Citizen volunteers advising City Council on cycling issues

Parking Matters - Public Consultation

March 2017:  The City of Mississauga wants your help to study citywide parking.  This study, called Parking Matters (website) will help make future decisions about parking across the City.  As the City continues to grow and evolve, community parking needs are changing.  All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking.  They are all an important part of our transportation system. To learn more about the study, click here!

NOTE:  Cyclists (including MCAC reps) may wish to comment on how street parking impacts their use of the roadway!

► Take the *ONLINE SURVEY* and help make a difference!


Ontario Bike Summit - April 11 & 12, 2017

REGISTER NOW!  MCAC reps will be attending the 2017 Ontario Bike Summit sponsored by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition (website).

The 9th Annual Ontario Bike Summit is taking place in Toronto on April 11 & 12, 2017.  The theme is Just Add Bikes: The role of cycling in urban mobility and community building.  There will be an exciting 2 days of speakers, workshops, a bike ride and networking sessions planned.

► View the OBS Registration webpage for more info plus draft Agenda.


2017 Community Rides Launch in May

March 20, 2017:  On this, the first day of Spring, we are excited to announce there will be a FREE 2017 Community Rides series!  Once again, we will have the sponsorship of Toronto Pearson (GTAA) which enables us to provide FREE ice cream after every ride, along with special themes and activities!

*SAVE THE DATE*  Our Kick-off Community Ride to Toronto Pearson will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am.  

2017 Schedule is pending.  *ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON*

As the MCAC Community Rides have grown in numbers, we are grateful to draw on some of our more experienced riders to assist with marshalling.

MCAC will host another Volunteer Marshal Orientation session in Spring 2017, with the assistance of the City's Active Transportation Division.

► Please refer to our Volunteer Marshals webpage if you are interested in helping with the rides this year!


Mississauga reinstates Road Safety Advisory Committee

March 8, 2017:  MCAC is pleased that the City has decided to reinstate the Road Safety Advisory Committee (former webpage).  MCAC advocated for this during our Presentation to Council on December 14, 2016 where we spoke about Vision Zero.

MCAC spoke to this issue in the following article:
Mississauga News article (January 17, 2017):  Road safety in Mississauga grossly inadequate, experts sayExcerpt:  "As municipalities across the GTHA adapt to a more pedestrianized, cycle-friendly urban landscape, motor vehicles remain the primary mode of transportation in Mississauga. Dorothy Tomiuk, citizen member of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC), attributes this lingering car-centric culture to the fact residents do not feel safe on city streets. “Mississauga is nothing but a network of roads,” noted Tomiuk. “And there’s a worldwide awakening to the fact that people are getting slaughtered on roads.” ... The solution, said Tomiuk, is not greater education and enforcement, but bold urban design strategies that adhere to the principle that no loss of life is acceptable on city streets. This is embodied in Vision Zero, a multinational road traffic safety effort that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries."

► View the City's Transportation Dept. Report (February 14, 2017):  The Vision Zero Approach to Road Safety (14p PDF)

Mississauga News article (March 1, 2017):  Mississauga council reinstates defunct road safety committee Excerpt:  "The road safety committee will be separate from the city’s existing committees that deal with traffic-related matters, including the Traffic Safety Council (TSC) and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC)."

► View the City Press Release (March 8, 2017)Excerpt:  "Today, Mississauga City Council approved the reinstatement of the Road Safety Advisory Committee. ... Whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, our Road Safety Program takes detailed measures to improve road safety in Mississauga and reduce the risk of people getting injured."

► View the current City of Mississauga Road Safety webpage.

► The Road Safety Advisory Committee last published the Mississauga Road Safety Handbook in 2013.


2017 - Bicycle Bicentennial and Year of the Bicycle

Did you know that the bicycle is 200 years old in June 2017?  MCAC will be recognizing this exciting milestone during 2017, which has been designated the Year of the Bicycle.

► Learn how World Bicycle Relief is celebrating this anniversary.




June 2017 is Bike Month

MCAC will conduct five (5) Community Rides during the month of June 2017 to celebrate Bike Month in the GTHA!  See the MCAC 2017 Community Rides Schedule (pending) for locations.  We will travel over 80km within Mississauga during Bike Month, with many more rides this Summer!

"What began in Toronto as a Bike to Work Day celebration in 1989 has evolved to become one of the largest events of its kind in Canada and is now celebrated across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).  Bike Month brings together families, artists, commuters and community groups to promote cycling at hundreds of events all month long."  

► View all 2017 Bike Month Mississauga events (pending).


New Mississauga Bikeways + Trails Map - Draft

February 14, 2017:  MCAC has reviewed drafts for the update (May 2017) to the Mississauga Bikeways + Trails Map.

The printed map images of the routes will be larger, with north and south Mississauga being split between the 2 sides.  The background will be grey.  The online digital version of the new map will allow several options.

NOTE:  There will be a preview version of the 2017 Mississauga Bike Map at the MCAC booth at the Toronto Bike Show.

► View the current (2014) bike map PDF on the Maps & Handbooks webpage.


Openings for Citizen Members on MCAC

ATTENTION CYCLISTS:  Are you interested in volunteering on the MCAC as a Citizen Member?  We have two (2) openings and encourage you to apply ASAP!  Must be a Mississauga resident and a Canadian citizen.

► Learn more About MCAC and feel free to Contact Us with any questions.

► View our Presentation to Mississauga Council (December 2016) for additional details about our activities.

► Click for the City's Citizen Appointments webpage for more information and a link to the online application form.  Note that many City Committees are advertising at this time.  DEADLINE: February 20, 2017.

NOTE: Despite any posted deadline or date on the form, applications are accepted at any time.


MCAC Update to Mississauga Council

December 14, 2016:  MCAC made a presentation to Mississauga Council with the theme 'Supporting Cycling Culture in Mississauga.'  Cycling culture is becoming more evident in the City and we need to ensure it grows! 

MCAC has a three-pronged approach which includes:
    1. Grow Ridership  (our Community Rides are an example)
    2. Promote Safety  (we are promoting Vision Zero)
    3. Install Minimum Grid  (safe, connected infrastucture)

► How are we doing?  View the MCAC PRESENTATION (24 slides)



Mississauga Cycling Survey

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  The City of Mississauga wants to encourage more residents to cycle, and to do this we need your input.  Help us understand why you cycle or don’t cycle, and what would encourage you to start cycling or cycle more often.  The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and individual responses are confidential.  The results will be used for the city's Cycling Master Plan update that will guide cycling projects and programs between 2017 and 2022.  Over 2100 responses received so far!  Keep 'em coming!

We'll report back here once the results are available!


Credit River Active Transportation Crossings

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  There was a Community Drop-In Meeting on December 1, 2016.

The City of Mississauga, in partnership with the Region of Peel, has identified the need for two new Active Transportation (AT) crossings near the QEW and Credit River, including a north-south AT crossing of the QEW at Stavebank Road.  There is also a need for an East-West AT crossing of the Credit River near the QEW.  The proposed crossings will be important to the connectivity of the City's planned AT network including significantly enhancing connections to the existing and planned trail network.

MCAC reps attended and advocated for pedestrian/cycling access across these barriers as soon as possible.

► Click for the City's project webpage (includes meeting Display Boards and updates).




Future of the Britannia Farm

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  The final public meeting on the future of this 200-acre public asset in the heart of Mississauga took place on December 1, 2016.

Presently the Britannia Farm property is a cycling no-go.  A main topic of the new consultation taking place concerns public access to the site.  MCAC is advocating for pedestrian/cycling trails to open up the site, which is presently a hidden gem.

► Click for the Britannia Farm consultation webpage (includes meeting updates).





Lakeshore Connecting Communities

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  Lakeshore Connecting Communities (website) is about planning for the future of Lakeshore Road.  This master plan study will look at how to best connect the communities of Clarkson, Port Credit and Lakeview while preserving and enhancing the unique character and sense of place of each community.  The study will build on recent planning studies to develop a design for the Lakeshore Road corridor from building face to building face that supports all modes of transportation, connects people to places, and moves goods to market.  The study will also evaluate rapid transit alternatives east of Hurontario Street as well as extending rapid transit into the Port Credit area.

Results of public consultation in November 2016 are now posted under the "Study Materials" tab.


Hurontario LRT

The Hurontario LRT (website) is about to get underway. The current planning/engineering phase includes developing a design for the Hurontario Street corridor that supports all modes of transportation, including cycling.  A parallel cycle track is being engineered to meet all standards for separation and safety.

The project will bring 20 kilometres of fast, reliable, rapid transit to the cities of Mississauga and Brampton along the Hurontario corridor.  The LRT line will have 22 stops with connections to the Milton and Lakeshore West GO Transit lines, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton Züm, and the Mississauga Transitway along Highway 403. 

The City of Mississauga Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Office is working closely with Metrolinx, the provincial government agency responsible for leading the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project.  In the coming months, Metrolinx and City of Mississauga staff will further refine guidelines and requirements for various project features, including the design of the LRT line stops, streetscape and urban realm, and connections to other transit services.

Metrolinx (engagement webpage) held a Mississauga Open House on November 29, 2016.  Click Poster for enlargement and details.


Spotlight on the 905: Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths

A recent article in Metronews (July 21, 2016) entitled "Rash of pedestrian and cyclist deaths put spotlight on the 905's deadly streets" was published concerning six pedestrians and two cyclists killed in Peel Region so far in 2016.  MCAC spoke to the reporter, Luke Simcoe.  

Excerpt:  Irwin Nayer, vice-chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, said that if the city wants to be safer for cyclists, it needs to build more on-road bike paths. The vast majority of bike infrastructure in Mississauga consists of off-road paths aimed at recreational cycling, he said.

“We’ve tried to separate cyclists from vehicles and in doing so, we haven’t created the mindset among motorists that we need to be sharing the road,” he said.

Like [Ward 1 Councillor Jim] Tovey, Nayer said growth and density in the 905 will lead to an increase in cycling, and he hopes the region responds accordingly.

There will be a cycle track as part of the LRT development along Hurontario. There’s no question it will increase mode share,” he said.

“Now the question is do you wait to establish that mode share before you build the infrastructure, or do you build the infrastructure now because it’s the right thing to do?”

VISION ZERO:  See our Vision Zero & Road Safety webpage regarding MCAC advocacy

2017 KICK-OFF RIDE! (details pending)

COMPLETED!  See Community Rides Info and links to webpages for each ride