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Cycling Safety

 

Trail Etiquette

25 Mar 2021, Posted by Dayle Laing in Brampton Cycling, Cycling Safety

Cyclists and pedestrians must safely share the trail. Here are tips for user comfort. City of Brampton has prepared these tips. “Brampton is a HEALTHY and SAFE city”. Cyclists:  Pass to the left Keep speed low Be careful around children and groups Be courteous Ring bell or yell Pedestrians: Do not block the path Watch for other users Stay to the right of the path Dogs must be on a leash Ring your bell or call out It’s the law…

Lock your bike securely

19 Feb 2021, Posted by Dayle Laing in Brampton Cycling, Cycling Safety

Prevent bike theft by locking your bike frame and front wheel securely. Note your serial number and register with police. As the days get longer and warmer, we will be riding more frequently and longer distances. Bikes are a valuable commodity, especially during the pandemic. They are hard to find at any price and must be protected. Here are some tips for you to consider. Do you have the right lock to protect your property? Bike Security Tips: Take a…

Why we can’t bike in winter

28 Jan 2021, Posted by Dayle Laing in Brampton Cycling, Cycling Safety, Videos

Why Canadians Can’t Bike in the Winter Not Just Bikes video below shows clearly why most Canadians (Bramptonians) don’t bike in winter and how we could. Well worth the watch! “When talking about bicycle infrastructure in Canada, the number one excuse I hear is “winter.” Many Canadians see the cold and snow as a fundamental barrier to year round cycling. But one city, Oulu in Finland, with winter weather worse than most Canadian cities, shows that winter cycling has nothing…

Bike Lane vs Urban Shoulder

31 Oct 2020, Posted by Dayle Laing in Brampton Cycling, Cycling Safety, Videos

Bike Lane vs Urban Shoulder shown in Videos Cycling infrastructure using urban shoulders to provide “safe” area for cycling, car parking and traffic calming is a compromise solution. Lisa Stokes, a BikeBrampton member shot these videos (5 minutes total), to demonstrate how it feels to cycle in a bike lane versus an urban shoulder. Cycling in Brampton’s Central Park Drive buffered bike lane video Cycling on Brampton’s McMurchy Avenue sharrows and urban shoulder video Delegation to Council, Sept 30, 2020…

Caledon BikeWrx Pop-up Cafe

10 Jul 2020, Posted by Dayle Laing in Cycling Safety, Region of Peel Cycling

Caledon BikeWrx pop-up Café outdoor events as we deal with COVID-19. BikeBrampton in partnership with Town of Caledon is pleased to host pop-up tent events for promoting trail etiquette. Where possible, we will do minor bike repairs. We will install Region of Peel bells while supplies last, once a skill testing question is answered. Bring your mask for repair service. Schedule of BikeWrx Pop-up Cafés Sun Jun 28, 10:00am-noon Valleywood Etobicoke Creek Trail, at foot of Newhouse Park Sat Jul…

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…

COVID19 Bike Lane Tips

20 May 2020, Posted by Dayle Laing in Brampton Cycling, Cycling Safety, Videos

Here are handy tips for using Brampton COVID-19 bike lanes. These are good safety messages for cycling in traffic! This video shows how to safely enter and exit the bike lanes from intersections and adjacent pathways. Avoid the dreaded “Right Hook” at Intersections   Cyclists must be constantly aware of their surroundings, especially at intersections. A vehicle making a right turn may not see, or may misjudge the speed of the cyclist. This is the greatest possibility for the “right…

Brampton’s new COVID-19 bike network interactive map shows loops for planning essential grocery, pharmacy and medical trips from the interim bike lanes along Vodden Street and Howden Boulevard.   Mayor Patrick Brown unveiled the new map in City Hall on Apr 22nd. The press conference was covered by CP24 TV with this video link. Mayor Brown said in response to a question, “in this term of Council, you are going to see record investment in active transportation because we believe…

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. (photo credit: City of Brampton) As of Saturday, April 18, Brampton is temporarily closing off curb lanes to vehicular traffic along the following sections of road and repurposing the lanes for bicycle use only:…

Rear view cycling was promoted in Bike Month. MTO’s Road Safety Challenge grant allowed BikeBrampton to design, create and display a poster to encourage cyclists to check around them before turning or changing lanes. Published April 2018 in “Cycling Skills: Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling” included the inspiration for our challenge this year: “A rear view mirror lets you see what is approaching from behind and makes it easier to check traffic before passing.”   Brampton Springdale Library hosted a…

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