Special Report: Cycling

Bike to Work Day on May 28

Come to Gore Park on May 28 and cast your vote for cycling in Hamilton.

By Matthew Sweet
Published May 17, 2012

Cycling culture is growing in Hamilton and it is being fed by the community and by government. There is so much happening in all quarters, so much to be celebrated, and so much work left to do. In Gore Park on May 28th, let's all gather on our bikes in one place, cast a vote for cycling in Hamilton, and keep up the momentum.

Bike to Work Day on May 28 is taking place amid a whirlwind of cycling activities in the City of Hamilton. Hamilton has participated in Bike to Work Day through the Smart Commute program for the last five years with a gathering and reception in Gore Park each year. 2012 will be no different.

The difference lies in the growth of the cycling culture in Hamilton between 2006 and 2012. Bike to Work Day represents an opportunity for all of the cycling champions in Hamilton to gather together in one place when City staff and politicians will be paying attention.

Cycling is gaining momentum in our city and now is the time to get as many people together at once and create a very visible statement of support for cycling. Ride your bike to Gore Park between 7:30 and 8:30 AM on Monday, May 28 and cast your vote for cycling in Hamilton.

Cycling Events

With so much going on, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a quick inventory of recent cycling events and wins. This year, from May to June, there are tons of awesome cycling events and initiatives going on in Hamilton. Each of them has a slightly different focus and its own angle on cycling. Their common bond is people powered two wheeled transportation. Let's celebrate each of these awesome initiatives!

City Hall Cycling Improvements

While the community is busy promoting cycling, the City is working to improve the state of cycling in Hamilton as well. These recent achievements have been highlighted previously but deserve mention again. Let's continue to celebrate our successes.

In addition, the City continues to investigate the possibility of bringing a public Bike Share system to Hamilton in the near future.

All in all, cycling is on the agenda at both the community and government levels. Bike to Work Day is one of several events taking place with a focus on cycling. Come out on the morning of May 28th and cast your vote for cycling in Hamilton.

Matthew Sweet is a graduate of Mohawk's Transportation Engineering Technology program and is also a McMaster alumnus. He currently works in Mississauga and lives in Dundas. If you run into him in public at various transportation related events, please don't bring up his ramblings on RTH comment threads, everyone knows such things don't count in real life.

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By Altered Beast (anonymous) | Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:37:15

My favourite album of yours is 'Girfriend', well done! Wasn't aware you were residing in Hamilton these days.

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By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted May 17, 2012 at 11:13:13

I would be remiss if I did not also mention the Bike Corral which is going up in front of Downtown Bike Hounds on John Street. Another Hamilton cycling first.

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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted May 17, 2012 at 17:11:31

I don't think I've ever seen this many cyclists on Hamilton's streets.

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By Keminoes (registered) - website | Posted May 17, 2012 at 18:41:34

Gore park is on my way to work, see ya all there!

This is a great time for cycling in Hamilton. Considering the popular attitudes towards all year bike transportation, we will soon see more commuter bike lanes through the city. Public opinion is on the side of the cyclists.

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