On September 22, try a smarter, healthier commute and celebrate International Car Free Day with the City of Hamilton at two special events.
The Transportation and Healthy Living Fall Fair brings together individuals and organizations working in our community to support healthy lifestyles and sustainable travel modes like walking, cycling and transit. Featured exhibitors include New Hope Bike Coop, GoodLife Fitness, Hamilton CarShare, YWCA and the Hamilton Street Railway. Located downtown in Gore Park, at King and James Streets, the Fair is open September 22 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and admission is free.
Bike to Work Day encourages those with access to a bicycle to pledge their trip online and cycle for their morning commute to school or work on September 22. Cyclists may join one of fifteen organized group rides that depart throughout the city between 6:30 am and 7:45. Seasoned group ride leaders will build confidence of less experienced cyclists and all group rides will converge at Gore Park at 7:45 am where cyclists can refuel on snacks, celebrate and win a prize before heading off to their final destination.
Rising gas prices and sedentary lifestyles harm our health and our pocketbooks but still more than 70% of vehicle trips in Hamilton are made in single occupancy vehicles. Given that 36% of Canadian commutes are less than 5 km, a distance that the average person can cycle in 20 minutes, adding cycling into our daily routine is good for us and can be cheap and easy.
These events are initiatives of the City of Hamilton Public Works department and strive to encourage sustainable commuting choices. See http://smartcommutehamilton.ca/en/events/biketoworkday-route-regisration for Bike to Work Day information and http://smartcommutehamilton.ca/en/events/transportation-healthy-living-fair-2011 for the Fair.
Posted by Ryan