Local Advocates Heading to 9th Annual Ontario Bike Summit

Provincial cycling summit is an opportunity for Brampton to show support for continued provincial action on cycling

 

On April 11 and 12, 2017, advocates from Brampton will be heading to Toronto for the 9th Annual Ontario Bike Summit.

Since 2009, cycling stakeholders from across the province have gathered together at the Ontario Bike Summit to share best practices, be inspired, and show their support for continued provincial action on cycling and road safety. The event is hosted each year by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling advocacy organization. This year 3 delegates will be attending to represent Brampton.

This year’s summit theme is Just Add Bikes: the role of cycling in mobility and community building. More than 30 speakers from across North America will be looking at topics such as cycling and complete streets, partnership building and advocacy best practices.  Summit highlights include a municipal leadership panel discussing Why Cycling Matters to Communities, as well as updates on provincial cycling priorities from The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

“The Ontario Bike Summit is an opportunity for advocates and municipal elected officials to connect with provincial leaders about their cycling priorities,” says Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road. “We are seeing a growing commitment to safe cycling among leaders at all levels, and this is reflected in the continued growth of the Ontario Bike Summit. With 250 delegates expected in Toronto, this will be our largest summit to date.”

Over the past 9 years, the summit has also been a venue for the province to announce new cycling initiatives. This includes the 2014 launch of CycleON Action Plan 1.0, which set in motion a 20-year vision for making Ontario the most bicycle-friendly jurisdiction in Canada. This year’s summit will be an opportunity for BikeBrampton and the Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee to voice support for a $50 million investment in cycling infrastructure funding in the 2017 budget, as well as the launch of CycleON Action Plan 2.0 this year.

We know from Share the Road’s research that more than half of Ontario residents want to cycle more than they now do. Provincial leadership on the cycling file has been impactful in our community. Some notable projects that received support through OMCIP and Cycling Training Fund include the restoration of the Franceschini Bridge, the northern and southern extensions of the Etobicoke Creek Trail, and the training of new CAN-BIKE instructors that will be delivering cycling courses this year.

To learn more about the summit, visit www.sharetheroad.ca/OBS

 


Planning & Development Committee – Monday, January 16, 2017

The next Planning & Development Committee of Monday, January 16 should be interesting. There are 2 items that relate to Active Transportation in Brampton.

 

See Agenda Here

 

* 6.2. Report from N. Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Transportation Planning, dated December 6, 2016, re: Request to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Regarding Cycling Infrastructure Funding – All Wards (File IA.c)

* 6.3. Report from N. Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Transportation Planning, dated December 6, 2016, re: Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program – Execution of Transfer Payment Agreement – Etobicoke Creek Inter-Municipal Trail Connection – Ward 3 (File HF.x)

 

The Overview of Item 6.2 states:

  • Share the Road Cycling Coalition (provincial advocacy group) encourages Ontario bicycle advisory committees to submit letters to the province, and to seek endorsement from their respective mayors and councils in support of increased funding for cycling infrastructure.
  • At its meeting of August 18, 2016, the Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee (BCAC) carried a motion in support of urging the Ontario Government to leverage the provincial cap and trade programs to provide $200 million for cycling infrastructure.
  • At the subsequent Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee meeting, Committee referred the BCAC recommendation to staff to report back to a future committee meeting on its implications.
  • An investment in cycling by the province would provide a funding source for future City infrastructure and/or improvements to barriers/constraints within the network which exist at freeway crossings.
  • In June 2016, the province launched Ontario’s Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) which identifies $150 to $225 million invested in support of walking and cycling.
  • City staff has responded to a Ministry of Transportation request for comments on a discussion paper regarding the cycling infrastructure funding and initiatives outlined in the CCAP.
  • BCAC and City staff support the attached motion urging the province to leverage its cap and trade program to provide $220 million for cycling infrastructure across Ontario, and recommend that the Mayor write a letter of support, on behalf of Brampton City Council, to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

 

The Overview of Item 6.3 states:

  • As part of the provincial cycling strategy – #CycleON Action Plan 1.0 – the Ministry of Transportation launched a $10 million Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP), to help municipalities build new cycling infrastructure and improve existing cycling infrastructure.
  • Municipalities were eligible to apply for funding up to 50% of the total eligible costs of a cycling infrastructure project to a maximum amount of 6.3 – 1 $325,000.
  • The City of Brampton’s application for the Etobicoke Creek InterMunicipal Trail Connection (Kennedy Valley Trail Restoration Project) was approved for funding at the program’s upset limit of $325,000.
  • As a condition of receiving the OMCIP grant, the City is required to enter into a transfer payment agreement (TPA) with the Ministry of Transportation.
  • The TPA is to ensure that the funds provided are spent in compliance with the program requirements.
  • The TPA must be accompanied by a copy of a by-law and associated council resolution authorizing the TPA, which names the municipal signing officers, the amount of the municipality’s share of the funding, and its commitment to that funding.

 

Planning & Development Committee meetings start at 7pm, and are open to the public.