It would appear than an active blogger I am not. To all the diligent and active bloggers out there I commend your dedication and hard work.
A lot has been happening around Hamilton and GTA since my last posting as bike month has wrapped up. Focusing on Hamilton, there was Bike to Work day (which experienced a record turn out), Clean Air Commute Week (http://www.cleanaircommute.ca/) including the Transportation and Healthy Living Fair displaying numerous vendors promoting sustainability in the City, the Steel City Bike Festival (http://steelcitybikefest.tumblr.com/) run by New Hope Bike Co-op (http://www.newhopebikecoop.ca/), Bike for Mike (http://www.bikeformike.org/) this 2nd annual event was highly successful and I expect it to grow steadily in each year, and of course the Open Streets Hamilton event (http://openstreetshamilton.ca/) that was held last Sunday with great success as well. Although it is worth mentioning that Open Streets Hamilton is much more then an event, it is movement that is expressed through an organized event, but the group stands for much more.
In light of all of the great things happening in this City, I thought to myself how can I help? Blogging is nice, Twitter and Facebook are all fine but that only impacts a few. So rather than initiate something new, I’m looking into perhaps creating some iBikeHamilton merchandise, whereby all the profits can be donated back to the community, specifically Bike for Mike and Open Streets.
Regardless of the dollar amount raised, the thought is there. Details on items will be available soon so everyone in the City can one day say I Bike Hamilton.
As you may or may not have heard, the good folks who brought your WalkScore (http://www.walkscore.com) have created and released BikeScore. As this is a new
As their website states, the goal of BikeScore is to provide an easy way to evaluate bikeability at a specific location similar to Walk Score and Transit Score. However, Bike Score uses measures based on four equally weighted components identified below and provides a scale of bikeability from 0-100:
Destinations and road connectivity
Bike commuting mode share
As I don’t dispute the use of these four components, I do feel that an injustice may be had for Hamilton when our community is assessed especially in terms of the “hilliness”. Although on-road infrastructure is very limited along the Mountain Accesses, we do benefit greatly from having bike-friendly stairs and a trail systems that traverses the City. In fact, I think Hamilton is fairly bikeable considering what many may think is a huge barrier to the bicycle in the City. Time will tell, but for like minded people out there I caution any rash criticisims when referring to these metrics. They do give indicators and like any thing else new to the scene, there are opportunities to improve.
The Bike Score methodology is based on thousands of votes on hundreds of ideas from the Walk Score community. Below is the range of scores relating to bikeability according to BikeScore.
Biker’s Paradise Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike.
Very Bikeable Biking is convenient for most trips.
Bikeable Some bike infrastructure.
Somewhat Bikeable Minimal bike infrastructure.
For more information of their methodology check out the link below.
It’s that time of year again where the municipalities across Canada and the United States promote cycling to work as an alternative commuting option. Some municipalities integrate it into a month, others a week, and most into just a day. (Factoid: The concept was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956) The ultimates goal (of this many other enlightened/converts) is to encourage the culture of cycling into everyday living.
Join other Hamiltonians in the “Bike-In” on Monday, May 28, 2012
This year event in Hamilton includes:
A central Welcome Reception in Gore Park for riders in the downtown area;
“Bike-In’s” from across the city to Gore Park, led be experienced local riders;
A number of great prizes and giveaways for participants, including a regional grand prize!
Registration (which will open shortly) for the event is led by the always progressive work of SmartCommute Hamilton.
Thanks for checking out this new blog! I hope at times it will be insightful, engaging, controversial, but if nothing else informative. Although the name of the blog is iBikeHamilton, all forms of active transportation will be discussed and promoted….afterall, we have all been walking since evolution but only driving since circa the early 1890s…this blog is not anti-car…it is pro-innovation, integration and motivation.