The next Planning & Development Committee agenda for September 23, 2019 is available, and features a presentation on the Active Transportation Master Plan!
Nelson Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Transportation Planning, Planning and Development Services, will present a report and presentation on the Active Transportation Master Plan.
Overview of Report
The 2015 update of the Brampton Transportation Master Plan recommended that the City develop a comprehensive active transportation master plan to include information and recommendations on policies, programming, design standards and infrastructure, and to identify an implementation strategy.
The Brampton 2040 Vision calls for transportation and connectivity to be “a mosaic of safe, integrated transportation choices and new modes, contributing to civic sustainability, and emphasizing walking, cycling and transit.”
Supporting the Vision, the Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) states that “Through developing an integrated, attractive, and accessible system of sidewalks, cycling facilities and trails, Brampton will be a liveable city where all members of the community can safely and conveniently access places, goods and services and connect to transit using active modes of transportation.”
This report seeks Council’s endorsement of the Active Transportation Master Plan recommendations which are organized around the themes of “Connecting the Network,” “Design for Safety and Comfort,” “Providing Yearround Mobility,” and Developing a Walking and Cycling Culture.”
The proposed 2041 active transportation network has been costed at a value of approximately $126.6M. The resources and funding required to implement the ATMP will be identified and considered as part of the annual Capital Budgeting process, pending Council approval.
Funding of $4.9M is available for this initiative in the 2019 Capital Budget in support of Active Transportation project implementation.
If you are able, please attend this meeting to show your support for changing the face of transportation in Brampton!
The Ontario Traffic Council is looking for your input on what changes and additions should be included in the update to OTM Book 18: Cycling Facilities, and how these guidelines can be improved as a resource for practitioners, municipalities and advocates.
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The Reading Line has partnered with The Festival of Literary Diversity to offer a free Book Ride in Brampton on April 29, 2018.
A Book Ride is a literary festival on wheels. The Reading Line’s Brampton Book Ride is a social justice focused bicycle ride, in partnership with the Festival of Literary Diversity. The ride will move through portions of the city with stops in key locations where authors talk, read and answer questions from riders and attendees.
At the 2017 Ontario Bike Summit awards, Brampton achieved a bronze status designation, which recognizes a community that has launched several initiatives to promote a cycling culture. In recent years, the city has made investments in building a bicycle-friendly community and championing bicycling as a safe, healthy means of recreation and transportation.
The route will begin at South Fletcher’s Library and continue to downtown Brampton thanks to support from the Region of Peel. Along the way, local writers and authors who have appeared at the Festival of Literary Diversity will read from their books or perform poetry.
Please see these websites for more details:
The Reading Line
The Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD)
27% of current cyclists (who usually bike to work or school in spring and fall) continue to bike through the winter months. It’s both a high and a low number. On one hand, a quarter of all cyclists bike all year round, so clearly there is potential for winter cycling. On the other hand, there is still a lot of work that would need to be done for more people to consider biking in the winter.
The probability of biking in winter is associated with increased access to on-street cycling facilities such as bike lanes and cycle tracks near the shortest route of travel.
Women, compared to men, were less likely to bike in all seasons.
Despite overall growth in the number of people biking to work, there are still some challenges that need to be addressed by cities, organizations, and employers for more women to bike more often.
Cornell University professor Mildred Warner sums up this approach well: “Asking, ‘Would a woman feel comfortable walking here at dusk?’ and getting an affirmative response likely means that most people will feel comfortable using the space. Women can be used as a bellwether for safety, as well as other planning priorities. Regarding transportation planning, women are choice riders: if more women ride transit, more people will ride.”
Source: Here’s how we can bridge the gender gap in biking || Greater Greater Washington
Ontario is making it safer and more convenient for people to get around by bike, by more than doubling its investment in local cycling to build bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure in towns and cities across the province. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.
Across Ontario, 120 municipalities will receive funding from the province for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. The province is investing $93 million this year:
Brampton will be receiving $1,780,604 of this funding.
Source: Major New Investment to Make Cycling Safer and More Convenient
Year-round counts at Bloor and Castle Frank record winter bicycle traffic that is just over one fifth summertime levels. As of June 2017, the Bloor bike lane saw an average of 5,220 cyclists per day. If one fifth continue to cycle through the winter, we can expect to see over 1,000 cyclists a day on Bloor, making it as busy as some Toronto bike lanes in the summer.
While this number might seem high to some, it becomes less surprising when we consider Toronto’s climate data. Cara Fisher, an associate of the Winter Cities Institute, has classified Toronto as a “moderate” winter city, along with Calgary and Minneapolis. These cities experience January highs close to 0°C (-1°C in Toronto) and lows close to -10°C (-6°C in Toronto). Temperature extremes are rare.
Source: Cycling in the Snow: How many do it and what does it actually look like?
“We have previously been satisfied with traffic policies that ensure that no one dies or is seriously injured in traffic. But that’s no longer sufficient. Moving Beyond Zero is the new Vision Zero, where we expect the transport system to improve life thanks to active mobility”, says Lars Strömgren, chairman of the Swedish Cycling Advocacy Organisation.
Source: MOVING BEYOND ZERO LAUNCH – Moving Beyond Zero
The City of Brampton is preparing the next public engagement event for the Active Transportation Master Plan Study:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Brampton City Hall — Atrium,
2 Wellington Street West,
One of the emerging recommendations of the study is to install active transportation infrastructure to complement the City’s capital road program. Many locations where sidewalk gaps should be filled and bike lanes should be painted have been identified. Public feedback from this event will be used to measure support for each project, find locations for bike parking stands and locations where existing trails could be upgraded.
The project team has also created an online digital consultation map that can be accessed from a computer or mobile device. The mapping tool will be available until November 30, 2017 at www.brampton.ca/ATMP.
Bicycle logistics are used around the world and has now been introduced in Canada. This could be very important as Pearson Airport undergoes redevelopment of its Master Plan. Short trips between logistics terminals and deliveries of smaller items could be well served by cargo bikes!
“Mayor John Tory said deploying cargo bikes could help ‘traffic nightmares . . . . It’s time we take a look at something like this, because it’s being done in Frankfurt, in Vienna, in Hamburg, in Rome.'”
Source: UPS to test cargo bikes for deliveries in Toronto | Toronto Star