Building Bike Culture in Newmarket
Newmarket Cycles goals:
- Address social barriers to cycling in Newmarket
- Build institutional capacity among local agencies and individuals to support cycling
- Support action towards reducing transport-related greenhouse gas emissions in Newmarket
- Support related benefits, such as community building, physical activity and affordable transportation
A study by Toronto Metropolitan University and TCAT found that one third of all trips in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, or 4.3 million trips each day are 5 km long or less and could be cycled. While work trips in suburban communities may be longer, trips to the grocery store, the doctor’s office, or to a transit hub are often short and could be cycled. Newmarket Cycles seeks to tap into this potential through its community bicycle hub. In 2022, Newmarket Cycles’s core programs include DIY Bike Repair, Group Rides, Simulation Rides, and Workshops and Webinars. Through each program, Newmarket Cycles works to increase access to bicycle and tools, and catalyze education and community around cycling. Newmarket Cycles will also offer bike borrowing for two weeks at a time in partnership with the Newmarket Public Library.