In 2015, funded by the Metcalf Foundation Cycle City program, TCAT in partnership with CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, and Cycle Toronto, launched an innovative project called Scarborough Cycles: building bike culture beyond downtown.
In June 2016, Scarborough Cycles established Bike Hubs that offer access to bicycles, tools, repair clinics, and provide civic engagement opportunities for residents in two communities in Scarborough:
- Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, located at Birchmount Community Centre, a vital community meeting place that for over 25 years has offered a range of all-ages programming to Scarborough residents.
- AccessPoint on Danforth, part of Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, which has been helping Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity for the past 25 years.
The project goals include:
- Create and disseminate new knowledge about cycling in the suburbs.
- Build capacity among local agencies and individuals to support cycling.
- Address barriers to cycling.
- Engage with residents and stakeholders about the benefits of improved cycling infrastructure.