BikeNiagara blog

Bike Niagara is a new organization, formed by a group of local Cycling enthusiasts interested in helping people get started, by promoting safe cycling, bike riding skills and improving on the road capabilities of all cyclists

Our blog will have news about events, rides, training sessions, anything cycling happening in Niagara.

Niagara Freewheelers Public Meeting

posted Feb 19, 2015, 8:21 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 7:36 AM ]

Cycling season is fast approaching.
Come on out to the Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club's Open House. 

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 at 7pm at the Regional Headquarters in Thorold. 

Guest Speaker Susan Morin from Venture Niagara will speak about Cycle Tourism in Niagara. 

For more information check out the Niagara Freewheelers website for more information.

Everyone is Welcome!

Niagara Active Transportation Summit

posted Jan 15, 2015, 9:05 AM by Walt Berg

Save the Date


What:             Niagara Active Transportation Summit

Accelerating Active Transportation through Collective Action


When:            March 4

Evening gathering: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Featuring the film, Bike City: Great City.

Great cities for cycling are better places for everyone”


March 5

Breakfast Keynote: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Learn how active transportation and cycling tourism can

boost business districts and the local economy


Summit: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Inspiring success stories from across Ontario

Next steps and action plan for Niagara


Where:           Holiday INN, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines


Who should attend:


·         Business leaders and elected officials who want to build local business and the economy

·         Municipal and regional staff, tourism stakeholders, economic developers, police, transit officers, school boards, citizens and others interested in accelerating active transportation in Niagara


FREE to Niagara residents and stakeholders (Registration fee for participants outside of Niagara)

More details will be available soon at


Brought to you by members of Healthy Living Niagara’s planning group representing:


·         Active Transportation Niagara Network

·         Bike Niagara

·         Brock  University

·         Greater Niagara Circle Route Committee

·         Niagara Region

·         Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee

·         Venture Niagara



Sent on behalf of the planning group by Lisa Gallant 

Healthy Living Niagara Coordinator

Niagara Region Public Health
 905-688-8248 ext. 7321 Toll-free:  1-800-263-7248


Please share this message with people who you believe will be interested in attending this event.




Bicycle Helmets in the News

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:59 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 2:54 PM by R Garcia ]


Bike Niagara founders Gary Murphyand Dave Hunt are featured in the St. Catharines Standard article about proposed mandatory bicycle helmet laws in Ontario.  Read about the Ontario Coroner's cycling deaths review here:


Saving Bike Lanes at the New Hospital

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:49 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 3:11 PM by R Garcia ]

St. Catharines City Council puts bikes ahead of cars in fight to preserve existing bike lanes. Check out the news article here.


Bike Niagara's Dave Hunt receives prestigious Award!

posted May 30, 2013, 8:18 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 3:22 PM by R Garcia ]

BikeNiagara members picture

Bike Niagara would like to congratulate Dave Hunt (our bike safety guy) who was the recipient of the 2013 "Wheels of Change Advocacy Award". 

The award is given in recognition of advocacy, dedication and leadership in building bicycle friendly communities across Ontario. It was presented at the recent Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto, by Eleanor McMahon from the Share the Road Cycle Coalition

Well done Dave!

Bike Niagara in the News

posted Mar 18, 2013, 10:27 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 2:56 PM by R Garcia ]

BikeNiagara members picture
"Walt Berg, left, Dave Hunt and Ted Higgins are three of four founders of Bike Niagara who plan to host beginner bicycling courses in Pelham and St. Catharines this spring to help people become more confident in sharing the roads. (VICTORIA GRAY Tribune Staff)"

Ready, Set, Cycle!, Bike Niagara's 2013 four session course for folks just starting or getting back on the bike.  

Check out the article that was featured in the St. Catharines Standard on Friday, March 15, 2013  "Bike Niagara gears up for cycling course" article here

Registration begins on March 27- Space is limited.


BikeNiagara in the News

posted Apr 26, 2012, 7:31 AM by   [ updated Feb 12, 2014, 3:48 AM by R Garcia ]

The 2012 riding season is well underway.  Registrations for the May courses are strong and we look forward to delivering our first Segment 2 session (on-bike training) on May 14.  Yesterday Niagara This Week published an article about the Bike Niagara course and the volunteers who were involved in developing the program.  Check the full article HERE.

Segment 1- Getting Started

posted Apr 11, 2012, 10:32 AM by   [ updated Apr 14, 2012, 2:10 PM by R Garcia ]

BikeNiagara hosted our first Safe Cycling for Fun and Health class last night at the Regional Building.  We would like to thank Sergeant Scott Elliot from the Niagara Regional Police who was called in at the last minute to instruct the course in place of Ted Higgins who had to deal with a family emergency.  Scott is an avid road cyclist and mountain bike rider and instructs the NRP Bike Unit in proper bike handling skills. 

We had 16 participants for our free course which was a great turnout for the first class.  A lot of information was passed on to participants as well as some excellent questions that added to the discussion.  Our next segment of Getting Started will be Tuesday, May 1 and our first on-bike class (Segment 2) takes place on Monday, May 14.  

Consider signing up, and on completion of Segment 2 training receive a free one year membership to the Niagara Freewheelers Touring Club (valued at $30).  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us at

Welcome to our site!

posted Feb 18, 2012, 1:47 PM by   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 2:30 PM by R Garcia ]


Hello and welcome to our new website.

We are excited about the upcoming new Cycling season - looking forward to good weather, sunny skies and being out on the road with our friends again.

We are also excited about Bike Niagara, our project to share our experience and knowledge with anyone interested in getting started in Recreational Cycling.

Here in Niagara, we are fortunate to have very scenic places to visit, quiet rural roads to enjoy on our favourite bicycles.

Hope you join us for the training sessions, and maybe on the rides as well!

Thank you,

for Bike Niagara dot Org.

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