Bike to Work Day a Big Success

Bike to Work Day 2012 was an unequivocal success.  150 people took time out of their morning to visit us in Gore Park for a snack and prizes.  400 people registered online through Smart Commute and have a chance to win some more great prizes (and if you rode but didn’t register, hurry up cause registration is open until Friday!).  Overall Hamilton had its biggest Bike to Work Day yet and it couldn’t have happened without the support and participation from businesses and organizations in the downtown core and beyond.

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Councillors Jason Farr and Brian McHattie offered some words on the progress of cycling infrastructure in the city and in their wards particularly.  We are lucky to have two city councillors in the heart of Hamilton who understand the importance of cycling and are committed to improving our cycling network.

Bike for Mike have been a great partner with a wonderful vision for getting a bike in the hands of every child in Hamilton.  We hope that our cross-promotional efforts result in greater awareness of Bike for Mike and Bike to Work Day.

Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP were the first downtown office to step up and commit to participating in Bike to Work Day.  Michael Bordin did a masterful job motivating his firm and we were thrilled to meet him and his colleagues in Gore Park on Monday.

Evans Philp LLP were a great addition to Bike to Work Day.  Eric Nanayakkara went above and beyond by distributing Bike to Work Day information to his co-workers and to other downtown organizations.  Thanks to the “Lawyers on Wheels” for coming down and being so enthusiastic!

Kitestring Creative came aboard and became a wonderful social media presence for Bike to Work Day, especially during the Gore Park reception.  Josh Gordon has worked with us in the past and we were delighted to have him and his colleagues participate on Monday.

James Beltrame from First Canadian Title stepped up to rally his co-workers for Bike to Work Day.  Many thanks to him for his efforts on Monday.

Homegrown Hamilton provided delicious muffins and coffee for all of us to re-fuel.  Thanks as well to the YWCA for coming out on Monday morning to promote their upcoming Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, another unbelievable event that is coming up on June 24th (during Open Streets Hamilton).  We love spreading the word about great things happening in Hamilton.

We were fortunate to receive prize donations from some fantastic partners: Hamilton Conservation Authority, Phoenix Fitness, Runner’s Den, London Tap House, YWCA and Smart Commute Hamilton.  Special thanks to Andrew from New Hope Bike Coop for bringing his mobile bike repair stand to Gore Park!  Also a big shout out to Jackie Vandinther who was the face of the Hamilton Bike to Work Day poster and was an awesome spokesperson and booster of the day.

Finally, a big thanks to the City of Hamilton, Smart Commute Hamilton and all of their partners for being leaders and ambassadors of active transportation in this city.  This year was the most successful Bike to Work Day in history and it wouldn’t happen without your ongoing work and dedication.

Make every day Bike to Work Day, and we hope to see you all at the Transportation and Healthy Living Fair coming up on June 21st!

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