REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR CARBON CYCLE, WALK & ROLL 2021!
HOW IT WORKS
The pandemic has prevented us from hosting our annual Carbon Cycle weekend group ride, so we're moving ahead this year with a modified virtual model we're calling Carbon Cycle, Walk & Roll 2021. We encourage you to register, choose any mode of active movement you prefer (cycle, walk, roll, hike, etc), and the route and distance you are keen to cover. Then encourage your family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers to sponsor your journey to help us to raise funds to support Environment Hamilton's important Climate Campaign work. We are encouraging participants to complete their journey on Sunday, October 3rd. Stay tuned for more details regarding a post-event celebration that day!
Please join us in Carbon Cycle, Walk & Roll 2021 and help us to advocate for serious local action to address the climate emergency!
Getting involved is easy! Here are the steps you need to take:
1. REGISTER - CLICK HERE to register for the event. We are offering 4 registration options:
- ADULT = $50
- YOUTH (16 & under) = $25
- TEAM/FAMILY OF 4 = $100
- COUPLE = $75
Note that all registrations include a platform processing fee. We are using an on-line fundraising platform called Kambio which includes a secure on-line payment system via STRIPE.
2. CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE & TELL YOUR STORY - Once you have registered, you will be prompted to create your personal fundraising page. You can add your profile picture and a cover picture and you can personalize the description on your page to explain why you are participating in our Carbon Cycle, Walk & Roll 2021. Consider sharing your personal reasons for helping to raise funds for more climate action in Hamilton!
3. SET YOUR FUNDRAISING GOAL & ENCOURAGE YOUR NETWORK TO SPONSOR YOUR JOURNEY - You can also set your own personal fundraising goal on your page. Your page includes a fundraising 'thermometer' that tracks your progess as you invite people to sponsor your journey. You can share your page via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you use the Strava app, you can also link it to your page - and share your journey with supporters (see www.strava.com for more on the FREE Strava app designed to enable you to map your ride/walk/roll).
SOME ROUTE SUGGESTIONS FOR YOU!
Here are some resources to help you to determine the route you'd like to take as a participant in Carbon Cycle, Walk & Roll 2021!
Everyone Rides Initiative's 'Healthy Loops'
Our friends at the Everyone Rides Initiative have created a great on-line resource called 'Healthy Loops' that shares information about routes you can cycle in a number of different wards across the city. Their route maps can be downloaded to your phone via a handy app they make available through their site.
CLICK HERE to access the Everyone Rides Initiative's Healthy Loops.
These tours are hot off the presses and profile some of EH's work! They are designed to be done by bike but, stay tuned, as there are some walking 'Steeltown Tours' coming soon!
CLICK HERE to access route maps and details for Steeltown tours.
The Rambling Hamiltonian's Bike Route Videos
This is an informative collection of videos showing various cycling routes around the city. The videos are narrated with helpful tips for moving through the city on a bike. Some of the routes covered are also traversable via means other than bike.
CLICK HERE to access the Rambling Hamiltonian's YouTube Channel.
EH Team's Suggestions
Here are some suggested routes from the EH team.
Confederation Park to Lift Bridge out-and-back (just over 12 km) - this is a beautiful route along Hamilton's lakefront. Note that the entire trail is paved and reasonably flat, making this a great choice for anyone using a mobility device. It's also a great choice for walkers, runners, and rollerbladers too. Note that this locatin is accessible via foot, on bike, via public transit, and by car. Parking at Confederation Park and any lot along the Hamilton lakefront is FREE.
Gage Park Loop (1 km) - This route is a great for families with small kids. It's also a good choice for walkers and runners. Note that the entire loop around is not paved - it does include some gravely surfaces - so it could pose some challenges for anyone using a mobility device.
Bayfront and Princess Point out-and-back (8 km) - This is a wonderful route to take along the Hamilton Harbourfront and into Cootes Paradise. The trail is paved and reasonably flat, making it another great choice for anyone using a mobility device. This trail is also accessible by bike, on foot, via public transit, and there is FREE car parking at the Bayfront end of the trail.
Corktown Park to Albion Falls Rail Trail out-and-back (16.5 km) - This rail trail takes you from Corktown Park in downtown Hamilton up to beautiful Albion Falls - at the top of Red Hill Valley. The route is scenic, taking you up and along the Niagara Escarpment. This trail is mostly gravel and it is inclined so it is best suited to cycling or hiking. Anyone using a moblity device might find it challenging.
ABOUT OUR CLIMATE CAMPAIGN
Environment Hamilton has made the climate crisis the central focus of the work that we do. For almost a decade now, we have been engaged in advocacy and public education and outreach regarding the climate crisis and what needs to happen locally to transform Hamilton into a sustainable, climate resilient, inclusive community.
Back in March of 2019, Environment Hamilton led the successful campaign to see the City of Hamilton declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY. Hamilton was the second municipality in Ontario to do so. We have continued since then to pressure the municipality to follow through on that declaration with meaningful action to realize the significant greenhouse gas emission reductions we know we urgently need to achieve.
Our current efforts include:
- Advocating for better public transit in Hamilton, working with the Hamilton Transit Riders Union, the Hamilton Transit Alliance, and the national Keep Transit Moving initiative.
- Advocating to stop urban sprawl and build climate resilient urban neighbourhoods - in collaboration wtih Stop Sprawl HamOnt, and as part of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance
-Engaging people in our Hamilton Community Climate Action Network which is focused on providing people with knowledge and network-building capacity to take climate action in their own neighbourhoods.
- Auditing the urban forest, giving away native trees, and engaging people in community tree planting events in partnership with Hamilton Naturalists' Club & City of Hamltonn Forestry Division.
-Engaging Black, Indigenous & Racialized communities in conversation & action to make our streets safer for active transportation through our Friendly Streets Project, in partnership with Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion & the Afro Canadian Carribean Association.