Annual Spring Roadway & Trail Clean-Up

April 2018:  The City's Transportation & Works Dept. annual Spring street sweeping program begins in April, weather permitting.  The City schedules Spring street clean-up once the roads are clear of all snow. 

NOTE:  In April 2014, MCAC advocated to have Spring street sweeping moved up from May, to enable residents to bike safely, earlier in the Spring, without the danger of heavy wintertime debris (per image, left).

Planned 2018 Spring Clean-up Timeframes:

STREETS (including Bike Lanes):  April 9 - 24
Curb faced sidewalks:  April 30 - May 25
Boulevards and Traffic Islands:  April 30 - May 25
Splash Pads:  April 30 - May 25

MORE:  See the City's Spring Roadway Clean-Up and Street-Sweeping Program webpage.  Call 3-1-1 to report.

TRAILS:  As of April 2, 2018, the Community Services Dept. has started an extensive annual spring clean-up of parks and trails.  This mainly includes picking up litter.  Trails are only swept on an as-needed basis.  As sand is no longer used as a winter application on park trails, annual sweeping is no longer done.

REGION:  See the Region of Peel's Road Maintenance webpage which includes the 2018 Street Cleaning Schedule (2p PDF) for Regional roads.  Post-winter clean-up of Regional roads begins in April 2018.

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Community Rides Series: Kick-off on May 5, 2018

April 2018:  We are very pleased that Toronto Pearson will continue (for a fifth year!) to be our exclusive Sponsor for the 2018 Community Rides Series.  Thanks to this sponsorship, each Community Ride will feature FREE refreshments (usually ice cream). 

*SAVE THE DATE* Kick-off Ride to the Airport is hosted by Toronto Pearson on Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am.

*FREE* Community Rides T-Shirts will be distributed to riders.

*ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR 2018 NOT YET OPEN*

FREE DRAW:  Win an ULTIMATE AIRPORT TOUR of Toronto Pearson in the riders' draw at the GTAA rest stop during the Kick-off Airport Ride!

MORE:  See the MCAC Community Rides webpage.

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2018 Community Rides Survey - Summary Report

April 2018:  We recently closed our first Community Rides satisfaction survey.  Thank you to the 122 people who took the time to respond.  A few were not even active cyclists!  We had roughly equal responses from frequent riders and occasional participants in the Rides series.  One third of responses came from those who joined in for the first time last year, during the 2017 series.

Overall, almost 95% rated their experience as Good or Excellent, with over 50% calling it Excellent.  When asked their opinions on aspects of the 2017 rides, most were happy with the registration process, the marshalling, the safety of a group ride, and the welcome they received. 

Participants also found the Rides educational, both in terms of learning about the cycling infrastructure in the City, and learning about safe cycling.  General opinion was that the routes were a nice challenge, and kept the riders from unsafe situations.  Many felt that we could promote the Rides better.  Almost everyone agreed that they would plan on participating in future Rides.

In the free-form section, most who gave more detailed answers felt that we should work hard to leave at the scheduled time, but that the safety briefing was important.  Many comments suggested that post-ride conversations and socializing were nearly as satisfying as the Rides.  No one felt that we should stop offering treats.

Further comments offered support to the change to self-catering (i.e. not ending up at an ice cream shop).  There were frequent calls for more varied routes, longer rides, and more rides in general.  The "Destination Rides" added in 2017 were singled out for praise.  Dividing riders into groups was considered a positive aspect, but there were calls for improvements in how this is done.

Again, we thank those who took the time to respond, and we are taking each comment into account as we work to evolve the Community Rides program.  We cannot satisfy everyone, but we hope that changes we make are in keeping with the spirit of community that has been enjoyed thus far.

MORE:  See the MCAC Community Rides webpage.

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Healthy Development Assessment - Cycling Amenities are Core

April 2018:  These articles about health benefits of cycling have received recent attention:

Cycling keeps your immune system young, study finds (The Guardian: March 8, 2018)

How Exercise Can Keep Aging Muscles and Immune Systems ‘Young’ (NYT: March 14, 2018)

In 2016, the City of Mississauga, in partnership with Peel Public Health, developed the Healthy Development Assessment: User Guide (45p PDF; cover image at left) which includes specific checklists to assess the contribution of development to the health potential of Mississauga neighbourhoods.  Cities can be designed to be healthy, and safe cycling infrastructure and amenities can help accomplish this, especially as the population ages.  No surprise, Active Transportation, including Cycling Amenities, is a core piece of this assessment.

PILOT PROGRAM:  A two-year Pilot Program is being initiated.  The descriptive Report (including cycling elements) went to Planning & Development Committee (PDC) of Mississauga Council on April 9, 2018, and appears on the PDC AGENDA (pp.111-115) (direct link).

MORE:  See the City's Health by Design webpage.

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Dundas Connects Master Plan - Corridor Vision goes to PDC

April 2018:  The final DRAFT of the Dundas Connects Master Plan will now go to the Planning & Development Committee (PDC) of Mississauga Council on Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm.  The AGENDA will be posted here.

MORE:  See the Dundas Connects website, including the draft Master Plan (197p PDF).

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.

Left: Concept image.  Cycling infrastructure is a big part of the plan.  The entire Dundas Corridor is proposed as a Cycle Track / Separated Bike Lane in the Cycling Master Plan Update Working Map - October 2017.

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CYCLING MASTER PLAN & NETWORK

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*FREE* COMMUNITY RIDES T-SHIRTS

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MISSISSAUGA MOVES - ONLINE SURVEY

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MISSISSAUGA TOURISM - CYCLING IS #1

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MISSISSAUGA BIKE CHALLENGE

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TOUR DE MISSISSAUGA - SEPT. 16, 2018

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BIKE REGISTRY - PEEL REGIONAL POLICE

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VISION ZERO & ROAD SAFETY

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LAKEVIEW WATERFRONT CONNECTION

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HURONTARIO LRT - CYCLE TRACKS

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSITWAY - CYCLING?

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LAKESHORE CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

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METROLINX REGIONAL CYCLING PLAN

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#CycleON - ONTARIO CYCLING STRATEGY

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DRAFT PROVINCIAL CYCLING NETWORK

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MCAC OPENINGS - CITIZEN MEMBERS

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PHIL GREEN AWARD