The Bike Centre
The Bike Centre is a do-it-yourself bike repair shop.
This service offers access to the tools, parts, and training necessary for bicycle maintenance, along with a team of volunteers that are available to assist users and facilitate learning. Workshops are hosted by experienced technicians who educate and create awareness about bicycle maintenance and safety, and address bicycle-related oppression issues.
Hours of Operation
Please go to our facebook page for up-to-date hours.
- Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Repair Coordinator: email@example.com
- Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 519-824-4120 x52585
- Location: 620 Gordon Street
Volunteers, We Want You! The Bike Centre is a safe, inclusive space to network with fellow cyclers and learn about bicycles and bike repairs.
Current volunteer duties include:
- Assisting patrons with bicycle repairs and tuneups
- Learning bicycle repairs from fellow volunteers and coordinators
- Reorganizing parts to make them accessible for use/purchase
- Sprucing up the interior of the centre to increase visual appeal and comfort
- Helping to plan next semester’s promotion campaign and cycling events.
Volunteer drop-in time is flexible, though a one hour minimum shift per week is preferred!
A half-hour volunteer orientation and one anti-oppression workshop are required to become a certified volunteer.
If this opportunity turns YOUR crank, email email@example.com
Women, Trans, and Femme Night
2:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. every Thursday evening
Since September 2010, Thursday evenings at The Bike Centre are reserved for all women as well as members of the greater trans community who don’t identify as women (including transmen, gender-fluid, gender-bending and gender-queer folks). The goal of dedicated Women, Trans, and Femme hours is to address social barriers that some of us experience when seeking hands-on shop and bicycling knowledge. During these hours, we learn, socialize and empower each other.
At Women, Trans, and Femme hours, we also recognize that there is a broad range of lived experiences that might cause people to feel hesitant to access the Bike Centre. We are always open to dialogue and to supporting people from many different backgrounds to access the Bike Centre. This is our activism. Please come share your ideas and your wheel-powered dreams with us so that we can support you to making them a reality!
Are you someone who is not a woman or trans-identified and you believe that all people should have access to shop time and mechanical knowledge? Great! Here are some ways in which you can support that vision:
- Respect Women, Trans, and Femme hours. If you are not woman-identified or trans-identified, please come to the shop during our other open hours
- Take us seriously. We have created this space because we need it. Don’t ask us if we’re joking. Don’t diminish our worth by giving us offensive nicknames. Just don’t.
- Be aware of the ways you interact with others at the space. Creating a positive, anti-oppressive environment is everyone’s job!
- Ask others their pronouns; don’t assume that someone is a “he” or a “she” just by looking at them. They might be a “they” or a “zie”!
- Educate yourself about issues affecting trans folks and women.
- Explain to other potential allies why it is important to support trans- and women- exclusive spaces. It is often helpful for dudes to hear it from other dudes!