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

    The Future of Hamilton Bike Share

    When the Everyone Rides team started working from home as COVID swept through Canada in March, we knew this year would be unusual. What we didn’t know then was exactly how many moments of connection, warmth, and solidarity we would find in our beautiful city. 

    The ERI team felt an extraordinary sense of gratitude as Hamiltonians rallied to save bike share during our emergency call for support in May. We watched with pride in July as the blue bikes took over Hamilton’s streets once more throughout summer’s eve and fall, rain or shine. And we had even more to celebrate in 2020 when we learned a few days ago that the Hamilton Public Works Committee unanimously approved Hamilton Bike Share’s recommendations for the bike share system. Stay tuned for more information to come. 

    To read more about the City and Hamilton Bike Share’s agreement, please visit Cycle Hamilton’s post here. Side Note- you can sign up for free to be a Cycle Hamilton Buddy to learn more about their great opportunities for cycling education and community. 

    Supporting equitable, fun, and affordable transportation is a great look for you, Hamilton. We’re happy to be here for more years to come. 

    The Everyone Rides Team


    The ERI’s Pride Ride, June 2019

    Read more

    Hamiltonians Living in Tents put at Risk by Police and the City

    Keeping Six, a Hamilton harm reduction organization aiding people who use drugs, responded to criticism from advocates on October 21 after tent encampments downtown were forcibly removed by Hamilton Police in the pouring rain. The organization, alongside doctors, the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (HCLC), and Ross and McBride LLP, won an injunction in late July preventing police from displacing homeless Hamiltonians living in tents during COVID-19. 

    Photo credit: Teviah Moro, Hamilton Spectator 

    By September, Hamilton Police were growing impatient, and some city counsellors were criticizing the encampments' effects on their residents. The police moved aggressively to legally strike down the ban on displacing people from their tents and thus removing downtown access to local services. Keeping Six, the HCLC, and Ross and McBride LLP workers protested this plan, and on October 1, an agreement with the police was created. 

    Police were now required to assess residents living in tents individually, granting them permission to stay where they were if their camps had no more than 5 tents total, were not closer than 50 metres away from a play area, and most importantly, had nowhere else to go. Residents living in tents were to have full agency over their belongings and receive support in finding housing; as well as time to move into indoor shelters and temporary housing. In addition, people experiencing severe mental health distress were to have compassion and leniency with their living arrangements, and extra support from police and the city despite the ban on displacement being lifted. 

    Photo credit: Teviah Moro, Hamilton Spectator 

    Instead, Hamiltonians living in encampments on Ferguson street and FirstOntario plaza found themselves woken up and forcibly displaced by police with no notice or accommodation into the pouring rain on October 15 and 16. Garbage workers tossed tents into trucks up and down the avenue. On October 23, a man came to his tent in Beasley Park after visiting the Wesley Center only to find his belongings on the back of a city truck. Only after many hours of arguing with the police and receiving support from harm reduction intermediaries did residents living in tents in Beasley Park receive their belongings back. Hamilton Police never admitted that their actions were not in line with the dignity and respect built into the removal of housing agreement they had signed.

    Photo credit: Teviah Moro, Hamilton Spectator 

    Keeping Six has responded to the events of harm from police against the homeless, saying, “the process of forcing people from their homes into further uncertainty, in the driving rain no less, was utterly inhumane. Many have questioned and criticized us for being party to it.  We hear and accept your criticism, and are committed to reflecting on it.” The harm reduction organization has called for a greater understanding of what it means to be homeless on Indigenous land, and provided resources for support and understanding on their site.

    As the weather turns colder and the days grow darker, it is crucial to understand, in line with Keeping Six’s statement, that homelessness is so much more complex than simply being an individual choice. Systemic inequities, including underfunding of resources that should be accessible to everyone, such as mental health care and affordable housing; in addition to shelters often being crowded and unsafe, lead people without housing to take care of their needs the best they could in tents close to the resources they require. Hamiltonians without housing in the city are still Hamiltonians deserving of respect and dignity; care that is often absent from police and city official interactions with them. 

    To support Hamilton’s tent residents and see actions you can personally do to help, including writing counsellors, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to Keeping Six’s resources, here.

    In solidarity, the Everyone Rides Team

    Read more