In April, 2016, cycling advocates called on the province to invest $200 million in cycling infrastructure over 4 years.
We were happy to report in June 2016 that the province of Ontario announced it’s much-anticipated Climate Change Action Plan, including several “actions that support cycling“, as well as other strategies that “will put Ontario on track to reduce transportation-related emissions while also helping to reduce the fuel costs of moving people“.
The province is now interested in members of the public reviewing and commenting on the province’s proposed plan to implement actions identified in the Cycling Initiatives under the Climate Change Action Plan.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing actions to accelerate and enhance implementation of #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy by improving commuter cycling networks in Ontario. Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) identifies an intended investment of $150–225 million from cap and trade proceeds to support the creation of better cycling networks, more cycling facilities in urban areas, and more bike parking at transit stations and provincially owned, publicly accessible facilities.
As part of implementing the province’s CCAP commitments, MTO is proposing a program that includes the following components:
- Local Cycling Infrastructure – The province would help municipalities build cycling infrastructure that improves safety in urban areas and supports commuter cycling between residential communities, major transit stations, employment areas and other destinations travelled to on a frequent basis. Eligible infrastructure would include on- and off-road cycling facilities such as painted bike lanes, paved shoulders, cycling lanes separated by a curb, off-road multi-use paths and associated infrastructure (e.g., cycling signals, signs).
- Provincial Cycling Infrastructure – The province would fund initiatives that will address provincial barriers (such as highways and bridges) that impact local cycling networks. Additionally, the government would make direct investments in provincial highways in urban areas to create the conditions to increase cycling for commuting and other frequent trips, where safe and feasible to do so. Infrastructure funded under this component could include on- and off-road cycling facilities (e.g., painted bike lanes, paved shoulders, cycling lanes separated by a curb, off-road multi-use paths), active transportation bridges and associated infrastructure (e.g., cycling signals, signs).
- Bicycle Parking – The province would support construction of bike racks, bike shelters, bike lockers and bike enclosures at government-owned, publicly accessible facilities, transit stations and potentially private facilities such as workplaces and condominiums, where cycling for commuting and other frequent trips is reasonable. Constructing bike storage facilities at destinations can make it easier for people to choose active transportation for day-to-day trips. Having bike parking at transit stations can make it possible for people to bike to and from transit, allowing them to leave cars at home and add physical activity to commutes.
54 per cent of Ontario residents say they want to cycle more than they currently do and, of these, 42 per cent would consider cycling more to work or school. Many day-to-day trips currently made by passenger cars could be made by bike. One third of Ontarians have a daily, one way commute of less than five kilometers – a distance that an average adult can cycle in 30 minutes or less – so increasing and supporting cycling can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and manage congestion. In addition, there is a growing opportunity for Ontarians to cycle instead of drive from home or work to public transit, as well as to other destinations travelled to on a frequent basis.
Review the Proposal Notice
Please review the Notice and send your feedback before November 30, 2016 to be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.
The November Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee meeting will be an important one. The entire meeting will be dedicated to discussing the Active Transportation Master Plan.
In preparation for that meeting, we’re asking you — Brampton residents and stakeholders in Active Transportation — to give your opinion, specifically about:
- Scope, direction, and goals of the Active Transportation Master Plan
- Consideration of “signature projects”
- Any potential barriers to achieving a connected network
(infrastructure, public support, political will, etc.)
Let Us Know
You can also make a Delegation Request to the BCAC.
This is a fundamental step in developing the Active Transportation Master Plan. It’s important to consider early what benefits active transportation will have on businesses, residents, and our quality of life. As well as potential challenges to realizing those benefits.
We look forward to receiving your remarks on how to make active transportation, for people of all ages and abilities, part of everyday life in Brampton.
- Brampton is the 9th largest municipality in Canada. Of the top 10 municipalities by census, only Brampton does not yet have an Active Transportation strategy
- Increased automobile traffic affects Brampton’s attractiveness for business. Some roads and intersections are approaching automobile capacity
- The annual delay bost of Brampton’s congestion is $342 Million
- Brampton projects a significant increase in population age 18-24 between 2011 and 2021. A typically post-secondary demographic that increasingly is not interested in driving, and drawn to cities that suit this lifestyle
- Brampton automobile insurance rates are the highest in Ontario. On average it costs $6,000-$8,000 per year to own and run a motor vehicle.
- In the Region of Peel, 28% of Grade 7 to 12 students were either overweight or obese in 2004
- Most commutes made by car are in Peel Region, are less than 7km, and could be cycled in less than 30 minutes at a leisurely pace
- Active transportation brings health, environmental, and economic benefits to communities that embrace it
For More Information
Cycling Advocates Call on the Province to invest $200 million in cycling infrastructure over 4 years.
(From Share the Road)
At the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, Share the Road, in partnership with Cycle Toronto, called on the provincial government to leverage the cap and trade program to offer $200 million in cycling infrastructure funding over 4 years.
BikeBrampton encourages you to support this recommendation by writing your own email. If you need a place to get started, we’ve included a copy below based on a letter Share the Road wrote to get started. Please let the province know that you support this ask and commitment to providing safer, more connected spaces to cycle.
Address your email to Minister Murray and the Queen’s Park All Party Cycling Caucus.
To: “Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment & Climate Change” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation” <email@example.com>, “Kathryn McGarry <firstname.lastname@example.org> “Eleanor McMahon, MPP” <email@example.com>, “Norm Miller, MPP” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Michael Mantha, MPP” <email@example.com>
cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing you to join Share the Road Cycling Coalition in recommending that the provincial cap and trade program be leveraged to provide $200 million for cycling infrastructure across Ontario over the next 4 years. This funding commitment will help to meet the goals set out in Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy, and contribute to meeting goals in the Province’s CycleON Strategy and Action Plan 1.0.
Road transportation accounts for 27% of carbon emissions in Ontario (David Suzuki Foundation). To meet the greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets outlined in Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy, the province must look at ways to cut private automobile travel, especially for trips under 5km. A life cycle analysis of the
environmental impact of various modes of transportation concluded that for each passenger kilometer travelled, bikes emit 92% less CO2 than cars (European Cyclists Federation 2011). Studies have also shown that increasing walking and cycling rates can lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of between 11 to 14% (Maizlish et. al. 2013 and Mason et. al. 2015).
Increasing cycling can play an important role in meeting our climate change goals, but provincial investment is needed to incentivize communities further to make cycling a safer and more convenient mode of transportation. Ontario’s daily cycling mode share is currently 1%. An Ontario-wide poll also shows that 4.5% of Ontario residents ride a bike at least monthly and that 54% of Ontario residents want to cycle more than they do. Of those, 67% would be encouraged to cycle more if there were more and better cycling infrastructure available (Share the Road, 2014).
There is pent-up demand for cycling in Ontario and a need to give residents meaningful transportation options. There is also strong interest among municipalities in building and investing in cycling infrastructure, as demonstrated during the first funding round of the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, which received 150 applications from municipalities.
Share The Road’s recommendation of $200 million for cycling infrastructure represents 0.6% of the province’s 10-year capital transportation budget. I believe that this is a necessary investment, especially in the context of provincial goals to support and promote cycling for all trips under 5km and to become the most bicycle-friendly place in Canada (CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy). Over 4 years, this is also a fair share investment based on cycling’s current mode share. And with 68% of Ontarians in support of provincial investments in new cycling infrastructure, the potential to greatly increase cycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is significant.
This investment in cycling infrastructure will also complement the investments in public transit being made at both the provincial and federal levels. Cycling plays an important role in promoting public transit, helping Ontarians make the journey to and from the nearest transits stations, making transit more convenient and accessible.
I look forward to a safer, greener and healthier Ontario.