Barry Lavallee prepared this documentary video in advance of the Town Hall October 17, 2023. A senior on a mobility scooter, Young cyclists who do not own cars have been interviewed. They use these bike lanes year round to travel to work and run errands. More than 17 cyclists came to support Charolais bike lanes.
Ward 3,4 Councillors Martin Medeiros and Dennis Keenan invited City of Brampton Staff to present City plans and Charolais data that provide for a growing network of active transportation, to residents gathered at City Hall.
Supporters came from a variety of groups. Four cyclists came from Sheridan College Bike Hub. Clients and volunteers came from Different Spokes, the Brampton Bike Hub. A bike mechanic for both Sheridan and Different Spokes came. 5 members of Brampton Active Transportation Advisory Committee came. There were 9 members of BikeBrampton present. Sierra Club Peel was represented. One of the BikeBrampton members who live in Wards 3,4, spoke eloquently on behalf of the whole group, indicating that she uses Charolais bike lanes on a regular basis to commute to work.
City Transportation and Traffic Operations Staff presented the supporting plans and data. Charolais is a key east-west connection in City of Brampton’s AT network, as noted in the 2019 Active Transportation Master Plan. The Brampton 2040 Vision: Living the Mosaic is a document that engaged over 11,000 people to create a vision for the next quarter of a century. “In 2040, Brampton will be a mosaic of safe, integrated transportation choices and new modes, contributing to civic sustainability, and emphasizing walking, cycling and transit.” “On the Move” Brampton Mobility Plan and the Brampton Plan, coming soon to Council continue to reinforce this direction.
Key Results of Bike Lanes on Charolais Boulevard:
Vehicles reduced by 5,250 / day
Average vehicle speed reduced by 9.5 kph
Average vehicle travel time reduced by 4%
Average daily vehicle cut-through trips reduced by 10%
Average daily bike trips using Charolais increased by 94%
Average neighbourhood bike trips length increased by 26%
eScooter pilot trips originating or ending in neighbourhood: 21,772
Active transportation provides benefits for health (diabetes epidemic in Brampton), choices for everyone in Brampton (not only those who can afford a car), prioritizing road safety over speed and convenience (Vision Zero). With the projected population growth, we simply cannot build enough roads to accommodate everyone to drive a personal automobile. Brampton is the 9th largest city in Canada and no longer is it a small suburb of Toronto.
The Active Transportation work plan for 2023 was presented.
In conclusion, the ‘big data’ for Charolais show how successful the bike lanes have been at creating a better safer community with this form of road diet. Please show your continued support of Brampton’s planning process by contacting your local Councillor.