Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) and BikeBrampton were pleased to host the grand opening of Different Spokes, Region of Peel’s first community-based bicycle co-operative and social services centre in downtown Brampton, at 8 Nelson St. W, August 18, 2022.

Different Spokes inner tube ribbon cutting
Grand opening of Different Spokes inner tube ribbon cutting by PCHS CEO Baldev Mutta, Mississauga Councillor Chris Fonseca, Caledon Councillor Johanna Downey, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Brampton Councillor Rowena Santos, Brampton Councillor Paul Vicente, and behind, BikeBrampton chair David Laing

The Different Spokes venue will be shared jointly by BikeBrampton and PCHS. BikeBrampton will operate the facility 4 days a week, offering tools and workstations for members to perform their own bike repairs under direction of a bike mechanic. Free workshops on cycling skills and safety training will be offered. PCHS will provide health, settlement and social services, by appointment on a weekly basis.

Different Spokes bike hub work benches set for grand opening
Different Spokes bike hub work benches set for the grand opening reveal

“Community based bicycle co-operatives offer a venue for people to learn about bicycles and help build a community that promotes and supports sustainable transportation”, said David Laing, Chair of BikeBrampton and one of the organizers bringing Different Spokes to the City. “Encouraging more people to bike to destinations yields many community benefits including improved health, lower carbon emissions and less traffic congestion”, added Laing.

Brampton Bike Hub & Caledon Bike Hub story board successes
Different Spokes story boards showing the success of Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub, and why the Community Cycling Program (CCP) is important to the priorities of the Region.

“Teaming with BikeBrampton in this facility is a natural fit” said Amanjit Kahlon, Manager, Community Development at PCHS. “Brampton’s downtown is an underserved community from a social services perspective and many people in the area use bikes, buses, and trains to travel to and from work or school. The bike is an essential form of transportation for them. Working with BikeBrampton, we can help clients keep their bikes in good condition and their, minds and bodies healthy,” added Kahlon.

PCHS CEO Baldev Mutta
CEO Baldev Mutta explaining the social services that PCHS will provide at Different Spokes.

BikeBrampton is a community volunteer group that encourages, promotes, and advocates for safe and convenient active transportation alternatives (primarily walking and cycling), in the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel.

Different Spokes Manager Sonia Maset and crowd
Different Spokes Manager Sonia Maset (in blue shirt), BikeBrampton members and crowd watched the grand opening.

PCHS is a charitable health service provider with a mandate to provide health, settlement, and social services to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and diverse communities using an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework. The organization has been serving the Peel Region community for 32 years.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Caledon Councillors Jennifer Innis & Johanna Downey
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Caledon Regional Councillors Jennifer Innis & Johanna Downey at Different Spokes grand opening.
Brampton Councillors Paul Vicente & Rowena Santos
Brampton Councillors Paul Vicente and Rowena Santos, champions of active transportation, healthy living and economic development, at Different Spokes grand opening
Brampton cycling map for route planning
PCHS counselling area, and City of Brampton cycling map for route planning instruction
Grand opening of Different Spokes, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Dayle, David, Caledon Regional Councillor Jennifer Innis.
BikeBrampton Chair David Laing showed off Different Spokes bike work stations to Regional Councillors Paul Vicente, Jennifer Innis and Rowena Santos.
Regional Councillors Jennifer Innis and Rowena Santos admired the bike work stations at Different Spokes grand opening.
Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu sent congratulations and best wishes upon the grand opening of Different Spokes
City of Brampton Regional Councillor Rowena Santos, Mayor Patrick Brown, and Regional Councillor Paul Vicente presented certificate of recognition to Downtown Brampton Bike Hub, Different Spokes

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