Welcome to the Everyone Rides Initiative!

The Everyone Rides Initiative acknowledges that our office and programming are on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Anishinaabe Nation, and within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement. We respect the Indigenous people who continue to live on this land, and recognize our responsibility to create peace and only take what we need, in accordance with the agreement.

The Everyone Rides Initiative (ERI) is committed to equity in cycling and removes the barriers that prevent people from accessing bikes and cycling as an option for transportation and fun!

Our mission is to identify and remove the barriers that prevent Hamilton residents from accessing bikes and cycling. We value EQUITY, FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE, INCLUSIVITY, EMPOWERMENT and CYCLING!

 

 

Do you want to use bike share but can't afford a membership? We can help! 

  

The Everyone Rides Initiative provides subsidized memberships to individuals who identify that they are in financial need of one. 

Each new rider must complete a Bike Share Basics intro session with our Equity Coordinator. This is a short training session that teaches you about how bike share works and how your subsidized membership should be managed. 

Each eligible rider can asses a Pedal Pass which is $3/3 months. This pass is valid for 1 year, provides you with 3 hours of ride time per day and access to bikes at any time. Riders can also earn ride credits towards their account which helps to ease the financial burden moving forward. 

To review more about the rules of SoBi, cycling safety and how a Pedal Pass works, go to our ERI Toolkit for more detailed information. 

You can contact us directly to arrange a time that is convenient for you at 289-768-BIKE ext 2, or sign up by clicking the button below. 

Sign-up for a Pedal Pass

 

 

 

 

**Please note that during COVID-19 our office is closed, you can reach us by phone at 289-768-2453 Ext 2 or by email at everyonerides@hamiltonbikeshare.ca. We are also still providing subsidized access to bike share for individuals in need. Contact us if you are in need of affordable transportation, see additional information below. Thank you and Ride Safe!

To learn more about how to stay safe while using bike share, click here.


  • From the blog

    Traditional Trails Combines History and Exercise to Educate Winnipeg Cyclists

    When Justin Larrivee and Adrian Alphonso first brought up the idea of an Indigenous- centered trail ride in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they were unsure of the response they would receive. 

    They didn’t have to wonder for long: the duo’s first ride, centered around Winnipeg’s historical murals, monuments, and trails, drew over 20 people on the very first Traditional Trails ride in 2018. Cyclists looked on attentively as Alphonso and Larrivee stopped at each location to tell the group of the place’s Indigenous significance.

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Ventura, CBC News

    Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation commission report, finalized in 2015, set forward numerous actions needing to be taken by Canada’s government and non-Indigenous people to ensure safety reparations for Indigenous communities- also named “Calls to Action”.  One of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report’s many Calls to Action is centered around physical activity, and calls for the Canadian government to make physical fitness and sports opportunities equally accessible to Indigenous people. 

    Alphonso and Larrivee are keenly aware of the physical Call to Action, and think that their own tours can help bridge the gap between affordable and engaging physical activities. "Being able to kind of combine a traditional culture with something like cycling is really important for actually reaching that call to action," said Larrivee.  

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Ventura, CBC News

    Traditional Trails has since gone on to hold many educational rides since its launch in summer 2018; and its organizers have been busy spreading the word about their work: Alphonso had planned to attend the Ontario Bike Summit’s 2020 conference as a keynote speaker and ride leader in Hamilton, before the conference was postponed due to the pandemic. 

    While COVID laid some roadblocks for a busy summer tour season, Traditional Trails endures, and riders last met in August. Larrivee and Alphonso hope that their work inspires settler Canadians to examine the Indigenous histories of the land they’re on, and begin Indigenous centered rides in their own communities. 

    "We feel like cycling, Indigenous cycling, is something that is going to grow and it's something that must grow," said Larrivee.

    Keep an eye out for future information on the OBS Traditional Trails’ special edition Hamilton ride, to be offered in the future pending COVID restrictions. Keep following the Everyone Rides Initiative’s newsletter to stay informed. 

    RESOURCES

    To read more about Traditional Trails, click here. 

    For more information on Healing Trails, a Winnipeg Indigenous-led association designed to re-think transportation through policy work, education, and real-life projects, click here

    To read about Hamilton’s own Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (an ERI partner) and their resources, including free food banks for all, click here. 

    Citations for ERI blog content: here and here

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    Mark Anderson's Card Delivery Story

    A few weeks ago, I received an email from Thea (Manager at the Everyone Rides Initiative), asking if I would be interested in volunteering- I’d be taking over Thea’s share of card deliveries during their much deserved vacation. During the pandemic I have been responsible, adhering to physical distancing, wearing my mask, and limiting my immediate circle. All this to say, I’ve been going a bit stir crazy without human interaction, even though I have been out on my bike almost every day. I jumped at the opportunity, and said yes. After Thea dropped off the cards and rider toolkits and explained my instructions, I was ready to go!

    My first delivery took me on a scenic trip to Dundas. On the way, I stopped at York and Dundurn waiting for the light to turn and had a conversation with a gentleman about the Everyone Rides Initiative and Hamilton Bike Share. He was new to Hamilton and didn’t understand how the bike share system worked. Educating him on how to get riding was a great opportunity that I would repeat over the following two weeks. Going between Hamilton and Dundas to deliver cards afforded me time to do some route planning, and I made sure to include the Cootes Drive Trail in my ride. The Trail has plenty of turtles and deer at different times in the day, so make sure to keep an eye out! On the way back from Dundas, I noticed menacing clouds, and hoped I would get home before the rain hit. Later that day, I decided I would do the next 2 deliveries and waited out the rain. Once it had stopped, I set out-- but I had just gotten to the first address when the thunderstorm hit. I sought out some shelter under a building’s awning, and watched the intense storm. I guess the number one lesson for me that day was to make sure in future I took a couple of extra Rider Toolkits and cards with me, just so I didn’t have to run home during a thunderstorm.  

    In that first week I did have a couple of hiccups and missed connections, where I had to go back to try delivering a rider’s card again. After those times, I had a catch-up phone call with Theron (Equity Coordinator at the Everyone Rides Initiative) and got some instructions about how I could leave the ERI Rider Toolkits and cards someplace safe and describe where I left them to the person I missed. Thea also suggested that I block my number when I call riders (as a way to protect my privacy), which had its own set of challenges due to a lot of people not answering unknown name phone calls. I remember that one person in West Hamilton mistakenly gave us his father’s phone number instead of his, which is easy to do because who remembers their own phone number, right? To sum up, as someone who loves riding my bike and exploring the city, I really didn't mind doing return trips. And because I was challenged in August to complete the Great Cycle Challenge to fundraise for children’s cancer research, the extra kilometres helped me reach my goal! I definitely posted to social media a couple of times when I was out wearing my Everyone Rides t-shirt- it’s a great advertisement for the program.

    The second week of volunteering got off to a slow start, and I was frequently checking my Google sheet (yes, I learned how to check and edit a Google sheet!) for new deliveries to bring excitement. However, despite the low number of card deliveries, an opportunity to talk about the Everyone Rides program was always just around the corner, it seemed. Quite a few of my deliveries that week were within minutes of where I live, so they were quick and easy. One was in an apartment building, and right outside the building was the Hunter Street bike lane, where a landscaping company vehicle was blocking the lane. I had an unfruitful conversation with the operator of the vehicle about moving, but that led to a conversation with another gentleman nearby about Everyone Rides, Hamilton Bike Share, and bike lanes; before I delivered a Toolkit and card to the person requesting it in the building.

    On Thursday of my second week volunteering, I made a post to the Hamilton Caremongering Facebook group about the Everyone Rides Initiative (I think it got the most likes and shares I have ever received on a Facebook post!) and on Saturday, I posted a similar callout to my Twitter- you know, just to get the word out.

    On the weekend I thought I’d do some deliveries (7, actually) and figured I could get them all done late in the day as most were in the same area. Two were unreachable and I didn’t see any place to securely leave the card- by the time I had reached the last address on my list, I made contact with the first 2 people and chose to drop them off the next morning- remember the part where I said I love to be out on my bike every day? On Sunday I set out to deliver to the 2 riders I missed on Saturday, and the second rider was a wonderful older lady who had a few questions: about adaptive bikes, how to carry her cane on a SoBi, and how grateful she was that Hamilton Bike Share and the Everyone Rides Initiative was up and running.We talked about quite a few things- mostly current issues in the city- and before I knew it, we had talked for over 2 hours! Only with the threat of heavy rain and a few drops already falling on us did we part ways.

    To summarize, here’s a couple of things I’ve noticed over the last few weeks: a lot of people in Hamilton need and appreciate Bike Share, and they need programs like the Everyone Rides Initiative. The age range of people I connected with on my deliveries was 16 to 70+.  This pandemic has been hard on people of all ages, and folks are craving a human connection: someone to talk to, listen to, and just be there.

    So if you are looking for a great, healthy, and fun way to volunteer and connect with people, give the Everyone Rides Initiative a call or email, and give it a try. Seeing the joy on people’s faces when they receive a safe, affordable way to get around the city was incredible for me. I am sure that if you volunteer, your help will be appreciated by many.

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