Bike Mentorship

About the Newcomer Bike Mentorship Program

 

The Metro Vancouver Newcomer Bike Mentorship Program is a collaborative program between HUB Cycling and the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC), modeled off of Toronto’s CultureLink program. The first of its kind in Western Canada, the program matches recent immigrants and refugees with local volunteer “mentors”  for companionship and cultural orientation to Metro Vancouver’s active transportation lifestyle. Newcomers receive city cycling instruction and have the opportunity to spend time with their volunteer match getting oriented to local cycling routes, rules, and culture while having fun exploring the city by bike together. 

If you would like to apply to become a bike mentor and spend time cycling with a newcomer at least once/week for about three months, you can apply hereWe especially need volunteers for our Tri-Cities program, and would also welcome applicants who live in adjoining municipalities like Burnaby, New West, and Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge. 

Similar versions of the program are also being offered in Toronto by CultureLink, and in Halifax by Ecology Action Centre thanks to coordination by HUB Cycling.

 

Program Update

 

Multi-year funding has been invested by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), so the program returned in 2021 after a two-year hiatus. HUB Cycling and the ISSofBC previously offered it as the Newcomer Bike Host Program in 2017 and 2018. In 2022, for the first time, we have two program locations: Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. 

In the two years it was offered, nearly 100 newcomers took part in Bike Host, and 76 volunteers stepped forward to share their knowledge, skills, and friendship.

Newcomers who completed the program reported numerous successes. Learn more in our program reports:

If you have questions about the program, please contact the Program Manager at mark.corbett@bikehub.ca

Past Participant Stories

 

Our team joined a few program matches during their weekly rides to allow participants to share their stories and experiences in the program. Read our blog post series to see what the participants got up to! Special thanks to Joming Lau, Louise Campbell, and Kate Shen for capturing these stories.  

 

The 2021 Vancouver Newcomer Bike Mentorship Program is being generously funded by The Public Health Agency of Canada, BCAA, and diverse public sector, private sector, and academic in-kind contributions.