Great Places to Ride: Hamilton

Published May 27, 2018 12:49

We are excited to announce our Great Places to Ride Series as we countdown to 2018 Bike Month across the GTHA and Guelph. These weekly features will give you a host of ideas on where to ride in your community. Whether you cycle to work, ride the trails on the weekend, or simply bike to get around town, we hope you’ll discover something new!

For this week's installment, we're featuring two of Hamilton's newest and best cycling facilities: the Waterfront Trail (at Bayfront Park) and Bay Street.

All photographs: Nicholas Jones

Waterfront Trail (at Bayfront Park)

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The Waterfront Trail follows Hamilton Harbour from Princess Point (Cootes Paradise) through Bayfront Park, Pier 4 Park, the Discovery Centre and on to HMCS Haida. You'll also find Williams Coffee Pub, a Waterfront Ice Cream stand and the Hamilton Harbour Queen Cruises nearby.

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At Cootes Paradise there is an impressive staircase with a cycling trough leading to Dundurn Park and some amazing lookouts. From here you can connect to Burlington via York Street. Note that you'll need to be careful and proceed slowly when crossing the ramp from the 403.

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Bay Street at York Boulevard (south-west corner)

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Bay Street is a brand new piece of infrastructure, launched in October 2017 to provide a North-South connector from Aberdeen Avenue to Stuart Street and connecting to the Waterfront Trail.

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The new lanes are a two-way cycle track. At this location the lanes are two-way on a one way street.

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York Boulevard brings in cyclists from Burlington and the West end of the City right downtown to various destinations like the central library, farmers’ market and James Street North.

Get ready to ride during Bike Month in Hamilton!

  •  Find a host of events in Hamilton throughout Bike Month.

Ride and win!

There are three easy ways to enter:
  • Ride your bike to school or work on May 28,
  • Participate in an official Bike to Work Day event,or 
  • Join any Bike Month event on the calendar.

Once you register, get bonus entries in two ways: log a cycling trip on the Smart Commute tool, or recruit a friend through email/social media using a unique link we provide to your referral page. Contest closes June 4, 2018.

Where do you ride?

Let us know where you’re riding by tagging us on Twitter @BikeMonth and Facebook @Bike Month, and/or using #BikeMonth across social media platforms.

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About Bike Month

Bike Month 2018 kicks off on Monday, May 28 and continues until the end of June with hundreds of interesting and fun things to do, including rides, guided bike tours, festivals, art shows, film screenings, and so much more.

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Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.

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