BIKE MINDS is returning in January 2020 in Toronto and Ottawa. Join our mailing list to receive event updates!
Picture a cyclist, and what do you see – a well-to-do downtowner riding a “fixie”, or a sporty suburbanite clad in Lycra? Look a little deeper though, and you may be surprised by what you find.
BIKE MINDS is a bicycle-themed storytelling event where guests share positive, personal, and inspiring stories related to cycling. Participants are invited to engage in thoughtful and inclusive conversations around a mutual appreciation for the bicycle. We welcome stories from all members of the cycling community, and aim to provide space for storytellers with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
Our vision is a world where everyone can see themselves riding a bike.
Our mission is to change the way you feel about people who ride bikes, one story at a time.
- Create a space for positive and inclusive conversations about cycling
- Provide space for storytellers with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences
- Promote the idea and importance of a culture of cycling
- De-politicize cycling, by advocating with personal stories rather than statistics
|01/30||Bikes + Travel||Stories of epic bike trips, unexpected destinations, and the obstacles and adversity overcome along the way.||Recap|
|02/27||Bikes + Career||People who’ve built their lives around cycling as community leaders, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and researchers.||Recap|
|03/31||Bikes + Community||Stories from people who have found community through cycling, or created entirely new communities altogether.||Recap|
|07/31||BIKE MINDS Whitby: Celebrating Bike Culture Beyond the Core||Exploring the cycling culture beyond downtown Toronto with stories unique to Durham Region.||Info|
|08/26||BIKE MINDS featuring Modacity: Bikes + Transformation||Stories of how cycling has transformed people’s lives, plus a story from Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacity about their new book, Building the Cycling City.||Recap|
|01/17||Bikes + Belonging||Exploring how bikes connect us to each other, and help form lasting relationships||Recap|
|02/21||Bikes + Lifestyle||A look at how cycling makes life work, and the people who have built their lives around it||Recap|
|03/21||Bikes + Discovery||Examining the role of the bicycle in discovering new places and people, and the adventures along the way||Recap|
|04/18||Bikes + Identity||Delving into how bicycling shapes people’s sense of self, at a very personal level||Recap|
The bicycle supports the first steps of newcomers to Toronto, brings us closer to friends and family, and teaches us more about ourselves than we ever could have imagined. Whether you’re a casual rider, a passionate advocate, or simply a fan of great storytelling, we hope you’ll join us in celebration of all the bicycle has to offer, at this positive and inclusive event.
BIKE MINDS is co-led by Matt Pinder, author of the blog Beyond the Automobile, and Michelle Kearns, transportation professional and cycling researcher at the University of Toronto.