13 Jul '11, 3pm

Toronto women’s shelter starts bike-sharing program @grist Yay!

Toronto women’s shelter starts bike-sharing program @grist Yay!

A few years ago, in between journalism jobs, I worked at a domestic violence shelter, helping the women and children there navigate the transition to new and better lives. It was difficult work—there are no simple solutions for women who find themselves in such shelters—but every bit of freedom and self-confidence that they could get was a small triumph. When you’re broke and scared and used to not being in charge of your own life, regaining autonomy is a step-by-step process. Sometimes it’s as simple as being able to cook what you want for your children, or wear makeup, or apply for a job. Seeing women regain control, one day at a time, was a gratifying and humbling experience. That’s why I was so pleased to see an item on Biking Toronto about Nellie’s, a shelter for women and children in Toronto that is starting a bike sharing program. From the shelter’s news release: Ne...

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