on this topic in February. Spots are limited! Email us to be included on the list if you represent an organization (e.g. community health centre, municipality) who would like to learn more about incubating suburban cycling through a community bike hub approach.

About us

The Scarborough Cycles project team includes The Centre for Active Transportation, a project of Clean Air Partnership, CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, Cycle Toronto, the Cycling Think & Do Tank at the University of Toronto, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, and the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre.