A large, diverse group of enthusiastic cyclists congregated in Gore Park this morning to celebrate 2013 Bike to Work and School Day.
By Ryan McGreal
Published May 27, 2013
this article has been updated
A large, diverse group of enthusiastic cyclists, including children from several city schools, congregated in Gore Park this morning to celebrate 2013 Bike to Work and School Day. The event, organized by Smart Commute Hamilton and Green Venture, promotes active transportation and has been growing steadily in participation each year.
Cyclists congregated in Gore Park at 8:00 AM this morning
Light refreshments were served at the event, including samples from the Green Smoothie Bar on James Street North, and Noble Cycles was on hand to provide tune-ups. Downtown Bike Hounds was also on hand with some models on display, and is open today from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
McMaster Children's Hospital encouraged children to "put a lid on it" as part of its helmet campaign.
Bicycles were everywhere
Musician Darin Martin, who was towed to the event on a mini-stage pulled by a bicycle, provided live music.
Musician Darin Martin performed live on bike trailer
Peter Topolovic, the city's manager for transportation demand management, kicked off the ceremony. Councillor Jason Farr gave a short speech in support of the City's cycling and walkable streets initiatives, celebrating the 30 km/h speed limit in the North End Neighbourhood.
Alternative transportation manager Daryl Bender noted some of the upcoming bicycle network additions, including two-way bike lanes on Hunter, bike lanes on Charlton and Herkimer, and bike lanes on the East Mountain.
Cycling advocate Mark Chamberlain spoke about the Bike for Mike campaign to provide bicycles for families in vulnerable communities, noting that the campaign is helping to raise a generation of children who want to be able to choose health over the false convenience of easy driving.
The event also served as an awards ceremony for the City's first Community In Motion awards, which recognizes organizations that promote active transportation.
Councillor Jason Farr announced the Community In Motion award winners
The winners were:
Geotrail, a suite of online tools to promote hiking and outdoor education, for Pedestrian Friendly Business/Organization;
Environment Hamilton, a not-for-profit organization to protect and enhance the environment, for Transit Friendly Business/Organization;
The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation, a sustainable on-demand delivery service using zero emission bicycles, for Bicycle Friendly Business/Organization;
St. Lawrence and St. Marguerite d'Youville schools, for School of the Year; and
The Stepping it Up team for promoting active transportation to school, for Advocate of the Year.
Raise the Hammer won an award for promoting active transportation in the media.
RTH is honoured to have been recognized among the award recipients.
The Community in Motion Awards were inaugurated last year "to recognize members of the community who have made an effort to actively support and promote the use of healthy and sustainable forms of transportation such as walking, cycling, and public transit.".
Submissions are now open to nominate recipients for the second annual Community in Motion awards. The winners from last year's award will be the judges for this year.
Update: This article originally stated that Downtown Bike Hounds was on hand providing bike tune-ups. It was actually Noble Cycles doing this. RTH regrets the error. You can jump to the changed paragraph.
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