Metcalf is delighted to announce that three initiatives in our Environment Program’s Cycle City funding stream have been greenlit for 2018.
Charlie’s FreeWheels has been awarded $20,000 over one year to support its work in collaboration with three other grassroots community bike shops to share resources, organize joint training workshops, and explore ways to better capture the impact they each have in their community.
CultureLink will receive $187,800 over two years to work in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and other community partners to train a select number of teachers and parents to become cycling advocates in key wards of the city where new bike infrastructure is being proposed, to produce a teacher and parent-friendly guide for cycling with children, and to organize events with forty school and ward councils.
Pembina has been granted $75,000 over two years to analyze and report on the conversion potential of delivery truck trips into bike trips through a promising partnership with UPS, which has agreed to share data relating to their downtown Toronto business deliveries. Pembina will also engage with the provincial government to examine barriers to permitting electric-assist cargo bikes in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, after which it will recommend supportive legislation and infrastructure to enable greater access to and use of e-cargo bikes for delivery.
These three grants join existing Metcalf Cycle City grantees which include the David Suzuki Foundation and Cycle Toronto, which are working together to support community organizing and cycling advocacy efforts to expand bike infrastructure across the city, and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation which is partnering with AccessPoint on Danforth, Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, and other orgnizations to establish bike hubs that help build bike culture beyond downtown.