Scarborough Cycles: building bike culture beyond downtown

Between 2015 and 2019, TCAT in partnership with CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank (at the University of Toronto), and Cycle Toronto, launched an innovative project called Scarborough Cycles: Building bike culture beyond downtown.

Project Goals

  1. Create and disseminate new knowledge about cycling in the suburbs
  2. Build capacity among local agencies and individuals to support cycling
  3. Address barriers to cycling
  4. Engage with residents and stakeholders about the benefits of improved cycling infrastructure

Project Snapshot

How do we incubate cycling in a part of the city with very few people cycling, even fewer bike lanes, and only one bike shop? In 2016, Scarborough Cycles opened two community bike hubs at AccessPoint on Danforth and Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre. In 2018, a third hub was opened at Agincourt Community Services Association.  These Bike Hubs offer access to bicycles, tools, repair clinics, and provide civic engagement opportunities for residents.

Read our Project Snapshot, released in June 2018, to learn how we have been addressing barriers and helping people start cycling over the last three years.

Scarborough Cycles Snapshot Cover with four photos of people cycling and the Scarborough Cycles logo in the middle

Funding

The project is funded by the Metcalf Foundation Cycle City program, whose goal is to build a constituency and culture that supports cycling in Toronto. Cycle City funding supports community outreach efforts, network building and convening, research and public policy analysis, and broadening access to cycling opportunities across the city. (2015-2019)

Scarborough Cycles is also funded in part by proceeds from the Government of Ontario’s carbon market, as part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. The action plan and carbon market work together to support innovative initiatives that provide residents and businesses with more choices to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save money. (2018-2019)