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Bike Buddy Program

The Bike Buddy Program is a bike mentorship that pairs a newcomer β€˜mentee’ with a local bicycle rider β€˜mentor’. The goal of the Bike Buddy program is to help newcomers feel more confident riding their bicycle, explore the city and meet new people! 
 

Participation - Mentor & Mentee

Participation - Mentor & Mentee

For Bike Buddy mentees (newcomers) 

You are:  

  • A newcomer (immigrant, refugee, refugee claimant, migrant)  
  • Over the age of 18  
  • Able to ride a bicycle 
  • Able to commit to 3 months of bike rides   
    • Each meet-up is approximately 1-2 hours  
    • Approximately 30 hours total commitment  
  • If needed, participants will be gifted a secondhand bicycle, helmet, lights, lock and a bell  

This year we are offering 3 cohorts, May-July, June-August, August-October.

To participate, fill out the Bike Buddy Mentee Intake Survey, the Bike Buddy Commitment Form and Risk Liability and Photo Release Forms. For more information, email bikebuddy@ecologyaction.ca


For Bike Buddy mentors (locals)

You are:  

  • An experienced local bike rider with access to a functioning bike 
  • Interested in showing a newcomer the city, bike tips, local points of interest etc.  
  • Able to commit to 3 months of bike rides   
    • Each meet-up is approximately 1-2 hours  
    • Approximately 30 hours total commitment  
    • Includes 3 hours of Bike Buddy mentor training  

Fill out the Bike Buddy Mentor Intake Survey or email bikebuddy@ecologyaction.ca for more information. 

Click here to view & download Bike Buddy health & safety incident report form.

National Study on Bicycle Mentorship Programs

National Study on Bicycle Mentorship Programs

The Bike Buddy Program is part of a national study measuring the impact of newcomer bicycle mentorship programs. The study is being conducted by academic researchers at Simon Fraser University and includes bike mentorship programs in Vancouver and Toronto. 

Learn more about the national study on newcomer bicycle mentorship programs here.