Smooth ride for Hamilton’s Bike to Work Day

News May 30, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton councillor Jason Farr and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis rode a SoBi bike to downtown Hamilton.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green, and Stoney Creek councillor Maria Pearson cycled from the east end of Hamilton and Stoney Creek respectively on their own bikes.

They all joined over 700 people at Hamilton’s eighth annual Bike to Work Day at City Hall that kicked off a month of events and activities to promote cycling in the city.

“This is great,” said Farr, “It’s all to promote how the bike culture is growing in the city.”

Peter Topalovic, project manager for the city’s transportation division, said the first event in 2008 attracted about 55 people. In 2014, about 350 people turned out to Gore Park for the celebrations. This year, he estimated over 700 people rode their bikes to Hamilton City Hall and received a free t-shirt, and complimentary refreshments. It's the first time the event has been held at City Hall.

He expects about 1,000 people from Hamilton will sign up for the city’s Smart Commute challenge, almost double from last year.

What makes it even more exciting is most of them are first-time cyclists, he said.

“Cycling is coming into its own,” he said.

Topalovic said Hamilton’s cycling community has made the SoBi bike program a runaway success.  There are about 9,000 active members since it launched about two years ago. About 11,000 people have at least tried the bikes, which are located at 115 hubs within the downtown, Dundas and at Mohawk College, for about 200,000 trips.

Farr said he is giving up his own bike to use one of the distinctive SoBi bike.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who wants to create even more bike lanes in the city, said the success of SoBi means “this is an active and mobile community.”

Farr said more bike lanes are being planned in the city including for Bay Street and the Herkimer Street bike lane expansion is expected to be completed.  Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced $295,000 in funding for the Bay Street bike lanes in April. The city still has to approve to provide matching funds.

Farr promotes bike expansion in his Ward 2 area, but he is also pushed by a dedicated cycling enthusiasts. He acknowledges Hamilton’s downtown area has an expanding bike culture, unlike in the suburban areas. Farr said Mountain councillors Terry Whitehead and Donna Skelly are working to promote cycling within their wards, for instance.

“They are trying to encourage it,” he said. “But you need a community that wants to cycle.”

Other bike events scheduled in June include the Ride for the Masses June 4 starting at Victoria Park; June 19 on James Street North, and Hamilton Glowriders June 25. Check out the website bikemonth.ca for more information.

 

Smooth ride for Hamilton’s Bike to Work Day

News May 30, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton councillor Jason Farr and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis rode a SoBi bike to downtown Hamilton.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green, and Stoney Creek councillor Maria Pearson cycled from the east end of Hamilton and Stoney Creek respectively on their own bikes.

They all joined over 700 people at Hamilton’s eighth annual Bike to Work Day at City Hall that kicked off a month of events and activities to promote cycling in the city.

“This is great,” said Farr, “It’s all to promote how the bike culture is growing in the city.”

Peter Topalovic, project manager for the city’s transportation division, said the first event in 2008 attracted about 55 people. In 2014, about 350 people turned out to Gore Park for the celebrations. This year, he estimated over 700 people rode their bikes to Hamilton City Hall and received a free t-shirt, and complimentary refreshments. It's the first time the event has been held at City Hall.

He expects about 1,000 people from Hamilton will sign up for the city’s Smart Commute challenge, almost double from last year.

What makes it even more exciting is most of them are first-time cyclists, he said.

“Cycling is coming into its own,” he said.

Topalovic said Hamilton’s cycling community has made the SoBi bike program a runaway success.  There are about 9,000 active members since it launched about two years ago. About 11,000 people have at least tried the bikes, which are located at 115 hubs within the downtown, Dundas and at Mohawk College, for about 200,000 trips.

Farr said he is giving up his own bike to use one of the distinctive SoBi bike.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who wants to create even more bike lanes in the city, said the success of SoBi means “this is an active and mobile community.”

Farr said more bike lanes are being planned in the city including for Bay Street and the Herkimer Street bike lane expansion is expected to be completed.  Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced $295,000 in funding for the Bay Street bike lanes in April. The city still has to approve to provide matching funds.

Farr promotes bike expansion in his Ward 2 area, but he is also pushed by a dedicated cycling enthusiasts. He acknowledges Hamilton’s downtown area has an expanding bike culture, unlike in the suburban areas. Farr said Mountain councillors Terry Whitehead and Donna Skelly are working to promote cycling within their wards, for instance.

“They are trying to encourage it,” he said. “But you need a community that wants to cycle.”

Other bike events scheduled in June include the Ride for the Masses June 4 starting at Victoria Park; June 19 on James Street North, and Hamilton Glowriders June 25. Check out the website bikemonth.ca for more information.

 

Smooth ride for Hamilton’s Bike to Work Day

News May 30, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton councillor Jason Farr and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis rode a SoBi bike to downtown Hamilton.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green, and Stoney Creek councillor Maria Pearson cycled from the east end of Hamilton and Stoney Creek respectively on their own bikes.

They all joined over 700 people at Hamilton’s eighth annual Bike to Work Day at City Hall that kicked off a month of events and activities to promote cycling in the city.

“This is great,” said Farr, “It’s all to promote how the bike culture is growing in the city.”

Peter Topalovic, project manager for the city’s transportation division, said the first event in 2008 attracted about 55 people. In 2014, about 350 people turned out to Gore Park for the celebrations. This year, he estimated over 700 people rode their bikes to Hamilton City Hall and received a free t-shirt, and complimentary refreshments. It's the first time the event has been held at City Hall.

He expects about 1,000 people from Hamilton will sign up for the city’s Smart Commute challenge, almost double from last year.

What makes it even more exciting is most of them are first-time cyclists, he said.

“Cycling is coming into its own,” he said.

Topalovic said Hamilton’s cycling community has made the SoBi bike program a runaway success.  There are about 9,000 active members since it launched about two years ago. About 11,000 people have at least tried the bikes, which are located at 115 hubs within the downtown, Dundas and at Mohawk College, for about 200,000 trips.

Farr said he is giving up his own bike to use one of the distinctive SoBi bike.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who wants to create even more bike lanes in the city, said the success of SoBi means “this is an active and mobile community.”

Farr said more bike lanes are being planned in the city including for Bay Street and the Herkimer Street bike lane expansion is expected to be completed.  Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced $295,000 in funding for the Bay Street bike lanes in April. The city still has to approve to provide matching funds.

Farr promotes bike expansion in his Ward 2 area, but he is also pushed by a dedicated cycling enthusiasts. He acknowledges Hamilton’s downtown area has an expanding bike culture, unlike in the suburban areas. Farr said Mountain councillors Terry Whitehead and Donna Skelly are working to promote cycling within their wards, for instance.

“They are trying to encourage it,” he said. “But you need a community that wants to cycle.”

Other bike events scheduled in June include the Ride for the Masses June 4 starting at Victoria Park; June 19 on James Street North, and Hamilton Glowriders June 25. Check out the website bikemonth.ca for more information.