Special Report: Cycling

Cycle Hamilton Wants Your Cycling Feedback

As part of Cycle Hamilton's initial activities as a central voice for the cycling community, we're collecting input from cyclists on routes they love, hate, or want to improve via an interactive map.

By Dave Heidebrecht and Johanna Bleecker
Published May 27, 2015

As part of Cycle Hamilton's initial activities as a central voice for the cycling community, we're collecting input from cyclists on routes they love, hate, or want to improve via an interactive map.

The past year in Hamilton has seen some great changes come to our cycling infrastructure and culture. The Cannon bike lane was launched last year, Hamilton Bike Share rolled out over the winter and formally launched earlier this spring, and many other organizations have continued to work on promoting safety, awareness, education, and a thriving cycling network.

To continue building on this momentum, we're happy to announce the creation of a new organization to provide a common voice around cycling issues in Hamilton.

Thanks to online feedback gathered over April, we've settled on the name Cycle Hamilton, and will be sharing more in the coming months about a launch event to take place in September. You can already find us on Facebook and Twitter and via email at cyclehamilton@gmail.com, and we'll have a website up in the coming weeks with more information leading up to the launch.

We Want to Hear From You

As we start to identify broad and specific issues to focus on, we would love to know what you, the brave riders of Hamilton's streets, think about the routes you take!

This Google Map should be editable by anyone with a Google account. Please add points or lines colour-coded: red = bad, yellow = needs improvement, green = great, plus comments if you'd like!

Someone's already mentioned what you wanted to say? Feel free to add it again or edit their comment to add that you second it as a way of 'voting' for the things that need the most work or deserve the most applause.

This information will be used for a Cycle Hamilton urban intervention for 100 in 1 Day on June 6, and we'll use our social media accounts share more information about helping out with the intervention itself closer to that date.

This feedback will also be helpful as a general launching point for Cycle Hamilton's directions and goals. Please share the link to the map widely!

Editing the Map

Quick instructions for adding a point:

  1. Log into your Google account
  2. While viewing the map, under the search bar click on the 'point' icon - it looks like an upside-down teardrop.
  3. Click on the map where you'd like to place your point and add a comment in the text bubble that pops up if you'd like to do so.
  4. After that, edit the colour of the point itself by mousing over the legend entry for the point you just added and clicking the small paint can icon that appears.

*If you are having trouble adding a point or don't have a Google account, email us at cyclehamilton@gmail.com with the locations and comments that you were hoping to add and I'll do it for you.

We look forward to engaging further with Hamilton's cycling community as we work together to create a safer, healthier, and thriving cycling network throughout this great city of ours!

Dave Heidebrecht and Johanna Bleecker are collaborators with Cycle Hamilton.

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By transporter1 (anonymous) | Posted May 29, 2015 at 03:19:34

This comment involves bike lanes on the King lrt or should I say, the lack of them. Will there be bike lanes on its entire length?

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By ryanwestdale (registered) | Posted May 29, 2015 at 10:08:00 in reply to Comment 111822

Main would be perfect for bike lanes and using trees as a separator would really humanize the street. Right now I feel like I am on the 403 when I walk across (or along) Main.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 29, 2015 at 06:51:33 in reply to Comment 111822

Until now, the City has refused to consider any changes to Main or King to make them more walkable/bikeable because the LRT issue was up in the air. Now that we finally have a specific funding and timing commitment, it's time for the City to move forward with a plan to tame and humanize the streets - particularly Main Street, which is inhospitable to pedestrians and cyclists and is going to be a major barrier to revitalization if we don't change it. My preference is for something like this:

Main Street reimagined

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By transporter1 (anonymous) | Posted May 29, 2015 at 10:15:06 in reply to Comment 111825

My vision is radical, I guess. I would give the automobiles this choice: Main or King. They can have either, to do what they want with. The rest of us would get the other. So, my lrt would have one train going one way, one the other; one whole lane for bikes one way, another for bikes the other, and sidewalks on each side. And no automobiles. There would be plenty of space for all of this, if all automobiles were eliminated. That would eliminate the need for bike lanes on the other street. -The two roads are never more a couple of blocks apart, so a cyclist who wants to get close to where he or she wants to go and could quickly and easily walk from there.

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