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Brampton Cycling

 

The minutes from the January 21, 2016 Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting have been released. The first meeting of what promises to be a positive 2016! A copy of the agenda can be found on the City of Brampton website. Reports and Updates The committee received an update from Nelson Cadette, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Infrastructure Services, about Recent Changes to Highway Traffic Act Regulations – Ontario Bill 31 – Making Ontario Roads Safer Nelson noted changes to the Highway Traffic…

The minutes from the December 17, 2015 Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting have been released. The last meeting of the year! Here is a summary. For reference, a copy of the agenda can be downloaded from the City of Brampton website.   Delegations and Presentations The Committee was expecting to receive a delegation from Michael Merrall about establishing a Brampton specific Bike Challenge website. Unfortunately, Michael was not able to attend. The Committee agreed to give Mr. Merrall a list of the…

Cycling Legacy Infrastructure

04 Jan 2016, Posted by Dayle Laing in Brampton Cycling

Calling on all levels of government to invest in cycling infrastructure to create a legacy honouring cycling deaths in Brampton. Cycling is inherently safe and benefits outweigh risks by at least 9:1, according to worldwide literature Teschke et al (2012). There have unfortunately been a few tragedies that have sparked this outcry for cycling legacy infrastructure to honour those lost to cycling deaths. Hardeep Singh Pahra, a new immigrant 30 year-old father of two young children, was killed on Steeles Avenue on…

Reflecting on 2015, much progress was made.  BikeBrampton members can be proud our advocacy made a difference. Partial list of notable progress made: Community Bike Centre was created in partnership with Region of Peel and Community Environment Alliance. CBC ran a number of programs in 2015 including BikeWrx mechanics training and Pedalwise cycling mentorship to encourage public participation in active transportation. Two community bike rides including Bike the Creek and Bramalea CycleFest 2015 encouraged close to 600 participants to ride on Brampton’s…

The weather is getting cooler. Even if you plan on putting your bike away for winter, there is still much happening to encourage cycling in Brampton. The Cycling Advisory Committee Agenda for November 19 is online.   Delegations There will be a delegation from Margie Chung, who is Principle Planner, Sustainable Transportation with the Region of Peel about the Region of Peel Active Transportation Plan – Implementation Plan and Update. There will be material distributed before the meeting, so we encourage anyone who’s interested…

Bike to School Week in Brampton was a huge success. BikeBrampton member Lisa Stokes wrote of her experience at her child’s school May 25-29, 2015 and her followup on how many kids rode to school this week. “I worked with Walk+Roll Peel and the principal at my children’s school in northeast Brampton to encourage participation in Bike Week. The school has an enrollment of 760 students. Bike Week was promoted to families in the school newsletter, advertised on the notice board outside…

Eager goblins gathered for the Critical Mass Halloween Ride through downtown Brampton. Showing creativity, dressing warmly, visibly and simply having fun on the last Friday of October was the goal of a couple dozen of Brampton cycling enthusiasts. We even had one hardy cyclist join us from mid Toronto! Taking flight with bats, Dracula, a skeleton, a witch, cupid and a jester… Nothing like recycling horseshoes to create unique pumpkin sculpture that fits nicely bungie-corded to the rat-trap! Route through…

They braved cold and rain for Manitou Park Community Picnic, Oct 24, 2015. Organized by local residents, City of Brampton supported with tents, signs, games and a BBQ. Members from BikeBrampton came out to educate on cycling skills, distribute route maps and join the fun! Community Bike Centre displayed their recent successes with the 1st ever Pedalwise program that just wrapped up after a summer of mentoring cyclists to feel comfortable navigating the streets and pathways of Brampton. Bikewrx trains bike…

The 1st round of Bicycle Friendly Business Awards in Brampton were announced at a workshop ceremony on Oct 14, 2015. Bronze was awarded to City of Brampton and Region of Peel. Receiving Honourable Mention were Sheridan College Davis Campus and GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. Canadian Tire A.J. Billes Distribution Centre participated in the workshop to acquire more information for a future application. “Active transportation is predictable — on time, all the time.” Justin Jones,  from Share the Road Cycling Coalition provided workshop tips along…

The fall session of council is underway, and BikeBrampton has reconvened for 2015/2016. This year, Brampton has a Cycling Advisory Committee (BCAC) to complement BikeBrampton’s efforts. BCAC had a few meetings over the summer. The agendas and meeting minutes are available online at the City of Brampton website. The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meets every 3rd Thursday at City Hall. Meetings start at 7pm. The next meeting is on October 15, 2015. Looking ahead, BikeBrampton will offer summaries of BCAC agendas and meeting minutes. Presentations…

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