I realize most of the I Cycle Hamilton action has been happening on facebook, and by extension, twitter for far too long. Why an actual blog update now? Well, at a fundraising event for Open Streets Hamilton, a recently incorporated non-profit organization promoting active transportation, safe streets and livable cities initiatives of which I am happy to be a founding director, I met a lovely local singer who also cycle commutes. I've invited her to introduce herself via a submision to the Who Cycles Hamilton section of this website, so I won't say at this point who it is.
There are also other things underway, cycling-related, including an initiative still on the musician theme. A few of us, including the lovely cycling family that not so long ago toured to South America and back by bike, Reuben and Heidi Vanderkwaak, are working on creating a musical stage. That is one of the items we are working on, and possibly the first and regular event of its kind in this city, where one of my 6 foot bicycle trailers (via THAATDelivery) moves about James St. N. during art crawl with live musical performances; that is, musicians will be sitting quite comfortable on the trailer, performing as we move about. That will hopefully begin, weather cooperating, during the January artcrawl.
There are ever more Hamiltonians cycling, not only during the warm months, but still and possibly throughout the year! I see you out on the streets and you make me proud (except when you blow through red lights, ride on the sidewalk or the wrong way on a one-way street :-(). But seriously, I see a lot more of you riding, and that makes me happy. That is the way forward!
So please do submit your story to Who Cycles Hamilton to inspire yet more folks to ride their bikes for transportation and leisure, or even sport, and help make a healthier community, safer city, and healthier environment. And you'll save money, too. Going car-lite, or even car-free, if possible, is so liberating!
Stay tuned for more! I really do intend to post here more regularly, and for those times I'm too busy with my business and all the other local initiatives with which I've become involved, I would love to have guest posts and pictures also. Cheers!