Hamilton Bike Share Launches the Founding Membership Campaign

BikesWhile the 750 bikeshare bikes are scheduled to be rolling in early summer, there is an exclusive opporutnity to buy a membership today.  A founding membership gets you an extra 30 minutes of cycling per day, a t-shirt designed by Matt Jelly and the opportunity to name a bike. For more information on buying a membership and to view the map as to where stations will be located near you go to www.hamiltonbikeshare.ca

Participants needed for Neighbourhood Study
McMaster is seeking volunteers to help determine what makes a neighbourhood vibrant, as part of the Expressing Vibrancy project led by non-profit organization CoBALT Connects.
Through participation in an audience session at McMaster’s unique LIVE Lab, volunteers will be asked to view images and videos of neighbourhoods, and provide their responses on distributed tablets. A portion of participants who take part will have their brain waves, heart rate, and breathing rate measured.
This opportunity requires a one-time commitment of about 2.5 hours. High school students participating in a session may count two hours towards their required volunteer hours. Participants must be over the age of 13 and residents of Hamilton. The cost of on-campus parking for participants travelling by car or bus fare will be provided.
Be part of this unique look into Hamilton’s neighbourhoods by volunteering for one of the audience sessions:
  • Tuesday, May 20th – 10am
  • Wednesday, May 21st  – 7pm
  • Thursday, May 22nd – 1pm
  • Thursday, May 22nd – 7pm
  • Friday, May 23rd – 11am
  • Saturday, May 24th – 11am
For more information and to sign up to a shift, please contact us at:

LRT Debate continues to heat up with new information and the provincial and municipal elections looming
wp7cae0155_06Recently the Liberals have re-promised to provide “100% capital funding” to build a rapid transit system in Hamilton. While this is encourage, it has not always been clear what 100% funding means and whether it would be for a Bus Rapid Transit System or a Light Rail Transit System. A presentation to Council on BRT showed that it could be successful, however there is still doubt that BRT will have the benefits of LRT.

Parking Issues in the Durand
Prevailing literature and trends in sustainable land use advocate for parking standards that are below one parking space per unit in dense urban areas. In the most dense areas there are sometimes no parking requirements at all. Is Hamilton’s downtwown core ready to reduce its reliance on auto use and shift to a more healthy lifestyle based on a heavier reliance on walking, cycling, transit, carsharing and bikesharing? It would seem that while we are moving in the right direction there have been some parking issues at some downtown developments.
However, as the Durand promotes sustainable land use, mixed use developments and density as important ways for a City to develop, we should continue to work towards a less car reliant lifestyle, and successful parking management is part of this solution.