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Great Day, Great Ride, Great Cause

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 07, 2012

Yesterday's second annual Mike Ride, organized by Bike for Mike to raise money for their goal of providing every child in Hamilton with a bicycle, was a great success. The weather was perfect for cycling - sunny but not too hot with light winds and great visibility.

Mike Ride participants at Bayfront Park prepare to start
Mike Ride participants at Bayfront Park prepare to start

According to organizers, the fundraiser attracted nearly 300 participants and raised around $40,000. The money is being directed to the Michael Chamberlain Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation.

Started by the family of Mike Chamberlain, an avid cyclist who died on May 29, 2010, Bike for Mike seeks to realize Mike's dream of making Hamilton a more bicycle-friendly city.

Bike for Mike works with the public and separate school boards to provide children in a given neighbourhood - and their parents - with bicycles.

The charity accepts both online donations and donated bikes.

Mike Chamberlain (Image Credit: Bike for Mike)
Mike Chamberlain (Image Credit: Bike for Mike)

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Andrea (registered) | Posted May 07, 2012 at 13:57:10

Great event. I learned that I don't ride my bike nearly enough....barely made it up the hill coming out of the park!

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