The Pop-Up Bike Hub | Ecology Action Centre

The Pop-Up Bike Hub

The Pop-Up Bike Hub is a mobile Do-It-Yourself Community bike repair space.

We provide the space, tools and knowledge to have you successfully fix your own bike.

2021 Season:

We are thrilled to be partnering with over 20 communities this summer to bring the Pop-Up Bike Hub across Nova Scotia. The trailer will be providing 20-minute bike assessments and tune-ups, safe cycling education, and safe cycling accessories and resources. Click the links below to see the Pop-Up Bike Hub calendars by month.

 

About the program:

The Ecology Action Centre’s Pop-Up Bike Hub is a low-cost, high-impact program getting people back on bikes. The trailer provides access to bike tools, affordable secondhand bikes, and safe cycling education programing for youth and adults. The trailer staff provide as much hands-off knowledge and guidance as possible to allow people to work on their own bikes and learn how to do simple bike repairs. A primary goal of the trailer is to expand access to safe cycling resources and opportunities in collaboration with communities. 

Bike repairs:

From comfort to dual suspension, the trailer has tools available to provide basic maintenance services to all kinds of bikes. It is equipped with four free standing mechanic stands and a wheel truing station. All kinds of tools and pumps are available for simple repair services. Additionally, we have lubricants and degreasers for bike repair and maintenance needs. 

Use of the stands and tools is completely free. Tune-up sessions will have a time cap of 25 minutes if there is a line of people waiting to access the trailer services. The trailer mechanics will provide each person with a tool kit for repairs and will guide them through a bike maintenance checklist. The mechanics will be as hands-off as possible when helping patrons to promote the learning of basic bike mechanics. There will be a hand washing station in the trailer for public use because bike maintenance can sometimes get a little messy!

The trailer provides parts for purchase at affordable prices. This includes parts such as tubes, cables, housing, brake pads, and chains depending on stock availability. Reflectors are free upon request. Any use of the tools and stands is completely free of charge.

Safe Cycling Course:

The trailer is equipped to run a basic safe cycling course, which has been shortened and adapted from the Making Tracks Cycling course. The course, which runs from the trailer, provides a free one-hour in-person session that goes over basic safe cycling. This ranges from learning how to fix a flat to proper road signals and trail etiquette. 

Group Rides:

Depending on where the trailer is located in the province, there may be organized group rides starting from the trailer. The rides are suited for all skill levels and ages. They will go for approximately three to seven kilometers depending on the location, group size, and skill level of all participants.

 

Why Bike? Why Bike Repairs?

Biking offers a viable alternative to driving for shorter trips. While headway is being made to deliver a network of bike lanes, trails, and paved shoulders, not all Nova Scotians have access to a bicycle in working condition, or equal access to the tools and knowledge to maintain a bike. 

Bikes require maintenance. Limited experience with bike repair, needing to drive long distances to access bike mechanics, and the cost of bike repairs are common barriers keeping people from biking. The Pop-Up Bike Hub seeks to address some of these barriers by collaborating with underserved communities across the province, offering the tools, parts, and know-how to support people through repairing their own bikes. Through this work, broken bikes will be diverted from landfill and used, while building the maintenance skills and confidence of those riding them. 

Access to a bicycle in good working condition provides more opportunities for a greater, more diverse population of youth and adults to use cycling for transportation. Additionally, cycling provides individuals a clean transportation choice to reduce their personal GHG emissions. Other benefits of cycling include the maintenance of physical, cognitive and social wellbeing.  Creating equal access to active transportation options encourages a more equitable, resilient, and green transportation system in Nova Scotia.

 
How Do I Get Involved?

Are you someone interested in bike repairs? Do you have basic knowledge of all things bike? Are you looking for a new volunteering experience? The Pop-Up Bike Hub might be perfect for you!

During the summer months, The Ecology Action Centre will be running the Pop-Up Bike Hub at various locations across the province. On open days, the trailer will be open for approximately four hours. The Pop-Up Bike Hub is always looking for volunteers to help with bike repairs, cycling leadership training, or photography and videography.

What would volunteering look like?

You would be assisting the trailer mechanics with teaching the public how to do their own bike repairs. There may be opportunities to expand your own bike knowledge and fix bikes to sell at affordable prices to the community.

Want to join us this Summer?

Whether you can only volunteer for one day or would like to come as much as possible, any help is appreciated.  

 

For more information: 

Contact us
If you're interested in becoming involved, please contact Simone at simone.mutabazi@ecologyaction.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate

Click here to donate to Pop-Up Bike Hub. *Make sure to enter "Pop-Up Bike Hub" in the Extra Instructions field.

 

Program Funders

  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Canada Games Centre
  • Halifax Public Libraries

 

History:

The project was born out of a need identified by Nova Scotian communities. Over the past 5 years, the EAC’s Welcoming Wheels program has provided over 400 bicycles to newcomer participants in the HRM area. Participants shared that a lack of access to tools and parts made it difficult to maintain and repair their bicycles, and many participants did not have access to a bike mechanic in their neighborhood. Simple repairs like a flat tire, rubbing brakes, or a broken part are often what prevent people from riding their bikes. It became apparent that there was a need for accessible, convenient bike repair spaces in communities. 

The Pop-Up Bike Hub was created to expand the engagement and impact of our Welcoming Wheels program by creating a mobile bike repair space that provides access to tools, parts, and affordable second-hand bikes to communities across Nova Scotia. Through the Pop-Up Bike Hub, we can also offer safe cycling resources and educational programing.

The Pop-Up Bike Hub piloted in March 2020 during the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pop-Up Bike Hub pilot was enthusiastically embraced by communities - in total over 10 weeks of programing was offered in 9 communities across Nova Scotia. As a result, 299 bike riders were able to safely get out and rolling again.