BCAC Agenda – December 15, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for December 15, 2016 is available. There are key updates to:

 

  • Brampton Recreation Trails – Condition Audit and Signage Retrofit
  • Franceschini Bridge – MTO Update, which includes some very good news!

 

Take A Look

 

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by Tamara Kwast, Coordinator, Special Projects, Planning and Development Services, regarding the Brampton Recreation Trails – Condition Audit and Signage Retrofit. A slide deck is included with the presentation.

There is correspondence from Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Development Services, dated November 1, 2016, regarding Follow-up Information – Etobicoke Creek Trail. The correspondence discusses:

 

  • The rationale for constructing the Etobicoke Creek Trail extension in Caledon out of granular material instead of asphalt.
  • Whether the Kennedy Valley Restoration will be constructed with granular material or asphalt.

 

Correspondence from Jake Mete, Landscape Architect, Public Works and Engineering, dated November 9, 2016, re: Franceschini Bridge – MTO Update. The correspondence indicates that a “land swap” process that was part of the bridge project, and causing delay, has been delinked. This is excellent news! It means the City of Brampton can proceed with finalizing the bridge agreement, which anticipated for Spring 2017. Construction is anticipated for completion in Summer 2017.

 

Cycling Advisory Committee – 2017 Schedule of Meetings

Interested in observing a Cycling Advisory Committee meeting? The 2017 schedule is included with this agenda.

 

Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meetings start at 7pm, and are open to the public.


BCAC Agenda – November 17, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for November 17, 2016 is available. The entire agenda is dedicated to the Active Transportation Master Plan, including:

 

  • Scope, Direction & Objectives
  • Background Review
  • Project Visioning

 

Take A Look

 

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by David Laing, Chair of BikeBrampton about the ATMP. The slide deck for this presentation is included in the agenda.

 

Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and this should be an interesting one. Please come out to see the presentations, and to ask questions!


BCAC Agenda – October 20, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for October 20, 2016 is available. Take a look!

This agenda offers an important update… to the Active Transportation Master Plan! More on that under Other/New Business / Information Items.

 

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by Lisa Stokes, Member, about Cycling Infrastructure – Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton. The slide deck for this presentation shows some of the great work that’s been happening in those municipalities.

 

Other/New Business / Information Items

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, has requested a discussion about:

 

  • Minutes – CAN-BIKE Instructions Meeting, August 29, 2016
  • Presentation to Peel Alternative School North – Follow up
  • Committee Program Funding
  • Ontario Good Roads Association – 2017 Conference
  • Requesting Multi-use Pathways and Curb-Cuts
  • Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness – Update re Bicycle Dedication to Ralf Jarchow

 

Lisa Stokes, Member, has requested discussion about:

 

  • Franceschini Bridge Status
  • Cycling Infrastructure on Widened Williams Parkway

 

There will be a discussion at the request of Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Development Services, about Active Transportation Master Plan – Proposed November Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda.

This is big news.

It looks like there will be a lot of ground to cover at the BCAC November meeting. The proposal is to discuss:

 

  • Scope, direction, and goals of the Active Transportation Master Plan
  • Input, direction, and feedback for the Active Transportation Master Plan
  • Consideration of “signature projects”
  • Any potential barriers to achieving a connected network

 

Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and this should be an interesting one. Please come out to see the presentations, and to ask questions!


BCAC Agenda – September 15, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for September 15, 2016 is available. Take a look!

 

Delegations/Presentations

No delegations or presentations are planned for this meeting.

 

Reports/Updates

Committee will receive Public Works Information, dated August 19, 2016, regarding the Implementation of Bicycle Lanes on Balmoral Drive. A report is included. The name of the report itself is a bit misleading. The report indicates the installation of “urban shoulders” — a space that is legal to cycle in, but also to park in. The idea is that they can be upgraded later to bicycle lanes if residents support it. In the meantime, this installation could be useful in connecting the new Dixie Rd. multi-use pathway to the recreation trail leading to Clark Park, toward Bramalea City Centre.

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Other/New Business/Information Items

 

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, is providing a verbal update regarding Motion for Committee Consideration regarding Dedication of Bicycle Parking at Peel Memorial Health Centre.

Lisa Stokes, Member, is proposing correspondence regarding Community Rides – Draft Thank-you Letters to Peel Regional Police Participants.

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, is requesting discussion on Cycling Infrastructure in the vicinity of Turner Fenton Secondary School. Turner Fenton recently installed a new entranceway from First Golf Blvd. Kevin has noted in an email that First Golf Blvd. is listed as a candidate for cycling facilities, and wants to know if building that facility, or improving the pedestrian experience, was considered to reduce automobile use.

There will be a verbal update from Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Development Services, regarding the 2016 Bicycle Friendly Community Application

 

Correspondence

No correspondence has been received for this meeting.

 

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


BCAC Minutes – Summer 2016

The Minutes from the June, July, and August 2016 summer BCAC meetings were recently published. This is a summary of highlights from those Minutes. Please review each respective Minutes report for details.

Copies of the summer agendas can be found on the City of Brampton website.

Delegations and Presentations

June

Lisa Stokes, Member, gave a presentation about an Advocacy Success Story. Lisa noted success in using social media to convey cyclists’
needs to the property owners of the Bramalea City Centre. Ms. Stokes encouraged committee members to do the same when visiting public locations
that are in need of cycling infrastructure such as bike racks.

July

Lisa Stokes, Committee Member, presented on Cycling Advisory Committee Accomplishments – 2016. Lisa Stokes, Committee Member, provided a presentation on the Cycling Advisory Committee’s accomplishments in 2016, and thanked Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Infrastructure Services, for his efforts in this regard. In response to a question from Committee, Mr. Cadete outlined the criteria for approving and implementing curb cuts.

August

Committee received a delegation from Erica Duque, Active Transportation Planner, Region of Peel, about Bike Month and Bike to School 2016. Erica highlighted the cycling events occurring throughout Brampton and the Region of Peel, such as Bike Month, Bike to School 2016, Bike4Brampton Group Rides, Bike the Creek, and Community Rides. Ms. Duque provided an overview of the Region of Peel’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy and noted its objectives and anticipated implementation timelines. In response to questions from Committee, Ms. Duque confirmed that there will be opportunities for public feedback and consultation during the process. Regular updates on the Strategy will be provided to Committee as they become available.

George Shepperdley, Member, presented on Streetsville to Orangeville Single Track Railway. George requested that the City allocate money in the 2017 budget to investigate the possibility of creating a “rail trail” along the single-line train track that runs from Streetsville to Inglewood. Mr. Shepperdley noted that the creation of the trail would provide connections to existing trails and increase cycling tourism in the area. Nelson Cadete, Manager, Active Transportation, noted that the Active Transportation Technical Report included in the Transportation Master Plan states that, where feasible, multi-use trails along railways would be considered. Earl Evans, Deputy City Clerk, provided clarification with respect to the Orangeville Railway Development Corporation, noting that the Corporation makes payments in lieu of taxes on its property. Mr. Evans suggested that Committee research the matter further before providing a recommendation to Council. Committee noted that the matter may be considered by the Infrastructure Subcommittee.

Reports/Updates

July

The Program Sub-Committee gave a Program Sub-Committee Half-Year Report – 2016. Alina Grzejszczak, Committee Member, made a presentation entitled “Selected BCAC Event Participation” and provided information regarding participation, sponsors and volunteers at the following events:

  • Bike the Creek
  • Bike the Creek Bike Rodeo
  • Community Rides
  • Bike to Work Day
  • CeleBrampton BikeFest
  • Bramalea CycleFest
  • Bike to School Week

August

Dayle Laing, Member, gave an update regarding the Joint Committee of Western Lake Ontario Cycling Advisory Committees. Dayle provided a brief overview and background on the Joint Committee of Western Lake Ontario Cycling Advisory Committees. Committee discussion of the matter included a suggestion to participate in the upcoming Vision Zero Workshop and webinar.

Staff provided details on the resurfacing of Sunny Meadow Boulevard and the installation of “urban shoulders” in conjunction with construction projects.

Committee received an update regarding the Implementation of Bicycle Lanes on Edenbrook Hill Drive

 

New Business and Information Items

June

Committee Discussion at the Request of Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, regarding a Status Update – Community Rides. Committee provided an update on the community rides which included the following:

  • Registration and participation
  • Various route connections and overall “ride-ability”; some routes may change
  • Member communication during the rides; suggestion to purchase walkie talkies
  • Member and participant safety; staggered start times, leader and sweeper safety vests
  • Budget considerations; suggestion to seek sponsors
  • End of ride complimentary refreshments; organization and reconciling costs
  • Snack coordinator; submission of complimentary refreshment menu to Nelson Cadete prior to the community rides

Committee had further discussion at the Request of Nelson regarding a Status Update – Committee Work Plan. In response to questions from staff, Committee noted that at the next meeting, the Work Plan Subcommittee will provide a review of the 2016/2017 Work Plan.

July

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, suggested that staff review the work plan and advise with respect to the next steps. Committee discussion on this matter included the following:

  • Questions regarding the requirement for event waivers and options to streamline the collection process
  • Suggestion that the Program Sub-Committee review and evaluate the 2016 Community Rides for possible improvements in 2017
    • Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Infrastructure Services, suggested that the Program Sub-Committee meet on September 15, 2016, prior to the scheduled Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Request for a “cross ride” on Bramalea Road, between Sandalwood Parkway and Black Forest Drive
    • Mr. Cadete advised that requests for “cross rides” or other traffic control measures, should be submitted through the City’s Call Centre (311)

Henrik Zbogar, Manager, Long Range Transportation Planning, Planning and Infrastructure Services, responded to questions from Committee regarding the work plan review and budget timelines. Mr. Zbogar indicated that staff would endeavour to report back to Committee regarding the work plan in September 2016.

Discussion at the request of Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, regarding Application for Bicycle Friendly Community Status with Share The Road. Kevin suggested that consideration be given to filing an application for a Bicycle Friendly Community Status with Share The Road. Committee discussions on this matter included the following:

  • Indication from staff that the application process is very onerous and time consuming
  • Suggestion from staff that, at this time, Committee’s efforts be directed towards the completion of the Active Transportation Master Plan
  • Suggestion that Committee review the recommendations/results from the City’s last application

Discussion at the request of Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, regarding Cycling Advisory Committee Presentations at Local Secondary Schools.

  • Peel Alternative School North

Kevin proposed that in addition to Peel Alternative School North, cycling presentations also be provided at the following local secondary schools:

  • Turner Fenton Secondary School (proposed)
  • Central Peel Secondary School (proposed)
  • Brampton Centennial Secondary School (proposed)

Discussion at the request of Kevin Montgomery, regarding Traffic By-law 93-93, as amended – Bike Lanes. In response to an inquiry from Committee, Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Infrastructure Services, outlined the challenges of informing Committee of administrative updates to By-law 93-93, as amended, relating to bike lanes. Committee members expressed their opinion that this information would be beneficial in assisting Committee to fulfill its mandate.

Committee discussion took place with respect to the following:

  • Franceschini Bridge
    • Concerns regarding the status of the project and timeline for completion
    • Information from staff regarding the current status of the project, including delays and the MTO approval process
  • Traffic Computer System
    • Request for a presentation from staff regarding the operation of the traffic computer system
  • Cycling Facility Paint and Signage
    • Process/schedule for re-painting pavement markings
    • Appearance of the sharrows on McMurchy Avenue and the possible need for signage
    • Confusion regarding the shoulders on McMurchy Avenue and a request that they be upgraded to proper bike lanes
  • Etobicoke Creek Signage Audit
    • Indication from staff that there is no update at this time
  • Active Transportation Master Plan Update
    • Staff provided a status update on the procurement process for the consultant

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, requested Committee’s endorsement of the letter appended to the agenda, to be sent to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change regarding funding for cycling infrastructure.

Lisa Stokes, Committee Member, advised that the Program Sub-Committee would like to organize 2-4 additional community rides in the remainder of 2016. Ms. Stokes advised that associated costs would remain within the existing budget, and provided details regarding the planning and promotion of these rides. Ms. Stokes indicated that a report with further details would be provided at the August meeting.

August

Discussion at the request of Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, regarding a Motion for Committee Consideration regarding Dedication of Bicycle Parking at Peel Memorial Health Centre

Committee consideration of the matter included consensus that Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, contact the William Osler Board with respect to this proposal.

A motion carried that on behalf of the Cycling Advisory Committee, Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit a request to the Board of the William Osler Heath System to consider dedicating the bicycle parking at Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness to Ralf Jarchow, an avid cyclist and fundraiser for the Centre.

Committee consideration of the matter included support of the subject motion and consensus to seek Council support. Committee requested that Councillor Bowman, Committee Representative, speak to the motion when the minutes of this meeting are considered by Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee.

The full text of the motion is available in the August 2016 Minutes.

Council is back from summer break, and so is BikeBrampton! We hope to see you at our next meeting.


BCAC Agenda – July 21, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for July 21, 2016 is available. Take a look!

 

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a verbal presentation by Peter Fay, City Clerk, RE: Committee Meetings and
Conduct

Lisa Stokes, Committee Member, will be giving a presentation RE: Cycling Advisory
Committee Accomplishments – 2016.

 

Reports/Updates

The Program Sub-Committee will present a report RE: Program Sub-Committee HalfYear
Report – 2016. A presentation is attached to this agenda.

 

Other/New Business/Information Items

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, has requested discussion on the following items:

  • Draft 2016/2017 Work Plan – Version 3
  • Application for Bicycle Friendly Community Status with Share The Road
  • Cycling Advisory Committee Presentations at Local Secondary Schools
    • Peel Alternative School North
    • Turner Fenton Secondary School (proposed)
    • Central Peel Secondary School (proposed)
    • Brampton Centennial Secondary School (proposed)
  • Traffic By-law 93-93, as amended – Bike Lanes
  • Requests for Information from Staff:
    • Status Update – Franceschini Bridge (email attached)
    • Presentation – Traffic Computer System
    • Response to Questions re: Cycling Facility Paint and Signage
    • Status Update – Etobicoke Creek Signage Audit
    • Status Update – Active Transportation Master Plan
  • Draft Letter to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change regarding Funding for Cycling Infrastructure

There are two reports provided to the BCAC for information only from R. Moryc, Traffic Operations Technologist, Public Works, Planning and Infrastructure Services:

Traffic Calming Plan – Edenbrook Hill Drive (Sandalwood Parkway West to Bovaird Drive West) and Fernforest Drive (Sandalwood Parkway East to Bovaird Drive East) – Wards 6 and 9, dated April 19, 2016. This report was considered by the Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee on June 20, 2016 and approved by Council on June 22, 2016.

Traffic Calming Program – City Wide (File I.AC). Note: This report was considered by the Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee on June 20, 2016 and approved by Council on June 22, 2016.

 

Correspondence

An email from Leanne Ryan, Marketing Specialist, The Family Enhancement Center
(TFEC)/The Career Doctors (CD) and Butterfly Kids (BK), to BikeBrampton,
dated June 29, 2016, RE: Request to Participate in Cycling Advisory
Committee Events to Promote Counselling Services.

Correspondence from Finu Lype, Director, Bramalea Cyclefest, dated June 6,
2016, RE: Expression of Thanks to the Cycling Advisory Committee for Bike
Rodeo Training at Bramalea Cyclefest.

 

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


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!


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!


BCAC Agenda – April 21, 2016

The Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee agenda for April 21, 2016 is available, and it’s an exciting one!

 

Delegations/Presentations

There will be a presentation by Dayle Laing, Committee Member, about Bike the Creek.

Dayle has included a slide deck, which has many amazing photos from earlier events. Definitely worth a look.

 

Reports/Updates

Committee will be hearing a verbal update from J. Mete, Landscape Architect, Planning and Infrastructure Services, on the Franceschini Bridge Project Status – Update for Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee.

This project is now in the detailed design stage. Minor repair/restoration work will be needed, as well as safety and aesthetic improvements including railings to cyclists’ height, lighting, and fencing/gates to improve access. More details are included in the agenda, including these amazing renderings.

 

Committee will hear an update from Dayle Laing, about Safe Biking Event – Brampton County Court SNAP (Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan), followed by an update Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, re: Motion to the Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Cycling Education.

 

Other/New Business/Information Items

The Programs Subcommittee has submitted their minutes from their meeting on March 21, 2016. The Minutes are attached to the Committee Agenda. It details some of the planning behind some great events coming up:

There will also be an update about Council Announcement – Community Rides, which Committee member Lisa Stokes recently delegated on to Council.

 

Correspondence

Two items of correspondence are included in the agenda. The first being correspondence from Pauline Thornham, Member, on the Joint Committee of Western Lake Ontario Cycling Advisory Committee. The second being correspondence from Pauline Thornham about a Ministry of Education Motion. Both correspondence email items are included in the agenda.

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

 


BCAC Minutes – March 17, 2016

The minutes from the March 17, 2016 Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting are published.

A copy of the agenda can be found on the City of Brampton website.

 

Delegations and Presentations

The Committee received a delegation from Ranjana Mitra and Sarah Verma of the Community Environment Alliance RE: Community Bike Centre Programs and Initiatives. Sarah and Ranjana provided information on the Community Bike Centre programs and initiatives, including the history and background, mandate, milestones, and partnerships collaborations.

Committee consideration of the matter included questions about cycling workshops and events, fundraising, and promotional efforts.

 

New Business and Information Items

The Committee received an update from Alina Grzejszczak, Member, RE: CANBIKE Instructor Course. Alina noted that all enrolled members passed the exam and may take the certification course (First Aid, Ontario Cycling Association Membership, and course shadowing) on their own time if they wish.

Committee consideration of the matter included a suggestion that certified members run the Bike Rodeo event at Bike the Creek. The programs subcommittee will consider the suggestion and bring forward a motion at a future meeting.

Committee held a discussion at the request of Gaspard Ndayishimiye, Member, RE: Transformation of Maintenance Strips into Cycling Lanes. Gaspard suggested that to reduce cyclist/automobile collisions, consideration should be given to converting maintenance strips to bicycle lanes. Committee consideration of the matter included:

  • Purpose and quality of maintenance strips
  • Cycling lane safety, including signage and spacing
  • Maintenance of multi-use paths and cycling lanes
  • Creation of direct routes for cyclist commuter traffic

In response to questions from Committee, staff noted that maintenance strips do not meet the design criteria to be safely converted to cycling infrastructure. Current provincial guidelines identify requirements for the development of proper cycling infrastructure within roads. An aim in the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan is to check older infrastructure within the City’s boulevards with the intent of repurposing it for active transportation, if it is deemed safe. Committee will be asked to give advice on future active transportation developments.

Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, requested discussion RE: Proclamation Request Forms – Motion for Co-Chair(s) to submit Proclamation Request. Committee consideration of the matter included consensus that Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit a proclamation and announcement request to formally recognize June as Bike Month and announce upcoming cycling events. The following motion was considered:

  1. That Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit an announcement request for the April 13, 2016 Council meeting, regarding upcoming cycling events.
  2. That Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, submit a proclamation request to formally recognize June as Bike Month within the City of Brampton.

Kevin also requested a discussion RE: Bike Month

In response to questions from Committee, staff noted that logos on the main page of Bike Month’s website belong to sponsors. Committee may discuss sponsoring Bike Month events during the 2017 budget planning. Committee consideration of the matter included consensus to have the Programs Subcommittee work with staff and Walk and Roll Peel to organize an event for Bike to Work Day. The following motion was considered:

  • That the Programs Subcommittee work with City of Brampton staff and Walk and Roll Peel to organize an event and ride for Bike to Work Day.

 

Question Period

Dayle Laing, Member, noted that an update on Bike the Creek will be provided at the next meeting and registration is open for members who wish to volunteer at the event.

The Cycling Advisory Committee meets again on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. See you there!