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Dave Heidebrecht is the Manager of McMaster University’s Office of Community Engagement.
McMaster University Seeks Community Campus Partnerships - Whether you want to partner on a research project, host a student placement, or identify volunteer opportunities, we'd love to hear from you and have you join us to co-develop ideas and strategies for improving our community. Published May 01, 2017 in Events
Bay Street LRT Station: An Active Transportation Hub - Metrolinx would likely look favourably on a proposal to better integrate the LRT with cycling infrastructure that has been Metrolinx-funded. Published February 21, 2017 in Special Report: Light Rail
Cycling Advocacy Week for a Healthy, Safe, and Sustainable Cycling Culture - Why is there a need for Cycling Advocacy Week? Because we can, and we must, do better. Published November 07, 2016 in Special Report: Cycling
Petition to Include Bike Lanes in Sydenham Road Plan - A municipal traffic calming plan for Sydenham Road neglects to include the cycling infrastructure that was specified for this important cycling route in the city's own Cycling Master Plan. Published October 13, 2016 in Special Report: Cycling
Cycle Hamilton Planning Workshop November 11: Creating a Unified Voice for Cyclists - This workshop will be an opportunity to voice your opinions and ideas on what Hamilton needs to do to become a better city for cyclists and what Cycle Hamilton should do to make that change happen. Published November 03, 2015 in Events
McMaster Launches Big Ideas, Better Cities Series - Big Ideas, Better Cities is a year-long series of public events featuring renowned McMaster and international experts exploring ways to build smart, healthy, creative cities. Published September 08, 2015 in Events
A Conversation About McMaster’s Role in the Hamilton Community - I look forward to sharing thoughts from a small sample of the many creative, forward-thinking voices in our community on how we can build on the momentum of Patrick Deane’s Forward With Integrity vision. Published March 25, 2014 in Feature
Hamilton's Sustainability Potential: Taking the Leap - Hamilton is on an "impressive trajectory" to develop into an urban hub of modern sustainability, but must first get beyond "a lot of inertia" that still exists in the city. Published January 27, 2014 in Commentary
Hamilton's Bike Share: A Bike Parking Opportunity - This project is a perfect opportunity to address gaps in bike parking while planning and building for bike share infrastructure. Published December 27, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling
Climate Change Action Month: Get Involved! - Climate Change Action Month is an opportunity to learn about some of the small but important steps that individuals and organizations can take to address the complex challenge that is climate change. Published October 23, 2013 in Special Report: Climate Change
Hamilton's Bike Parking Gaps: An Opportunity for Change - Hamilton is ripe for an expansion of our current infrastructure, and several examples already in place could serve as a launching point for future implementation. Published October 03, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling
Addressing Hamilton's Bike Parking Deficit - How good is our bike parking infrastructure? Could addressing this challenge help encourage people to bike more and drive less? Published September 27, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling
A Yes We Cannon Victory is a Victory for Us All - Last week at Hamilton City Hall, an amazing thing happened. Our elected officials unanimously approved a forward-thinking, community-building, grassroots idea: protected two-way bike lanes on Cannon Street. Published September 13, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling
Two-Way Study Group Audits Queen Street - As the City continues to move forward in exploring how to address transportation planning, this participatory approach may be of great help to a Council looking to engage more directly with its citizens. Published April 10, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets
Regional Transportation Planning Needs Real Leadership - Focusing the dialogue on the increasing economic costs of our current system is one way to frame the issue in a way that hits home with everyone's bottom line-their pocketbook. Published March 19, 2013 in Special Report
Hamilton's Transportation Dilemma: A Two-Wheeled Winter Perspective - Sustainable transportation infrastructure is not a scheme to raise taxes and divide our city, but a plan to address a major gap without which our city will fall behind in livability and competitiveness. Published February 27, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling
The Silver Linings of a PR Fiasco - In the wake of the Our Voice, Our Hamilton debacle, silver linings are already starting to show. We've seen the power of social media wake up an entire city to demand better from our representatives. Published January 10, 2013 in Media
Sound the Alarm: Council Set to Engage on Complete Streets - As a dialogue on two-way conversions grows alongside similar dialogues on downtown renewal, economic prosperity, and municipal and regional transportation, the more citizens that truly engage in these issues, the better. Published December 06, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets
Pipeline Politics and Canada's Petro-State Reality - Without a public conversation, resource wealth will continue to go into the pockets of foreign companies, leaving a major environmental and economic quagmire to future generations of Canadians. Published December 04, 2012 in Feature
Transportation and a Healthy Hamilton: A Growing Community Dialogue - When communities attempt to engage with decision-makers on the importance of complete streets, it is crucial to frame the argument within the context of larger policy issues. Published November 27, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets
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