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.
Another successful Bike the Creek completed! Over 1,500 riders registered. Happy families, tourists, sponsors, volunteers, community leaders joined this FREE signature cycling event.
Partners Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and BikeBrampton worked 8 months to plan the 6 routes through spectacular valleys, trails, historic landmarks, rural roads, and bike lanes.
Peel Region Publishes a Retrospective Analysis of its Community Cycling Program in Brampton, Caledon & Mississauga.
Like many communities in the Greater Toronto Area, Peel Region faces multiple challenges. Inflation is putting a squeeze on household finances, traffic volumes threaten to swamp available road space, health issues related to the pandemic and to sedentary lifestyles are threatening to overburden healthcare systems. And a rapidly changing climate is wreaking havoc on local and worldwide weather patterns, causing untold suffering and threatening to overwhelm disaster relief systems. Increasing bicycle use is one important way to positively impact all of these issues, especially if the bike ride replaces a car ride to shorter-distance destinations.
Bike the Creek is an awesome FREE community event held on June 18th. It raises awareness on the benefits of cycling and how active transportation is essential to building a healthy and sustainable community. Established in 2014, the event is planned with partners, BikeBrampton, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, Town of Caledon and City of Mississauga. This event attracts over 1000 cycling enthusiasts and engages over 50 volunteers from the community.
Celebrate, don’t hibernate! Walk to school this winter.
Whether we were born in Canada or came here later in life, it seems many of us don’t like Canadian winters. Did you know there is a scientific reason why winters make us feel so lethargic and unhappy?
It turns out the lack of light affects our brain’s ability to generate serotonin and melatonin, two chemicals that help regulate our sleep cycles, energy, and mood. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Lack of exposure to full-spectrum natural light also reduces the body’s production of vitamin D, a chemical necessary for calcium absorption. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to many diseases including, breast, colon, and prostate cancers, heart disease, depression and weight gain.
Brampton Council endorses historic energy plan, including 7% mode share for active transportation to meet 2041 targets.
City of Brampton Council unanimously passed motion to support the Community Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (CEERP), and to initiate the creation of Community Centre for Energy Transformation (CCET).
This will position Brampton as a community leader in the fight against climate change.
BikeBrampton encourages residents support Option 3 for Williams Parkway to remain 4 lanes with multi-use path, treed landscaped showing sustainability leadership for Climate Emergency, 2040 Vision and Active Transportation Master Plan. Ask the Mayor and your Councillors to vote for Option 3, by sending your letter prepared by the David Suzuki Foundation.
City of Brampton Staff is proposing to widen Williams Parkway between McLaughlin Road and North Park Drive from 4 to 6 lanes, as planned since 2004. The latest collective knowledge about vibrant city planning, Brampton’s Active Transportation Master Plan (2019), Brampton’s 2040 Vision (2018), and Brampton’s declared Climate Emergency (2019) have cast a much different light on what was logical in 2004, Brampton’s Transit and Transportation Master Plan (2009) and the Environmental Assessment (2011).
To help protect the health and safety of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Brampton is implementing interim bike lanes along the Vodden Street corridor. These routes will provide an alternative cycling option to recreational trails for residents, and allow cyclists to maintain physical distancing.