Newsroom : Ontario Making Commuting Easier for Cyclists in Southern Ontario

Ontario is making it easier for cyclists to commute to and from work, school, and appointments with the construction of new, secure bike storage lockers at GO Transit stations and car pool lots across southern Ontario.

28 bike storage rooms will be installed at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area over the next four years. Mount Pleasant will be one of the first locations to be complete in spring 2018.

A bike room will also be installed in Brampton through a phased rollout as part of our GO RER program with construction beginning in mid-2018 through mid- to -end of 2020.

Source: Newsroom : Ontario Making Commuting Easier for Cyclists in Southern Ontario

Bike the Creek Canada 150

Bike the Creek Canada 150 celebrated by largest ever crowd in Brampton & Caledon.

631 cyclists gathered Jun 24, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a joyful free family ride through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks of urban and rural Brampton and Caledon.

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Cyclists from across GTA flocked to rides catering from 11km to 60km. Peel Regional Police Neighbourhood Policing Units 21 & 22 joined the group.

Rob Zaichkowski, a volunteer at Cycle Toronto, avid cyclist, blogger and photographer, commented in his twowheelpoli blogspot post:

“Not only did it give me exposure to cycling north of Steeles, but it is arguably one of the best organized rides in the Greater Toronto Area with hundreds taking part.”

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Some riders returned for their 4th annual event, while others joined us for the first time, as word has spread! #bikethecreek

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David Laing, BikeBrampton Chair, and Chair of Bike the Creek organizing committee, delivered rider briefings to each group to encourage cyclists to stop at Pavillions, ride safely, obey volunteer directions, drink water and have fun! The committee of Partners: City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Toronto and Region Conservation and BikeBrampton have been planning Bike the Creek since last September.

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City of Brampton Emergency Management directed cyclists in staggered starts of small groups to make it safer and more enjoyable for the 5 groups of riders.

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BikeBrampton member Lorie, recruited 4 teams of 10 cyclists through her company, Greenfield Specialty Alcohols!

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Way to go Lorie! Let’s see more team challenges next year!

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Bike the Creek welcomed the most participating dignitaries this year: Brampton Councillor Doug Whillans, (David Laing, Bike Brampton), Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, MPP Harinder Malhi, Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry MPP Kathryn McGarry, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, and (Dayle Laing, BikeBrampton).

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Region of Peel Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, RAN the Family Ride, pushing his daughter in a stroller!!! (pictured with Mayor Allan Thompson and David Laing)

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Brampton Councillor Jeff Bowman encouraged the cyclists and celebrated Brampton’s newly designated Bicycle Friendly Community bronze status. BikeBrampton and Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee promoted our series of 14 Community Rides this season. (pictured with Polly, member of BB and BCAC)

Petula Fera from Let’s Discover ON, interviewed Joanna Gardner, key planning committee member from partner Toronto and Region Conservation.

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Cyclists took advantage of mini tune-ups provided by volunteer Peter Bolton, a licensed bike mechanic and CanBike instructor. One cyclist commented “I couldn’t believe that my inner tube was replaced and they did not even charge me! — fabulous service, thanks!”.

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Wayne also provided bike mechanic mini tune-ups as well!

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Alina, a volunteer from Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee set up and ran a Bike Rodeo, teaching cycling skills to the young folks.

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Bike the Creek appreciated Minister McGarry’s support of our event, as she joined us from her riding in Cambridge.

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Vince from TRCA has project-managed many parts of our fabulous Etobicoke Creek Trail. Dr. Loh was all set to start his run!

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Caledon OPP bike officers joined our ride, as they have every year!

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Cyclists spread out all the trail, as we cycled through the fabulous Stafford Woods, home to a forest of Sugar Maples, Beeches and Hemlocks and many species of Woodpeckers. This land was deeded to Obediah Stafford, a pioneer settler, in 1819.

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Minister McGarry learns about Monarch butterfly life stages from Jen Miles at TRCA Wetlands Pavillion.

An Eastern Snapping Turtle, of course, beside the Etobicoke Creek.

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Minister Kathryn McGarry and TRCA Director Chandra Sharma stopped to meet a couple of our key Bike the Creek planning partners: Brampton Recreation Michele Robinson and Brampton Active Transportation Nelson Cadete. This event requires special skills to make a success!

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Bike the Creek included more routes in Town of Caledon this year!

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This generous family once again welcomed cyclists (including Minister McGarry and Director Sharma). They provided free water and pop. Some cyclists thought this was an official pavilion. The generosity was quite overwhelming!

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TRCA Kenpark Park Stormwater Pavillion educated cyclists about the issue of plastics in our water supply. Cyclists refilled water bottles and had their passports stamped for chances to win prizes.


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Dr. Loh completed his run and encouraged our display of active healthy living! He wants to return next year!

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Peel Regional Police provided online bicycle registration for Bike the Creek cyclists.

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Brampton Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi visited our Title Sponsor Region of Peel Walk + Roll booth. Cyclists won prizes for answering skill-testing cycling questions.

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We welcomed the return of Silver Sponsor WIKE, the Walk & Bike Company! Their range of locally (Guelph) designed and manufactured cycling products never cease to amaze and delight Bike the Creek cyclists! This year, WIKE owners Bob and Anna cycled the End-to-End Ride! Thanks for coming!

We also thank our Silver Sponsor The Cyclepath Brampton and Caledon Hills Cycling for their support and promotion of Bike the Creek.

Hosting Pavillions this year were Sponsors PAMA (Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives), Credit Valley Conservation (SNAP Fletcher’s Creek) and Brampton Horticultural Society. Wanigan organic fruits and vegetables supplied snacks at Mount Pleasant Community Centre for our Canada 150 riders.

Partner City of Brampton Heritage hosted pavillions at historic Bovaird House (Pendergast Log Cabin) and Brampton Memorial Arena. Partner TRCA also hosted a SNAP Pavillion at County Court Park.

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Executive Director of Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Marlaine Koehler cycled the City Ride (celebrating afterward with Minister Kathryn McGarry). Marlaine and her partners have championed the creation of 2100 km of Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, connecting 114 communities.

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Minister Kathryn McGarry brought greetings on behalf of Province of Ontario, after cycling the Family Ride.

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Peel Acting MOH Dr. Lawrence Loh expressed the importance of living an active life for health, while he demonstrated a positive family role model for our community.

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Town of Caledon Councillors Johanna Downey, Jennifer Innis and Mayor Allan Thompson cycled the Family Ride and challenged Brampton to meet Caledon’s participation of 3 from Council!

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Brampton Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi responded to the friendly challenge from Caledon! Brampton had one rider – Councillor Doug Whillans.

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Caledon and TRCA liked Councillor Palleschi’s retort to the challenge! Work is cut out for the 2 communities….

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Minister McGarry encouraged our MTO Road Safety Challenge of “Do the Bright Thing — be seen, be heard, be predictable”! Region of Peel’s Title Sponsor support was used to provide our free lunch from the Gourmet Group — BBQ Gourmet.

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City of Brampton Recreation staffed our first-ever bike valet parking, keeping cyclists bicycles safe and contained while riders enjoyed their lunch and time visiting booths and listening to our speakers.

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Happy cyclist filled the bleachers and picnic tables to eat their catered lunch and listen to our speakers.

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Brampton Environment Advisory Committee promoted Brampton Master Environmental Plan’s Grow Green Eco-Pledge, while Sierra Club members helped cyclists sort their waste at the Peel Waste Pavillion — creating our Zero-waste event!

Region of Peel Waste reported that Bike the Creek diverted 90% of the garbage. The breakdown: 10kg was garbage; 40kg was recycling; and 50kg was organics! This shows why using your organic green bin in Peel is so important, as it keeps a vast amount of material from landfill!

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Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Marshall, drew the prize draw winning tickets. Some very happy cyclists won great prizes.

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A huge thanks to all the dozens of volunteers like Polly and Alina who made this event possible!

​This School Bus Lets Kids Bike to Class | Bicycling

As if cyclists needed another reason to be envious of France, the land famous for le Tour recently debuted a pedal-powered transportation system for children. Since the beginning of the year, about 30 students at Anatole France, a public elementary school in the town of Louviers, have been taking the S’Cool Bus—essentially a large tandem bike with electric assist—under the supervision of a “bus” driver.

Source: This School Bus Lets Kids Bike to Class | Bicycling

Tell Your Councillor: You Support Downtown Re-Imagined

Downtown Streetscaping

The Region of Peel, in coordination with the City of Brampton’s future streetscaping program, is beginning a multi-year project that will replace aging infrastructure, replace and reline existing sanitary sewers, as well install new water mains and sanitary sewers.

This project provides an opportunity to create a vibrant urban centre in downtown Brampton. The City of Brampton is working towards creating an aesthetically beautiful streetscape around the historic Four Corners. From Mill Street South to Chapel Street on Queen street and Nelson Street East and Wellington Street on Main Street, an environmental assessment is underway to define and create a street that will bring together pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in a safe and sustainable way. From the addition of cycle lanes to landscaping between street and sidewalk to capitalize on pedestrian walkability and enhance amenities, the public realm in downtown Brampton is set to undergo an exciting transformation.

Brampton residents: Please find your councillor and let them know that you support the Downtown Brampton streetscaping project.


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An important part of this project is the introduction of separated cycle tracks, creating a safe space for people to bring bicycles downtown, which BikeBrampton has posted on before.



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Early feedback on the project has been very supportive. 63% of the PIC No. 1 feedback supports removing on-street parking!


Brampton staff have analyzed traffic flows and parking requirements in the downtown over the next two decades. Main and Queen Streets will handle the anticipated traffic volumes as a result of this configuration. Staff have also identified drop-off zones and available area parking as a convenient alternative to the current on-street parking. This suggests that spending money to continue supporting on-street parking, particularly when it’s clear that there is enough garage parking to cover the removal, and little public interest in keeping it, is not a sound investment.



However, some concerns have been expressed about the removal of on-street parking and supporting bike lanes. We thought that this would be a good opportunity to share some information about how cycling benefits the local economy, sharing insights from North America, and around the world.


Cycling Production Is Increasing Around The World,
Car Production And Interest Is Decreasing

Whereas some car manufacturers have needed a helping hand from higher levels of government, bicycle production around the world has surpassed automobile production. Closer to home, a very important demographic shift is occurring: Drivers licenses are not seen as being important. This phenomenon is not limited to Canada. It’s happening across North America.


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Cycling Patrons Spend More Money

“They may buy less per visit. But over the course of a month, bikers out-consumed drivers at bars, restaurants and convenience stores.”

Communities which have implemented similar beautification efforts within their urban centres have experienced an increased vibrancy along these streets, with more pedestrian and cyclist traffic that supports larger and more consistent retail sales for the majority of area business owners.

Several studies, including a study from Toronto, now show a pattern of cyclists and pedestrians end up spending more each month than drivers. One of the ways to potentially cut this gap and boost spending size is to support the use of cargo bikes.


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Cycling Creates Spinoff Business

As was the case with the automobile industry, investing in cycling as a transportation solution creates jobs and spinoff business. Like cars, bicycles periodically need repair. This creates an opportunity for businesses to maintain and repair bicycles. Custom bicycle designs have become successful in cities like Detroit and Portland. Copenhagen is the home of the Larry vs. Harry Bullitt.

“DHL Express has already replaced up to 60% of inner-city vehicle routes in some European countries with cargo bicycles, and we expect that the City Hub and Cubicycle will both help us to accelerate this approach in other markets over the next 3-5 years”

The availability of cargo bikes has started to change how business is done in a very important sector: Logistics. Brampton is close to Pearson Airport, and has a significant CN intermodal yard. Companies like DHL are utilizing electric assist cargo bikes to replace trucks for inner city delivery. They offer many advantages, including being able to make up to two times as many stops per hour than a delivery vehicle. The total cost of ownership over their lifetime is less than half of a van. UPS has launched a similar initiative in Portland. Going back to potential local business benefits: “The electric bike was also designed and built in Portland by Truck Trikes”.

The bicycle, now celebrating it’s 200th year, is making a comeback. Our modern-day paved roads started with people demanding better places to cycle. History is repeating itself around the world, and Brampton has an opportunity to be an important leader in this change.

Again, please find your councillor and let them know that you support the Downtown Brampton streetscaping project.


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Happy 200th birthday, bikes! Made in Germany, conquering the world and saving the Earth | DW Environment | DW | 12.06.2017

Region of Peel Bike Safety Day

Bring your bike to the Region of Peel Brampton Office
for a free bike inspection by a professional mechanic!

Time: Tuesday, June 13 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bring your bike for a free inspection by a professional mechanic. Subject to demand, services include:

  • Bike maintenance Q & A
  • Tire pressure adjustment
  • Brake/gear adjustment
  • Basic flat tire repair clinic

 Win great prizes and learn about cycling routes and road safety

  • Learn how to use a Brampton Transit bus bike rack
  • Learn about the Peel Police online bike registry

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please email Kelly Cook at or call (905)-791-7800 ext. 4419 with any questions.

Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program

“The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC) is a four-year program to invest in municipal infrastructure for commuter cycling. OMCC is part of a suite of new initiatives developed in response to the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), intended to make it more attractive for Ontarians to cycle to work, school and other common destinations instead of using motor vehicles.”

Source: Commuter cycling

The Invisible Bike Riders — Strong Towns

“The Invisible Riders…log far more hours than most “serious” cyclists. They do so on equipment most of us wouldn’t touch and under the most adverse conditions: at the height of rush hour on the busiest thoroughfares. […]

Most of the riders I met viewed their commute as a battle, but exhibited none of the smug, anti-automotive posturing many committed middle-class bike commuters wear as a badge of honor.”

Source: The Invisible Bike Riders — Strong Towns

One of the biggest transportation changes is bicycle adoption – Business Insider


Photo Credit: Bikes! by Jon Niola/Flickr


“You might think that if I were to look back, I’d say that the electric car is the biggest change I’ve seen. Tesla is a $50-billion-market-cap company after all — larger by that measure that Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles!

But you’d be wrong.

Nor is Uber the biggest change I’ve seen. Nor the advent of high-end luxury air travel, low-cost carriers, or even a rising number of private jets.

High-speed rail? Not so much in the US. Flying cars? Nope.

By far the biggest transportation change I’ve seen is the explosion in bicycle riding.”


Source: One of the biggest transportation changes is bicycle adoption – Business Insider

Accessible Cycling is Better Together | dandyhorse magazine