Community Bicycle Network

Over the past 23 years, CBN has proved to be a truly community focused organization that provides a unique educational-retail environment that serves as a paradigm for community bike shops. As a registered non-profit organization, CBN provides access, training, and support for all cyclists, with a special focus on economically-marginallized communities. Since its inception, CBN has saved countless bikes from the landfill, served thousands of people in our shop, and trained hundreds to repair and maintain their bike in our workshops. As one of the first in North America to offer a bike-share program, we've won multiple awards, inspired others around the globe, and given visitors and residents of Toronto a chance to explore our beautiful city by bike. Presently, CBN is focused on providing rides and events to Torontonians highlighting the new and existing cycling infrastructure in the city and making it fun for people to get on bikes.

TVBS 2015Our Impact Why We Exist

Mission:

To be the leading provider of cycling events and  rides in Toronto.

Vision:

CBN recognizes and promotes bicycles as a sustainable method of transit that is pollution-free and part of an active, healthy, and fun lifestyle.

Our aim is to create a self-empowering model with a welcoming, attitude-free environment. To serve the Toronto community most effectively, we'd love to see a CBN in every ward!

CBN Rouge Valley Ride 2015Our Story What We Do

History of Organization

Established in 1993, the Community Bicycle Network (CBN) was inspired by the success of the Cabbagetown Bike Club, a bicycle repair and recycling drop-in which operated in the basement of TCRC's Regent Park community centre.

CBN has been the starting ground and inspiration for a number of programs over its history - everything from Clean Air Cargo to BikeShare, and from Women's Bike Works to the current Whenches with Wrenches.

In 1996, CBN was involved in the publication of two books: "Delivering the Goods by Bike" by Nick Gamble and "Bike Delivery Factsheets" by Luke Wintjes.

2007 saw Community Bicycle Network introduce mechanic workshops for beginners. The Wednesday-night classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. Learning some basics about your bike saves you money in the long run when you can change your own tube or adjust your brakes.

In 2012, CBN proudly presented the first annual Toronto Vintage Bike Show event.

Accolades and Accomplishments

Over the course of our 20 year existence, CBN has been recognized for its contributions to cycling in Toronto:

  • The 1995 Air Share Award from the Clean Air Partnership for Clean Air Actions in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • The 1996 Air Share Award from the Clean Air Partnership for Transportation Options: Neighbourhood Car Use Reduction Program
  • The 2003 Bicycle Friendly Business Award from the City of Toronto
  • The 2005 Best Skills Development Award from the City of Toronto
  • The 2006 Best Overall Award - Bicycle Friendly Business Awards from the City of Toronto
  • The 2006 Community Projects Award from the City of Toronto's Environmental Awards of Excellence

RTT6 2015Our Programs How We Do It

  • Bike Rentals - Rent one of CBN's iconic yellow bikes from the Toronto Tool Library's Pardale location. 
  • Toronto Vintage Bike Show - Going into our 5th year in Trinity-Bellwoods Park – This a shine and show for vintage bikes of all types and models where participants are encouraged to bring their vintage style bikes and show them off to the world!
  • Speaker Series - 'Rolling Through The Six' -The CBN Speaker Series expands the understanding of gridlock and the need to improve air quality through presentations by Canadian and international experts.
  • Heritage Toronto Rides - Family-friendly guided bicycle tours of city neighbourhoods and locations from knowledgeable guides on a leisurely ride through Toronto history and culture.
  • Foodie Ride - Celebrate the diversity of Toronto while cycling and be treated to great food while exploring the new and existing cycling infrastructure in Toronto.

 

Heritage Toronto Rides

Since 2013, CBN has partnered with Heritage Toronto to put on bicycle tours. These tours have been highly successful where participants get to see parts of Toronto that thet would not normally see, gaining insight from knowledgeable guides in a leisurely right Toronto history and culture.

Program Impact

In the three years since we've had this partnership, over 200 people have signed up for our rides to explore the Don Valley, the Toronto Islands, the Hunber River and the Forts of Toronto.

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

"In 2011 the City removed more bike lanes than it constructed" - By getting people on bikes, we can actively lobby the City to install more bike lanes and bicycle infrastructure to meet the demand.

"Toronto is taking steps towards a greener future, but could go much further" - By expanding and enabling the use of bicycles, CBN is actively greening Toronto's future.

Bike Rentals

Rent one of CBN's iconic yellow bikes, from the Toronto Tool Library's Parkdale location. These are the same bikes we offered through our popular (and multiple award-winning) BikeShare program.

All of our rental bikes are equipped with a bell and reflectors. For your added safety, security and convenience, all of our bike rentals also come with lights, a U-lock and a basket.

We charge $25 a day for rentals. You can also rent at a weekly rate of $75.

Program Impact

BikeShare was an innovative community bicycle-lending program in downtown Toronto developed by CBN that worked like a library system, providing its members with access to a fleet of bright yellow bikes.

BikeShare had 150 bikes distributed in 16 hubs spread throughout Central Toronto in 2007. Bikes were located at stores, cafes and community centres such as Bike Joint, Jet Fuel, 519 Community Centre and Massryk Cowan Community Centre. The hub staff volunteered their time to sign bikes in and out. Each retro-style single-speed cruiser bike was equipped with lock, bell, basket and reflector tape. They could be taken out for up to three days at a time and dropped off at any hub.

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

"In 2011 the City removed more bike lanes than it constructed." - By offering an affordable complement to Bike Share Toronto, CBN will help encourage Torontonians to choose bicycles as a sustainable means of transportation. This will help put pressure on City Hall to install more bike lanes and offer more cycling services.

Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

Going into its 5th year, the TVBS is a shine and show event where participants are encouraged to bring their vintage style bikes and show them off to the world. The goal of the show is to encourage the reuse and recycling of older bicycles in order to keep them out of landfills.

We have vendors from all over Ontario, both big and small, retail and private collectors, with food provided by local partners and vintage apparel on display as well.

Program Impact

  • In the last four years, over 80 vendors have particpated in our show with over 2,400 members of the public passing through.

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

"Toronto is taking steps towards a greener future, but could go much further." - By encouraging Torontonians to reuse and recycle their bicycles, CBN is helping to make Toronto a greener city. 

CBN Rides 2015What You Can Do

CBN Rides

Activities a donation will support

Financial support will enable CBN to plan more neighbourhood rides for citizens to explore Toronto by bike using the new and existing bike lanes and cycling infrastructure.

Donation impact

With financial support, CBN will be able to continue to serve the Torontonians seeking an alternative to cars and fossil fuel use.

Bike Rentals

Activities a donation will support

Financial support will enable CBN to purchase more bikes to add to our fleet of yellow bikes. Dedicated funding will help us expand our program through community centres and local businesses by increasing the number of hubs.

Donation impact

Your donation will help CBN put more rental bicycles on the road and increase the awareness that bicycles are a viable alternative to cars as a form of urban transportation.

Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

Activities a donation will support

Financial support will enable us to expand our show by attracting more vendors and help us implement our marketing plan by creating and purchasing new promotional and communication materials.

Donation impact

With your donation, CBN will be able to continue to encourage the reuse and recycling of bicycles therefore putting more bums on bicycles and keeping them out of landfills.

Contact

Adrian Currie
Board Chair
416.838.9458
Charitable Number: 854745940RR0001

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 3,500

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