Selling and servicing bikes is only part of our cycling story. Since 1997, we've provided funding and grants to support cycling in Canada. Each of our stores is involved with their local community to support events, education programs, and infrastructure projects.
The Vancouver store does everything from providing cycling helmets to summer camps, to sending representatives to the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition advocacy committee. The Sustainability and Community Involvement Coordinator at the store, reports that there are a lot of individual groups working on bike advocacy and trying to get people on bikes, so our focus is on providing small grassroots donations.
MEC in Edmonton sponsors the
and Vice President of Recreation and Transportation for the Alberta Bicycle Association and a member-at-large for the city's Trails, Paths, and Routes Advisory Committee.
Shortly after we opened the store, we donated $10,000 toan Ontario cycling advocacy group. The grant helped extend existing bike lanes to Brant Street, so members could reach our store more easily by bike. Store staff also cleaned up bike trails on Earth Day, provided bike corrals during summer festivals, and acted as bike ambassadors for the rides. Both the Burlington and Toronto stores provided support and input for the first Ontario Bike Summit organized by Share the Road.