BCAC Agenda – May 19, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for May 19, 2016 is available. Take a look!

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by Dayle Laing, Committee Member, about learnings from the Ontario Bike SummitDayle has included an impressive slide deck, which has many photos taken from her exploratory ride of Toronto cycling infrastructure.

After that, there will be a presentation from J. Spencer, Manager, Parks and Facility Planning, Engineering and Development Services, Planning and Infrastructure Services, about updates to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. There is a slide deck included in the agenda for this presentation. The City of Brampton wants to spread the word about updates to the PRMP through its various Advisory Committees.

Other/New Business/Information Items

The Minutes from the Infrastructure Subcommittee – April 13, 2016 meeting will be considered, and are also included in the agenda. Included with the minutes are 2 recommendations to be brought forward to the committee for consideration:

  1. Expressing opposition to a motion passed on March 7, 2016 to consider the Etobicoke Creek Valley for an LRT.
  2. That the email address “cycling@brampton.ca” be added to the Metrolinx HLRT Stakeholders Mailing List for project updates.
    (The HLRT route has an Active Transportation component within the Complete Streets design)

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, has requested a discussion about Provincial Cap and Trade – Cycling Infrastructure Funding*. The discussion is about whether or not to pass a motion to support Share The Road’s recommendation that “the provincial cap and trade program be leveraged to provide $200 million for cycling infrastructure across Ontario over the next 4 years.” Included is the original letter from Share The Road that was sent to Honourable Glen Murray, M.P.P.

*As of May 16, 2016, it seems this will soon be approved with “$200-million to build more cycling infrastructure, including curb-separated bike lanes and bike parking at GO stations.”

Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. Please come out to see the presentations, and to ask questions!

Save The Date: May 29, 2016

Despite the cool, wet weather that greeted us for the kickoff Community Ride, we had an impressive turnout. Let’s do it again, this time in warmer weather!

It’s time to save the date again, Brampton. Join us on Sunday, May 29th at 9:45am as we kick off the Ward Rides by exploring Loafers LakeRegister for your choice of 5km or 15km route, depending on your comfort level. All cyclists are welcome, whether you live in Brampton or are visiting.

Register now!

Check out the Community Ride 2 – Loafers Lake page for more details.

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First Brampton Community Ride

BCAC’s first Brampton Community Ride kicked off a great cycling season in Brampton.

Gathering at Garden Square, downtown Brampton on May 15th, sixteen cyclists braved cool, windy, rainy, even show showers to participate in the Cycling Advisory Committee’s first Brampton Community Ride.

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Yes, that is a snow flake on the camera lens!

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Kevin and Alina, two of our CAN-BIKE instructor members of BCAC, delivered a brief safety talk before the group headed out on 5km and 15km routes.

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Peter relaxes and pretends we have nice weather for the first ride!

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Meeting new friends and neighbours

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At the Vodden P-gates on Etobicoke Creek Trail, we stop and walk under the very low bridge.

After the ride, everyone returned to Garden Square for a refreshment at Little Shop of Ice Cream, compliments of City of Brampton.

There are 9 more Brampton Community Rides this season! Check out all the others so you can come to the event closest to you. You can also select others to learn about your city. You might even be able to welcome tourists to Brampton.

You are invited to register for the next ride on May 29th, starting from Loafers Lake in the Villages of Heart Lake!

Eventbrite - Brampton Community Ride 2 - Loafers Lake

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A Call on the Province to invest in cycling infrastructure

Cycling Advocates Call on the Province to invest $200 million in cycling infrastructure over 4 years.

(From Share the Road)

At the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, Share the Road, in partnership with Cycle Toronto, called on the provincial government to leverage the cap and trade program to offer $200 million in cycling infrastructure funding over 4 years.

BikeBrampton encourages you to support this recommendation by writing your own email. If you need a place to get started, we’ve included a copy below based on a letter Share the Road wrote to get started. Please let the province know that you support this ask and commitment to providing safer, more connected spaces to cycle.

Address your email to Minister Murray and the Queen’s Park All Party Cycling Caucus.

To: “Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment & Climate Change” <gmurray.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org>, “Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation” <sdelduca.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org>, “Kathryn McGarry <kmcgarry.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org> “Eleanor McMahon, MPP” <emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org>, “Norm Miller, MPP” <norm.miller@pc.ola.org>, “Michael Mantha, MPP” <mmantha-co@ndp.on.ca>

cc: info@sharetheroad.ca, info@cycletoronto.ca, info@bikebrampton.ca

Sample Letter

Dear Minister,

I am writing you to join Share the Road Cycling Coalition in recommending that the provincial cap and trade program be leveraged to provide $200 million for cycling infrastructure across Ontario over the next 4 years. This funding commitment will help to meet the goals set out in Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy, and contribute to meeting goals in the Province’s CycleON Strategy and Action Plan 1.0.

Road transportation accounts for 27% of carbon emissions in Ontario (David Suzuki Foundation). To meet the greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets outlined in Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy, the province must look at ways to cut private automobile travel, especially for trips under 5km. A life cycle analysis of the
environmental impact of various modes of transportation concluded that for each passenger kilometer travelled, bikes emit 92% less CO2 than cars (European Cyclists Federation 2011). Studies have also shown that increasing walking and cycling rates can lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of between 11 to 14% (Maizlish et. al. 2013 and Mason et. al. 2015).

Increasing cycling can play an important role in meeting our climate change goals, but provincial investment is needed to incentivize communities further to make cycling a safer and more convenient mode of transportation. Ontario’s daily cycling mode share is currently 1%. An Ontario-wide poll also shows that 4.5% of Ontario residents ride a bike at least monthly and that 54% of Ontario residents want to cycle more than they do. Of those, 67% would be encouraged to cycle more if there were more and better cycling infrastructure available (Share the Road, 2014).

There is pent-up demand for cycling in Ontario and a need to give residents meaningful transportation options. There is also strong interest among municipalities in building and investing in cycling infrastructure, as demonstrated during the first funding round of the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, which received 150 applications from municipalities.

Share The Road’s recommendation of $200 million for cycling infrastructure represents 0.6% of the province’s 10-year capital transportation budget. I believe that this is a necessary investment, especially in the context of provincial goals to support and promote cycling for all trips under 5km and to become the most bicycle-friendly place in Canada (CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy). Over 4 years, this is also a fair share investment based on cycling’s current mode share. And with 68% of Ontarians in support of provincial investments in new cycling infrastructure, the potential to greatly increase cycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is significant.

This investment in cycling infrastructure will also complement the investments in public transit being made at both the provincial and federal levels. Cycling plays an important role in promoting public transit, helping Ontarians make the journey to and from the nearest transits stations, making transit more convenient and accessible.

I look forward to a safer, greener and healthier Ontario.

 

Save The Date: May 15, 2016

Save the date, Brampton. The BCAC’s free Community Ward Ride schedules are set, the first one starts in less than a month.

Register now!

Join us on Sunday, May 15th at 9:45am as we kick off the Ward Rides by exploring downtown BramptonRegister for your choice of 5km or 15km route, depending on your comfort level. All cyclists are welcome, whether you live in Brampton or are visiting.

Check out the Community Ride 1 – Downtown page for more details.

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BCAC Agenda – April 21, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for April 21, 2016 is available, and it’s an exciting one!

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by Dayle Laing, Committee Member, about Bike the Creek.

Dayle has included a slide deck, which has many amazing photos from earlier events. Definitely worth a look.

Reports/Updates

Committee will be hearing a verbal update from J. Mete, Landscape Architect, Planning and Infrastructure Services, on the Franceschini Bridge Project Status – Update for Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee.

This project is now in the detailed design stage. Minor repair/restoration work will be needed, as well as safety and aesthetic improvements including railings to cyclists’ height, lighting, and fencing/gates to improve access. More details are included in the agenda, including these amazing renderings.

Franceschini Bridge Renderings

Committee will hear an update from Dayle Laing, about Safe Biking Event – Brampton County Court SNAP (Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan), followed by an update Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, re: Motion to the Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Cycling Education.

Other/New Business/Information Items

The Programs Subcommittee has submitted their minutes from their meeting on March 21, 2016. The Minutes are attached to the Committee Agenda. It details some of the planning behind some great events coming up:

There will also be an update about Council Announcement – Community Rides, which Committee member Lisa Stokes recently delegated on to Council.

Correspondence

Two items of correspondence are included in the agenda. The first being correspondence from Pauline Thornham, Member, on the Joint Committee of Western Lake Ontario Cycling Advisory Committee. The second being correspondence from Pauline Thornham about a Ministry of Education Motion. Both correspondence email items are included in the agenda.

Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. Please come out to see the presentations, and to ask questions!

 

Upcoming Cycling Events for 2016

It’s a busy time of year — the planning of cycling events for 2016!

We’ve made a change on our website. We’ve made it easier for you to quickly see upcoming cycling events in Brampton, just by taking a look at the sidebar of any page on bikebrampton.ca. We’re using Facebook to manage events. This is so that if you have the Facebook app on your phone, you can be reminded of an event happening near you.

Some of the new cycling events in Brampton this year include Community Ward Rides, more starting points for Bike To Work Day, Manitou Park Bike Parade, and expansions to Bike The Creek and Bramalea CycleFest. We hope to see you there!

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Power of Women Mini-Conference

Power of Women Mini-Conference, Apr 28th 3:30-8pm. Louise Arbour Secondary School, 365 Father Tobin Road, Brampton.

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BikeBrampton will be displaying to encourage young women to cycle! Registration

Power of Women Flyer

Literature has shown that,

“women are at no greater risk on bikes than they are walking”

according to Beth Savan, Ph.D. MCIP Senior Lecturer Emeritus, School of the Environment, and Research Associate, Cities Centre with the University of Toronto; Senior Fellow, Massey College.

Professor Savan reported that 2/3 of cycling trips are taken by men, but when cycling density is higher, the cycling rate of women rises to 50%.

“As cycling becomes more visible, it becomes safer.”

For that reason, BikeBrampton wants to reduce the barriers to cycling, promote the power of women and open up the possibilities for young women riding for fun, to school, to work and for errands.

If you are a young woman or know someone who is, here is the free registration link.

Have You Made The Pledge for 2016?

Every year in April kicks off 30 Days of Biking. Have you made the pledge for 2016?

Despite our recent reminder that we sometimes get snow in April, 30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination. On Twitter, use the hashtags #30daysofbiking and #bikebrampton to share your adventures online.

Make the pledge, and share your trips! The weather should get warmer from here. 😉

BCAC Minutes – March 17, 2016

The minutes from the March 17, 2016 Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting are published.

A copy of the agenda can be found on the City of Brampton website.

Delegations and Presentations

The Committee received a delegation from Ranjana Mitra and Sarah Verma of the Community Environment Alliance RE: Community Bike Centre Programs and Initiatives. Sarah and Ranjana provided information on the Community Bike Centre programs and initiatives, including the history and background, mandate, milestones, and partnerships collaborations.

Committee consideration of the matter included questions about cycling workshops and events, fundraising, and promotional efforts.

New Business and Information Items

The Committee received an update from Alina Grzejszczak, Member, RE: CANBIKE Instructor Course. Alina noted that all enrolled members passed the exam and may take the certification course (First Aid, Ontario Cycling Association Membership, and course shadowing) on their own time if they wish.

Committee consideration of the matter included a suggestion that certified members run the Bike Rodeo event at Bike the Creek. The programs subcommittee will consider the suggestion and bring forward a motion at a future meeting.

Committee held a discussion at the request of Gaspard Ndayishimiye, Member, RE: Transformation of Maintenance Strips into Cycling Lanes. Gaspard suggested that to reduce cyclist/automobile collisions, consideration should be given to converting maintenance strips to bicycle lanes. Committee consideration of the matter included:

  • Purpose and quality of maintenance strips
  • Cycling lane safety, including signage and spacing
  • Maintenance of multi-use paths and cycling lanes
  • Creation of direct routes for cyclist commuter traffic

In response to questions from Committee, staff noted that maintenance strips do not meet the design criteria to be safely converted to cycling infrastructure. Current provincial guidelines identify requirements for the development of proper cycling infrastructure within roads. An aim in the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan is to check older infrastructure within the City’s boulevards with the intent of repurposing it for active transportation, if it is deemed safe. Committee will be asked to give advice on future active transportation developments.

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, requested discussion RE: Proclamation Request Forms – Motion for Co-Chair(s) to submit Proclamation Request. Committee consideration of the matter included consensus that Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit a proclamation and announcement request to formally recognize June as Bike Month and announce upcoming cycling events. The following motion was considered:

  1. That Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit an announcement request for the April 13, 2016 Council meeting, regarding upcoming cycling events.
  2. That Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit a proclamation request to formally recognize June as Bike Month within the City of Brampton.

Kevin also requested a discussion RE: Bike Month

In response to questions from Committee, staff noted that logos on the main page of Bike Month’s website belong to sponsors. Committee may discuss sponsoring Bike Month events during the 2017 budget planning. Committee consideration of the matter included consensus to have the Programs Subcommittee work with staff and Walk and Roll Peel to organize an event for Bike to Work Day. The following motion was considered:

  • That the Programs Subcommittee work with City of Brampton staff and Walk and Roll Peel to organize an event and ride for Bike to Work Day.

Question Period

Dayle Laing, Member, noted that an update on Bike the Creek will be provided at the next meeting and registration is open for members who wish to volunteer at the event.

The Cycling Advisory Committee meets again on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. See you there!