York's Aviva Community Fund submission needs your vote

Have you ever wished there was a place near campus to rent a bike, or to fix the bike you rely on to get around? York University and Regenisis York want to make that dream a reality through the Aviva Community Fund competition, but they need your support. The annual competition provides funding for community-based projects across Canada, supporting great ideas that benefit neighbourhoods in need. Community members have an opportunity to vote for their favourite submissions, ­and the most popular ideas receive financial support to help bring them to life.

In a region where affordable, easily accessible modes of transportation are in high demand, a need has emerged for a bike centre in the York University area. The proposed Regenesis York Community Bike Centre would provide over 50,000 students and community members with access to bike rentals, tools for bike repair and other cycling resources at an affordable cost.

In alignment with York’s passion for environmentally friendly spaces, this centre would promote advocacy and provide programming to inform residents about the environmental benefits of cycling. Community members would be able to take part in group cycling events and educational classes to further their understanding of cycling, including safety and repair. The bike centre would also take full advantage of the beautiful trails in the North York area, including the planned bike lanes and related infrastructure.

Quad housing, building design 

The proposed Regenesis York Community Bike Centre would be located on the ground floor of the new Quad student housing community

The Regenesis York Community Bike Centre can be made a reality through the Aviva Community Fund competition, so members of the York community are being asked to help. The power to make a difference is in your hands – show your support by voting on the competition website and spreading the word. This is your opportunity to get involved and help bring something positive to campus that will continue to benefit the community for years to come.

This initiative is a partnership between York University and Regenisis York, a student-involved environmental and community-building organization that is dedicated to improving quality of life for York community members by promoting sustainability.

To cast your vote for the Regenesis York Community Bike Centre, visit the Aviva Community Fund website. Voting will remain open until Oct. 28.