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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…

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…

Metrolinx Public Info Session

24 Mar 2014, Posted by David Laing in Past Event Cycling

Although this public information session is completed, you are encouraged to post your comments about the Hurontario-Main LRT Project to their website. The public was invited to drop in to the Rose Theatre on Thursday March 27, 2014 for the 3rd and final public information centre on the Light Rail Transit system for the Hurontario-Main LRT Project.   Comments comments

The economic arguments resonate with most people. Location, location, location… “It’s an iron law of real estate: land is more valuable if more people can get to it easily.” Mary Lauran Hall reported on Jan 15, 2014,  that: 1. The average young person is driving less and biking and taking transit more (24% more for cycling, 40% more for transit, and 23% less for driving cars). 2. Millennials and Generation X-ers are flocking to urban areas, congesting city streets and creating market…

#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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