Modelled after U.S. programs created to get bicycles into the hands of essential workers, #BikeMatchWCN exceeded all expectations thanks to the generosity of people in Toronto who donated bikes they didn’t need. In 2020 more than 75 women from the Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park and neighbouring communities who were in need of a bike received one. To put this achievement in perspective, the Bike Match Network in the U.S., which encompasses 12 cities including San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston and Pittsburgh, collectively managed just 163 bike matches during the same period.
In 2021, we re-launched #BikeMatchWCN through a volunteer-developed app and were able to match another 65 bikes to people needing a bike to ride. We're planning additional improvements for 2022 so stay tuned!