Students from Cégep de Sainte-Foy promote urban cycling with bike repair shop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

from Maclean’s:

Cycling to school in the cold, or pestered by honking cars and trucks, is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But students at Cégep de Sainte-Foy are raising awareness for active transportation around Quebec City through their bicycle committee and repair shop.

The student-run group was formed two years ago to encourage cycling. “We really believe in active transportation,” says Gabrielle Côté, the 19-year-old head of the committee, which is part of the Cégep’s student association. Côté notes commuting to school or work by bicycle isn’t just good daily exercise, it’s good for the environment, too.

The bike shop, set up in a room at the school, provides affordable basic bike-repair services—$10 for a checkup, $5 to straighten a tire, and $3 to adjust the brakes. “We’re not here to make money,” says Côté.

The students learned to fix bikes through reading manuals and from friends who operate a shop at Laval University. The students who work in the shop are also keen to improve so they can do more complicated repairs. The shop is run by 10 volunteers, and is usually open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., but times can vary to fit students’ schedules.

Read more in Maclean’s here.