Let’s face it, Hamilton will always be known as a Steel City. But you know what? Steel is used to make bikes, and besides being a Steel City, we are also a bike city! Once host to the World Road Championships in 2003, Hamilton, boasts a wonderful network of paths and trails that open doors to the amazing things our city has to offer.
The Steel City Bike Festival is Hamilton’s celebration of Bike Month that and was created in 2011 to promote the benefits that cycling offers to our community. Besides being good for you, riding your bike helps the environment (zero emissions!), doesn’t cost much (bye-bye gas!), and allows you to see things that you wouldn’t normally notice when driving a vehicle.
The Steel City Bike Festival will be hosting various events throughout the city such as a barbecue and bike repair clinic, group rides, Instagram photo scavenger hunt and more!
This will be a great week to dust off that old 10 speed and go for a cruise on the Waterfront Trail. Remember how good it feels to have the wind blowing through your hair? Pretty good, right?
Join us at one or all of the events, but more importantly, ride your bike and give it the love it deserves! Your bike will love you back, and so will the city!
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STEEL CITY BIKE FESTIVAL 2017
Check out some of the events we’ll be hosting and taking part in!
Event days and times are subject to change, and there is a good chance we’ll be adding things (and details) in as we get closer to the festival.
To kick things off:
Sunday May 7th - Bike for Mike - Mike Ride
The annual Mike Ride raises money to give away 1000 bikes each year to students and families who don't have bikes. To register go here. This is event is fun for all ages! Hands down this is one of the best run, charity rides in Ontario. New Hope Community Bikes will be on site with a portable pump track and safety lessons. Stay tuned for more details.
Monday May 29th - Bike to Work Day - City Hall celebration from 7-9am with speeches at 8am.
Monday May 29th - Jun 2nd - Bike to School Week
Saturday June 3rd - Ride for the Masses (MASSES= LOTS OF PEOPLE =TELL EVERYONE)
6:30 meet at Victoria Park, 7:00 depart
7:30 merge point at Gage Park
Tuesday June 6 - Women/Trans/Queer Only Basic Bike Repair - Pride Week 6:00-9:00pm
Where: New Hope Storefront 1422 Main St. E. (MAIN @ KENILWORTH)
This workshop will cover basic bike parts and terminology, fixing a flat, adjusting brakes and gears, basic maintenance and diagnostics, safety checks, and any other topics of interest, time permitting. We ask that you bring your own bike if possible so that you can get practice working on it and leave with a tuned-up bike! If that's not possible, you can work on one of the shop bikes. The workshop is open to all ages and all women-identified persons, queer and trans folk are welcome. The course will be taught by female mechanics in a supportive, fun atmosphere. $25, payable at the workshop by cash and card. Registration required here.
Thursday June 8th - Bike Art Crafting for Artcrawl 5:00pm-8:00pm
Come to New Hope Community Bikes and make art out of bike parts or featuring bikes to be displayed at Artcrawl! We even have access to welding equipment if that's your medium! Use your imagination to transform bike bits into art bits!
Friday June 9th - Bike Themed ARTCRAWL
Where: 294 James St. N. (JAMES just N of BARTON)
Go see bike themed art at Hamilton's Artcrawl! Display location at the Evergreen Community Storefront @ 294 James St North, submit art (any medium) in advance to New Hope Community Bikes (email@example.com, or in person at 1422 Main St. E), or come by the shop on Thursday June 9th to make art out of bike parts!
Saturday June 10th - Pump Track Party - 2:00 - 6:00pm
Where: Gage Park South West Corner (GAGE @ LAWRENCE)
Celebrate the Gage Park Family Skills Bike Park, better known as "The Pump Track". There'll be a time to show off your skills, prizes for fastest lap and best trick and door prizes of bike parts, and other sweet swag.
Wednesday June 14th - Basic Bike Repair Workshop 6:00-9:00pm
Where: New Hope Community Bikes, 1422 Main Street East
This workshop will cover basic bike parts and terminology, fixing a flat, adjusting brakes and gears, basic maintenance and diagnostics, safety checks, and any other topics of interest, time permitting. We ask that you bring your own bike if possible so that you can get practice working on it and leave with a tuned-up bike! If that's not possible, you can work on one of the shop bikes. $25, payable at the workshop by cash and card. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday June 15th - Instagram Scavenger Hunt 7:00-9:30pm meet @ Gore Park
Where: Gore Park (KING @ JAMES)
Get some friends together, get your smart phone, login to instagram and start tagging. We’ll provide the clues, you provide the hashtagged photo. Together we’ll showcase cycling and our city and help change cycle culture!
Prizes will be big this year!
Cost: Free, just download the instagram app, meet at Gore Park and go!
Saturday June 17th - Cargo Bike Celebration - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Try some cargo bikes and participate in friendly competitions like heaviest haul and short races as well as family friendly activities! More details to come.
Saturday June 24th - Memorial Ride - 6:00-9pm
Where: Gore Park (KING @ JAMES)
Meet at Gore Park and follow a route up the mountain to Upper James and Stone Church. This ride will finish at Durand park in time to join up with Hamilton Glowriders.
Blane was a friend of New Hope Community Bikes, he died tragically in a cycling accident on Upper James. We ride in his memory, in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones cycling.
Sunday June 18th - Restoration Hamilton's Ride to Niagara - 8:00am
Where: New Hope Storefront 1422 Main St E.
Join the Restoration Hamilton church group for a group ride to Niagara led by Pastor Chandler. Open to everyone at all levels of abilities, there will be rest stops and ride support. Start from either NHCB for an 80km ride or The Dutch Shop in Grimsby for a 55km ride. Riders will be required to sign waiver forms and will be responsible for their own food, bicycles, and lodging. More details/FB event here.
Tuesday June 20th - Women/Trans/Queer Only Shop Night 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: New Hope Storefront 1422 Main St. E. (MAIN @ KENILWORTH)
New Hope Community Bikes will have its DIY space open for women/trans/queer identified folks only. Come work on your bike using our stands, tools, and friendly volunteers in a fun, supportive environment! No registration or previous bike knowledge required, just drop in anytime from 6-9pm, pay for parts, donate what you can for shop time.
Saturday June 24th - Hamilton Glowriders Group Ride 9:00pm
Where: Durand Park (HERKIMER @ PARK ST.)
This is a friendly gang/group bicycle ride around the city with both bikes and riders decked out in lights and glowsticks. The ride is open to anyone of any cycling ability. It's a leisurely ride through the city which usually takes about an hour or so. It's important to us that we ride legally around the city and are good cyclists. One of the intentions of the Glowriders is to promote safe and legal cycling and help spread friendly cycling vibes. The ride ends on Augusta St where everyone is welcome to enjoy a refreshing beverage if you so choose.
Where: Meet at Durand Park just west of James S on Charlton/Herkimer
When: 9pm to get the bikes ready with plans to roll-out around 9:30pm once it's dark out.
What to Bring:
- lights/glowing equipment - I'll be bringing some 8 inch glowsticks that we can use (PWYC). If you want anything more crazy than that, I encourage you to go nuts and raid the party/dollar store. There's lots of great battery powered lighting options available online for fairly cheap. They're sustainable and less wasteful then glowsticks, so we encourage acquiring something along those lines.
- water - in case you get thirsty until we can acquire beer
- a bell, we've had great success having a chorus of bells ringing as we ride
- a lock to secure your bike at the bar or if we stop somewhere
- friends who also want to join a gang
Sunday June 25th - Bike Polo 101 - 1:00pm
Where: Victoria Park Multi-Purpose Court at Locke & Napier
Yep, it's polo without horses and with bikes. Bike polo is a great way to become a better cyclist as well as have lots of fun. Come try it out in a chill no-pressure environment! Bring your own bike or you can use one of the bikes we'll have there. All other equipment will be provided. We usually go get snacks and drinks at Rollie Rocket's afterwards.
CANCELLED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE - Backyard BBQ at NHCB -
Where: Behind New Hope Storefront 1422 Main St. E. (MAIN @ KENILWORTH)
Come out to New Hope Community Bikes for a backyard BBQ and corn roast. A family friendly get together, the shop will be available for last minute tune ups and light installations.
Sunday June TBA - Kidical Mass Ride - 2:00pm
Kidical Mass is a safe, law-abiding, informal and fun family-oriented group bicycle ride. We usually ride a 5-8km loop exploring quiet city streets with a break in the middle for a snack or play. All family members, children at heart, and kids of all ages are welcome - bring your bike seats, trailers, tag-alongs and cargo bikes (and your friends). All parents or guardians are responsible for the safety and supervision of their own child during the ride. Helmets required.
Meet at Corktown park - ride leaves at 2pm.
A big thanks to our 2014 and 2015 Sponsors! You make this event possible each year.
Show your support for the festival by getting involved we want Hamilton to be the most cycle friendly city in the land so let's show everyone that we ride bikes!
You can also support the festival by donating prizes, submitting some bike inspired art or sharing photos of bikes in the city on Instagram with the hashtag #SCBF2017.
Want to be part of the organizing team to plan events and make the festival a success? Send us an e-mail and we'll keep you in the loop.