A community development group in Charlottetown is developing a program to provide free transportation to temporary foreign workers.


Josie Baker of the Cooper Institute with a bicycle for a temporary foreign worker. (Denis Calnan/CBC)

There are a couple of hundred temporary foreign workers living in Charlottetown, many working in the hospitality and fast food industries. Josie Baker of the Cooper Institute is coordinating a program that will deliver free bicycles to those workers, giving them a cheap and easy way to get to work.

"It's essentially a project that is helping temporary foreign workers that are living and working in Charlottetown to be a bit more mobile if they don't have access to a car or drivers licence," said Baker.

The institute will also provide helmets and lights. Baker said the low cost of bikes is a big draw for the workers.

"This is an affordable thing for them to do," she said.

"If they get a flat tire they don't have to pay for that to be fixed, they can repair it themselves. That they aren't going to have to pay for insurance, that they aren't going to have pay for various other things that go along with having a car."

The Cooper institute will hold a workshop on how to ride and repair bikes. Baker said she is still looking for donations and volunteers to help with the program.