Agricultural Migrant Workers face mobility restrictions, often facing difficulties to access essential services such as banking, medical care, and groceries. In partnership with Bici Libre, Watari has created, and expanded a bicycle project where we donate bikes to agricultural migrant workers.
The bikes are delivered with helmets, safety vests, lights, and locks. We also repair and service bikes belonging to workers who have already benefitted from this program, and conduct bicycle workshops so that migrant workers are empowered to fix their bikes. Additionally, we assist with providing classes on Canadian bicycle etiquette and public safety issues that will help the migrant workers avoid accidents in both rural and urban environments.
These bicycles that we deliver allow agricultural migrant workers greater access to services. They also help to deal with stress and mobility within the farm. Since 2018, 1,088 bicycles have been donated to migrant workers through this program.