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Totally Transit – Connecting Older Adults with Public Transit

hsrGreen Venture has been offering bus education programs for several years through the Totally Transit program.  This program introduces people to the HSR, and provides them with the information needed to take the bus.  This is the second year that Green Venture has expanded this program to cater to older adults.

Taking the bus is one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around our city.  The HSR carries millions of passengers per year and operates comprehensive bus routes throughout Hamilton.  These workshops will discuss HSR bus services and focus on the neighbourhood around the workshop location.

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Through a series of free workshops offered at ten locations across Hamilton, older adults will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate public transit.  Topics such as local bus routes, bus fare and passes, seniors’ discounts, and trip planning will be covered.

After a 45 minute presentation on taking the bus, an optional 15 minute presentation will be offered on how to use Google maps to plan your trip, for those who use the internet.  All workshop participants will have the opportunity to fill out a form requesting bus trip planning to two destinations.  Green Venture will mail participants step by step instructions explaining how to take the bus to their destinations.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a guided bus trip, where they will travel in small groups of 2-4 on the bus with a trained bus travel guide.  Free bus tickets will be provided, and the travel guide will orient them on how to use the bus while they ride to a fun location for an outing, before travelling back to their starting point on the bus together.

Workshops will be offered at:

Wednesday September 10, 10:30 to 12:00pm- Concession Street Library, 565 Concession St, Hamilton

Tuesday September 23, 2:00 to 3:30pm -Westdale Library 955 King St W, Hamilton,

Monday September 29, 2:00 to 3:30pm Turner Park Library 352 Rymal Rd E, Hamilton

Wednesday October 1, 2:00 to 3:30pm Red Hill Library 695 Queenston Road Hamilton

Monday October 20, 10 to 11:30am – North End Community Health Centre, 438 Hughson Street North, Hamilton

Thursday October 23, 10 to 11:30am – Sackville Hill Senior Center, 780 Upper Wentworth Street, Hamilton

Wednesday October 29, 10 to 11:30am – Dundas Library, 18 Ogilvie St, Dundas

 

Registration is required to attend a workshop.

To sign up for a guided bus trip, please call 905-540-8787 ext. 151

 

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Michael Albanese

Green Venture

905-540-8787 ext 151

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www.greenventure.ca

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Climate Change Champions Update: It’s Always Bike Month at THAAT Delivery

Climate Change Champion Activity Update

June is Bike Month so we thought we’d use this month’s Climate Change Champions update to highlight a bicycle-friendly organization in Hamilton. THAAT Delivery, a signatory of Hamilton’s Climate Change Action Charter since its inception, brings Hamilton human-powered, local, and sustainable delivery services. THAAT Delivery, newly located at 237 James St. N. (entrance on Severn St.), offers convenient, efficient, and CO2-free delivery with a 500lb cargo capacity of all kinds of goods throughout the lower city from Stoney Creek to Dundas. You may be asking “How is it CO2-free”? Well, it’s all delivered by bike! At the time of this interview, THAAT Delivery had offset 893.54 pounds of CO2e by cycling 1528 km for 1126 deliveries, and these numbers just keep growing!

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During the average week, THAAT is on the road delivering regular customer’s products like magazines and subscriptions, light-weight deliveries, coffeecology coffee, community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm deliveries, and bread and egg deliveries. Not only are many of these products local and sustainable, but they are being delivered to doorsteps across the city with no associated carbon emissions because they’re delivered by bike. Starting in June, THAAT will be out on the road making even more deliveries! THAAT Delivery has partnered with vendors from the Locke Street Market to launch The Local Basket. This website is an online platform where residents can access menus of local growers to buy local and sustainable produce, coffee, and much more and have it delivered to their doorstep by bike. The Local Basket is a great way for people to access local food without driving to a farmer’s market and negating the impact of buying local.

That’s not all you can expect from THAAT this summer. THAAT will also be unveiling a new Vélo Stage which made a special appearance at Bike to Work/School Day this year at Gore Park. The Stage is a partnership between THAAT Delivery and Reuben and Heidi Vanderkwaak, also known as the Pedal Powered Family and the folks behind Kidical Mass, to raise awareness and advocate for cargo cycling by showing all of the great possibilities bikes can bring us. You might have seen the Velo Stage this past Sunday at Open Streets Hamilton on James Street North.

THAAT also received the Community in Motion Active Transportation Award for Bicycle-Friendly Business/Organization at Bike to Work Day this year. This award recognizes businesses and organizations that demonstrate significant impact on promoting cycling and a cycle-friendly environment through infrastructure, promotional programs or other similar initiatives. THAAT Delivery is an active member of the community and has made a huge effort to actively support and promote the use of healthy and sustainable forms of transportation not only through the way the business operates but other ventures as well.

We hope THAAT Delivery keeps up the great work and can’t wait to see what comes next!

– Deirdre

Get Involved in Planning Open Streets #HamOnt

openstreetsham logoAs a proud partner of Open Streets Hamilton, Green Venture is encouraging residents (yes you!) to get involved and help make Open Streets Hamilton a continued success.

This event is only going to be possible with help from you, so get involved today!

A volunteer planning meeting is scheduled for this Thursday April 4th. Contact events@openstreetshamilton.ca to become part of this dynamic team of volunteers (even if you are unable to make the meeting this Thursday, there are many ways that you can help).

Thanks,

Pete Wobschall
Executive Director
Green Venture

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Open Streets Wants You…

…to join our 2013 team!

Sunday June 23, 2013open streets hamilton sc – 10am to 5pm

We hope you’re coming to Open Streets Hamilton: James Street North!   Apply now and tell us how you’d like to help us open the street!

WHO – Open Streets Hamilton Community Organization is a volunteer-run, registered non-profit organization.  We are a community-based partnership dedicated to promoting active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles by temporarily transforming streets into a shared space for everyone to experience.  Our motto is “Make the Streets Your Playground”.  Sunday, June 23rd, 2013, will mark our 7th car-free Sunday in Hamilton since June 2010!

Open Streets Hamilton is part of a network of events taking place all over the world to re-purpose streets for fun, active, and creative activities!  Click here to see more about events like this across North America!  Open Streets Hamilton is looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Media & Sponsorship (assist in recruiting paid and in-kind sponsors, arrange media coverage for event day, write press releases, ensure sponsor recognition on event day)
  • Street & Logistics (create street design for programming and amenities, arrange equipment for event day, set up/tear down of equipment, coordinate drop off/pick up on event day)
  • Communications & Outreach (assist with outreach to businesses and residents along the event route, attend promotional events, answer emails/social media requests)
  • Programming & Activities (help to solicit programming for the event, assist with set up/tear down of programming for event day, work with street layout team for placement/amenities)
  • Volunteers & Fundraising (recruit new volunteers, learn & develop volunteer training program, coordinate volunteers for event day and promotional events, assure fundraising tools are available)
  • Reporting & Evaluation (create event report template, set up evaluation for event results, carry out evaluation, prepare reports for future events)
  • Administration & Finances (attend committee meetings, take minutes, assist with bookkeeping tasks, answer general inquiries, direct requests to appropriate volunteers)
We will be hosting our next event on James Street North, in Hamilton, Ontario (final route details TBA).  Our volunteer planning team is open to all volunteers and meets at YWCA Hamilton (75 MacNab Street).  Please note YWCA Hamilton is an accessible building, has outdoor bike racks, and is only a short distance from both the MacNab Street bus terminal and Hamilton GO Station.  (Paid parking is available at City Hall.)Our next event is on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 (10am* to 5pm – *road closure starts at 9am, set up is between 9am and 10am).
Planning team meetings take place starting April 4th on the first and third Thursday of every month from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.  All volunteers will receive minutes from planning team meetings and are welcome (and encouraged) to attend and assist with the planning process!
Click here to submit your application to join our June 23rd, 2013 event!  A team of returning volunteers will review your application and confirm your registration upon approval.  See above for more information about the kind of help Open Streets Hamilton is looking for.
Thank you for your time and consideration!  We hope you will be able to join us on June 23rd!  If you have more questions please contact Sunil at sunil@openstreetshamilton.ca or call 905-481-0809.Looking forward to seeing you on the street!The OSH Event Planning Team

Green Venture is offering transit programs for older adults and for elementary students.

I Ride The HSR, connecting older adults with public transit.

Green Venture has been offering bus education programs for several years through the Totally Transit program.  This program introducespeople to the HSR, and provides them with the information needed to take the bus.  Green

hsrVenture is expanding this program to cater to older adults. Through a series of free workshops offered at four locations in Hamilton, older adults will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate public transit.  Topics such as local bus routes, bus fare and passes, seniors’ discounts, and trip planning will be covered.

After a 45 minute presentation on taking the bus, an optional 15 minute presentation will be offered on how to use Google maps to plan your

trip, for those who use the internet.  All workshop participants will have the opportunity to
fill out a form requesting bus trip planning to two destinations.  Green Venture will mail participants step by step instructions explaining how to take the bus to their destinations.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a guided bus trip, where they will travel in small groups of 2-4 on the bus with a trained bus travel guide.  Free bus tickets will be provided, and the travel guide will orient them on how to use the bus while they ride to a fun location for
an outing, before travelling back to their starting point on the bus together.

Taking the bus is one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around our city.  The HSR carries millions of passengers each year and operates comprehensive bus routes throughout Hamilton.  These workshops will discuss HSR bus services and focus on the neighbourhood around the workshop location.

Workshops will be offered at:

Tues Feb 19, 10:30am-12pm at Westdale Library (955 King St W)

Mon Feb 25, 10:30am-12pm at Turner Park Library (352 Rymal Rd E)

Thurs Feb 28. 10:30am-12pm at New Village Retirement Home (490 Hwy 8)

Mon March 4, 9:30-11am at Sackville Hill Seniors’ Recreation Centre (780 Upper Wentworth St)

Registration is not required to attend a workshop.
To sign up for a guided bus trip, please call 905-540-8787 ext 154.

Grades 5, 6, 7  – Totally Transit Program

Get on board Green Venture’s bus education program and prepare your students to ride city transit safely and effectively.  Totally Transit equips young bus riders with the tools they need to ride transit and make the connections between our transportation choices, energy use, air quality, climate change and healthy communities.  Best of all the students put their knowledge to the test on a privately chartered Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) city bus.

Green Venture and the HSR chartered bus come right to the school doors to deliver Totally Transit on-site or the bus can be your transportation to and from an EcoHouse tour.

To book a school tour and free bus trip, please call 905-540-8787 ext 154 or email education@greenventure.ca

Bike to Work Day – Celebrating Cycling in Hamilton on May 30th

Green Venture is supporting Smart Commute’s Bike to Work Day on Monday May 30th with our staff taking part in the events of the day and riding to work in various Group Rides.

Bike to Work Day is an excellent way to celebrate Hamilton as a “cycling and active community!” Individuals can choose to participate in many ways including Group Rides, as a Group Ride Leader, or if you prefer, riding solo on your own route.

Gore Park Celebration

Those riding downtown are joining in the Gore Park Bike to Work Day Celebration from 7:45 to 8:30am. While enjoying a snack you can meet other residents interested in cycling. Seasoned cycling commuters will be sharing tips on safe cycling and favourite routes throughout Hamilton. 

You can learn tips to help maintain your bike and make your cycling commute easy and fun! Engage in conversation with city cycling staff and learn about what the city is doing to promote cycling in Hamilton.

Find out what you can do to improve cycling in your neighbourhoods and throughout the city. Come give the HSR bus bike rack a try at an onsite demonstration.

Registering

If your interested in joining a Group Ride or logging your own solo ride, check out the Smart Commute website for information on how to get involved.

Group Ride Leaders

Consider helping others discover the joys of commuting by bike and become a Group Ride Leader. Group Ride Leaders are comfortable commuting by bike and interested in:

–  Promoting Hamilton as a “cycling and active community”
–  Helping others build their cycling confidence
–  Meeting other cyclists and sharing experiences
–  Learning more about what the city is doing to promote cycling

If this sounds like you, then sign up as a Group Ride Leader for Bike to Work Day on May 30th.  Leaders will be paired with Assistant Ride Leaders to guide groups from a designated gathering point to Gore Park for the Bike to Work Day Celebration. 

Group Rides

A list of Group Ride departure locations and corresponding times can be found on the Smart Commute website.

Please consider being a Group Ride Leader and sign up on Smart Commute’s website.

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