Community bike hub promotes ‘culture of cycling’

The City of Markham has rolled out a community bike hub that will host community rides and bike repair workshops in a bid to create ‘culture of cycling.’

Located in a repurposed shipping container at the Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library, the hub will also offer e-bike try-outs and bike-related activities at Milliken Mills High School this summer and fall. Participants are encouraged to track their own carbon transportation emissions and look for opportunities to make greener travel choices.

More than 25 per cent of all trips in Markham – or 260,500 trips a day – are five kilometres or less, a distance that could easily be biked, the City notes. Markham Cycles: Incubating Cycling Hubs in Suburban Canadian Communities, a project funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada and led by The Centre for Active Transportation at Clean Air Partnership, will create new opportunities for cycling in Markham.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with the City of Markham to engage the community in tangible climate action,” said Nancy Smith Lea, Director at The Centre for Active Transportation. “Markham is part of York Region, which has one of the highest per capita transportation emissions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This offers promising potential for increasing cycling.”

Markham Cycles will address social barriers to cycling in Markham and highlight the benefits of cycling, such as community building, physical activity and affordable transportation. Artist Jessica Chan, a local architecture student and intern with Markham’s Public Realm Department, will enhance the Markham Cycles Hub with graphics that illustrate how to incorporate cycling into our lives.

“Our Municipal Energy Plan outlines our ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions by 2050, we believe in creating a green Markham and walking and cycling are key components,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Programs like Markham Cycles create a culture of cycling, opportunity for social interaction and enhances a sense of community, while keeping you healthy and active.”

Photo: The community bike hub is located at Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library at 7600 Kennedy Rd. 

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