HamOnt Cycling Research Forum

Thursday Jun 17th 7:00pm – 8:00pm


More and more people are choosing to bike in Hamilton. With a growing network of cycling facilities and a public bicycle share program, Hamilton is an ideal place to study how bicyclists travel in a mid-sized city and to examine their behaviours and experiences on both personal and shared bicycles. Such local research ​can inform program, policy, and intervention decisions that support more people of all ages and abilities in cycling.

Elise Desjardins (PhD student) and Raj Ubhi (Master’s student) from the School of Earth, Environment & Society at McMaster University will be presenting the findings and policy implications of their recent research on cycling.

  • Raj Ubhi — Are Dominant Routes the Least Stressful Routes? An Investigation of Hamilton Bike Share using Web Land Trajectory Service
  • Elise Desjardins — Exploring the Influence of the Built Environment on the Route Choice of Regular Bicyclists in Hamilton

Join this free virtual event held on Zoom to learn more about recent research on cycling in Hamilton and to ask questions to the panel.



Our favourite time of the year is here again! This year’s Bike Day celebration is happening on Monday May 31st

While we cannot gather in-person at City Hall, Smart Commute Hamilton and its community partners (including Environment Hamilton) will be holding several virtual events, including ride and seek, workshops and information sessions throughout June. Check out our calendar for details and feel free to add your own Bike Month event!

Please register for your chance to win 1 of 3 prize packs, which includes a $100 VISA gift card and a 2021 Bike Month t-shirt. 

To learn more about our prize packs, events and/or to see information on cycling routes visit hamilton.ca/bikemonth.


Join the UN Global Road Safety Week campaign!

Streets for Life #Love30

May 17-23 marks the United Nation’s 6th Global Road Safety Week.

This year they are calling on policymakers to act for low speed streets worldwide, limiting speeds to 30 km/h (20 mph) where people walk, live and play.

Low speed streets save lives and are the heart of any community. 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits where people and traffic mix make for streets that are healthy, green and livable, in other words, streets for life.

Find out more here.


Sign up now at http://bikeformike.org/


At Bike for Mike our mission is to help make Hamilton a more cycle-friendly city by creating and empowering a new generation of bike riders. By providing children and families across Hamilton with bicycles we hope to inspire a new group of ambassadors that will work together with the ever growing cycling community to show [them] the way. To show kids of all ages the joys of riding a bike. To show parents that cycling is the way to a better quality of life. To show Hamilton that car dependency is not a foregone conclusion. And to show our city that the cycling community is continuing to grow and will not rest until we have safer streets for riders of all ages.


  1. Increase awareness of the joy and benefits of cycling
  2. Increase the number of active cyclists
  3. Raise funds and advocate for safe infrastructure so that 100% of children who are able will cycle or walk to school each day.

Where to now?

We have seen many new cyclists on the trails and roads this spring. We were planning a group ride for bike month (was June). We hope that in September we can once again find a way to ride safely as a group. (Funny how the notion of riding safely has a whole new meaning.)

Meanwhile enjoy the summer and ride well. Please remember that when you are on the trail that one should ring a bell, say loudly: ‘on your left’ as you pass. Pedestrians and their pets can be startled by a high speed bike flashing by and may act erratically in surprise causing an accident. Remember how it feels to have a dump truck flash past you at close quarters and be kind to the pedestrians you meet.

Monthly Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday March 5th at 7:30pm at

Salvation Army –

150 King St W. Dundas

Please note change of location

We will continue our planning a gala bike ride for the spring. Hoping to add a bike race or two.


1. Update from Meeting with Arlene and meeting with Cycle Hamilton and City Planner – Jessie

2. Updates from Hamilton Cycling Committee including about Hwy 8 – Wm and Cora

3. Future Direction of Dundas Rides (priorities and group organization) – group discussion

4. Responsibilities related to incorporation – Wm

5. Updates regarding the June 6th event – Jessie

6. Updates regarding the Green Venture Garden tour – Jessie

7. Other