Cycling to Downtown Hamilton just got easier



    City of Hamilton and Metrolinx open the city's first secure bicycle
    parking facility

    HAMILTON, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - As part of an ongoing commitment to promote
sustainable transportation options in Hamilton, the Public Works Department,
together with Metrolinx, officially opened Hamilton's first secure bicycle
parking facility today. Mayor Eisenberger, Councillors Bratina and McHattie,
Public Works General Manager Scott Stewart and representatives from the Smart
Commute Initiative were joined by City staff and cycling enthusiasts at the
event today.
    The 12-foot by 20-foot lot located on the first floor of the York
Boulevard parkade downtown can accommodate over 40 bicycles and provides a
safe and convenient facility for cycling commuters to store their bikes.
    Opening this new bicycle parking facility is a great step in the right
direction for a cleaner and greener Hamilton," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.
"It is another way to encourage Hamiltonians to make transportation choices
that are sustainable and healthy. I'm confident this new facility will be used
and enjoyed by many of our own City staff, as well as other downtown
businesses, Farmer's Market and Central Public Library customers."
    A second bicycle parking facility is being planned for the Convention
Centre parking lot. It is expected to be open for public use by late summer
2008. Based on a preliminary review of land uses and cycling infrastructure,
it is anticipated that other secure bike parking facilities will be most
beneficial at transit hubs, shopping centres, educational facilities and
employment centres.
    "We've been proactive in promoting sustainable transportation options in
Hamilton by installing bicycle racks on all our buses, enhancing and expanding
bicycle lanes on city streets, purchasing new hybrid buses to add to our
growing transit fleet and actively exploring rapid transit options for
Hamilton," said Scott Stewart, General Manager of Hamilton's Public Works
Department. "We've been very fortunate to have received funding from Metrolinx
to help bring these sustainable ideas to reality."
    The City of Hamilton received over $160,000 in funding from Metrolinx to
be used to provide secure bicycle parking as part of the Metrolinx Bikelinx
program. Other Metrolinx funding dollars were used to install more bicycle
racks on city buses.
    "At Metrolinx, we believe that active transportation is the most
sustainable way to get around," said Chair Rob MacIsaac. "By getting more
people to cycle, we are promoting a cleaner environment, a healthier
population, and more efficient use of expensive public infrastructure."
    The new parking facility is now open for public use. Permits can be
purchased for $40 for the remainder of 2008. Cyclists can purchase a permit by
calling 905-546-2424, ext. 1473.
    The new facility appropriately opens to the public during National
Commuter Challenge week, just in time for National 'Bike to Work Day'
tomorrow.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Jill Stephen, Manager,
Strategic Planning, Public Works Department, City of Hamilton, (905) 546-2424,
ext. 6392; Jacquie Menezes, Senior Associate, Public Affairs and Media,
Metrolinx, (416) 874-5923, or cell (647) 289-4523,
Jacquie.Menezes@metrolinx.com


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