Stories & Updates

A Source of Comfort and Joy in Unprecedented Times

Written by Elise Desjardins, Hamilton cycling advocate (July 2020) Image credit: Elise selfie, June 2020. I started cycling in Hamilton in 2016 and became a bike share member in 2017. At the time, I was working a few kilometres from my home and cycling seemed to be the healthiest, fastest, and most affordable way to get to and from work.  Up until that point most of my cycling had been in my hometown as a... [Read more]

No More Stolen Sisters

As Hamilton spent July 1st in lockdown without fireworks or in-person Canada Day festivities, hundreds of people gathered in an afternoon vigil to honour Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in an ongoing, centuries-old national genocide. The “No More Stolen Sisters” event, held at the Claremont access on July 1st, featured storytelling and calls to action against anti-Indigenous cultural and systemic violence, racism, and misogyny in the colonial state of Canada. Image... [Read more]

May 5th was Red Dress Day

Written by Thea Jones, ERI Program Manager (May 7, 2020) Image: Rebecca Belmore, The Named and the Unnamed, 2002, video installation, Vancouver BC. May 5th was Red Dress Day. On this day Canadians were encouraged to wear red as a way to draw attention to missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. The REDress Project was created by Metis artist Jamie Black, as a call to Canadians to remember. Black is a part of a history of female Canadian artists working to ensure... [Read more]

Food Banks and FREE Meals

A letter to Uber

Pride and Remembrance

As we usher in June’s humidity and the fourth month of physical distancing in Canada, it’s natural for people to seek connection. June is a historically festive month, and many Hamiltonians look forward each year to one of the city’s most meaningful events: Hamilton Pride.This year, Pride Hamilton has announced that Pride is going digital; allowing Pridegoers access to concerts and virtual events online. While the program has yet to be announced, we expect the best of Hamilton’s... [Read more]

Statement on Black Lives Matter

The Everyone Rides Initiative, on behalf of our not-for-profit organization Hamilton Bike Share Inc., reaffirms our commitment to equity in bike share as we witness the recent and ongoing acts of violent, anti-Black racism in the colonial states of Canada and the United States. We see and mourn the recent deaths of George Floyd (46, Minneapolis, MN), Tony McDade (38, Tallahassee, FL), David McAtee (53, Louisville, KY), and D’Andre Campbell (26, Brampton, ON) by the... [Read more]

ERI Photo Contest Winner: Nate Burger

“Among the Trilliums” taken by Nate Burger, Lead Field Technician at SoBi Hamilton. This picture was taken in the Louth Conservation Area in Lincoln, about 52 kilometers west of Hamilton. Nate and his roommate Anthony Saracino set out together on Saturday May 2nd for a bike ride. They were equipped with camping gear, the promise of a familiar route, and a desire to explore. Nate and Anthony have been friends since grade school, and have... [Read more]

Sunset Memory Rides, and a Contest for Spring

All photos taken by Theron Pierce unless otherwise noted This past Sunday night at sunset, when the soaring temperatures in Hamilton had retreated and no longer threatened to overwhelm my winter-adjusted body, I went for a long bike ride. The route I chose reminded me of languid summer nights in 2019: cycling on a SoBi bike behind 200 Hamilton GlowRiders as electronica music pumped through the air around us, and rollerbladers with fairy wings and... [Read more]

ERI Rider Spotlight: BILL PUGH

Bill Pugh’s voice is as vibrant over the phone as it is in real life.  “How ya doing?”, he asks me. “I’m thinking of coming by the office to check on my account and chat. Are you in?” I can hear the wind behind Bill whistling loudly as he makes his way to his next destination. I inform him with regret, thinking of our mutually enjoyable talks at the office, that we are working from... [Read more]