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Ontario Cycling

 

Greg’s Ride combined fun bike ride in support of cycling for Share the Road and celebration of new cycling laws in Ontario. Dayle & David from Bike Brampton participated in Greg’s Ride for Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Cyclists from around Ontario gathered to hear Executive Director Jamie Stuckless, Share the Road Founder Eleanor McMahon (MPP-Burlington) and Parliamentary Assistant to Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry (MPP-Cambridge), welcome cyclists. Bill 31 Making Ontario’s Roads Safer was passed in 2015, with considerable attention to the vulnerable position of…

Bike the Creek 2015 cyclists ushered in  perfect June 20th summer solstice in Brampton & Caledon. 400 cyclists attended 2nd annual Bike the Creek event that showcased the Etobicoke Creek Trail, Fletcher’s Creek Trail, our natural valley lands, parks, stormwater ponds, and Brampton’s historically significant sites: Bovaird House and Alderlea House. “I loved the tour of Bovaird House. I have lived in the area for over 30 years and have never [been] there.”    Historic Bovaird House, 1852 “Great initiative to get…

Ontario Bike Summit 2015 Highlights Ontario Bike Summit 2015 hosted by Share the Road Cycling Coalition was the largest ever with 215 registered delegates at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel inToronto. The event kicked off on March 31st with a Bicycle Friendly Communities Workshop. Six communities achieved BFC status since last year’s summit, bringing the total to 28. Several existing BFC communities applied for and received a higher designation rank. This year’s workshop was oversubscribed with representatives from all across Ontario anxious to find out…

BBAC asked for comment about Franceschini bridge According to Pam Douglas of The Brampton Guardian, “the old Franceschini bridge, just north of Williams Parkway, was originally used by gravel trucks hauling loads out of the Franceschini pit on the west side of the highway. With the pit long closed and the Lakelands North subdivision built in its stead, the bridge was stopped up and left unused for years.”  by Bryon Johnson, The Brampton Guardian When David Laing, BBAC Chair was…

Bike Helmet Research and Brain Injuries: It is Ontario law that every cyclist under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under 16 to ride without a helmet. (HTA 104 – Helmets) Helmets must be fastened with chin straps. There currently is a fine of $60.00 under the Highway Traffic Act. According to the Ministry of Transportation: “The best helmet is one that fits properly, is worn correctly and has been manufactured…

Active Transportation is key. It’s Your Move, a powerful 1 minute video by Dr. David Mowat, former Medical Officer of Health for Region of Peel is well worth the viewing. Sponsored by TCAT, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and Metrolinx, Dr. Mowat explains that urban planning is a health issue. He prescribes this advice:  

By passing Keeping Ontario Roads Safe Act, cyclists motorists and all citizens can benefit Ontario Ministry of Transportation is proposing legislation to amend the Highway Traffic Act in a manner that would impact cyclist and motorist interaction in the province. “The proposed legislation would respond to municipal requests, stakeholder input and recommendations from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario to promote cycling as active transportation and improve cyclist safety by: Allowing cyclists to use the paved  shoulders on…

#CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy

10 Feb 2014, Posted by David Laing in Ontario Cycling

This September 2013 report by the Ministry of Transportation lays out the strategy for the next 20 years and outlines what needs to be done to promote cycling across the province as a viable mode of transportation. Vision 2033: “Cycling in Ontario is recognized, respected, and valued as a core mode of transportation that provides individuals and communities with health, economic, environmental, social and other benefits.” Aspirational Goals for 2033 Ontario is recognized as the best Canadian province for cycling and ranked among…

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