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Abram Bergen
Hamilton
Interests: Abram reads postcolonial (anglophone) and postmodern fiction, watches indie & foreign films, writes and blogs on a variety of subjects, and likes to travel (especially on human power--he's an avid cyclist too). He has special research/writing interests in gender & sexuality issues, hybridity and identity politics, secular ethics, and environmentally-friendly technologies and lifestyles. Now the owner of THAAT (The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation), a human-powered delivery and advertising company.
Recent Activity
I realize most of the I Cycle Hamilton action has been happening on facebook, and by extension, twitter for far too long. Why an actual blog update now? Well, at a fundraising event for Open Streets Hamilton, a recently incorporated non-profit organization promoting active transportation, safe streets and livable cities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at I C H
I'm not sure when the milkman stopped going to people's doorstep to place a bottle or two of milk into the milkbox, but it probably disappeared along with other home deliveries--from the hardware or grocery store, the local bakery, even the corner store. It seems the milkman stopped making his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at THAAT
I have never had use for the bike racks on our HSR buses, but every time I see a full bike rack on a bus I smile (this used to go for both of us--my partner and myself). I love the idea of multimodal transit! The best transit systems in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at I C H
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This scene greeted me as I approached our yard this morning. Four big trucks within a single block on Locke South--no articulated vehicles, tractor trailers, this time (they are usually earlier in the morning, between 6 and 7 a.m.)--unload a pallet or two (at most) of goods. Two have been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at THAAT
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Name: Wilson St. James Where do you ride and how often? I commute from Winona to the city year round, as often as I can (usually about 3 days of the week). A short story about you and your bike: My trusted aluminum Diamondback recently gave way to my new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at I C H
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Name: Aaron Neal Where do you ride and how often? Every day to Burlington and back. To the store, trips, day rides and especially climbing the escarpment for fun! Hamilton is a WORLD CLASS cycling city! A short story about you and your bike: I am just getting back to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at I C H
At a little more than a year in operation, we are experiencing growing pains, and June has been a month of changes both challenging and exciting! We did two moves--personal and business. With new business in the pipeline and an impending house move (the house we were in was being... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at THAAT
First, for those of you who have not yet seen it or heard about it, Hamilton's first bike corral is up. A bike corral is an on-street (curbside) bike parking space. While Hamilton has put the first pilot partway on the sidewalk, with the actual bike rack being on the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at I C H
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Name: Iris Lenauer Where do you ride and how often? I see my bike as my primary mode of transportation: I commute to university, ride to the grocery store, sports events, and concerts. In summertime I also enjoy exploring the area around Hamilton with my bike. A short story about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at I C H
Arterial streets are okay now, though bike lanes, where they exist, and curbs, generally, are messy. Residential streets are very messy with packed snow with tire tracks and some slush. If you're on a bike today, take it nice and easy on residential streets, and on arterial streets exercise your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at THAAT
Abram Bergen has shared their blog Wordwork|play
Jan 31, 2012
I know I have been rather critical of Hamilton's response to liveable city initiatives, including pedestrianization and cycle-friendly infrastructure, but there are things being done. It just seems implementation of infrastructure is so anemic and fragmented. One piece of good news of late is that, beginning this spring, after too... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at I C H
MACGreen is holding a Polar Bear Ride this Friday, February 3rd, 2012 to counter the myth that it's too cold to ride through winter. So, modeled on the Polar Bear Dip, cyclists will be going for a short ride from the Mary E. Keyes Residence dressed minimally--shorts, t-shirt, bathing suit,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at I C H
I received an e-mail yesterday from a cycling contact at the City with the request to pass the information on to my readers. However, instead of simply posting the information, I want to share my frustrations with the position the City keeps taking on the subject of cycling. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at I C H
Name: Edward O'Hara {no pic yet} Where do you ride and how often? I commute from Pearl North to Mohawk College daily. I ride everywhere and anywhere. In the summer I ride at least 10 to 15 thousand kilometres of road. When I worked in Toronto I was known to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at I C H
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I've written before that traveling by bike between the lower city and the upper city is rather troublesome, quite apart from the challenge of the incline. The two halves of Hamilton are so poorly connected, especially for bicycle traffic, that it really feels like two cities. This gets even worse... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at I C H
After starting my sustainable urban delivery business, using cargo bikes and trailers to deliver up to 300 lbs of goods for and between local businesses, I got into pretty decent shape. Just from all the cycling alone, leaving my diet intact and not doing any other workout, I lost about 20 lbs and my legs became solid and well-defined. I began at about 184 lbs and am now 162.5 lbs, as of this morning. My midsection, however, remained soft and flabby. All that cycling did nothing, or very little, for my core. So I began looking for things I could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at The Big-Bearded Bicyclist
Jacob, thanks for stopping by and for your comments. There are indeed many alternatives, especially for urbanites, to relying solely on a car. Though I didn't get around to posting about it--my efforts have been directed mainly to building my cargo-bike delivery business and when I can, www.icyclehamilton.ca--we did finally manage to sell the car on August 25th, 2011 and have been car-free since. Grocery shopping is now done with my company cargo-bike.
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I will be taking a little time off over the holidays, but not much. I will be off after 2pm this Saturday, December 24th and return September 27th through the 31st. I will also be off January 1st and 2nd for New Years. Happy holidays, everyone! Remember, I will deliver... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at THAAT
Oh my! Looks like I forgot to put sugar in the recipe above. I hope no one's tried to make them and wondered why they turned out badly because of it. I will update it while I correct as I've made some improvements to the recipe since. Sorry!
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Because my partner and I go for lots of walks, and we happen to enjoy a little train watching too, we spied a bike (I won't reveal the location at this time) lying at the bottom of a bridge near the tracks. It looks to have been a decent bike,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at I C H
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After much deliberation, we have decided to shrink our service area over the winter months. While we will still service all of the lower city, including Dundas and Stoney Creek, we will no longer, effective immediately, service the upper city, including Ancaster. We were very well aware of the challenges... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at THAAT
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Yesterday morning in crisp, cool weather, the streets wet from the melting of the previous nights wet snow, I rode over to the Waterfront Centre to attend my first Transportation Committee meeting. I had just joined that committee along with the YEP (Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals), out of which I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at THAAT
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A couple of photos from Dundurn South shot last Saturday, on my birthday. Always riders on Dundurn South. Can't wait for construction on King St into Westdale to be finished, as well as Main St coming back, and for the lanes to be extended on Dundurn all the way to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at I C H
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Bike pad in front of fancy new building at Mohawk College (only 1 bike there Friday afternoon, on last day of classes) Though nice, it seems they're mighty proud of the relatively small bike parking station The station in the back, with secure parking, is more impressive I like that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at I C H