11 Years. Your Route. 1 Cause.
Why do we Ride?
When a child rides a bike, they experience independence, improved health, and most importantly…fun! Whether he was working as a bicycle messenger downtown, commuting to McMaster University, or cycling up Sydenham Hill or down Sulphur Springs, Mike loved to ride. Help us show [them] the way and spread Mike’s message of making Hamilton a more cycle friendly city at this year’s Mike Ride!
While the roots of Bike for Mike are in cycling, we’ve combined this with broader movement initiatives; cycling, walking, scootering, and any other human powered form of getting around – with the intent of reaching all and aspiring to 100% of youth using active transportation to and from school each day.
While COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our routine, it has also revealed an opportunity to change how we move around our cities. In the past year, we’ve worked in tandem with Hamilton elementary schools to improve cycling and pedestrian processes. The result is the Daily School Route (DSR), an active transportation system for youth, designed with the help of youth.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 11th Annual Mike Ride!
We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and commitment to this cause. This year we had 147 participants and 13 teams who together raised $24148 in support of the Daily School Route (DSR).
A special shoutout to the top fundraiser, Scott Brimble, who raised $2288. Scott will be receiving a mountain biking charcuterie board, created by Jany Mitges. Well done, Scott! The top fundraising team was McMaster Medicine, who together raised $4173! Thanks to all teams who registered and worked together to fundraise.
While we enjoyed seeing the awesome routes that participants took on their Mike Ride, we are hopeful that this was our last virtual event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in person next year as we celebrate the joy of riding a bicycle together in 2022. Stay tuned for updates!
The Daily School Route
All of the funds raised at the Mike Ride go towards getting 100% of kids walking/biking to and from school every day. Our approach is the DSR, an active transportation system for kids, with kids.
We want to share where we’re rolling next! Funds raised during the virtual ride this past week will contribute to many projects, like building KoBi (Kids on Bikes) – a bike sharing program for youth. We’re also collaborating with the community at St. Ann (Hamilton) Elementary School to beautify an alleyway and revitalize neighbourhood spaces for riding and other recreation. You’ll also soon see the development of signage on main routes to local schools, making our safe routes even more visible. Learn more at www.dailyschoolroute.org.
All of this contributes to our ultimate goal – helping to carve a pathway for every child to ride a bike to school and at play. Every day.
Through the power of everyone who rode, we’re collectively making Hamilton a safer place to ride.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Since the event is virtual this year, the presence of sponsors is reduced. Over the past 11 years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with a long list of partners and sponsors who have been great supporters of the Mike Ride and Bike for Mike’s various initiatives. These groups include the Hamilton Community Foundation, PV Labs, IG Private Wealth Management Fox Group, Collective Arts Brewing, Nine-O, NCCH, New Hope Community Bikes, Share the Road, Blackbird Brewing (formerly Rosseau House), Fortinos, Hutch’s, Made Good, and the Hamilton Police Cycling Team. We would not be who we are without the continuous support of these groups. We look forward to working with all of these folks to host a great event in 2021 and onward!