Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) and BikeBrampton were pleased to host the grand opening of Different Spokes, Region of Peel’s first community-based bicycle co-operative and social services centre in downtown Brampton, at 8 Nelson St. W, August 18, 2022.
The Different Spokes venue will be shared jointly by BikeBrampton and PCHS. BikeBrampton will operate the facility 4 days a week, offering tools and workstations for members to perform their own bike repairs under direction of a bike mechanic. Free workshops on cycling skills and safety training will be offered. PCHS will provide health, settlement and social services, by appointment on a weekly basis.
“Community based bicycle co-operatives offer a venue for people to learn about bicycles and help build a community that promotes and supports sustainable transportation”, said David Laing, Chair of BikeBrampton and one of the organizers bringing Different Spokes to the City. “Encouraging more people to bike to destinations yields many community benefits including improved health, lower carbon emissions and less traffic congestion”, added Laing.
“Teaming with BikeBrampton in this facility is a natural fit” said Amanjit Kahlon, Manager, Community Development at PCHS. “Brampton’s downtown is an underserved community from a social services perspective and many people in the area use bikes, buses, and trains to travel to and from work or school. The bike is an essential form of transportation for them. Working with BikeBrampton, we can help clients keep their bikes in good condition and their, minds and bodies healthy,” added Kahlon.
BikeBrampton is a community volunteer group that encourages, promotes, and advocates for safe and convenient active transportation alternatives (primarily walking and cycling), in the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel.
PCHS is a charitable health service provider with a mandate to provide health, settlement, and social services to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and diverse communities using an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework. The organization has been serving the Peel Region community for 32 years.
Old School Road is a popular recreational cycling route. The bad news it will be closed for the next 12 months. According to the Town of Caledon website Old School Road will be closed from September 6, 2021 to August 31, 2022. The good news is that the reconstruction should include wider paved shoulders and a smoother surface for more pleasant cycling.
Due to precautionary measures surrounding COVID-19, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Region of Peel and BikeBrampton have made the collective decision to cancel the 2020 Bike the Creek event scheduled for Saturday June 13th.
We look forward to welcoming you all at the 2021 Bike the Creek virtual event in June.
This post was written on Jan 26th, before the events of COVID-19 unfolded. Your Bike the Creek planning committee is a model of collaborative partnership. The details of this post are being maintained below, as we look ahead to making our plans become a reality in 2021.
The main purpose of the Bike the Creek event is to encourage active transportation and to increase environmental awareness in our communities. The theme for this year’s event is Environmentally Sustainable Communities and we want this year’s Bike the Creek to be a celebration of environmental sustainable plans and practices.
We all know that the population growth in Peel Region continues putting tremendous pressure on our environment by reducing habitat for plants and animals, as well as producing large amounts of waste products that pollute our land and water and contribute to climate change.
Economic growth and environmental sustainability go hand in hand, and decisions made at the municipal have a tremendous impact on both our financial prosperity and our environmental quality of life.
The good news is that all three municipal governments in Peel Region are taking climate responsibility seriously!
By spending a few minutes at the Bike the Creek pavilions you can learn what our municipal governments and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are doing as well as the role you can play in keeping our planet clean and green.
Encourage your co-workers, friends and family to come out and show your support for Environmentally Sustainable Communities in the Region of Peel.
See you there, from your Bike the Creek partners: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, City of Mississauga, Region of Peel and BikeBrampton!
Hey kids and parents, registration is now open for Bike to School Week 2019. Encourage your school to sign up. Every year more schools in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon participate in Bike to School week than anywhere else in Ontario. Last year, different schools hosted bike rodeos, bike swaps, decorate your bike days, bike assemblies, group rides and many more activities. Check out some of last year’s Twitter posts.
Riding a bike is fun, healthy and helps save the environment. The Region of Peel is encouraging Peel schools to sign up early. Schools registering before April 29th will receive a free promotional package with bike bells, bike locks, bike lights, bracelets, pins, stickers and a helmet. Almost 100 schools have already signed up so don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Register today!
The ISB task force delegated to City of Brampton Committee of Council on Feb 13th. Link to Agenda
BikeBrampton’s main purpose is for the City of Brampton to become a more bicycle friendly community; one that encourages safe cycling for both transportation and recreation. A major milestone towards that goal was achieved in the spring of 2017 when the City was awarded Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze status by Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
This past spring the City took yet another step as City Council endorsed Brampton 2040 Vision: Living the Mosaic The visioning process was one of the largest public consultations that the City has ever undertaken. Ideas were contributed by over 11,000 residents, including some members of BikeBrampton. Throughout the process it became abundantly clear, Bramptonians want a green and environmentally sustainable Brampton. As such, sustainability permeates throughout the Vision beginning with the first of seven building block vision statements.
“In 2040, Brampton will be a mosaic of sustainable urban places, sitting within an interconnected green park network, with its people as environmental stewards – targeting ‘one-planet’ living.”
The 2040 Vision specifies the Institute for Sustainable Brampton (ISB) as THE vehicle to steward the City towards ‘one-planet’ living. One-Planet Living is a comprehensive standard by which people enjoy happy, healthy, vibrant living within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. It is based on ten guiding principles. The principle most dear to BikeBrampton members calls for reducing the need for travel and encouraging low carbon transport including walking and cycling.
Its up to us as citizens to make Vision 2040 come to life. In the summer of 2018, members of Brampton’s Grow Green Network, a collection of environmentally focused organizations operating in Brampton (including BikeBrampton), formed the ISB Task Force with the objective of making the Institute for Sustainable Brampton a reality.
The task force has drafted a white paper to:
Flesh out the ISB concept as outlined in the 2040 Vision document
Present a clear case for the need and priority for the ISB
Solicit feedback from residents and other city stakeholders on:
the stated goal for the ISB
its proposed structure
its strategic and operational role
Gain support for initial funding and next steps
Define priorities for the near, medium and long-term
BikeBrampton, partnering with PCHS, is pleased to announce Pedalwise and BikeWrx launch on Dec 6th, 2017, 50 Sunny Meadow Blvd. #108 Brampton 6:30-8:30 pm. Google Map Location
“Pedalwise is a mentor program for people who want to use their bicycles for errands, commuting and other short distance trips, but lack the confidence to ride on roads in Brampton, especially during the colder months”, says David Laing, BikeBrampton chair. “Pedalwise teams these people up with experienced cyclists who can mentor by offering tips and encouragement as well as accompany the less confident riders as they tackle a new route”, continues Laing. In addition to mentoring, the program offers skills training, route planning, a winter cycling seminar and other tips that make year round cycling practical and enjoyable.
BikeWrx provides a basic bike mechanics certification program plus access to tools and expertise for those wishing to learn how to make adjustments and small repairs themselves. “A lot of bikes end up just collecting dust in someone’s garage because of a flat tire or some small part is missing”, says Laing. “Most of the time all it requires is a small adjustment or a simple fix, but many people just aren’t confident enough to do it themselves.”
BikeWrx will be open most Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. One Wednesday will be a Do It Yourself night and the alternate Wednesday will offer a mechanics workshop in addition to the drop-in. Brampton residents bringing their bikes to the shop on “DIY” nights get access to tools and expertise. Those not bringing their own bike can work on a demonstration bike to learn valuable mechanics skills.
Both the Pedalwise and BikeWrx programs are offered free of charge. Residents need only fill out a survey and, in the case of Pedalwise, commit to logging their trip data for as long as they participate in the program.
That wasn’t so bad was it? And no, I’m not talking about last night’s Oscars. I’m referring to the fact that here we are nearing the end of February and this part of Canada has hardly been the land of ice and snow. Except for a few days of icy conditions, it’s been great winter cycling weather, as long as you are riding with the wind. Well the wind is always at your back when you ride to BikeBrampton meetings. And we have a BikeBrampton meeting coming up this Thursday evening at 6:30pm Chris Gibson Recreation Centre, 125 McLaughlin Road North in the Craft Room.The agenda, supporting documents and previous meeting minutes can be found here.
New members are always welcome. Did you know Brampton plans to apply for a major cycling recognition award this spring? Or that Brampton downtown is planning for a major facelift that may involve bike lanes? Or that a bike bridge will be built across the 410? Join our meeting to learn all the details. We live in exciting and interesting times. Eat your heart out La La Land!
Here is a great idea for those wishing to do a bit of sightseeing by bike without having to venture too far from home. Bike along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail from Port Whitby Park in the east, West Harbour Park (Hamilton) in the West, to Niagara Falls in the South and return to your starting point by GO Bus or GO train!
The Waterfront Trail and the Lakeshore GO line run parallel for almost 200 km. You can start at any one of 11 “trail to GO” access points where the GO station stop is within an easy riding distance of a trail connection. Sightsee to your heart’s (and leg’s) content. When you’re tired, simply hop the GO train or bus back to where you started.
Trails to GO is a partnership program between the Great Lakes Waterfront Trails Trust and Metrolinx/GO Transit. Direction signs will be installed in the Spring of 2017. Check out the details at http://www.waterfronttrail.org/trailtogo