New Summer Hours for Cycle Transitions

Cycle Transitions has  received a grant from the federal government for a summer employee again this year and we have hired Skylar Dixon for the position. With this in place, our summer hours will be:

Monday and Wednesday – 3:30 to 9 pm

Tuesday and Thursday – 3:30 to 8:30 pm

Saturday – 9 am to 2 pm.

Skylar is a student of Cobourg Collegiate Institute completing his Grade 11 year.  We’re very happy to once again provide a training ground for a local student.  Skylar is eager to assist you so do drop in to see him. 

In addition to the extra hours we are open with Skylar in the shop, we will continue to have our regularly scheduled slate of volunteers on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings.

New Member’s Bike Stolen – Please Look Out For It

Andy Russell, a new member of CT who has just rebuilt his bike, had the bike stolen sometime overnight Saturday.  If you’ve ever put a lot of effort and time into rebuilding something, you can empathize with his loss!  We’re asking folks to look out for it – perhaps we can assist in getting it back for him.

Here are the particulars about the bike as Andy describes it:

“The bike is a white and grey Giant Rapid 2 (2012), 27 speed, XL frame, black rear dirt bike styled fender and no seat clamp since the seat post is seized in the seat tube. I don’t have a picture of the bike, but attached is a link showing the a bike of the same colour and model as my bike. The only noticeable difference is that the grip and bar ends on my bike were changed to the Connects Egro Max Plus Lock On styled bar ends.”

Andy’s ph# is 289.829.2770 if you see the bike around. Or call police. (Don’t try to get the bike back yourself!)

Can Bike Safe Cycling Clinic in N’land County Schools

Cycle Transitions has recently begun delivering a series of Can Bike safe cycling clinics at Northumberland County schools.  A grade 4 or 5 class of five elementary schools, ones in Colborne, Grafton and Brighton, are receiving these. The clinics are being organized by the Ontario Provincial Police and assisted by the OPP axillary team.

The students are learning the skills to handle their bike safely, the rules of the road (being aware of the fact that they are considered a “vehicle” when riding of the road), and how to ride safely on the road.

Summer Student Employee Needed – CT Looking To Hire

Cycle Transitions is pleased to announce that it has again secured a Canada Summer Works grant for the purposes of hiring a student to work in the shop.  This is a repeat of the last two years – very successful endeavours – where Luke (2 years ago) and Mike (last year) tended to the shop, assisted patrons and took care of sales. This year we will hire another student to fill that role.

This is a call for applicants; if you know of someone who could ably fill this role, please have them send their cover letter and resume to Bruce Bellaire – brucebellaire@gmail.com or Rick Nonnekes – rnonnekes@gmail.com. Our application deadline is May 15, the projected start date to be near the end of May or the beginning of June. The grant allows for 8 weeks at 30 hours per week with an hourly pay rate at $15. A copy of the job description can be found here.

Women’s Only Maintenance Workshop

For Women Only
Learn how to clean your bike, clean and lubricate your chain, and change a tire. This is a hands on workshop so you will get an opportunity to practice some of these skills right away. Bring your bike and don’t wear your good clothes!
Date: Tuesday, June 5th
Location: Cycle Transitions, 390 King St. W., Cobourg
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: free for Cycle Transition members. Worskshop Special: Non-members can sign up for a membership at a reduced cost of $25 (single). 
Leaders: Maria Siemiaszko, Sue Throop, Freda Dong
How to sign up: send an email to cycletransitions@gmail.com
There is a limit of 12 persons for the workshop.  If there are more than 12 that sign up, a second evening may be scheduled for Tuesday, June 19.

Cobourg receives Bicycle Friendly Communities Award

The Town of Cobourg recently received provincial recognition at the 10th Annual Ontario Bike Summit Awards with a Bronze Award as a new Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). 

The Town of Cobourg achieved Bronze after having been engaged in the BFC Program for years and receiving Honourable Mentions in 2015. The Town of Cobourg took the feedback prepared by an expert panel of judges and put that feedback into action by creating new programs and projects to make cycling more accessible.

Bruce Bellaire, Paul Mills and Rick Nonnekes – all members of Cycle Transitions – worked closely with the Town on the applications and efforts to achieve the status. This was part of a larger effort by Sustainable Cobourg’s Bicycle Action Committee to advocate for more safe cycling infrastructure in the town.  It is the hope that the report accompanying the award can be used as a template for more improvements to the infrastructure.

In the picture above, Bruce, Councilor Forrest Rowden and Deputy Director of Public Works, Laurie Wills showed off the award to Cobourg Council.

Cycle Transitions Is Open For Business Again!

In spite of the weather, we had a great “Grand Re-Opening Ceremony” this past Saturday morning! Approximately 30 folks were present to see Mayor Gil Broconier cut the ceremonial gear cable to signify the re-opening. 

In addition to the Mayor, other special guests were Councilors Forrest Rowden, Deb McCarthy and Aaron Burchat.  The contributions of the Town Council and staff to make our new location a reality were highlighted and applauded!

We were also pleased to host retiring Director of Public Works, Barry Thrasher, whom we thanked for his many efforts over the years to support Cycle Transitions and the construction of cycling infrastructure in Cobourg.

A special thank you went out to the many CT members who assisted with moving in and setting up. It was gratifying for us to have such a large group make this a smooth transition. THANK YOU!! 

Now that we are open again, we invite you come in and see the great set-up we have. See you soon!

Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, April 14

We’re pleased to announce that we’re ready to open our doors at 390 King St W in Cobourg on Saturday, April 14.  The facilities are set up quite nicely thanks to the assistance of many volunteers! It’s looking good!

The Grand Re-Opening ceremony will take place at 10 am.  We’ve invited some special guests including Mayor Gil Brocanier to help us celebrate. The ceremony will allow us say a few words of thanks to the many folks who have assisted us, to the Town especially.  Following that we’ll have tours of the facilities, and there’ll be baked goods and refreshments to be had while we chat.

Please plan to join us at the ceremony or in the next while; we’re excited to show off the new facilities and assist you with your bicycle maintenance. Our hours of operation will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9pm and Saturday mornings from 9am to noon.

Volunteer Mechanics Needed!

Cycle Transitions is excited about re-opening for business again on Saturday, April 14! It’s been seven and a half months since we closed the doors for the last time on D’Arcy St., a long time. Our new facilities at 390 King St W look great and will meet our needs very nicely.

Looking over our list of volunteer mechanics, we realize we’re going to need help! Some of our mechanics have moved away, others have had other commitments needing attention. So we could use a few more.

Will you consider helping out? We’ll train you and always schedule you with a “senior” or mentor mechanic. If you have any mechanical inclination, you’ll learn in no time at all. And it’s not all work, there’s lots of socializing and discussing the issues of the day.

Our hours of operations are somewhat different this time around – we’ll be open Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 9pm, as well as Saturday mornings.

If you’re interested in checking out this volunteering possibility, reply to cycletransitions@gmail.com . We’ll arrange for an introduction and discussion about what could work.

Plans for The Move

If you haven’t already heard, CT has a new home – 390 King St W, the old Public Works building.  We are in the process of finalizing move-in details and plan to be up and running by mid-April. We extend words of appreciation to the Town Council and staff for making this possible!!

Our exact plans for moving in have not been finalized as we are awaiting keys, something we hope happens in the next day or two. Here are some tentative plans we give at this point:

  • Saturday, March 17 (morning) – clear space, mark layout for perimeter fence within building
  • Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23 – installation of fencing
  • Saturday, March 24 (morning) – complete fencing, unload semi-trailer of stored assets (need lots of folks for this one!)
  • March 26 to April 13 – set up and preparations for opening
  • Nothing planned for Easter weekend
  • Saturday, April 15 – Grand Re-Opening!
If you are able and willing to assist with our preparations, please send an email to rnonnekes@gmail.com with particulars of how you can assist and your availability. A follow-up email will be sent out to confirm dates/activities.  We need help with the following:
  • Clearing stored materials from space alloted to us
  • Setting up partition fencing (and anchoring to cement floor)
  • Unloading semi-trailer
  • Setting up shop
  • Administration planning
  • Media – getting out the word that CT will be opening again
  • Planning the Grand Re-Opening
  • Refurbishing bicycles once the shop has been set up
As well, if you’d like to volunteer on a regular basis as a bicycle mechanic/assistant or an admin person (we’ll give lots of training), or in some other capacity, please let us know.
 
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