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
Dustin O’Leary, President
Meghan Maher, Vice-President
Ben Corkum, Secretary
Michael Coward, Treasurer
Sally Ross, Director
Lydia Boutilier, Director
Ian Shawcross, Director
Cynthia Weatherston, Director
Rob Gilbert, Director
Neil Everton, Director
Trevor Magarvey, Director
Conor Hubley, Director
Executive Director: Patty King
Dispatcher: Courtenay Murdoch
Office Administrator: Karen Damtoft
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
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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!