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Announcing #PacManHam

 

Posters accompanying #PacManHam stencils
Posters accompanying #PacManHam stencils

Announcing #PacManHam, our sequel to 2015’s #HammerKart for 100In1Day Hamilton 2017!

WHY: Bike lanes work best when they’re part of a fully connected grid network for maximum safety and convenience. A recent study out of Seville, Spin showed that the number of bike lanes in a city correlated to numbers of riders, but the connectedness of those lanes correlated to the safety of those riders. Hamilton has some great bike lanes and trails, but the connections are really lacking. #PacManHam calls attention to those gaps to emphasize the need for a connected network of lanes and to alert cyclists for the heightened danger of riding in a infrastructure gap.

HOW: We used an interactive map to ask local cyclists where they thought the biggest gaps in Hamilton’s disconnected bike lane network were and selected our top picks for decorating. We stuck to an area of the lower city bounded by Dundurn, York/Cannon, and Wentworth to maximize our resources but we do acknowledge that infrastructure gaps are a citywide problem.

Thanks to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario’s Road Safety Challenge and Rustoleum, we got temporary chalk spray paint, stencilling materials, and other supplies such as safety vests. We sent teams out cycling to our different highlighted areas on the night of June 1st to paint our decorations. When you’re in a bike lane enjoy some fruit or power pellets, but when you’re in a gap watch out for those ghosts!

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WHAT’S NEXT: On June 3 for the 100in1Day Festival, keep an eye out for real-life PacMan and Ghost cyclists riding around! Also, we have a photo contest going! Post pictures of the #PacManHam symbols on your ride and don’t forget the hashtag–prizes will be given for most/best photos posted by June 10th!

Pedal It Forward: Sobi Hamilton

Bike To Work Day registration is now live! #PedalItForward We’re going to keep things rolling towards May 29th with another fantastic local organization… SoBi Hamilton! Sobi’s History Hamilton was blessed with it’s first bicycle share system in March, 2014. With over 700 bikes – it’s the largest bicycle share in North America! SoBi has been paying… Continue Reading

Pedal It Forward: New Hope Community Bikes

Bike To Work Day registration is now live! #PedalItForward with New Hope Community Bikes! History of New Hope New Hope Community Bikes started in 2008 as an initiative of New Hope Church. They are a non-profit registered charity, that seeks to get more people on affordable, reliable bicycles and provide employment and job training opportunities… Continue Reading

We’re Hiring! Summer Student Jobs

  CYCLE HAMILTON IS HIRING!  We’re hiring for 2 Summer Student Positions.   STUDENT SUMMER JOBS – ***DEADLINE EXTENDED, POSITIONS UPDATED! APPLY BY MAY 6*** Cycle Hamilton is pleased to announce its summer student positions! These positions are only open to post-secondary students (age 18-30) who were full-time students in the past year and will be… Continue Reading

Cycle Hamilton Statement on LRT Impacts to Cycling Infrastructure

Dear Hamilton LRT team, On behalf of our membership and the thousands of cyclists represented collectively by our organizations, we are writing to express our concerns regarding the proposed changes to existing and planned cycling lanes along the LRT route. After highlighting our overall concerns with the impacts of this shift away from the broader… Continue Reading

Join Cycle Hamilton Today! Gift Memberships available!

Join Cycle Hamilton Today! Gift Memberships available!

Discounted Memberships this December, New T-Shirts Available! Are you looking for a healthy, sustainable, and unique gift or stocking stuffer this holiday season? Join Cycle Hamilton today to support our work into 2017! Where does your membership money go? Running the day-to-day operations of the organization requires resources for our website, email, and board insurance–all… Continue Reading

Creating a Cycle Safe Sydenham Guided by the City’s own Cycling Master Plan

Creating a Cycle Safe Sydenham Guided by the City’s own Cycling Master Plan

One of the main drivers behind Cycle Hamilton’s formation is the concern that our members have regarding the recurring theme of missed opportunities for the implementation of cycling infrastructure or pedestrian-friendly initiatives, including opportunities on Concession St., King William St., and Beckett Drive, to name just a few. Presently, we are facing yet another potential… Continue Reading

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