The Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation
The Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation is a joint initiative of CultureLink Settlement Services and the Cycle Toronto. Since 2008 we have worked together to promote the integration of newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area, by fostering cycling transportation as an affordable, healthy and convenient option. We encourage newcomers to engage in cycling advocacy and to get involved in the political systems affecting people in our city. Our work is guided by values of sustainability, empowerment, equity, inclusion, health, social justice, and cultural competence.
In 2013, we launched the Bike to School Project with new collaborators, the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank and Evergreen. Over the next three years we will work in 16 Toronto high school to enable diverse students, parents, teachers and staff to discover the personal, community and ecological benefits of cycling for transportation in a safe, healthy and happy way. Find out more here.
Since 2011 we have offered a program called "Bike Host" to match newcomers who bike, with mentors who are cyclists. Together, mentors and mentees contribute to building our cycling community. Find out more here.
In 2010 we published the Toronto Cyclists Handbook, a manual for riding a bike safely and comfortable in Toronto. It is available in 16 bilingual editions: English and Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), English, French, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil Urdu and Vietnamese! We have also published beautiful bilingual posters promoting cycling in 15 languages, and produced short videos in English and Portuguese.
Learn more about our work by watching our video, "Diverse Bicycle City", produced by Darren Sustar and decoderdm.ca.
Contact us for copies of handbooks and posters, or to find out about upcoming workshops, events and volunteer opportunities.
The work of the Partnership has been supported by: