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.
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).
The Active Transportation Master Plan was endorsed by City of Brampton on Sept 25, 2019.
The City’s first ever Active Transportation Master Plan provides the network plan, policies and programs to support Brampton’s 2040 Vision for a mosaic of safe, integrated transportation choices and new modes, contributions to civic sustainability, and emphasizing walking, cycling, and transit.
This Fall, a group of us from BikeBrampton will be participating in Greg’s Ride on Sunday, September 22. We’ll be cycling from Brampton to Hamilton on Saturday, riding in Greg’s Ride on Sunday, then cycling home Monday. BikeBrampton’s participation in this annual event has grown from one rider in 2013 to our larger team of riders this year.
The day will have a focus on Active Transportation, and how we can educate and inform the public on the benefits and opportunities that Active Transportation provides. We will have a workshop on Bicycle Friendly Communities as we attempt to advance from Bronze to Silver status.
The ISB task force delegated to City of Brampton Committee of Council on Feb 13th. Link to Agenda
BikeBrampton’s main purpose is for the City of Brampton to become a more bicycle friendly community; one that encourages safe cycling for both transportation and recreation. A major milestone towards that goal was achieved in the spring of 2017 when the City was awarded Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze status by Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
A crowd of over 60 BikeBrampton members, Pedalwise mentors and protégés, and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Brampton Bike Hub and the official opening of the bike cage at PCHS.
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.