Friday, October 27 marks the official opening of the bike lanes on Bay St! This route will connect Aberdeen Avenue to the Cannon St. cycle track and the Waterfront. The bike lane is physically separated by rubber curbing and knock-down bollards between Hunter St. and Cannon St., which will increase the safety and enjoyableness of this route for all riders. While physically separated, the bike lanes could see
Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Eleanor McMahon, shared about the provincial government’s commitment to investing in cycling infrastructure and supporting policies that will make it safer for people on bikes. She highlighted that bike infrastructure is key to healthy, connected, and productive communities.
According to recent findings, millennials drive 40% less than other generations. Making downtown cores as walkable and bikeable as possible will be crucial to attracting more people to live, and spend more time, in urban areas.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Ward 2 City Councillor Jason Farr, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, and MPP Ted McMeekin cut the red ribbon before the group ride took off towards the Waterfront.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we saw this many riders each day in bike lanes across Hamilton? What a vision. We all need to work together to make that vision a reality. It’s very exciting to see Hamilton invest in infrastructure that makes it safe for all road users to get around.
For a comprehensive block-by-block preview of the bike lanes, please read Ryan McGreal’s piece on Raise the Hammer.