*NEW* Community Rides Survey

February 2018:  MCAC is planning a new series of Community Rides for May through October 2018.  We would appreciate hearing from participants on any (or many) of our past Rides, and also from those who haven't participated thus far, so that we can design a refreshed series of Rides and related events this year.

Take the one-screen ONLINE SURVEY (5 minutes to complete). Thanks for your input!

MORE:  See the MCAC Community Rides webpage.


Snow Clearing of Mississauga's Cycling Infrastructure

January 2018:  Cyclists have been reporting that snow clearing of cycling infrastructure has been incomplete and unpredictable.  NOTE:  Call 3-1-1 re any cycling infrastructure in need of snow-clearing.

MCAC encourages published standards for clearing and maintaining cycling infrastructure during the winter months, since service levels are not stated explicitly on the City's Mississauga Snow website.

MORE:  See MCAC's Snow Clearing webpage, and Winter Road Salting.


Vision Zero for Mississauga -- Framework Approved

February 2018The Motion to Adopt Vision Zero was unanimously approved at Mississauga Council (AGENDA - Feb. 21, 2018).  This, after discussion at the newly-reinstated Road Safety Committee which met on January 30, 2018.  MCAC has a liaison on the RSC and after years of our own advocacy for Vision Zero in Mississauga, it is encouraging to see the RSC (chaired by Cllr. Pat Saito) moving forward with what can only be considered the responsible next step per the text of the Motion itself, which is sponsored by Cllr. Saito (click image at left for enlargement).

► View the City's Transportation Dept. Report (February 14, 2017):  The Vision Zero Approach to Road Safety (pp7-20 of the PDF).  It was received by Council for information only.  Excerpt:  "The Mississauga Moves project that begins this year will deliver a formal Transportation Master Plan to guide our strategic priorities and actions going forward, and will provide an opportunity for all road users to take part in the conversation about today’s pain points and tomorrow’s possibilities for our roads and road safety aspirations."  The Motion (Feb. 21, 2018) now ensures that a 'Vision Zero framework' will guide the road safety process.

MORE:  See MCAC's Vision Zero & Road Safety webpage.


Vision Zero Advocate Conference 2018

February 2018:  The 2nd annual Vision Zero Advocate Conference (website + Registration) takes place in Toronto on February 28 - March 2, 2018MCAC will be represented, along with members of the newly reinstated Mississauga Road Safety Committee.

The goal of Vision Zero is to live in a world where anything greater than zero is unacceptable when it comes to traffic fatalities (including cyclists and pedestrians).  This 2nd Conference is about taking action and geared towards anyone with a vested interest in traffic safety. 

We look forward to hearing from road safety specialists and industry leaders who have been influencing change to reduce traffic related fatalities and serious injuries.  We will learn the best approaches to roadway engineering, public education, speed management and data-driven decision making.  Most importantly, we then want to work with other City Departments and Committees to determine how can we make Vision Zero a reality in Mississauga.

MORE:  See the MCAC Vision Zero & Road Safety webpage.


#CycleON - Ontario's Cycling Strategy

February 5, 2018:  PUBLIC CONSULTATION BEGINS - Action Plan 2.0

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport (MTCS) are developing the next multi-year action plan to advance the implementation of #CycleON.  This Strategy (released in August 2013) looks ahead 20 years to help more people and communities in Ontario reap the benefits of cycling.  It is designed to encourage the growth of cycling and improve cycling safety in Ontario.

► The Public Comment period (details) for the Proposed Action Plan 2.0 (14p PDF) ends March 7, 2018 (comments may be submitted online).

MORE:  See the MCAC #CycleON webpage.


Hurontario LRT - Spring Open Houses

March/April 2018:  Metrolinx will host a series of Open Houses this Spring in Mississauga and Brampton to update residents about the status of the Hurontario LRT project (click image for enlargement).

This is an excellent opportunity for cyclists to learn more about the planned cycle tracks which will run the full length of the LRT corridor.  Bike parking, and taking bikes on the LRVs (the 48m-long LRT vehicles), are some of the other cycling amenities being discussed with Metrolinx.

MORE:  See the MCAC Hurontario LRT webpage.


Mississauga Tourism - Promoting a Cycling Component

February 2018:  MCAC was invited to participate in a Stakeholder Information Session (February 6, 2018) for an assessment of Mississauga’s strengths and gaps as a competitive destination.  This is an opportunity to provide direct insight into Mississauga’s tourism environment within the context of global benchmarks.

► View the 2018 Mississauga Official Visitor Guide online and enter 'cycling' into the search box to find (6) mentions in the Guide.  NOTE: Page 34, Cycling is voted the #1 outdoor activity in Mississauga!

► Want to explore Mississauga by bike?  Visit our Community Rides webpage and pick from 24 routes all over the City (in the purple menu bar).

MORE:  See the MCAC Cycling Tourism webpage.


Councillor Jim Tovey - Remembered as a Champion for Cycling

January 16, 2018:  The MCAC is saddened by the sudden passing of Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey last night.  Jim was a strong supporter of our Community Rides, and it was clear to us when he joined us on rides in Lakeview and Port Credit that he was strongly dedicated to serving his community and proud to point out all the positive changes taking place on the Waterfront.  He was a champion for cycling as part of every new development in his Ward, and advocated for cycling safety as well.  This is a very significant loss for the entire City of Mississauga -- Jim was a visionary and a city-builder advocating for a liveable multi-modal future.

Photo at left:  Jim speaks to cyclists during the first Community Ride through Lakeview and Port Credit in June 2013.  Jim joined almost all the Ward 1 rides.  Click image to enlarge; more images on Facebook.

MEMORIAL RIDE:  MCAC is planning for a Jim Tovey Memorial Ride in Ward 1.  Updates will be posted here.

OBITUARY: "Following a private family service, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider online donations to The Compass Food Bank" in Port Credit.


Toronto Bike Show - Spring 2018

March 2018:  MCAC will not be exhibiting separately at the Spring Toronto International Bicycle Show being held March 2-4 this year.

Mississauga Cycling materials (maps, handbooks) will be available at the Region of Peel's Walk + Roll booth (#TBA) in the community groups area.

► View the 2018 Bike Show FLOORPLAN (1p PDF)

► View MAP (.jpg) of the route to the Bike Show at the Better Living Centre within the Toronto Exhibition Grounds (serviced by GO Transit).


Cycling on Roundabouts

February 2018:  It is expected that the 'roundabout' intersection format will become more prevalent in Mississauga.  MCAC is concerned that cycling safety be inherent in the design and signage.

In Canada, a modern roundabout is a type of circular intersection in which vehicles travel counter-clockwise around a central island, and can contain multiple lanes.  Vehicles entering the roundabout must yield to circulating traffic.  Roundabouts have specific geometric design and traffic control features to enhance safety and intersection capacity.  Source: TAC's Primer on Roundabouts in Canada (4p PDF).

MORE:  The MCAC Roundabouts webpage has information about planned changes to some Mississauga roundabouts.


Road Safety Committee - MCAC Liaison

January 2018:  MCAC is pleased that Mississauga City Council has reinstated the Road Safety Committee (website).  MCAC citizen member Leonard Verwey has been appointed to the RSC as our liaison for this mutually important topic of concern.  The inaugural monthly meeting was held on December 12, 2017.

Meetings are open to the public and a Public Question Period is allocated.  Note that questions must concern an item already on the published Agenda.

► The latest RSC meeting took place on January 30, 2018.  The AGENDA (21p PDF) included: Discussion on Vision Zero for MississaugaSee resultant Vision Zero Motion.

MORE:  See the MCAC Vision Zero & Road Safety webpage.


Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC)

December 4, 2017 MTO announced: "Active transportation is a critical part of the transportation system, and across Ontario, 120 municipalities (list) from Essex County to Thunder Bay will receive funding from the province to build more bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, or enhance existing infrastructure."  Mississauga is to receive $2,282,021 and the Region of Peel will receive $4,228,594.

The City of Mississauga's Active Transportation Office has received confirmation that all projects submitted during the application process are eligible for this funding.  Eligible projects approved by the Province can be funded up to 80% by the grant, with 20% minimum coming from City funds.  NOTE: There will be opportunities to revise the list and resubmit to the Province at regular intervals over the course of the 4-year program.

► A City staff report provided details on the program at GC on October 18, 2017 (AGENDA, Item 8.5, pp43-47).  Appendix A lists the cycling infrastructure projects submitted by the AT Office for funding consideration.

See also MTO webpage: Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (Mississauga received $325,000).


Does Cycling Move You? Cycling Master Plan Update

May 2017:  The City of Mississauga has launched Does Cycling Move You? (website).  Please visit this interactive website and share your ideas about the future of cycling in Mississauga.

This project updates the City’s 2010 Cycling Master Plan.  Mississauga’s Strategic Plan envisions a city of vibrant, safe, and connected communities.  Cycling plays an important role in supporting this vision and realizing Strategic Plan goals.  Mississauga is committed to building a city that supports different modes of travel including cycling, walking, public transit and cars.  This includes winter maintenance.

DISPLAY BOARDS:  Did you miss Open House #2 on November 28, 2017?
View the Display Boards and comment about the proposed network.

MORE:  See the MCAC Cycling Master Plan webpage.


Creating a Mississauga Cycling Network

A major part of the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan Update pertains to connecting (and therefore completing) the Cycling Network.  There are critical gaps in the potential network that need to be addressed in order to achieve a minimum grid.  Mississauga is a City of Barriers -- waterways, railways, highways and major arterials cross-sect our landscape (barrier MAP at left).

Until there are active transportation links built under or over these barriers, or along-side busy arterials, cyclists have limited options to traverse the City.  Going ~around~ is inefficient or impossible.

► View the 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map.

Our Community Rides series has been popular, but the name says it all -- most rides are limited to certain routes within individual communities year after year because there is no functional way to ride into adjacent neighbourhoods (composite community route MAP at left).

There are new places in the City we'd like to explore, e.g. Danville Park, which is virtually inaccessible by bike (we test-rode but wouldn't be able to conduct a Community Ride there); it can only be accessed by car.

DISPLAY BOARDS:  Did you miss Cycling Open House #2 on Nov. 28, 2017?
View the Display Boards and comment about the proposed network.


Ogden Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge Replacement Over QEW

December 2017:  The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained AECOM to undertake a Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study for improvements to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from east of Cawthra Road to The East Mall, including the Dixie Road interchange and replacement of the QEW Etobicoke Creek bridge.

► View the MTO's QEW Dixie Detail Design project website (includes all meeting Display Boards and updates).

► View the first PIC NOTICE (Dec. 18, 2018).  Further info under the 'Consultation' tab of the project website.  MCAC reps are participating.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION CONTEXT:  The Ogden Pedestrian-Cycling Bridge is a vital connection over the QEW and will be replaced (it has been rehabilitated in order to save it in the meantime).  The bridge re-design was discussed at the first PIC along with improvements to the Etobicoke Creek Trail at the QEW bridge.  MCAC is also advocating for cycling infrastructure at all the QEW interchanges in the project.


Credit River Active Transportation Crossings

Two Public Community Workshops will be held for the MTO's QEW Credit River Bridge project, re: the Detail Design of the QEW from west of Mississauga Road to west of Hurontario Street, including a discussion of the Active Transportation connections.  Sign up via MTO Contact Us.  The first Workshop took place on Dec. 11, 2017.  MCAC reps attended.

► View the MTO's QEW Credit River Bridge project website (includes all meeting Display Boards and updates).

► MCAC has added the AT Crossings (circled in red) to the MTO's Study Area MAP (click for original map).

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION CONTEXT:  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.

There was a City/Region Community Drop-In Meeting on December 1, 2016.  MCAC reps attended and advocated for pedestrian/cycling access across these barriers as soon as possible.

► View the City's Credit River Active Transportation Crossings project webpage (includes meeting Display Boards).


Cycling on the Mississauga Transitway?

November 14, 2017:  At the monthly meeting of MCAC, we requested that City staff review the question of allowing cyclists on the Mississauga Transitway (City's webpage).  We have also been receiving ongoing requests from cyclists about using this key East-West commuter route across the heart of Mississauga.  The infrastructure is there, and with a few protections (bollards, for instance) cyclists would use the paved shoulders as cycle tracks. 

► View Facebook ALBUM (80+ photos) of MCAC's Transitway test-ride (August 2015) prior to inclusion in the 8th annual Tour de Mississauga.

REMINDER:  Cycling is NOT currently permitted on the Transitway.


Parking Matters - Public Consultation

November 2017:  The City of Mississauga is conducting a citywide parking study called Parking Matters (website) to 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, and bike parking.

► About the study, and how/when to provide comment: click here.


Dundas Connects - Corridor Visioning

November 2017:  UPDATE - The final Master Plan will go to Mississauga Council's Planning & Development Committee (PDC) in early 2018.

Over the next 35 to 40 years the number of people who live, work, learn and travel along the Dundas Street corridor will increase.  To manage this growth, the City of Mississauga is developing a long-term, future-oriented Master Plan focusing on transit, land-use, and public space.  Cycling infrastructure is a big part of the planLeft: Concept image.

Dundas Connects website.


Lakeshore Connecting Communities - Public Consultation

September 2017 Lakeshore Connecting Communities (website) is about re-configuring the Lakeshore Road corridor to safely support all modes of transportation and connect Lakeview, Port Credit and Clarkson.

NEXT STEP: In Spring 2018, the preferred design solutions for the Lakeshore Corridor will be presented at Public Information Centres (dates to be posted here).  Cycling will be part of the reconfiguration.


Future of the Britannia Farm

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  Final public meeting on the future of this 200-acre public asset in the heart of Mississauga was December 1, 2016.

Presently the Britannia Farm property is a cycling no-go.  A main topic of the new consultation concerned public access to the site.  MCAC is advocating for pedestrian/cycling trails through this site (map).

► Click for the Britannia Farm consultation webpage.