Community in Motion Awards

Award Categories

Awards are given to individuals, groups, businesses and organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts in promoting cycling, walking and/or transit usage by creating a friendly environment for these modes through infrastructure, promotional/education program or other similar initiatives.

There are 8 award categories that can be given to an individual, school, and business or organization that fosters a culture of active transportation within the City. Each group or individual can be considered for up to one entry in each of the six award categories.

Awarded to an individual business/organization or group of businesses or organizations that demonstrate significant impact on promoting cycling and a cycle-friendly environment through infrastructure, promotional programs or other similar initiatives.

Some examples include:

  • providing bike parking, showers or lockers for commuters, and or other incentives
  • contribution to cycling education

Awarded to an individual business/organization or group of businesses/organizations that demonstrate significant impact on promoting pedestrian mobility and a pedestrian-friendly environment through infrastructure, promotional programs or other similar initiatives. 

The projects could include:

  • sidewalks improvements
  • streetscaping such as benches or trees
  • supporting pedestrian-oriented events such as incentives, education, and other activities

Awarded to an individual business/organization or group of businesses/organizations that demonstrate significant impact on promoting transit and a transit-friendly environment through infrastructure, promotional programs or other similar initiatives.

Some examples include:

  • discounts for patrons with transit pass
  • incentives for employees who use transit

Awarded to the non-post secondary school that shows leadership by demonstrating their efforts to encourage cycling and pedestrian activity for their students and staff during the year.

Examples include:

  • bike parking or change facilities
  • bike-safety programs
  • school-wide promotions
  • active & sustainable school transportation
  • management of its active and safe routes to school program to active and sustainable school transportation

Awarded to an individual or group that demonstrates leadership in advancing cycling, pedestrian, and/or transit initiatives and who has exhibited a tireless commitment to promoting cycling and walking in the City. The individual/ group has gone above and beyond expectations to transform Hamilton into a great place to use active transportation. Their time, knowledge, creativity, and dedication set a high standard of excellence exemplifying a role model for peers.

Awarded to a group that demonstrates leadership in advancing cycling, pedestrian, and/or transit initiatives and who has exhibited a tireless commitment to promoting cycling and walking in the City. The group has gone above and beyond expectations to transform Hamilton into a great place to use active transportation. Their time, knowledge, creativity, and dedication set a high standard of excellence exemplifying a role model for peers.

Awarded to an individual who demonstrates a superb commitment to volunteering in the area of advancing cycling, pedestrian, and/or transit initiatives and who has exhibited a tireless commitment to promoting cycling and walking in the City. This individual has gone above and beyond expectations to transform Hamilton into a great place to use active transportation. Their time, knowledge, creativity, and dedication sets a high standard of excellence and role modelling.

Awarded to a neighbourhood or community that promotes a culture of walking while celebrating its unique cultural assets through community-led activities, programs, or initiatives which are free, accessible, welcoming to all people and successfully mobilize the community.

Cultural assets include historic buildings and streets, natural heritage, festivals and events, and all forms of art including music, film, fashion, design, dance, culinary, literary, visual arts, multi-media, and crafts.

‘Successful mobilization’ entails a description of the depth and breadth of community participation and activity (e.g.: number of people, diverse people and groups, increase in walking or participation, community testimonials, etc.)

Examples include:

  • Walking tours or programs that are organized by community organizations, associations, or informal groups that celebrate a cultural asset;
  • Neighbourhood or community-organized festivals, events, or activities that take place in public spaces, are pedestrian oriented and celebrate their cultural asset(s) ;
  • Cultural, Indigenous, or rural events that celebrate a local cultural asset and are free to the public to attend and are pedestrian oriented;
  • Neighbourhood or community-led Walkability Audits that creatively mobilize the community and / or inspire an inclusive and cultural improvement or change;
  • Community projects that incorporate a cultural element and enhance the walking culture of neighbourhood (i.e.: beautification; improvements to streetscaping; greening; cultural interpretation; transforming a space that invites pedestrian activity for diverse ages, backgrounds and abilities).