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 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!


BCAC Minutes – February 18, 2016

The minutes from the February 18, 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

Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Long Range Transportation Planning, Planning and Infrastructure Services, gave a presentation on the Active Transportation Plan – Terms of Reference.

The presentation included provided details on the status of the Active Transportation Master Plan Terms of Reference, core objectives and the next steps.

Committee consideration of the matter included:

  • City-wide active transportation network/grid and completion of connections
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk deficiencies and areas of improvement
  • New and existing infrastructure development opportunities
  • Development of healthy communities
  • Active transportation community events

 

New Business and Information Items

Minutes – Programs Subcommittee

Committee member Lisa Stokes provided details of the minutes of the Programs Subcommittee and noted that the schedule of Community Rides has been established. Committee consideration of the matter included consensus to announce the details and schedule of the Community Rides at the next Council meeting. Lisa volunteered to make the announcement.

At the request of Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Long Range Transportation Planning, Planning and infrastructure Services, discussion took place on Registration and Selection of two Cycling Advisory Committee Members to attend the Ontario Bike Summit.

Staff noted that the opportunity for two members to attend the Ontario Bike Summit is included in the Committee Work Plan and budget. A poll was conducted and the names of interested members were collected and placed into a draw. The following members were selected to attend the summit:

  1. Alina Grzejszczak
  2. Lisa Stokes
  3. Dayle Laing (first alternate)
  4. Pauline Thornham (second alternate)

At the request of Kevin Montgomery, Co-Chair, the Committee had a discussion RE: Hurontario Light Rail Transit – Connection to Metrolinx-built Bike Lanes and Local Cycling Infrastructure. Committee discussion of the matter included questions regarding the status of the complete streetscapes design associated with Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the consideration of alternate routes, suggestions of areas of improvement for path/ trail and cycling lane connectivity, and improving road surface cycling infrastructure for commuter traffic. Questions on the matter included:

  1. Will they connect at Bartley Bull Parkway, or to Pathway on Steeles, east of Hurontario/Main?
  2. Can they connect to McMurchy Avenue instead?

Staff provided details on the active transportation aspect of the LRT project and noted that the City is committed to developing and improving cycling infrastructure.

During question period, staff noted that an update on bicycle parking will be provided at a future meeting and noted that recommendations are made to private development applications with respect to the provision of bicycle stands. Lisa Stokes, Member, asked that the Policy Subcommittee consider developing a policy that requires developers to install bicycle stands.

 


BCAC Minutes – January 21, 2016

The minutes from the January 21, 2016 Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting have been released. The first meeting of what promises to be a positive 2016!

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

Reports and Updates

The committee received an update from Nelson Cadette, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Planning and Infrastructure Services, about Recent Changes to Highway Traffic Act Regulations – Ontario Bill 31 – Making Ontario Roads Safer

Nelson noted changes to the Highway Traffic Act with respect to new crosswalk regulations, and what the implications are for Brampton. The Committee asked questions of clarification on intersection signalization and rules, cyclist safety, and the need for educating the public on the new legislation.

Nelson presented another update — a particularly important one, about the Cycling Advisory Committee Draft 2016 Work Plan. The Committee received the update, which details the goals for the Cycling Advisory Committee’s Subcommittees. We should expect to see updates from Subcommittees in the coming months about cycling events and education opportunities in Brampton. Stay tuned!

New Business and Information Items

At the request of myself (Kevin Montgomery), Discussion was held on Consideration of Separate Bike Lanes Pilot Project within the City. Kevin requested a list of bike lane ready projects that the Committee could review. Staff noted that when they are available, “shovel ready” projects that include the (re)development of bike lanes will be presented to Committee for consideration. Good news!

Committee held a discussion on Frequency of Meetings, since we had now received the Work Plan for 2016. The question was whether to continue meeting monthly, or to change meeting times to every 2 months. The reasoning was to allow Committee members to more easily take part in Subcommittees during Committee “off months”.

The motion failed. Not noted in the Minutes, but worth mentioning, is that the Committee is cognizant of just how agile the we need to be in bringing forward recommendations to Council. This was the idea that prevailed in the failure of the motion to change the frequency of meetings.

Question Period

During question period, staff noted that an update on bicycle parking will be provided at a future meeting and noted that recommendations are made to private development applications with respect to the provision of bicycle stands. Lisa Stokes, Member, asked that the Policy Subcommittee consider developing a policy that requires developers to install bicycle stands.

That’s it!

The next Cycling Advisory Committee meeting takes place on February 18 at 7pm. The public is welcome to attend. See you there!


BCAC Minutes – December 17, 2015

The minutes from the December 17, 2015 Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting have been released. The last meeting of the year! Here is a summary. For reference, a copy of the agenda can be downloaded from the City of Brampton website.

 

Delegations and Presentations

The Committee was expecting to receive a delegation from Michael Merrall about establishing a Brampton specific Bike Challenge website. Unfortunately, Michael was not able to attend. The Committee agreed to give Mr. Merrall a list of the 2016 meeting dates. This will allow him to send another request to delegate when is convenient for him.

 

Reports and Updates

The committee received an update from Nelson Cadette, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Long Range Transportation Planning, Planning and Infrastructure Services, regarding a Motion to the Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Cycling Education (File BC.x)

Nelson referenced the motion provided in the printed agenda and noted that after Committee endorsement, the motion and an accompanying report will be prepared for consideration by the Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee.

A motion was carried by the Committee to receive Nelson’s update, approve the Motion to the Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Cycling Education, and that staff be directed to prepare a report on the Motion to the Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Cycling Education for consideration by the Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee at a future meeting.

If you haven’t been following this file, it’s an interesting one. Cycling committees from around southern Ontario are making recommendations to their councils, that they encourage the province to re-introduce cycling education into the curriculum. More details are in the motion.

Nelson provided verbal updates on the 2016 Ministry of Transportation Cycling Training Fund application related to Bike Rodeos. And Alina Grzejszczak, a Committee Member, provided an update on the CAN-BIKE2 course training.

Dayle Laing, Committee Member, presented a verbal update about Region of Peel School Safety Videos and Walk and Bike to School in Peel videos. Links to these videos are:

 

New Business and Information Items

The Committee then considered the 2016 Cycling Advisory Committee Schedule of Meetings. Consideration included:

  • Finalizing the 2016 Work Plan and forming subcommittees
  • Suggestion that meetings be held on a bi-monthly basis to accommodate subcommittee meetings and activities

In response to questions from the Committee, staff stated that a final draft plan will be presented to Committee at a future date for endorsement. Committee agreed to revisit the 2016 meeting schedule after finalization of the Work Plan.

That was the last meeting of 2015. See you in 2016!