A bike's eye-view of Hamilton

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, cyclist Sean Burak gives you a first-hand look at the streets of Hamilton.
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If you missed out on Bike to Work Day, avid cyclist Sean Burak has you covered.

With cameras strapped to his head and his handlebars, Burak gives us a biker's view of Hamilton roads in this video.

The city is about average in terms of bikeability, Burak said.

"There's good stuff and there's bad stuff," he said. "There's still room for improvement."

"There is a cycling master plan, and there's a lot of good stuff in it. But the implementation is very slow."

There have been 16 additions to Hamilton's bike network since 2010, the latest being bike lanes on Dundurn Street, between York Boulevard & King Street.

Burak said bike lanes aren't perfect, but they do give a "buffer of confidence" that gets more people interested in cycling.

"But to be a true cycling city, you have to make it part of the culture," he said.

How to get around

According to walkscore.com, Hamilton is a car-dependent city.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University used the site as a model to rank the most bikeable cities in Canada.

Researchers tallied three factors: topography, the number of bike lanes and bike accessibility to shops.

Calgary took the top spot for Canadian cities. With a score of 93, it's called "a walker's paradise."

Hamilton comes in at 42, just under the average score of 49.

Michael Brauer, a professor with UBC's School of Population and Public Health, said their hope was to raise the demand for better biking infrastructure.

"We think actually by doing this it will encourage people who live in more bikeable areas to try it out," he said.

Burak said finding a balance between cyclists and drivers should be the goal of any biking network.

"When you get more people riding, eventually you reach a point that everyone is more comfortable with cyclists on the road, drivers included."

"Then you can reach an equilibrium where it's not us against them, it's everyone understanding that we all have space on the road."

Click on a pin on the interactive map below to see some of the things cyclists face in Hamilton.




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