Special Report: Cycling

Bike Lane Celebration and Glow Ride

At least 15 cyclists used the Herkimer bike lane on Saturday evening.

By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 26, 2016

We had a nice celebration of the new bike lanes on Charlton and Herkimer on Saturday evening. The event included bicycle polo and a cycle safety demonstration.

Some 250 cyclists were there, organized by the Hamilton Glowriders, heading off for their final ride of the year as the event finale.

I heard them say this was by far their biggest ride ever! To get a sense of how many people participated, I took a video of the cyclists setting off. It took four minutes for them all to eventually leave the park.

Nicholas Kevlahan was born and raised in Vancouver, and then spent eight years in England and France before returning to Canada in 1998. He has been a Hamiltonian since then, and is a strong believer in the potential of this city. Although he spends most of his time as a mathematician, he is also a passionate amateur urbanist and a fan of good design. You can often spot him strolling the streets of the downtown, shopping at the Market. Nicholas is the spokesperson for Hamilton Light Rail.

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted September 26, 2016 at 09:21:41

nonohamiltonlrt's response:

nonohamiltonlrt tweets: @theglowriders don't you ppl have jobs?!? Can't you do something else besides illegally gather to disrupt traffic.

nonohamiltonlrt tweets: Go ahead and celebrate the bikelanes on Herkimer & Charlton while they last. It won't be long. @terrywhitehead will see to it. Cyclist crap.

Lovely character.

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By JasonL (registered) | Posted September 27, 2016 at 07:45:10 in reply to Comment 120127

bunch of lazy slobs. Should be at work 8:30 on a Sat night, not at a community picnic/bike ride with their kids.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 26, 2016 at 09:30:35 in reply to Comment 120127

I love that there are simultaneously not enough cyclists to justify the lanes, and also so many cyclists that they're a nuisance.

Of course, like LRT, the real issue for these folks is the idea that Hamilton might actually become a nicer place. They despise Hamilton and don't think we deserve it.

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By kevlahan (registered) | Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:29:51 in reply to Comment 120128

What do bike lanes have to do with LRT?

And it's hilarious that that the noNLRT guy trots out the "don't these people have jobs" line for an event that's at 8:30pm on a Saturday evening!

Pretty sad to dump on these hundreds of people clearly having lots of fun on a Saturday night. I guess he'd prefer they were all home watching TV (or at work!).

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By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted September 26, 2016 at 17:47:57 in reply to Comment 120129

I know some of the Glowriders even have six figure jobs. The plain apple pie legal kind, like needing to drive to a software developer job in Mississauga, or taking the GO Train to an executive position in Toronto's Financial District. While others are students and artists. It is all over the map.

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By keithbeck (registered) | Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:39:40

So I'm kind of surprised Ryan didn't talk about those unused vehicle lanes causing avoidable cycling congestion!:)

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted September 26, 2016 at 11:37:48

Those who look carefully will see me and my son Robert at the 0:29-0:38 mark. We are on the left side of the traffic flow. The distinguishing marks are that Bob and I are both over two metres tall and riding Dutch city bikes.

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