The Bike Centre is a do-it-yourself bike repair shop. It is fully stocked with all the tools, fluids, equipment, and knowledge needed to keep your bike working safely on the road and trails. It’s open to all members of the campus community regardless of skill level. The Bike Centre is learning oriented and since we all need to start somewhere... this might as well be your place to start!
Where are the CSA Bike Centre and the CSA Foodbank? We are located in the garages of the Federal Annex Building at 620 Gordon St.
Hours of Operation
620 Gordon St., in the garages of the Federal Annex Building
Telephone: 519-824-4120 ext. 52585
A HUGE thank you to all who promoted, supported and attended the auction. You are helping to build a more sustainable community! All of the bikes have been sold and we will be contacting the winners shortly if we have not done so already. If you're still interested in an affordable bike and are willing to put a few hours of work into it, please email us! email@example.com
Women and Trans Night
5-8 pm every Thursday evenings of the University semester
Since September 2010, Thursday evenings at your CSA Bike Centre have been open exclusively to trans folks and women. The goal of Thursdays is to try to address the difficulties many women and trans people encounter when trying to access cycling by creating as safe a space as possible for learning, socializing, and empowering our selves and each other.
Our ultimate goal at the Bike centre is to create an anti-oppressive environment for people to learn and work together every day that the shop is open. Trans and Women night began when several people came together with encouragement from other community members to ask for dedicated shop time. Women and trans folks are often heavily discouraged from developing their mechanical skills, and the cycling community tends to be pretty dude-centered. We believe that providing shop hours specifically for women and trans folks to learn from each other is both an important way of making the Bike Centre a safer space for a broader range of people. As Thursday participants gain experience, we hope that they will feel more comfortable coming into the shop other days of the week as well.
Although we do not have exclusive space organized around them, we recognize that other oppressions including racism, classism, ablism, and heterosexism are also important barriers to participation at the Bike Centre, on campus, and in the cycling community more broadly.
Allies who are not trans- or woman-identified can support Women and Trans night by:
- Respecting the space. If you are not woman-identified or trans-identified, please come to the shop during our other open hours!
- Taking us seriously. We have created this space because we feel like we need it. It is hurtful to ask people who are trying to claim space whether they are joking!
- Being aware of the ways you interact with others at the space. Creating a positive, anti-oppressive environment is everyone's job.
- Educating yourself about issues affecting trans folks and women.
- Explaining to other potential allies why it is important to support trans and women exclusive spaces. It is often helpful for dudes to hear it from other dudes!
Critical Mass Community Bike Ride to Celebrate Sustainable Transportation
6:30pm last Friday of every month at City Hall
Volunteers, We Want You!
The CSA Bike Centre is a safe, inclusive space to network with fellow cyclers and learn about bicycles and bike repairs.
Current volunteer duties include:
- Assisting patrons with bicycle repairs and tuneups
- Learning bicycle repairs from fellow volunteers and coordinators
- Reorganizing parts to make them accessible for use/purchase
- Sprucing up the interior of the centre to increase visual appeal and comfort
- Helping to plan next semester's promotion campaign and cycling events.
Volunteer drop-in time is flexible, though a one hour minimum shift per week is preferred!
A half-hour volunteer orientation and one anti-oppression workshop required to become certified volunteer.
If this opportunity turns YOUR crank, email firstname.lastname@example.org!