Stories & Updates

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: 2021 Update

NOTE: This article was originally posted in June 2020, but has been updated in June 2021 to include current Pride festivities. As we usher in June’s humidity amidst over a year of COVID-induced physical distancing, 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.Pride Hamilton has again announced that Pride is going digital; allowing Pridegoers access to... [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]

Compassion and empathy: bike share staples during COVID-19

Hello to all our riders! We are thinking of you and your families and friends as we navigate these transformative times together as a community.  I was thinking recently of how one of the most valuable aspects of my job as the ERI’s Equity Coordinator is creating and nourishing connections. During COVID-19’s physical distancing protocols, the ERI team can no longer meet with new riders face-to-face. Instead, we are working to sign up new riders... [Read more]

Magnolias in Bloom: An ERI Spring Activity Map

Magnolia Map: ERI Ride Activity View the map at bit.ly/MagnoliaMapHamOnt April 15, 2020 Every spring is marked by the burst of magnolia blossoms throughout Hamilton, and this year the flowers are blooming with the global pandemic as their backdrop. In this uncertain time of change and discomfort, the delicate tepals*** of the magnolia are a fleeting but welcome distraction.  Hunting for magnolia trees and other plant life is a great way to explore your neighborhood... [Read more]