Carbon Reduction Challenge

Winners of Pedalwise Summer/Fall Carbon Reduction Challenge announced

The purpose of the Carbon Reduction Challenge was to encourage Brampton Bike Hub’s Pedalwise protégés to use their bikes as often as possible to get to destinations.  The Challenge did its job and then some!

Congratulate the winners at the Official Opening of Brampton Bike Hub’s bike cage on Wed Dec 19th 6:30pm at 50 Sunny Meadow Blvd, Unit 108. Ceremony begins at 7pm in underground parking, accessed from main lobby elevator. Bike cage sponsored by Region of Peel ‘Healthy Living Supports and PCHS.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program, as well as our partner agency PCHS, has made this Challenge possible. BikeBrampton also thanks all the Protégés, our dedicated volunteer Mentors, Bike Mechanics, CAN-BIKE instructor, Velo-Canada-Bikes, Region of Peel and City of Brampton. The Bikeport by Kevin Montgomery set up and analysed the Strava Brampton EcoAction Club data to determine the winners.

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Carbon Reduction Challenge Winner Results:

From July 1st to October 31st,

    • Protégés logged over 480 trips
    • Cycled almost 8,000km
  • Displaced 2.5 tonnes of carbon!

10% Carbon Reduction Challenge Winners:

  • Jason, Heidi, Peggy, Ewa, Raquel

These protégés rode at least 10% more between July 1st to October 31st than they did between January 1st to June 30th. That was in terms of number of trips cycled and kilometres ridden. Even for those who cycled very little in the first half of 2018, the minimum challenge was 11 rides and 110km.

Grand Prize Distance Winners:

    • Jason 3,553km
    • Heidi 1,124km
  • Peggy 767km

These protégés cycled the farthest distance during the contest period.

Grant Prize Percentage Winners:

    • Ewa 810%
    • Alexandra 179%
  • Peggy 68%

These protégés really stepped up their game during the summer and fall, and cycled much more than they had in the first half of the year.


Brampton Cycling in Canada

Brampton Bike Hub was showcased in EcoAction National Webinar.

Mentors, protégés, bike mechanics, CAN-Bike instructors, City of Brampton staff, Region of Peel staff, Sonia Sidhu MP constituency staff and BikeBrampton members cheered loudly as David Laing updated the country on Brampton Cycling in Canada “4 Canadian Communities – If you Build it, They will Come: Increasing Cycling, Reducing Emissions”.

Edmonton, Montreal and Halifax joined Brampton Cycling in Canada in presenting their projects in the Vélo Canada Bikes EcoAction Community grant project from Environment and Climate Change Canada on Mar 28, 2018. Each city team is approaching the objective of encouraging locals to switch from car use to bikes for some or most of their transportation needs in a unique way.

29 participants gathered in a conference room at Brampton City Hall to hear the cycling messages from across Canada. Facing the camera on his laptop, David remarked that this is the first time he has presented with his back to his audience!

EcoAction National Webinar Mar28 2018 – link to the presentation slides

The goal is to reduce carbon by displacing short range car trips with cycling trips. The results are shown in the human stories, of lives impacted positively as we build our community with kindness, skills and fun!

BikeBrampton wishes to thank their local partners in the Brampton Bike Hub: PCHS (Punjabi Community Health Services), Region of Peel Walk+Roll, The Bikeport by Kevin Montgomery, Mobile Pro Bicycle Service (Peter Bolton), Bike Mechanic Gerald Pyjor, CANBike Instructor Alina Grzejszczak and of course, all our amazing volunteer members of BikeBrampton, mentors and protégés. City of Brampton is thanked for providing the webinar room and promoting the Brampton Bike Hub.

Related Blogs to Brampton Cycling in Canada:

EcoAction National Webinar Invitation

BikeWrx Bike Repairs

Brampton Bike Hub Opening

Brampton Bike Hub information webpage

Sign up for FREE Pedalwise, where each participant is given a mentor, who is an experienced cyclist. Sign up for the program and come out to Brampton Bike Hub’s BikeWrx, held almost every Wednesday evening 6:30-8:30 at 50 Sunny Meadow Blvd, Unit 108. We alternate between a bike repair drop-in and a basic bike repair training module.


EcoAction National Webinar

EcoAction National Webinar Cycling in 4 Canadian Communities

 

“If you Build it, they will Come: Increasing Cycling, Reducing Emissions”

Brampton City Hall WT-2C, Wed Mar 28, 2018 7pm. Learn about successful initiatives in Edmonton, Brampton, Montreal and Halifax. Share your successes and ask questions.

Canada Bikes in partnership with BikeBrampton invites you to attend! This project was undertaken with the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Objective:

Meet and hear from the four Canadian communities involved in increasing cycling in their communities through this federally funded initiative. Each city team is approaching the objective of encouraging locals to switch from car use to bikes for some or most of their transportation needs in a unique way. There have been numerous successes. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from others about how to help residents choose and maintain cycling as part of their transportation routines.

2018 03 28 EcoAction National Webinar Invitation

Come in person to City Hall, West Tower Room 2C!

  1. There is free bicycle parking in the underground garage at City Hall
  2. If you want to join the event and cannot come in person, there are only 50 spots available from across Canada, for calling in to the webinar
  3. Join via the Canada Bikes website link to ClickMeeting.com

EcoAction National Webinar Schedule:

  1. Welcome from Judi Varga-Toth, Executive Director Canada Bikes, National Project Manager
  2. Kelsey Lane, Halifax Cycling Coalition
  3. Geoffrey Bush, Coalition Velo Montreal Cycling Coalition
  4. David Laing, BikeBrampton
  5. Anna Ho, Paths for People, Edmonton
  6. Questions and Answers

Brampton Bike Hub:

BikeBrampton wishes to thank their local partners in the Brampton Bike Hub: PCHS (Punjabi Community Health Services), Region of Peel Walk+Roll, The Bikeport and of course, all our amazing volunteer members of BikeBrampton, mentors and protégés. City of Brampton is thanked for providing the webinar room and promoting the Brampton Bike Hub. For more information on the Brampton Bike Hub and our Pedalwise and BikeWrx programs.


30 Days of Biking


 New research on winter cycling from Ryerson via @dandyhorse

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.

Source: http://dandyhorsemagazine.com/blog/2018/02/13/new-research-on-winter-cycling-from-ryerson/


Here’s how we can bridge the gender gap in biking || Greater Greater Washington

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


Brampton Bike Hub Opening

Ready to ride a bike? Want to learn some bike mechanic skills? Check out the Brampton Bike Hub!

Invite your friends and family to attend the Official Launch this Wednesday, Dec 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. at 50 Sunny Meadow Blvd Unit 108, Brampton.

FREE Registration

BikeBrampton has partnered with PCHS to offer Bike Mechanics training (BikeWrx) and Bike Mentorship (Pedalwise). Open to Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon residents 16 years of age and up!

BikeWrx will be offering both 6-session courses as well as regular Do-It-Yourself drop-in for the use of bike tools and bike mechanic support.

Can’t make this Wednesday? We’ll miss you! But you can still participate! You can register online (rolling applications until they are full!).

For more information, visit Brampton Bike Hub.


Cycling in the Snow: How many do it and what does it actually look like?

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?


MOVING BEYOND ZERO LAUNCH – Moving Beyond Zero

“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


UPS to test cargo bikes for deliveries in Toronto | Toronto Star

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