For the last three years, Sunday access to this non-profit, do-it-yourself bike collective has been reserved for women and transgendered people. “Mechanics’ shops have not really been a welcoming environment for women and trans folks,” Gottfried said. The Pirates’ Sunday hours are intended to remedy that by offering a time and place where they can develop their mechanical skills in “an anti-oppressive environment,” Gottfried explained. “I think men are much more likely to take a tool out of the hands of women. But we want people to become their own experts.”
Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days. Remember, BikeMonth starts in 2 weeks!
Wed, May 18
- 6pm – Green Drinks Toronto (Grace O’Malleys – 14 Duncan Street)
- 7pm – Ride of Silence (Bloor & Spadina)
Thurs, May 19
Fri, May 20
Know of other events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below.