The Climate Change Action Plan Will Support Cycling!

On June 8th, 2016 — during Bike Month — the province of Ontario announced it’s much-anticipated Climate Change Action Plan. In April 2016, cycling advocates were asked to asked to call on the Province to invest in cycling infrastructure, and Ontario delivered. The plan includes several “actions that support cycling“, as well as other strategies that “will put Ontario on track to reduce transportation-related emissions while also helping to reduce the fuel costs of moving people“.

Action Item 3 is dedicated to support cycling and walking. From the plan:

3) Support cycling and walking

Good cycling infrastructure gets people out of their cars and onto bikes and transit for their daily commute, effectively reducing greenhouse gas pollution while also improving public health. This action will:

3.1 Improve commuter cycling network

The government intends to accelerate and enhance implementation of Ontario’s Cycling Strategy and Action Plan and promote cycling. It will do this through:

3.1.1 A better cycling network

Commuter cycling networks will be established across Ontario, targeting routes with high-commuting volume such as between residential communities, major transit stations and employment areas.

3.1.2 Safe cycling

There will be more cycling facilities in urban areas, including grade-separated routes and cycling signals.

3.1.3 Convenient cycling

There will be more bike parking at transit stations and provincially owned, publicly accessible facilities.

3.1.4 Commuter cycling

Ontario will revise provincial road and highway standards to require commuter cycling infrastructure be considered for all road and highway construction projects where it is safe and feasible. Ontario will do the same for major transit corridors.

The Cycling action item is receiving a total intended funding of:
$150,000,000 to $225,000,000!

More details are available on the Climate Change Action Plan page.

 

Bike the Creek shout-out in legislature

Bike the Creek got a shout-out in Ontario provincial legislature when MPP Harinder Malhi rose to make a statement before summer break.

MPP Malhi along with over 600 residents and visitors will be riding in Bike the Creek this Saturday. She will be one of the dignitaries speaking at the official opening of the event at 8:30am, Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, 292 Conestoga Drive, Brampton.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Chief Medical Officer of Health will be bringing greetings from Region of Peel Public Health on the importance of cycling and healthy active living.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry will bring greetings on behalf of the Province of Ontario. We welcome Minister McGarry who has been recently promoted to cabinet, yet kept her commitment to attend Bike the Creek. She was previously the Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Transportation, in charge of #CycleON 2.0 Strategy.

Come join us for Bike the Creek Register now!

Carabram Cycle Route

The Carabram multicultural festival takes place in Brampton on July 8, 9, and 10. Why not skip the traffic and enjoy a bike ride through the city?

Here’s a Carabram Cycle Route map you can use to get to the pavilions using Recreation Trails, side roads, and non-arterial roads that don’t compete with Highway 410 traffic.

Check out the Carabram Cycle Route

BCAC Agenda – June 16, 2016

Happy Bike Month!

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for June 16, 2016 is available. Take a look!

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by Lisa Stokes, Committee Member, about an Advocacy Success Story using social media. There is a presentation included in the agenda, and it’s a cool story — definitely worth a look.

Other/New Business/Information Items

Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, has requested discussions about:

  • Status Update – Community Rides
  • Status Update – Committee Work Plan

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

Bike the Creek Scenic Spin

Days left to register for Bike the Creek scenic spin event Jun 18th.

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Join hundreds of cyclists in fun family ride through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks of Brampton and Caledon. Bike the Creek is a FREE fun family event aimed at encouraging people of all ages to discover the joys of cycling. Registration starts from 7:30am at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, 292 Conestoga Drive, Brampton. Collect passport stamps for chances at prizes. Register before June 16th to ensure your FREE lunch.
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2016 Bike the Creek Rider Briefing

Bike the Creek 2016 Official Program

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  • 11 km approx. Bike the Creek Family Ride  10:15am start (1-2 hrs) short north route
  • 16 km approx. Bike the Creek Nature Ride – 10:00am start (2-3 hrs) north route
  • 25 km approx. Bike the Creek City Ride – 9:15am start (2-4 hrs) – south route
  • 41 km approx. Bike the Creek End-to-End Ride – 9:00am start (3-4 hrs for experienced riders) north followed by south route
  • Bike Rodeo for kids – 9:30am – 12:00pm – presented by Community Bike Centre & Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee CAN-BIKE Instructors

Bike the Creek Route Maps:

Bike the Creek Strava Route Export Links:

Bike the Creek Avenza PDF Maps Mobile App:

GeoPDF mapping app for Apple, Android at Google play or Windows Phone Store. Our partner Toronto and Region Conservation will have experts at their booth to help you install this mapping app on your device! Download map of route; measure distance & time to where you are going; add your photos for a personalized experience of Bike the Creek!

Experts from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, City of Brampton Heritage and Town of Caledon line routes with strategic pavilions, explaining  features and stamping passports for a chance to win fabulous prizes. The catered lunch is sponsored by Region of Peel and Walk + Roll Peel.

You are encouraged to have your bicycle professionally tuned-up so you can ride worry-free. Should you need some assistance on the day of the event, minor bike repairs will be available at registration, compliments of City of Brampton. Our mechanics were very busy last year, so plan ahead!

A friendly reminder that Riders agree to ride at their own risk and are requested to sign the Bike the Creek Waiver Form before participating. Helmet use with fastened chin strap is strongly encouraged, and is mandatory for those under 18. Parents have a duty to ensure helmet use for children under 16. Riders are photographed for promotional purposes. Riders who register by June 16th are guaranteed free lunch, compliments of our Title Sponsor, Region of Peel. Routes are carefully planned and may be subject to change should situations arise. Do pay attention to Rider briefing instructions, course volunteers and route signage. All Route Rides are officially over at 1:30pm.
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Prize Draw Policy:

  • One draw ticket given for each Pavillion stamp received by a Rider
  • Prizes to be drawn at 12:00pm and 1:30pm
  • Rider must be present to win
  • Noon draw tickets will not be included in the 1:30pm draw

Voluntary Donation to the Living City Foundation supporting Toronto and Region Conservation:

The Living City Foundation welcomes your voluntary donation of whatever amount you choose! See the donation box at the registration tent.

Bike the Creek Event Partners:

Toronto & Region Conservation Authority, The Living City Foundation, City of Brampton, Town of Caledon and BikeBrampton

Bike the Creek Title Sponsor:

Region of PeelWalk + Roll Peel

Bike the Creek Silver Sponsors:

Wike, the Walk & Bike Company, The Cyclepath Brampton

Bike the Creek Sponsor:

Wanigan Organic Fruits and Vegetables


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Save The Date: June 12, 2016

Wow — the warmer weather on May 29 did not disappoint. 43 people turned up for the second Community Ride!

It’s time to save the date again. Join us on Sunday, June 12 at 9:45am as we continue the Community Rides by exploring Peel VillageRegister 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. Stick around after the ride for a free refreshment!

Register now!

Check out the Community Ride 3 – Peel Village page for more details.

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Brampton Library Community Spotlight

Brampton Library has Community Spotlight on Active Lifestyles in June!

BikeBrampton is pleased to support with “Biking Builds Communities” at 5 libraries.

  • Sun Jun 5th 3pm – Chinguacousy Branch
  • Wed Jun 8th 6:30pm – Four Corners Branch
  • Sat Jun 11th 3pm – Mount Pleasant Branch
  • Sun Jun 12th 2pm – Cyril Clark Branch
  • Wed Jun 15th 6:30pm – South Fletcher’s Branch

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Brampton Library Community Spotlight

Brampton Library invites you to Community Spotlight! Come to the Library and join us for FREE and interactive sessions presented by local experts and browse recommended reads.

We look forward to having an interactive presentation and discussion about all that is great about cycling in Brampton. Come on out, visit your local Brampton Library, meet us and have some fun!

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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