Volunteer with Cycle Toronto!
Do you love sparking conversations about cycling issues? Do you dream of a more inspiring and bicycle-friendly city? Cycle Toronto advocates for safer streets, while providing education on how to be safer on the streets. Join us and have fun connecting with others, talking about cycling, and transforming our city!
Our next volunteer orientation will take place on Thurs Oct 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm!
Orientation will take place in Room #1 on the 2nd floor of 720 Bathurst St. Please send a half-page application with the subject line "Volunteer application" to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tues Oct 14. In your application, please describe yourself and why you're interested in being a Cycle Toronto volunteer. Note that volunteer applicants should be members of Cycle Toronto. If you cannot afford membership, you can earn one by volunteering; get in touch for details!
At volunteer orientation, we'll describe all our volunteer teams in more detail and you can choose which one(s) you'd like to join. Or scroll down to learn more, and let us know in your application if you already have a team in mind. Our city-wide volunteer teams are:
- Trailer Brigadiers
(Interested in grassroots local advocacy instead? Volunteer with our Ward Advocacy Program!)
Cycle Toronto holds rides and events of our own throughout the year, and our Bike Valet service offers free, secure parking for cyclists at other events throughout the city (e.g. music festivals, film festivals, and more). Bikewatchers park people's bikes and talk to them about cycling issues. This Fall, we'll be at Word on the Street and other great events.
Bikewatchers are people who are positive, friendly, and engaging, and willing to keep up to date on cycling issues in the city. With staff guidance, they discuss our campaigns and positions, and encourage people to support cycling in the city by talking to their City Councillors and joining Cycle Toronto. They may also transport materials, set up and take down our events, and help in other ways.
We ask Bikewatchers to commit to at least two shifts per month, whether at Bike Valets or at other Cycle Toronto events. Shifts will be filled on a first-come first-served basis!
Our fantastic Street Smarts program has two components:
On-street outreach: 20 events from late April to October, offering free services and safety equipment to passing cyclists on Tuesday nights.
Safe cycling workshops: 20 free workshops in 20 different municipal wards from April to October, teaching people about bike commuting. The first hour of the workshop covers why it's great to bike to work, traffic rules, safe riding techniques, and more; the second hour teaches basic bike maintenance skills.
Biketeachers are people who are warm and friendly, great at explaining things using everyday language, and comfortable speaking to groups. We train them up on all educational material, including basic bike maintenance skills. Prior experience with bike repair is great, but not a requirement. Biketeachers also talk about our campaigns and positions, and encourage people to support cycling in the city.
We ask all Biketeachers to commit to at least two shifts per month, whether at workshops or on-street outreach events.
If you've got quads of steel, join our brand new Trailer Brigade! Use your strength to lift and haul our heavy wooden bike trailers around town. Trailer Brigadiers should also have basic bike repair skills, just in case.