Bike Windsor Essex is a non-profit community cycling advocacy organization and resource centre dedicated to the promotion of cycling as an empowering, community-enriching, fun, environmentally sustainable, and active mode of transportation.
We host events and run programs to encourage and inspire people to cycle more for their own personal health, for more connected neighbourhoods, for thriving small businesses and for a cleaner environment.
We promote safe cycling through community presentations, lunch-and-learns, organized rides and through our Cycle Smart cycling classes for children, youth and adults run by Can-Bike certified instructors. Our classes, bike safety programs and Children’s Bike Safety Rodeos are run across the city and county.
Our Community Bike Shop (the Bike Kitchen) was created in 2016 to provide an inclusive space where the community can learn how to maintain and fix bikes and to work on their own bicycles. The Bike Kitchen is a welcoming and accessible workshop space where people find bike repair support along with refurbished bikes and new and used parts. We offer an earn-a-bike program, group youth training, and women’s and LGBTQ+ only classes.
With no sustainable funding, we pay the bills through the support of our members, events, classes and our generous sponsors. Thus, we are primarily part-time and volunteer fuelled.
Lori Newton – Executive Director
Oliver Swainson – Bicycle Mechanic and Lead Can-Bike Cycling Educator
Robert Thibert, Chair
Jennifer Escott, Vice-Chair
Philippa von Zeigenweidt, Treasurer
Kimberley Orr, Secretary
Our advocacy efforts are grounded in what we hear from our members and the broader community. We are knowledgeable about street safety best practices, we share our knowledge with stakeholders from across the region, and we make bike-friendly recommendations to government agencies and related organizations, including:
We were established in 2010 as Bike Friendly Windsor and are a registered non-profit. We are a membership based organization representing all bike lovers across Essex County. We advocate for safer streets for all vulnerable road users, promote the legitimacy of cycling, and accessibility for all who choose to cycle.