Caledon’s Active Transportation Survey

Riders visit Caledon Bike Hub Pop Up along the Caledon Trail

The Town of Caledon is developing its Active Transportation Master Plan. It wants input from you whether or not you own a home or business there. If you ride a bike or hike in the Town, please provide your thoughts on what walking and cycling strategies the Town should employ to make life better for both residents and visitors.

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Summarizing 5 Years of Community Cycling in Peel Region

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.

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Bike the Creek 8th Annual


Different Spokes Grand Opening of Do it Yourself Bike Repair Co-operative in Downtown Brampton

Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) and BikeBrampton were pleased to host the grand opening of Different Spokes, Region of Peel’s first community-based bicycle co-operative and social services centre in downtown Brampton, at 8 Nelson St. W, August 18, 2022.

Different Spokes inner tube ribbon cutting
Grand opening of Different Spokes inner tube ribbon cutting by PCHS CEO Baldev Mutta, Mississauga Councillor Chris Fonseca, Caledon Councillor Johanna Downey, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Brampton Councillor Rowena Santos, Brampton Councillor Paul Vicente, and behind, BikeBrampton chair David Laing

The Different Spokes venue will be shared jointly by BikeBrampton and PCHS. BikeBrampton will operate the facility 4 days a week, offering tools and workstations for members to perform their own bike repairs under direction of a bike mechanic. Free workshops on cycling skills and safety training will be offered. PCHS will provide health, settlement and social services, by appointment on a weekly basis.

Different Spokes bike hub work benches set for grand opening
Different Spokes bike hub work benches set for the grand opening reveal

“Community based bicycle co-operatives offer a venue for people to learn about bicycles and help build a community that promotes and supports sustainable transportation”, said David Laing, Chair of BikeBrampton and one of the organizers bringing Different Spokes to the City. “Encouraging more people to bike to destinations yields many community benefits including improved health, lower carbon emissions and less traffic congestion”, added Laing.

Brampton Bike Hub & Caledon Bike Hub story board successes
Different Spokes story boards showing the success of Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub, and why the Community Cycling Program (CCP) is important to the priorities of the Region.

“Teaming with BikeBrampton in this facility is a natural fit” said Amanjit Kahlon, Manager, Community Development at PCHS. “Brampton’s downtown is an underserved community from a social services perspective and many people in the area use bikes, buses, and trains to travel to and from work or school. The bike is an essential form of transportation for them. Working with BikeBrampton, we can help clients keep their bikes in good condition and their, minds and bodies healthy,” added Kahlon.

PCHS CEO Baldev Mutta
CEO Baldev Mutta explaining the social services that PCHS will provide at Different Spokes.

BikeBrampton is a community volunteer group that encourages, promotes, and advocates for safe and convenient active transportation alternatives (primarily walking and cycling), in the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel.

Different Spokes Manager Sonia Maset and crowd
Different Spokes Manager Sonia Maset (in blue shirt), BikeBrampton members and crowd watched the grand opening.

PCHS is a charitable health service provider with a mandate to provide health, settlement, and social services to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and diverse communities using an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework. The organization has been serving the Peel Region community for 32 years.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Caledon Councillors Jennifer Innis & Johanna Downey
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Caledon Regional Councillors Jennifer Innis & Johanna Downey at Different Spokes grand opening.
Brampton Councillors Paul Vicente & Rowena Santos
Brampton Councillors Paul Vicente and Rowena Santos, champions of active transportation, healthy living and economic development, at Different Spokes grand opening
Brampton cycling map for route planning
PCHS counselling area, and City of Brampton cycling map for route planning instruction
Grand opening of Different Spokes, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Dayle, David, Caledon Regional Councillor Jennifer Innis.
BikeBrampton Chair David Laing showed off Different Spokes bike work stations to Regional Councillors Paul Vicente, Jennifer Innis and Rowena Santos.
Regional Councillors Jennifer Innis and Rowena Santos admired the bike work stations at Different Spokes grand opening.
Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu sent congratulations and best wishes upon the grand opening of Different Spokes
City of Brampton Regional Councillor Rowena Santos, Mayor Patrick Brown, and Regional Councillor Paul Vicente presented certificate of recognition to Downtown Brampton Bike Hub, Different Spokes

BikeWrx Pop-ups (Bike Repair)

Are you ready to ride with confidence? Circle your calendar with these BikeWrx pop-up schedules for Brampton and Caledon!

Services at these events include free Region of Peel bike bell and light installation, ABC Quick checks, basic repairs, bike and helmet fittings, route planning, trail etiquette.

BikeWrx pop-up 2021

Brampton Pop-Up Event Schedule *

Saturday April, 23                    Fred Kline| 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday April, 23                    Norton Place Park | 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday May, 03                     Algoma | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday May, 05                    Algoma | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday June, 01               Bramalea Secondary School | 2:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday June, 03                        Massey St. Public School | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday June, 18                   Bike the Creek | 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday June, 21                    Flower City Campus | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Friday June, 24                       Sir John A Macdonald Park | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday June, 25                   Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday June, 26                     Sir John A Macdonald | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday July, 02                    Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday July, 05                    Creditview Sandalwood Park | 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Sunday July, 10                      Chinguacousy | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Friday July, 15                        Chinguacousy | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday July, 16                    Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday July, 17                      Mount Royal Park | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Monday July, 18                     Mount Royal Park | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sunday July, 31                      Carabram Park | 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday August, 02               Carabram Park | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday August, 27              Chris Gibson | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM CANCELLED
Sunday August, 28                Chris Gibson | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM CANCELLED
Saturday September, 03        Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday September, 04          Homestead Park | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday September, 06         Algoma – Fall Orientation | 11 AM – 1 PM
Wednesday September, 07    Fallingdale P.S.  | 2:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday September, 17        Chinguacousy Park | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Saturday September, 24         Art Spin – Downtown | 11 AM – 1 PM

Caledon Pop-up Event Schedule *

Saturday July 09, 10:00am – Southfields Recreation Centre
Saturday August 06, 9:00am – Caledon East, Caledon Trailway
Sunday August 7, 9:00am – Inglewood, Caledon Trailway
Thursday August 11, 5:00pm – Caledon East, Caledon Trailway
Sunday August 14, 9:00am – Palgrave, Caledon Trailway CANCELLED
Thursday August 25, 5:00pm – Palgrave, Caledon Trailway CANCELLED
Thursday September 01, 5:00pm – Inglewood, Caledon Trailway
Saturday September 10, 9:00am-12:30pm – Palgrave, Caledon Trailway

*Dates are subject to Public Health measures as per COVID-19 reopening guidelines


Bike the Creek 2022

Register for Bike the Creek, the 8th annual regional signature ride through Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga!

REGISTRATION OPEN #bikethecreek22

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.

Bike the Creek Cycling Jerseys:

Jakroo Canada virtual store is open for your Bike the Creek Jersey order! Our custom jerseys are on sale until May 12th 2:59am. Estimated delivery May 30th to your address, via FedEx. Signature required. Anyone can purchase an event jersey from Jakroo Canada Inc. at a cost of $61.00, available in youth, women and men sizes. Technical t-shirt available at $46.00. Great for a gift or for yourself! To see a 3-D sample of the Bike the Creek jersey, click here. Sizing chart available in the virtual store.

BtC 2022 jersey


Bike the Creek benefits

Whether you can ride 5 or 65 kilometres, this event is for you! It’s not a race. It’s a community party where you can enjoy nature, see friends, make new ones and enjoy yourself. Kids can try out the Bike Rodeo.

Bike the Creek 2020 map

Visit our booths at Jim Archdekin, and stop at the pavilions along the way. Here’s a small sample of sponsors and vendors, and there will be many more!

Bike the Creek 2020 sponsors

Stop to scan the QR code posters to learn about civic facts and BikeBrampton’s video safety tips!

Bike the Creek QR codes

REGISTER NOW

2022 Bike the Creek delegation to Council

Dayle and David delegated on behalf of BikeBrampton to City of Brampton Council.


Pedalwise Mentor Call Out

Call out for Pedalwise Mentors. 

Join Apr 27th or May 2nd, 6:30–8:00pm for our Pedalwise information sessions. Brampton & Caledon Bike Hub needs experienced cyclists!

About You: 
You are comfortable biking on the road and are interested in building up your community through cycling in Brampton. You know some of the safer streets to ride on in your area and want to share them with others who live there too. While strong cycling skills and knowing multiple languages is an asset, you are primarily concerned about connecting with people for where they are at and supporting them where they want to go. You have felt that sense of freedom that riding a bicycle brings and knows how it helps the environment and promotes health and wellness. You want to learn how you can use biking as a tool for building up your community and make friends along the way.
Position Summary:
Mentors are paired with protégés in your neighbourhood that want to grow their cycling knowledge and skill. After attending an information session and up to two rides with our team, you will assess the confidence and skill for each protégé and go on rides together. Successful mentors will remain in contact with their protégés and create cycling opportunities to help them achieve their personal objectives. The Brampton and Caledon Bike Bub will support these rides by providing free equipment and skills training.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Take protégés out for rides (one-on-one or in a group)
• Maintain a safe, inclusive, and fun environment during rides
• Attend monthly check-ins with other mentors
• Attend up to two riding workshops
• Provide mentor support for up to ten Pedalwise protégés
o Assess current skill and confidence level and customize a mentor program for each protégé that may include which may include route planning and skills training
o Agree on communication frequency, ride frequency, duration and degree of difficulty

Qualifications and Skills:
• Enthusiastic to support protégés while they develop at their own pace
• Over 17 years of age
• Knowledge and confidence riding a bicycle on roads (it is not necessary to be a cycling expert)
• Fluency in English. Ability to speak South Asian languages is an asset
• Interpersonal skills including active listening and empathy
• Eager to initiative in maintaining contact with protégés over text, email, and phone
• Resides in Caledon or Brampton

What You Can Expect:
You will help lead bi-weekly group rides in your area and/or go on one-on-one rides with your neighbours to help them enhance their skills riding a bicycle? Typically, most protégés are new to the city and are looking to become familiar with the road rules, learn safer routes, and gain confidence riding on the rode. Unless you are comfortable or have experience teaching adults to ride, you will not be assigned to them. Less experienced protégés require more attention. For in-person activities, mentors and protégés must physically distance and ensure they always have their mask.
Benefits:
• Our mentors tell us how rewarding it is to see their protégés start from minimal confidence and skill, to exceeding their goals. With this opportunity, you will improve the health, well-being, and happiness of your protégés while building a sense of community.
• Join a community of like-minded volunteers, mentors, and staff and gain access to networking opportunities.
• Access to free equipment and discounted membership to the DIY bike hub in Downtown Brampton.
About the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub
The Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub, offered in partnership with BikeBrampton and Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS), empowers cyclists to choose bikes over cars to get around. We believe that riding and fixing a bicycle is a powerful tool to connect neighbours, promote independence, improve health, and enhance environmental sustainability.
Since 2015, the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub has been teaching residents about riding, maintenance, and repair, removing barriers to cycling in a friendly setting. Past programs include running the one-on-one cycling mentorship program (Pedalwise), drop-in DIY bike repair (BikeWrx), Bike Library, and delivering free pop-up bike services at parks and schools around Brampton and Caledon. In 2022 the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub will open a physical location in Downtown Brampton called Different Spokes.

On April 27th and May 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. we will be hosting two Pedalwise information sessions. Sign up here

More information about the Pedalwise program

Email sonia@bikebrampton.ca for any questions.


BikeWrx 2021 Successes

Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub exceeded their program goals with 46 BikeWrx pop-up events.

120 hours were provided to 2,348 residents across 17 locations over 4 months.

BikeBrampton and PCHS have delivered Year Three of Region of Peel’s Community Cycling Program. In March 2021, we welcomed full time Program Manager, Sonia Maset, to take up the mantle of designing and implementing this ambitious program. Sonia excelled at hiring summer students and acquiring eager volunteers to support the pop-ups.

Check out the impressive 2021 11 12 Year Three Interim Report – Final which covers activities from March through October 2021.

BikeWrx pop-up Bramalea Secondary

Bramalea Secondary School BikeWrx Pop-up, Principal Fraser Kidd, Vice-Principal Stafford Lowe, Sept 24th

Venues for the program’s activities have been generously provided by PCHS, City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Heart Lake Baptist Church, and Bramalea Secondary School.

Services at these events included free Region of Peel bike bell and light installation, ABC Quick checks, basic repairs, bike and helmet fittings, route planning, trail etiquette, 8 group rides, 7 obstacle courses, and one-on-one rider education.

Continuing to offer these services in 2021 not only allowed us to significantly enhance visibility, but to also reach residents who otherwise would have remained unaware of the community cycling services available within the Brampton and Caledon communities. Over the course of the season, we estimate to have installed over a thousand bells/lights and provided mechanical evaluation and tune-ups to over 1,852 bikes.

A tremendous amount of time and energy was devoted to making these events a success. As of August 30th, 103 volunteers and staff contributed over 1,080 hours to the delivery of pop-ups alone. 59 of these volunteers were recruited through the Volunteer Resources Team from the Region of Peel, with 9 returning multiple times. Having Region of Peel Volunteers also provided a unique opportunity to train and educate additional residents on basic bike mechanics as well as more in-depth practical cycling education over the two-to-threehour Pop-Up sessions. The core team delivering pop-ups grew from 11 at the beginning of the summer to 29 near the end. Many of these new volunteers are high-school aged and eager to develop their mechanical and practical riding skills.

BikeWrx pop-up Mayor Brown

Mayor Patrick Brown, Councillor Charmaine Williams, their families, Grupo Bimbo volunteers, BikeBrampton volunteers at Brampton Bike Hub BikeWrx pop-up, Chinguacousy Park, Sep 18th.

The goal for the season was also to deliver all equipment for events in Brampton by bicycle.

WIKE bike cargo trailer

Thanks to a generous donation from Grupo Bimbo (Canada Bread), the program acquired and customized 2 bike cargo trailers from local Guelph manufacturing company, WIKE.

Thank you to our part-time Summer Students Avani, Anandi, Joshua, and Owen who hauled 60-75kg of equipment rain or shine and showed us how capable bicycles truly are!

At the start of the season, students participated in a brief 2-hour on-road training courtesy of mentors Lisa and Steve to prepare them for the long hauls ahead. Equipment for these events was graciously stored in the garages, sheds, and backyards of Dennis, Lucie, Indra, Steve, Alina, Heidi, and Yvon, as well as at the bike cage in 50 Sunny Meadow Blvd.

With many new volunteers living close to Professors Lake and Carabram Parks, riding to and from these events provided a unique opportunity to overlap mentorship program to some of the volunteers helping at events. With many returning volunteers, group rides were arranged both to events as well as the “haul houses” where equipment was being stored. Great work to Sanjana, Morgan, Avani, Anandi, Tejvinder, Vasanth, Krishna, Kapil, Tahmoor, and Yash who accompanied us on over 20 rides throughout the season!

Caledon Bike Hub BikeWrx pop-up

Caledon Bike Hub Inglewood BikeWrx pop-up, Oct 8th

Youtube Videos on Cycling Safety:

Be HeardBe AwareBe PredictableBe SeenBe CourteousBe ComfortableABC Quick CheckKids talk about Biking Video

BikeWrx Group Ride, Main St

BikeWrx Group Ride — Lisa, David and Dayle guided participants on group ride down the Main Street bike lane, Sept 6th.

BikeWrx Obstacle Course

BikeWrx Obstacle Course & Grupo Bimbo sponsored WIKE cargo bike trailer, Chris Gibson, Sept 4th

BikeWrx Obstacle Course instruction

BikeWrx Obstacle Course instruction by staff summer student, Chris Gibson, Sept 4th

Bike Library

44 bikes were borrowed and 27 junior size bikes were donated to Massey Street Public School for their Bike Swap program in June. Another 23 adult bikes were donated in October for Massey’s collaborative Fix-a-thon event next spring.

Brampton Bike Hub cage

Program Manager Sonia Maset at Brampton Bike Hub bike cage with loaded cargo bike trailer and City of Brampton Trail User Safety poster

This is a brief summary of the 2021 activities. Read the full 2021 11 12 Year Three Interim Report – Final


Bike the Creek 2021 Virtual

Bike the Creek was held virtually in June 2021.

Participants cycled at their own pace and time in the 7th annual regional signature ride through Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga! #bikethecreek21

Feedback indicated a huge pandemic success story. Stenciled BtC pavement markings are still somewhat visible, to help cyclists find the routes. Routes are still posted on the Bike the Creek page, with an option to download a google map link. Save the date for June 18, 2022 for an in-person event!

Summary Snapshot of Bike the Creek:

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Bike the Creek Promotional Videos:

Bramptonist Bike Month Column

Cycling Tips Videos


Old School Road Closing

Old School Road is a popular recreational cycling route. The bad news it will be closed for the next 12 months. According to the Town of Caledon website Old School Road will be closed from September 6, 2021 to August 31, 2022. The good news is that the reconstruction should include wider paved shoulders and a smoother surface for more pleasant cycling.