Hamilton's Biking and Micro-mobility Programme will look at ways to encourage people to bike, e-scoot or skate safely and enjoyably around our great river city. Micro-mobility is referring to e-scooters and e-skateboards.
Biking and micro-mobility is increasingly critical to the success of Hamilton's transport network, our ability to grow, how our residents want the city to function and our wellbeing.
It also plays a critical role in supporting Council's priority of being a city that's easy to live in – which is all about creating a place where people can safely access most of the things they need within 20 minutes, by walking, cycling, scootering and skating.
What is this programme about?
We are preparing a city-wide plan that aims to encourage biking and micro-mobility (for example, bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboards) as an attractive transport option for people to get around our city. Getting this right can make our streets better for everyone, improving safety and reducing congestion and pollution.
The programme will likely include a wide range of projects and actions, such as new cycleways, safety and education initiatives, as well as supporting policy, regulation and end-of-trip facilities.
While this programme is focused on biking and micro-mobility (bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboards) we are also committed to improving other transport modes such as walking and public transport. What are the benefits of this programme?
- Supports more people living in our city
- More easy, safe and affordable ways to get around
- A better functioning transport network
- Less need for additional road capacity
- Is good for our economy
- Actively responds to the challenges of climate change
How will this programme be developed?
A business case process is being used to develop a prioritised programme of projects and actions. Councillors, partners, stakeholders and the community will be involved throughout the development of the programme.What's happened so far?
We have drawn on previous community engagement, surveys and data sources, and local and international best practice to develop a long list of ideas. We then analysed these ideas to create a short list of four themes or focus areas for people to consider, weigh up and give us feedback on.
The four themes:
- Supporting behaviour change – "I have access to a bike and feel confident using it".
This theme focuses on promotions, education, policy and increasing access to bikes and e-scooters.
- Best use of the existing network – "I can bike to most popular places".
This theme focuses on reallocating existing street space, closing gaps in the bike network, and cleaner and tidier bike lanes.
- Cross-city Bikeways – "I can bike safely between popular places without delay".
This theme focuses on providing the highest quality bike and e-scooter facilities, connecting key city-wide destinations on selected routes.
- Connected Neighbourhoods – "I can go anywhere on my bike safely".
This theme focuses on safe door to door rides to schools, neighbourhood centres and key destinations.
What we asked you…
Who we heard from...
- 90% of respondents live in Hamilton.
- Of those, 60% live east of the river and 40% live west of the river.
- Respondents ranged from committed riders to non-riders, as shown below.
Understanding the bigger picture
We have done a lot of work already in the biking and micro-mobility space and there are a number of government policy statements that we are working towards aligning with.
Hamilton's made some great progress such as the Hamilton Western Rail Trail, but there is plenty more we would like to do to make biking and micro-mobility more attractive for getting around our city.
We have some ambitious targets that will require a number of approaches and interventions to achieve. The focus on biking and micro-mobility as alternative transport modes is just one of those approaches.
Questions or comments?
Fast facts about biking and micro-mobility in Hamilton