BayRides, a registered charitable organization, is a community-based transportation service offering accessible, reliable, affordable door-to-door transportation in the St. Margaret’s Bay area, from West Dover to Yankeetown Road and from Sheldrake Lake to the HRM County Line in Hubbards.
We provide transportation to medical appointments, stores, businesses, social engagements, school, employment, connection to the Metro X bus stop (Exit 5, Hwy 103), or anywhere else you want to go around the Bay.
Everyone in the St. Margaret’s Bay area can be connected with their community.
Being connected to their community means that people are able to satisfy their social, economic, educational, recreational, and medical needs and wants. People’s quality of life is improved economically and socially because they are connected with their community.
BayRides is a community-based transportation service offering accessible, safe, personalized transportation for the people in the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
Accessible means being available to those with situational, physical, economic or social need for transportation.
Safe means meeting strict vehicular standards as well as prudence in customer care and operation into and out of the vehicle.
Personalized means recognizing the unique requirements of our riders.
Affordable means a system of fares that permit access to all.
The community is that area served by our license.
Integrity: We will act with integrity by being honest, trustworthy, and above reproach.
Fairness: We will be fair and deal with all in an equitable fashion recognizing individual circumstances.
Respect: We will create a respectful environment that ensures dignity to riders, staff and volunteers.
Excellence: We will always strive to provide exemplary and reliable service.
Innovative: We are open to try new things in a creative environment.
Established in 2012, the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Transportation Society, operating as BayRides, is a community-based transportation service offering accessible, reliable, affordable door-to-door transportation in the St. Margaret’s Bay area within Halifax Regional Municipality.
A registered charity, BayRides is governed by a volunteer board of directors which is accountable to the members, community, funders and other stakeholders. They are accountable for BayRides’ performance in relation to its mission and strategic objectives, and for the effective stewardship of financial, capital and human resources.
Following the completion of a feasibility study and pre-pilot implementation phase in 2013/14, BayRides officially launched its service in September 2015 with one vehicle, an 8 passenger bus donated by the TD Bank. Our operation has expanded as demand for our service has grown. We now have trained and friendly staff driving our four vans, one of which is an accessible vehicle, and our 12-passenger accessible bus, and Volunteer Drivers using their own personal vehicles.
In the early days, BayRides focused on seniors and other marginalized residents who needed a way to travel within their community. However, our service has grown dramatically and now the majority of our clientele are those still in the working age, especially daily commuters. The first year BayRides started measuring our trips made and kilometres travelled was fiscal year 2016/17. That year our organization made 3,003 trips and travelled 48,768 kilometres. In 2019/20, our organization made 11,256 trips and travelled 204,113 kilometres. That’s a 275% increase in trips and a 319% increase in distance travelled through organic growth.
BayRides provides a vital community service, especially for those who are transportationally disadvantaged, such as seniors, persons with disabilities, and other individuals who are marginalized for geographic, financial or health reasons. Fare subsidies and vouchers are provided when needed to ensure equitable access to affordable community transportation for all residents of the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
Board of Directors
Peter Delefes, President
Dustin O’Leary, Vice President
Rob Gilbert, Treasurer
Ben Corkum, Secretary
Megan Harris, Director
Sally Ross, Director
Bob Widdowson, Director
Lydia Boutilier, Director
Ian Shawcross, Director
Mary Agnes Moar, Director
Alan Williams, Director
Cynthia Weatherston, Director
Executive Director: Patty King
Dispatcher: Lynn Coward
Office Administrator: Karen Damtoft
Head Driver/Fleet Manager: Hans Stokkeskog
If you are looking to become involved in BayRides please contact us. We can help find a volunteer position or duty that would suit or interest you.
Become a Volunteer Driver
- An excellent, careful driver with a clean driving record and a safe, well maintained vehicle?
- A kind, positive and dependable person who loves to meet new people and who puts others at ease?
- Looking for a way to stay active and make a difference in the lives of the residents of St. Margaret’s Bay?
Our Volunteer Drivers…
- Are screened, trained & insured
- Use their own vehicle and are reimbursed for mileage
- Transport riders to destinations around St. Margaret’s Bay
- Have safe, clean, well maintained vehicles
Download our Volunteer Application Form here.
Become a Sponsor
BayRides is looking for local businesses or events that would like to get involved and help support BayRides. If you would like to make a donation, we will put your logo on the Thank You Sponsors Board on our website.
Become a Vehicle Sponsor and get your logo on our vehicles. To find out more about our Vehicle Sponsorship Program click here.
If you would like to support us by carrying our brochures and/or posters in your business we will deliver them right to your door.
If you have any additional questions please contact us.
Join the Board of Directors or a Committee or Project Team
Would you like to make a difference in your community and support the growth and sustainability of BayRides? Contact us to find out how you can become involved.
For those who cannot fully commit to the board, but would like to get involved, you may be interested in working on a committee or project team.
- Social Media
- Human Resources
- Community leadership
- Risk Management
- Strategic Planning
If you can contribute in any way, we would love to hear from you.
BayRides is run by a dedicated board of volunteers who are passionate about helping their community.
In addition to the board, volunteers participate on standing committees for Governance, Human Resources, Finance, Revenue Generation, Communications, and Nominations. Volunteers also help with fundraising events such as our Annual Road Toll.
One of the ways we provide rides is through our Volunteer Driver Program in which Volunteer Drivers provide transportation to BayRides’ passengers using their own personal vehicles. Volunteer Drivers transport passengers to destinations around St. Margaret’s and on occasion they may do rides outside the area for medical appointments. Drivers using their own vehicles are a very important and valued part of the BayRides system and we truly appreciate their involvement.
Our Volunteer Drivers:
- use their own vehicles* (reimbursed for mileage)
- are screened, trained, insured and supported
- can choose to provide local rides or travel outside the area if required
- have safe, clean, well maintained vehicles
*Option to use a BayRides vehicle if one is available.
BayRides would like to send out a big thank you to all our funders, sponsors and supporters. Your contributions help ensure essential transportation services are available to all residents of the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
Thank you to our vehicle sponsors
Thank you to our supporters
PROUD PARTNER IN
BayRides is one of eight Bay Treasure Chest community partners. Funds raised by the BTC support programs and projects throughout the St Margaret’s Bay, Hammonds Plains and neighbouring areas. When you play, we all win!
BAYRIDES COMMITTED TO FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY – FINANCIAL OVERVIEW 2018 – 2019
BayRides is a registered charity that has been providing affordable, accessible door-to-door transportation in the St. Margaret’s Bay area since 2015. BayRides is focused on careful financial management to ensure the sustainability of our service. 71% of all annual costs are directly related to keeping our vehicles on the road, allowing us to provide over 9,100 trips, covering over 173,000 kms, during our 2018-19 fiscal year.
2018 – 2019 PRESIDENT’S REPORT
It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I became Board Chair. It has been a great honour and pleasure working on the Board with such a talented and dedicated group of people during the past 12 months. It is gratifying to be part of an organization that provides such a valuable service to the local community. On assuming the presidency of BayRides I was aware that the organization was firmly established, well governed and growing and expanding at a rapid rate. I saw that our job as the Board was to keep the good ship BayRides on course by managing that growth, and ensuring sustainability of the organization over the long term. To keep with the ship metaphor, after one year, we have steered clear of the shoals and are cruising, at top speed, in open waters. We now have to plot the course over the next few years, make sure there is lots of fuel for the engines, a plethora of passengers, affordable fares, new destinations, and lifeboats aplenty should the need arise. Let me provide a few highlights of the last 12 months.
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING BY STUDENTS AT EAST ST. MARGARET’S SCHOOL
East St. Margaret’s School in Indian Harbour has always been known for its community spirit, so it is not surprising that it is a WE School. The WE Schools program helps students think about issues like hunger, poverty and access to education at the local and global level. They are encouraged to find ways they can have a positive impact in their own community.
Alyssa Morash, Brooklyn Lefort, and Riley Morash, who are members of the WE Club in their Grade 5-6 class, decided they wanted to raise money for a local community organization. After brainstorming with their principal, Mrs. Susan Casey, they chose BayRides. When asked why they picked BayRides, they said, “We see the BayRides vans going by our school every day and we all know people who don’t have a car or who can’t drive.”
BAYRIDES LAUNCHES TWO NEW VEHICLES
On March 16, 2019, TD Bank kindly hosted the official “unveiling” of two additions to the BayRides fleet of vehicles. Peter Delefes, President of BayRides, opened the event with a few remarks about the affordable service BayRides offers. “The new accessible bus will accommodate a minimum of 12 passengers and two people in wheel chairs,” he explained. “Based on the life span of the old bus, which has already been sold, the new bus should be in service for about 15 years,” he said. “Both the bus and the new Dodge Caravan are essential additions to our fleet. Currently we are driving at least 50 people a day and that number is increasing. Last year our vehicles covered 90,000 km. This year we expect to reach 170,000 km.”
PLANIFAX – EXTENDED BAYRIDES INTERVIEW
Video produced by PLANifax.
We had a great time interviewing Dustin O’Leary from BayRides along with two wonderful BayRides users Chris and Ruth. We couldn’t fit everything into the first video so we’ve released this bonus video for anyone who wants to learn more about Rural Transit Providers in Nova Scotia.
PLANIFAX – RURAL TRANSIT IN NOVA SCOTIA
BAYRIDES DISCUSSION WITH DUSTIN O’LEARY AND MATT WALSH
Our Vice President, @DustinOLeary and @MattWalsh, a rider and supporter of BayRides sat down for a discussion of the our service and it’s place in the local community. Matt is an inspiring individual and he has started a VLog talking to local community groups so check it out.
BAYRIDES HAS ITS FIRST FULL-TIME DRIVER
BayRides is very happy to announce that Hans Stokkeskog has been hired as Head Driver and Fleet Manager. He is a great addition to BayRides, not only because of his professional driving experience and knowledge of vehicles, but also his familiarity with the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
“It’s the perfect job,” Hans says, “because I love driving and I love having conversations with people from all around St. Margaret’s Bay where I have lived for most of my life.”
SENIORS APPRECIATE THE WEEKLY BAYRIDES GROCERY SHUTTLE
Every Tuesday morning BayRides operates the free Grocery Shuttle funded by the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay. Seniors are picked up at home and driven to either Sobey’s or the Superstore, depending on the week. When they have finished their shopping they are invited for refreshments in the store’s community room.
BAYRIDES IS PET FRIENDLY
Cora Dehaven is a young woman who lives in an apartment with her faithful service dog. Cora and her little dog Jaydin have been using BayRides ever since it started. “Before BayRides,” she says, “getting anything done was almost impossible. I felt helpless. I felt I was a nuisance and a bother.”
PETER DELEFES NEW PRESIDENT OF BAYRIDES
After two years at the helm of BayRides, Chris Pelham has left to focus on other activities, including the Community Enterprise Centre. On behalf of the Board of Directors of BayRides, the new president Peter Delefes expresses his sincerest thanks to Chris Pelham for his years of leadership and commitment to the organization. We look forward to Chris’ continued service as a volunteer driver for BayRides. Thanks also go to out-going director Andrew Stenhouse for his invaluable contributions.
GETTING YOU TO YOUR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
Lynn Coward, BayRides’ Dispatcher and volunteer driver, has had a number of calls recently from people asking whether it is possible to get transportation to medical clinics outside our area. Her answer is: “Yes, we can take you to and from your appointment – as long as you live somewhere in our district. If you need a ride to the Hammonds Plains Medical Clinic or the Cobequid Community Health Centre, for example, we can get you there.” BayRides’ district covers the St. Margaret’s Bay area which is bounded by Queensland, the Yankeetown Road, Hubley, and West Dover.
PEOPLE WHO USE BAYRIDES ARE GETTING YOUNGER!
Sadie Jane is a dynamic young artist who moved to St. Margaret’s Bay a few years ago. She gives art lessons at her studio, but also has a part-time job near the crossroads. Since the fall of 2017, she has been using BayRides four times a week to get back and forth to work.
BAYRIDES WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The board of directors of BayRides is happy to announce that Patty King has been hired as the new Executive Director. She will replace Julie Stover who contributed immensely to the growth and efficiency of BayRides over the past two years. “Patty’s extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector will guide our governance and operations, building on the foundations established by Julie Stover,” says Chris Pelham, president.Read Full Press Release
BAYRIDES HOLDS LAUNCH PARTY
BayRides officially launches on September 19, 2015!
FUNDING SUPPORTS NEW AND IMPROVED TRANSIT SERVICES
BayRides receives funding from the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program.
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FUNDING SUPPORTS ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION
Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announces funding for accessible transportation
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BAYRIDES LAUNCHING TRANSPORTATION SERVICE THIS SUMMER
Check out our article on page 6 of the MastHead News!
BAYRIDES RECRUITS MANAGER
Rod Shaw, president of BayRides, is pleased to announce that Alison Donovan has joined BayRides in the position of manager.
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TD BANK GIVES BOOST TO BAYRIDES THROUGH THEIR MAKE TODAY MATTER CAMPAIGN
The BayRides Board was presented with a TD Bank Customer Card, with $20,000 to buy the accessible bus they have been planning and fundraising for.
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