The goal of the annual Mike ride is to provide a bicycle to every child in Hamilton.
By Ryan McGreal
Published April 30, 2012
Started by the family of Mike Chamberlain, an avid cyclist who died on May 29, 2010, Bike for Mike seeks to realize Mike's dream of making Hamilton a more bicycle-friendly city.
As Mark Chambelain, Mike's father and a principal Bike for Mike organizer, explains, "our goal is to provide bikes to kids in Hamilton who can't afford them - ultimately a goal of a bike for every child."
To do that, the organizers "pick a couple of schools each year and provide [a bike to] every kid in the school - and their parents if desired - so that the entire community gets behind active transportation."
By increasing awareness of, and access to, bicycles and cycling, the campaign hopes to "move the entire community around the school to a 'complete streets' approach." Exposing more children to bicycles is a long-range investment in establishing communities that support complete streets and can help move the city as a whole in that direction.
The Mike Ride starts at Bayfront Park, near Bay Street North and Strachan Street West. The registration fee is $50 for adults age 17 and up, and $10 for riders age 16 and under (such riders must be accompanied by an adult).
There are three rides:
The organizers advise bringing appropriate clothing (layers, bright colours and reflective gear), water, sunglasses and sunscreen along with your bike. Note that all participants must wear a helmet.
You can register online for the event. In addition to the registration fee, the organizers ask you to commit to raising an additional sponsorship to help support the campaign.