Stories & Updates

Black & Indigenous Art Spotlights

As the weather gets colder, there’s still plenty to keep busy with! This month, we want to highlight some amazing Black and Indigenous art exhibits that you can visit using bike share. Visit Movers and Makers at the McMaster Museum of Art - a group exhibition curated by Betty Julian featuring photographic work by four early-career Toronto-based artists: Aaron Jones, Christina Leslie, Dainesha Nugent-Palache and Bidemi Oloyede. This exhibition is on until December 23, 2022.... [Read more]

BLM Session: Talysha Bujold-Abu

One year ago, in the summer of 2021, we met Talysha Bujold-Abu. Through friends of ERI, we reached out to Talysha to see if she was interested in collaborating with us on some drawings for the ERI Handbook, which was in the beginning stages of development. Talysha has contributed a beautiful, colourful, fun, inspiring and useful set of illustrations that the ERI has integrated into its identity. We are so happy to have become friends... [Read more]

BLM Session: Nathan Eugene Carson

Hello Hamilton, hello cyclists, riders and people of Hamilton Bike Share and the Everyone Rides Initiative (ERI). Welcome to installment number five of the BLM Sessions. In this Session I (ERI Program Manager Thea Jones), sat down with Nathan Eugene Carson over zoom. I reached out to Nathan after I saw an installation of his work in the lobby of the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) in February 2022. I was impressed by the style,... [Read more]

BLM Sessions: Aaron Parry illustrates Hamilton's Black histories

Aaron Parry is a local graphic design artist and writer whose works have drawn attention for their beautifully detailed, multidimensional depictions of Hamilton’s Black histories and accomplishments. Parry’s collaboration with the Afro Canadian Caribbean Association (ACCA) led to the release of the ‘Deeply Rooted’ a historical colouring and activity book in 2021.  Deeply Rooted, written for children between 3-12 years of age and designed to be an educational resource, aims to fill a void within... [Read more]

Ideas Hub: Beyond a Book Club

Hamilton Bike Share's Ideas Hub is a beyond-a-book-club space to share ideas and resources that align with our organization's vision for "a resilient, just, and vibrant city where more people choose cycling." Just as we park bikes at hubs so they can be used by others, this is a place to share informative content that inspires us to cultivate those values of resiliency, justice, and vibrancy in our community. This project emerged from our Black... [Read more]

HBSI & ERI Statement of Solidarity

Hamilton Bike Share and the Everyone Rides Initiative stand in solidarity with local Black leaders and organizations in their condemnation of the troubling violence toward Black and racialized housing advocates. We support their call to drop the charges laid against the six youth, the call for a judicial inquiry into the Hamilton Police Department actions on November 24th and 26th, and for the City of Hamilton to stop encampment evictions that adversely affect Black, Indigenous,... [Read more]

Sureesh Monagaran and Luvo Ngarwe: ERI riders who experience Hamilton to the fullest.

Sureesh Monagaran is the epitome of a steady bike share rider: he weaves around the city multiple times a week on leisurely, three kilometre rides, following routes from the East End to McMaster.   In contrast, Sureesh’s friend and occasional riding companion Luvo Ngarwe’s rides are varied and spontaneous- some days, Ngarwe will ride thirty kilometers just to see a sunset view. On other days, he zips down to a local store a short ride away... [Read more]

Two Spirit Identities: Indigenous Genders

This past June, the ERI celebrates National Indigenous History Month. We’d like to share some interesting facts and resources from Two-Spirit Indigenous communities across Turtle Island (the land often referred to as North America).  art credit: "Turtle Island", by Mark Wagner Two-Spirit people have been integral members of Turtle Island Indigenous communities for millennia. “Two-Spirit” is a more modern term, created between 1990-1992 to describe gender and sexuality divergent people, or “third gender” people, in... [Read more]

Pride Month 2021: Remembering how we got here

  To read more about the origins of Pride and virtual Pride events happening in Hamilton go to our blog post here.            [Read more]

Spring tune-up - La mise au point printanière

Spring tune-up A poem by Pascale Marchand Come March, with the warmer weather and softer winds, I switch from the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) as a mode of transportation to my bicycle. Having heard of the backlog of bicycle repairs from last season, I made sure to get my bicycle tuned early this year. In the last week of February, Downtown Bike Hounds attended to my cruiser.My bike was set.But what about me?Every spring, my joints... [Read more]