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Bike Pirates

From Bike Collectives Wiki
Bike Pirates
Founded 2006
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Services Offered
Mission Statement Bike Pirates is an autonomous organization whose mission is to empower cyclists and make bicycles more accessible. Volunteer-run and volunteer-organized, Bike Pirates provides a Do-It-Yourself workspace to the members of the community and supports the concepts of bicycle re-use, collective decision making, and social justice.

Hours & Location

  • Monday 5-9pm
  • Tuesday 5-9pm
  • Thursday 12-7pm
  • Saturday 12-7pm
  • Sunday 12-6pm *Women/Trans Only*

We are located at 1292 Bloor Street West, just east of Lansdowne Avenue.

Ongoing events

  • Organizing meeting every last Wednesday of the Month. 7pm
  • Volunteer Orientation Meeting every first Wednesday of the month. 7pm.
  • Alternative Critical Mass Ride + Community Event/Party every third Friday of the month. 6:30/7:30pm


Bike Pirates first opened on July 1, 2006 as an autonomous, anarchist collective, run by local activists and bike punks who wanted to have a space to fix their bikes and to help others do the same. Originally located at 457 Bathurst St., with limited hours and gradually increasing resources we helped hundreds of people get their bikes running, learn to build a new bike, and even sold some people their very first bicycles. Within two years, a base of volunteers and service users was built up and the time was ripe to relocate to a much larger space accessible to people of all abilities.

In August 2008, Bike Pirates moved to its current location at 1292 Bloor Street West, and also became an official non-profit organization, with a board of directors. Since then we have flourished, more than doubling our hours, and drawing a great many new clients from a neighbourhood that is more in need of our resources. We have become a well known leader in the cycling community, and our volunteer pool has expanded to match. In November 2008, we added our weekly “trans & women only” hours, which have been running successfully ever since.

During the summer of 2010, Bike Pirates hosted Bike!Bike! 2010.

See Also

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Toronto Community Bicycle Organizations
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