New Cycling Route Opens in Hamilton
Ontario Investing in Local Cycling Projects to Improve Safety and Convenience
Ontario is making it easier for families to get around the City of Hamilton, with a new cycling route that will make commuting safer and more convenient.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, joined by Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, were in Hamilton today to open the new bike lanes.
The new 2.3 kilometre cycling route is on Bay Street between Aberdeen Avenue and Stuart Street and includes conventional bike lanes, physically separated bike lanes and a contraflow bike lane. This combination of infrastructure creates a safe cycling route while connecting densely populated neighbourhoods to the city core and to waterfront recreational areas. It also connects to GO and Hamilton transit services, as well as to the future light rail transit (LRT) line which will offer rapid, reliable and convenient service.
Ontario is helping municipalities across the province build new or improve existing cycling infrastructure, including on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks.
Building more cycling infrastructure increases safety for cyclists and makes cycling more comfortable and appealing for daily commutes and other frequent trips. Investing in cycling infrastructure also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Ontario.
Making it safer and easier to cycle in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The City of Hamilton received $295,000 through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, a competitive $10 million program through which funding of 50 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $325,000, was awarded for projects in 37 Ontario communities.
- #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy was announced in 2013 to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and recreation destinations.
- About 1.5 million people in Ontario hop on their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall, and many cycle year-round.
- According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health care expenditures by $150 million per year.
- In 2015, 1.7 million visitors to Ontario participated in cycling and spent $497 million.
- Ontario has over 80,000 km of trails; the second largest network of trails in Canada. Trails contribute to the economy, benefit the environment and improve health.
“Our government is helping municipalities across the province build new or improve existing cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. This new cycling route in Hamilton will connect residents to recreational facilities and will provide them with more daily travel options. We are committed to continue working together with our local municipalities and the cycling community to build the infrastructure that will make Ontario a cycling leader in North America.”
“This new cycling route in the City of Hamilton will add to Ontario’s extensive cycling network, while connecting the urban city core to recreational areas along the waterfront. I look forward to seeing more municipalities take great steps toward improving commuter cycling and ensuring cyclists have a safe way of getting around local communities.”
“This is great news for the City of Hamilton. This new cycling route will provide residents with an important connection to the city centre, waterfront recreational areas and both GO and Hamilton transit services. Investing in our local cycling infrastructure will help keep our cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. Cycling is a healthy, sustainable way to get around.”