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“People do not like to live in a spiceless city.” These were the words of renowned urban expert and visionary Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities, when he spoke at the Rose Theatre in Brampton on April 23, 2014.    Rose Theatre ‘bike-bedecked’ The most important ingredient in this city ‘dish’ is pedestrians, added Mr. Penalosa. People walking, cycling and using public transit should have dignity and not be forced to dodge cars and use poorly designed and maintained…

Cycling is our future, was the message of BBAC Chair David Laing when he presented to Rotary Brampton on April 28, 2014. He was well received with a message about how cycling can solve many of the issues we face in Brampton. Cycling infrastructure can lower the traffic demands on the roads, improve our healthy through better air quality, better health, and more support for local businesses. Comments comments

The Brampton Guardian editorial on May 1, 2014 pulled no punches with its title “Editorial: Road Kill“. Our suburban planning model of the past is so seriously flawed “that it’s now costing taxpayers millions — and will eventually drive this city into debt”. Municipal planners now speak about “density, walkability and public transit” instead of building roads and plugging them with cars. Young people want transit, cycling and walking and will leave Brampton if we don’t provide it. The Guardian…

Greenbelt Route Leaders Mobile Workshop

09 May 2014, Posted by David Laing in Past Event Cycling

Bike Brampton leaders were invited to participate in the Greenbelt Route workshop, on May 7, 2014, which encompassed seminars and 86km of biking from Georgetown to Newmarket, Ontario. The day began early with a presentation by Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. The workshop created an opportunity to network with other cycling groups, including Jean-François Pronovost, Vice-President, Development and Public Affairs at Vélo Québec. From Georgetown, the group picked up the TransCanada Trail.   Caledon Trailway, Mile 0    Caledon…

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:   Comments comments

Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Mowat is quoted by Peter Criscione in the Brampton Guardian’s article “Our Future depends on Active Lifestyles and Reengineered Cities, says Public Health Official”.     Dr. Mowat is pushing for active transportation to support improved walking and cycling municipal infrastructure to reengineer physical activity back into our everyday lives. He says that our sprawling suburban design has discouraged riding and walking at the expense of our health. “Diabetes in Peel is already high and,…

Brampton Transportation Master Plan is being updated A Public Information Centre was held at Brampton City Hall on April 23, 2014 to view proposed City of Brampton’s updated Transportation Master Plan. Brampton residents were encouraged to comment on: Road Network Transit Walking & Cycling Managing Travel Demand Moving Goods & Services For background, this is a review and update of the City of Brampton’s Official Plan of 2006. It is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2014.  Once the update is available, a link will…

The Region of Peel Walk and Roll in partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Public Transportation Initiative, has published their GPS Cycling Study. The purpose was to “collect data on cyclist behaviour and patterns that will help the Region accommodate current cycling activity and prioritize cycling investments. The study ran for three two-week periods between July and October 2012, with 212 participants. Physical fitness was the main motivation, while lack of safety was the largest obstacle. Cyclists made 2400…

Daniel Arancibia of Toronto Cycling prepared a report that: “focuses on the economic impacts of cycling infrastructure and participation on local retailers and businesses in urban areas in North America, while accounting for the fact that bicycle lanes and other forms of infrastructure sometimes compete with on-street parking for space.” In the executive summary, Arancibia concluded that: “Bicycle infrastructure can bring very positive economic impacts to business communities in North American urban shopping strips. Today, North American urban cyclists are…

Road to Health – this report synthesizes evidence on health benefits and risks associated with walking, cycling and physical activity related to the use of public transit,  as well as economic assessments and specific strategies to increase the use and safety  of active transportation in Toronto. “Review of the benefits of active transportation • Physical activity from active transportation has very important health benefits, including significantly reducing the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type II diabetes, and certain…

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