Cycling Educators Wanted
About our organization
Cycle Toronto is a member-supported not-for-profit organization that works to make Toronto a healthy, safe and vibrant cycling city for all. We are focused on advocacy, education and encouragement, as we work to shape policy and infrastructure, and build community to transform our city’s cycling culture. We engage a diversity of people in our work, pursuing evidence-based solutions that make cycling a viable option for all Torontonians.
Cycle Toronto and CultureLink’s cycling programs are collaborating again this year in the selection and training of Cycling Educators for spring, summer, and fall 2021.
Programs and responsibilities
1) For Cycle Toronto, Cycling Educators deliver safe cycling and bike maintenance workshops to the general public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most workshops will be held virtually over Zoom with the possibility of conducting workshops in person once it is safe to do so. Workshops are generally scheduled during weekday lunch hours and evenings, or on weekends. Workshops are tailored to the experience level of attendees. Cycle Toronto is also looking to host workshops in every language that we’ve translated the Toronto Cycling Handbook, starting with Farsi, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish. Those who are fluent in those languages will be asked to translate the workshops and reporting surveys. Depending on public health restrictions, there may also be opportunities for Cycling Educators to lead group bicycle rides in the summer and fall.
2) For CultureLink, Cycling Educators deliver workshops and programs for the Bike to School Project. School programs are presented to elementary and secondary school students during and after school hours (programs include assemblies, workshops in the classroom, schoolyard skills activities, and rides off school property).
All Cycling Educators and Ride Guides are expected to complete a report following each workshop or program, documenting positive and negative outcomes, participation, and other information, and to contribute constructive feedback on their programs.
Terms and compensation
For Cycle Toronto, Cycling Educators are compensated at a rate of $20 per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours / $60 per safe cycling presentation for lead presenters, 4 hours / $80 for mechanics workshop lead presenters, and 1.5 hours / $30 for supporting presenters. They are expected to use their own bicycles which conform to the requirements of the Highway Traffic Act. Limited compensation for transportation is available with consideration given to geographical distance. For bike maintenance workshops, a stand and tools will be provided, although Cycling Educators are welcome to use their own if this is more convenient.
CultureLink is hiring up to 8 On-Call Cycling Educators who will work on an occasional basis. Details about these opportunities are available here.
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills
- Strong cycling skills, including cycling in traffic outside of downtown
- CAN-BIKE Instructor or CAN-BIKE Level 4 (formerly known as "CAN-BIKE 2") certification (training to be provided; see note*)
- Emergency First Aid / CPR certification (training to be provided; see note*)
- Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
- Access to a personal computer and comfort using videoconferencing software for delivery of workshops
- Punctuality and reliability
- Availability during weekdays and some weekends during spring and summer
- (for bike maintenance workshops) Strong skills in bicycle maintenance and repair
- (for CultureLink programs) Proven ability to engage children and youth in an institutional setting
- (for CultureLink programs) Satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (police check), original copy within the past 6 months
- Commitment to working within an anti-oppression framework
* Note: A CAN-BIKE Level 4 course (12 hour commitment) and Emergency First Aid / CPR course (8 hour commitment) will be offered at no charge to otherwise successful candidates prior to the beginning of work.
- Experience with teaching road safety and cycling skills
- Track record of engagement with Toronto’s cycling community
- Those who speak only English are encouraged to apply, though preference may be given to those who are fluent in Farsi, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish.
Cycle Toronto is committed to recruiting, nominating, and supporting candidates that reflect the diversity of our membership and Toronto at large. Cycle Toronto encourages applications in particular from people who live outside of downtown, individuals from racialized groups, Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, people of diverse faiths, people of diverse social classes, people with diverse gender identities, and people with diverse sexual orientations.