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2019

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting Minutes

In advance of our 2019 Annual General Meeting on April 25, we are sharing minutes from our 2018 AGM. Click the link below to access the PDF. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Cycle Hamilton AGM Minutes FINAL    …

Cycle Hamilton’s Response to Cannon Cycle Track Planned Closure

Cycle Hamilton has prepared a response letter with regards to the planned closure of the Cannon Cycle Track during a construction period this summer. This letter was directly to Councillors Farr and Nann. This letter has been pasted below.   Dear Councillor Farr and Councillor Nann,…

Cycle Hamilton’s Response to Motion about Bay Street North Bike Lane

Cycle Hamilton has prepared a response letter with regards to the recent motion: Hybrid Solution to On-street Parking on Bay Street North Between Barton Street West and Stuart Street. This letter was distributed to Mayor Fred Eisenberger, City Councillors, and City staff. We are concerned that this motion will pose…

We’re hosting our AGM at MERIT Brewing on April 25th!

  Join Cycle Hamilton on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm at MERIT Brewing for our 2019 Annual General Meeting… our most important event of the year! This is an opportunity for everyone in the Hamilton community to meet members of the Cycle Hamilton team and learn about the advocacy work…

Join us for our March meeting on Monday, March 25th!

  Join us for our monthly meeting on Monday, March 25th! This month we will be meeting at Dundurn Market. The meeting is open to everyone, including children! See full event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/355890491675632/ See you on Monday!  …

January Monthly Meeting CANCELLED

FYI – Our January monthly meeting has been cancelled due to weather forecasts 🌨 Please pass along this information to anyone you know that may have been planning to attend. Stay warm, #HamOnt! ❄️🚲…

2019 Cycling Budget Featured in CBC Hamilton

Adam Carter of CBC Hamilton has recently published an article discussing the City’s 2019 budget for cycling infrastructure. Cycle Hamilton member Elise Desjardins is also featured in the article. Click here to read the full article on CBC Hamilton‘s website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/cycling-report-1.4986014…

Cycling Investments in the 2019 City Budget Report

A new report prepared by city staff outlines the proposed investments in Hamilton’s cycling infrastructure for 2019. This document can be found here: https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=177302 The section entitled “Cycling Infrastructure 2019” can be found on page 690 of the document. You can also hit Ctrl+F and enter “Cycling Infrastructure”…

2018

Hamilton’s incoming School Trustees: Their thoughts on active transportation

  Cycle Hamilton contacted all School Board Trustee Candidates running in Hamilton’s 3 school boards. The survey was conducted online and received responses from 20 candidates.   To give citizens a sense of where Hamilton’s incoming School Board Trustees stand on active transportation and road safety, we have…

Cycle Hamilton T-Shirts Now Available!

Great news! Due to extremely popular demand we now have navy & turquoise Cycle Hamilton t-shirts available for purchase! T-shirts are $20 each and come in a range of unisex sizes (XS-3XL). Currently, we do not offer shipping or delivery. However, if you would…

“Congratulations” Email Template for Contacting Incoming Councillors

Cycle Hamilton is encouraging all of its members to reach out to the incoming councillors across the city and offer them congratulations on their election success. In doing so, our members will be continuing to build up the relationships that were built with many of these candidates while…

Hamilton’s incoming City Council: Their thoughts on active transportation

    Cycle Hamilton contacted all Municipal Candidates that provided an official email address in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. The survey was conducted online and received 74 responses from candidates running for municipal election. Responses were received from candidates…

Sample Debate Question on Cycling

All candidates debates are happening over the next few weeks across the city. We encourage you to attend and ask quesitons about cycling! We recommend you ask a question about cycling, such as the one below: “My name is (name) and I am a resident of Hamilton Ward (ward…

Survey Results: 2018 School Trustee Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

Cycle Hamilton contacted all School Trustee Candidates that provided an official email address in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. For more information: Kate Whalen, Co-Chair, chair@cyclehamont.ca Survey results are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t9EgXpTZJjheJq7KNBNDYroIWydZPYhAFK51iF4BW64/edit?usp=sharing…

Cycle Hamilton Survey and Co-Chair Cited in Hamilton Spectator Article

Cycle Hamilton recently disseminated a survey on cycling to all municipal candidates. The results of this survey have been cited in a recent article on road safety in the Hamilton Spectator. Our co-chair, Kate Whalen, has also been cited in this article. To read this article, click here: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8903418-road-safety-how-many-other-deaths-or-serious-injuries-/#…

Survey Results: 2018 Municipal Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

Cycle Hamilton contacted all Municipal Candidates that provided an official email address in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. For more information: Kate Whalen, Co-Chair, chair@cyclehamont.ca Survey results are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OzkuDIoKZ7hXtMWDW6ZzxILTFlOgJMOCGG1OZ-02ei8/edit?usp=sharing…

Limited Time Offer: Discounted Membership & Greg’s Ride Registration!

Cycle Hamilton and Share the Road have partnered to launch a limited time membership deal where you can support the work of two great organizations at once and enjoy a great ride!   Between now and September 14th, you can join (or renew) at a special membership rate of $60.

Needed: Ward Ride Leaders!

Be a voice for cycling in your community and lead a “Ward Ride” this Fall. As part of our election advocacy strategy, Cycle Hamilton is seeking a volunteer(s) from each of our city’s 15 wards to host a bike ride for local election candidates. These rides are meant to be…

Win a cycling prize with this year’s Fringe Festival!

🚨 CONTEST ALERT 🚨 There are so many great events happening as part of this year’s Hamilton Fringe Festival! Go green by biking to your #HamFringe events! 🚲 Snap…

2018 MPP Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

Cycle Hamilton is contacting all MPP Candidates for in the four Hamilton ridings in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. We will be posting responses on this page as the MPP Candidates provide their responses. Check back regularly for updates. Cycle Hamilton could not locate email addresses…

Bike to Work Day is Monday, May 28th!

Join hundreds of people on bikes for the 10th Annual Bike to Work Day at Hamilton City Hall on Monday, May 28th from 7 AM-9 AM! This fun-filled morning event is the kick-off to Bike Month in June. Come see great musical entertainment on theVeloStage, celebrate the Community in Motion…

Hamilton Council Supports Ask For Provincial Funding for Bike Infrastructure

Thanks to the support of Share the Road and Councillors Jason Farr, Matthew Green, and Sam Murulla, Cycle Hamilton was successful in our ask to Hamilton City Council to send a letter to the Province in support of an MTO budget line allocating $75 million annually to municipal biking infrastructure.

#CommutingWithCouncil Needs You!

Mayor Fred Eisenberger rode to school with 6-year-old Oliver Flood in attempt to understand the obstacles and dangers that our most vulnerable road users face every single day. The #CommutingWithCouncil initiative is led by local cycling advocate Tom Flood (@TomFlood1) with support from Oliver Viet (@OliverVeit). “This initiative…

Job Opportunities – 2018 Summer Internships

2018 Summer Internships Cycle Hamilton has applied for funding through the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs initiative to offer two summer internships for students.  Please note that all positions are dependent on our successful receipt of funding through the Canada Summer Jobs initiative. This year, we will be hiring…

Event: Monthly Meeting on April 30th

Want to hear about our recent work, share your perspective, or just meet other bike riders in the city? Join us on Monday April 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for our monthly meeting! See you then!…

Cycle Hamilton Annual General Meeting on March 26, 2018

Join Cycle Hamilton on March 26th for our 2018 Annual General Meeting! This is an opportunity for members of the Hamilton community to meet members of the CH team and learn about the advocacy work we are doing! We will provide some updates from the previous year and share plans…

Friendly Streets Toolkit Now Available

Friendly Streets Hamilton recently completed their toolkit for community engagement. The toolkit, which was prepared by Elise Desjardins and Beatrice Ekoko, includes 14 modules on topics such as traffic calming, cycle-friendly businesses, street vibrancy, and more! Read the full toolkit here!   Friendly Streets Hamilton…

Winter Cycling Safety Workshop on Feb. 7th

Not ready to brave the winter on two wheels? New Hope Community Bikes is hosting a Winter Cycling Safety Workshop to share some helpful tips for keeping yourself warm and your bike prepped for viking biking. You’ll learn the basics to keep yourself warm and your bike prepped for winter…

Event: Street Audit on Jan. 29, 2018

Join us on Monday, January 29th for a street audit in the Beasley neighbourhood. See poster below and Facebook event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/157063814946103/  …

Event: Cycle Hamilton monthly meeting on Jan. 29th

Join us on January 29th, 2018 for our monthly member’s meeting. Each month Cycle Hamilton hosts a general meeting that is open to all members. This is an opportunity for you to hear about the work Cycle Hamilton is currently engaged in, and provide your input on current initiatives. It’s…

2017

Event: Basic Bike Repair Course on Dec. 13th

New Hope Community Bikes is hosting another basic repair course on Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 6:00 – 9:00. For more information and to register, please click here.

Event: December Womens* Night Workshop on Dec. 5th

New Hope Community Bikes is hosting another women’s* workshop that is open to all Female Identified, Trans, Genderqueer, and Non-Binary people! This workshop will be taking place on December 5th from 6:00 – 9:00. For more information or to register, please click here.

Event: Freewheel’s 2017 Global Fat Bike Day Ride on Dec. 2nd

On Saturday, December 2nd Freewheel Cycle is hosting their annual Fat Bike Day Ride in celebration of Global Fat Bike Day! For more information on this event, please click here. Fat bikes are available for those who would like to participate but do not own a fat bike. Happy…

Official Petition for a National Cycle Strategy in Canada

An official petition for a National Cycling Strategy has been created. This petition to the Government of Canada was created to push for a cycling strategy that aligns all provinces. For more information, and to sign the petition, clink this link. Please consider sharing this link once you have…

Event: Friendly Streets Summit on Dec. 6th

Mark your calendars! The Friendly Streets Summit is coming up on December 6th at the Hamilton Public Library Central branch. See poster for details. Email friendlystreetshamilton@gmail.com for more information.

Recap of the Southwest Ontario Bike Summit

Cycle Hamilton members Kevin Love and Jay Krause recently attended the Southwest Ontario Bike Summit. Kevin wrote a piece for Raise the Hammer on his experience at the summit. Read Kevin’s piece here.

Event: Basic Bike Repair Course on Nov. 8

Want to learn how to do some basic repairs on your bike? Check out this upcoming event hosted by New Hope Community Bikes on November 8th! All event information can be found here: Basic Bike Repair Course, Nov. 8…

This is What Happens When You Don’t Protect Bike Lanes

Ryan McGreal recently wrote a piece for Raise the Hammer on some of the issues that arise with unprotected bike lanes. Read Ryan’s piece here.

October Newsletter Available Now

Cycle Hamilton’s October Newsletter is now available. Click here to catch up on some recent developments and a look at what’s coming up in November.

New Business Member Spotlight: Matias Rozenberg

We are thrilled to announce our newest Cycle Hamilton business partner, Matias Rozenberg! Matias has made it his life’s work to help people alleviate their pain and stress. Located downtown, 2 blocks from James St North and York St., Cycle Hamilton members receive a 10% discount on massage therapy treatments…

Event: Understanding Policy, Planning, & Design: Improving the Walking & Cycling Experience

Join us on November 1st at 6:30 for a presentation by Neluka Leanage on improving the walking and cycling experience. See poster below for more details!…

Event Details Confirmed: Bay St. Bike Lanes Launch

On October 27th, the new Bay Street bike lanes will officially launch. A launch event is planned to take place at City Hall, followed by a group ride on the lanes to the waterfront. Cycle Hamilton will be present at this event and will have an information table at the…

Event: Our Future Hamilton 2017 Annual Summit

Our Future Hamilton 2017 is coming up on Tuesday, November 14 at Liuna Station. See details below from Hamilton’s website. “On November 14, Our Future Hamilton will be hosting its annual summit at LIUNA Station. The theme of this free event will be “Shaping Democracy through Civic Engagement”. Hamiltonians…

Event: Traffic Calming 101 on Oct. 19, 2017

Friendly Streets Hamilton is hosting a traffic calming event on October 19th, 2017. See poster below. For more information, please contact friendlystreetshamilton@gmail.com  …

Event: Street Audit on November 2, 2017

Friendly Streets Hamilton is hosting a street audit event on November 2nd with a focus on businesses. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here: Street Audit with a Focus on Business.

Toronto’s Bloor bike lanes have positive economic impact, study finds

The results of a two-year study of Toronto’s Bloor bike lanes have been released. The study, conducted by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, reports that the Bloor bike lanes have had a positive economic impact on the city. For more information, and to read the full report, click here:…

Should Hamilton follow Vancouver’s lead?

Jason Leach recently wrote a piece for Raise the Hammer on cycling infrastructure in Vancouver and outlines changes that could be made to Hamilton’s bike lanes. Read Jason’s piece here.

Bay Street Bike Lane Launch Event

Councillor Jason Farr has announced on his Facebook page that there will be a launch event for the Bay Street Bike Lanes on October 27th at 11:00 am. Stay tuned for updates.

Announcing #PacManHam

  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…

12 reasons to attend Bike To Work Day

Bike To Work Day registration is now live! 12 reasons to attend Bike To Work Day!!! Bike To Work Day is fast approaching! How does this event impact you? We’ve gathered up the 12 best…

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…

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…

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…

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…

2016

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…

Cycling Advocacy Week for a Healthy, Safe, and Sustainable Cycling Culture

Why do you ride? I ride for a variety of reasons – mental health, physical health, for fun, to save money, and because it’s an easy and fun way to get around town. At Cycle Hamilton, we’ve been asking this question for the last few days as a…

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…

New Cycle Hamilton GIS Tracking Map

Alex Ricci, a post graduate student from Algonquin College, has generously created a GIS Issue Tracking Map for Cycle Hamilton. This application allows you to report issues in Hamilton with regards to cycling. Click here to view more information regarding the new GIS map…

Looking to Hamilton’s neighbours for cycling inspiration

Written by Erin Kennedy. Retrieved from Hamilton Spectator July 2016. ~ ~ Taking the scenic route is nice, but sometimes I just want the direct route home. Yes, I’m talking about cycling in the city of Hamilton, which has a few bright spots, but generally lacks connectivity and…

Beyond Shifting Gears

Article written by Erin Kennedy. Retrieved from Hamilton Spectator in June 2016. Taking the scenic route is nice, but sometimes I just want the direct route home. Yes, I’m talking about cycling in the City of Hamilton, which has a few bright spots, but generally lacks connectivity and has historically…

Women on Wheels

Article written by Lynda Lukasik. Retrieved from Hamilton Spectator May 2016. I’m a woman and I ride a bike.  And I don’t just stick to the recreational trails and quiet side streets.  I’m a commuter cyclist with a daily ride that amounts to just over 20 kms round trip.  I’ve made…

Cyclists vs. Drivers: Who Pays their Fair Share?

Article written by Matt Pinder. Retrieved from Hamilton Spectator April 2016. “Freeloader!” the driver yells out his window as he blows past the cyclist. After paying thousands of dollars a year in license fees, parking fees, and gas taxes for the right to drive, he wonders: “how is it fair that…

Active transport in Hamilton: We deserve safer options in 2016

Hamilton Spectator article by Cycle Hamilton’s Advocacy/Communications Chair Benita van Miltenburg  Retrieved From February 2016. As both a Hamiltonian and a bicycle user, I was deeply troubled by the recent death of Jay Keddy. Keddy was a well-prepared and thoroughly practised cyclist, properly equipped…

Let’s start taking cycling seriously

Matt Pinder, Co-Chair, Cycle Hamilton Advocacy Committee Have you ever cycled on Hamilton’s streets? If not, then you likely only know cycling in Hamilton as it appears from behind the wheel of an automobile. From this perspective, surrounded by airbags and a giant steel…

Wheels of Fortune–How cycling can pay dividends to all Hamiltonians

Article written by Matt Pinder. Retrieved from Hamilton Spectator February 2016. Have you ever cycled on Hamilton’s streets? If not, then you likely only know cycling in Hamilton as it appears from behind the wheel of an automobile. From this perspective, surrounded by airbags and a giant steel cage, many…

City must commit to safer roads

One tragic day this month, Jay Keddy set off for his daily commute home from Prince of Wales school on Melrose Avenue North to the west end of the Hamilton Mountain. He never arrived. Jay Keddy was killed doing something that most of us don’t think twice about…

2015

Cycle Hamilton Planning Workshop November 11: Creating a Unified Voice for Cyclists

Launched in October, Cycle Hamilton aims to increase the amount of safe, confident, and knowledgeable cyclists in Hamilton by promoting better infrastructure and developing partnerships with organizations, community groups, and citizens. To work toward this long-term goal, Cycle Hamilton has set the following goals for 2016: Structure: Cycle Hamilton…

PRESS RELEASE – Join Cycle Hamilton to support a Unified Voice for Cyclists

Launched in October 2015, Cycle Hamilton aims to increase the amount of safe, confident, and knowledgeable cyclists in Hamilton by promoting better infrastructure and developing partnerships with organizations, community groups, and citizens.  To work towards this long-term goal, Cycle Hamilton has set the following goals for 2015-2016: Structure: Cycle…

2015

Launching #HammerKart: Celebrating Our Cycling Infrastructure!

As part of 100in1 day, Cycle Hamilton is staging #HammerKart – an intervention to call awareness to our current strengths and deficiencies in our bicycle infrastructure to get people talking about cycling and to promote the value of fun in riding one’s bicycle. Why #HammerKart? In recent years…

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