Citizen volunteers advising City Council on cycling issues


Mississauga Bike Challenge - #Canada150 Goal

UPDATE: September 19, 2017 -- We've ALL earned 1360 trees!  Thanks to 590 residents who logged their kilometres!  We've far exceeded expectations for this first Bike Challenge, and the City has matched ALL *additional* kms we rode with even more trees (one for every 150km)!

BACKGROUND:  The City's Active Transportation Office launched the Mississauga Bike Challenge for residents, employees and visitors to collectively cycle 150,000 kilometres between June 29 and September 17, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by creating a commemorative green legacy to enhance the City's tree canopy.

THE CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED.  Participating is free, easy and fun. Residents can sign up at mississaugabikes.ca, ride their bicycles and log their kilometres to help reach the collective goal.  No matter how few kms you ride, it all adds up -- you won't be identified; it's all about collective action!  The Parks Dept. will acquire 1000 trees, additional to planned City plantings for 2017 -- let's earn them!  Participants will be invited to special tree planting events in Fall 2017 (Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am in Malton) and Spring 2018.

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Lakeshore Connecting Communities - September Open Houses

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.

NOTE: This is an opportunity to advocate for safe cycling infrastructure on the E-W Lakeshore Road artery!

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

MATERIALS POSTED:  From Open Houses in Port Credit, Lakeview and Clarkson (September 2017)

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Phil Green Recognition Award - Presentation to Nicole Hanson

September 13, 2017:  The formal presentation of the 2016 Phil Green Recognition Award to Nicole N. Hanson was made at Mississauga Council (Agenda, Item 6.1) today.  Phil Green, the founding Chair of the MCAC in the early 1990's, attended the presentation to congratulate Nicole personally for winning his namesake award (photos pending).

Photo: Nicole Hanson with her Award (click image for enlargement)

► PRESENTING NICOLE HANSON: View the MCAC Council Presentation (11-slide PDF) highlighting Nicole's background and advocacy, in photos and the words of her enthusiastic nominators!

► PRESS RELEASE (City of Mississauga - September 13, 2017):  Nicole Hanson wins Phil Green Recognition Award

► See the Phil Green Award webpage with information about nominating someone for the Award, and more about Nicole Hanson and past recipients.

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Does Cycling Move You? Cycling Master Plan Update

May 2017:  The City of Mississauga has launched Does Cycling Move You?  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 all kinds of different ways to travel including cycling, walking, public transit and cars. 

► Does cycling move you? Please visit DoesCyclingMoveYou.ca and let us know.  Register on our site to share your ideas about the future of cycling in Mississauga and learn how you can get involved.  The first public meeting, an Open House, took place on June 21, 2017.

NOTE: There will be a 2nd Public Meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 3:30 - 7:00 pm, at the Great Hall, Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive (map).

► For background see the MCAC Cycling Master Plan webpage.

NOW article: Watch out Toronto, Mississauga is passing you in the bike lane  (July 13, 2017).  Excerpt:  "Mississauga is in the midst of gathering public input to update its bike plan. Guess what?  The public really want bike lanes. Not just white lines on the pavement kind of bike lanes. The city is talking about separated bike lanes on major arterials: Dundas, which is currently in the midst of a major corridor study, Burnhamthorpe and on Hurontario, where cycling is proposed as part of the LRT plan.  The idea is not only to connect Mississauga’s neighbourhoods and historic village centres, but to make it possible for anyone and everyone to bike safely."

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Mississauga Cycling Survey: Re-Opened

May 2017:  The 2017 update to the City's Cycling Master Plan has begun.  The recent online Survey has been re-opened as part of the Does Cycling Move You? project.  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 until 2022.  Over 2500 responses received so far!

► Take the Cycling SURVEY now!

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*NEW* 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map

June 2017:  Hard copies of the new 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map are being distributed to all Mississauga Community Centres and Mississauga Bike Shops.  MCAC will be handing out the FREE maps at our Community Rides.

The printed map images of the cycling routes are larger, with north and south Mississauga being split between the two sides as shown in the small images below (the previous version had the entire city on one side).  The online digital version of the new map (on the City's website) will allow several dynamic viewing options.  For now, we have posted the 2p PDF version on the MCAC website.  NOTE:  The file may take time to download for viewing.

 ► View the *NEW* 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map (2p PDF) from our Maps & Handbooks webpage.  The images below are only to indicate the new map format and are not for use.

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Peel Police Launch Bike Registry

April 2017:  Peel Regional Police now offer a bicycle registration program online.  By registering your bicycle with Police, your chances of having your bicycle returned to you are greatly increased if it is lost or stolen.  Only registrants with an address within the area serviced by Peel Regional Police will be accepted.

At left is an image of the optional bike registry sticker decal you can receive (by mail) to put on your bike.

► View the PRP Bike Registry webpage.

► The webpage also links to Bicycle Theft Prevention and Cyclist Safety Tips.

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2017 - Bicycle Bicentennial and Year of the Bicycle

The bicycle is 200 years old in June 2017!  MCAC will be recognizing this wonderful milestone during 2017, designated the Year of the Bicycle.

► On June 10, 2017, our Streetsville Community Ride will tour Old Meadowvale Village, first settled 198-years ago (and Meadowvale Miniature Village -- see video) to experience heritage from the period.

► Fascinating BLOG (March 23, 2017) about the History of the Bicycle: "From Hobby Horse to Wine Touring, We Retrace 200 Years of Bicycle History" (Backroads)

► Learn how World Bicycle Relief is celebrating this 200th anniversary.

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*NEW* The Peel Region Cyclists Handbook

April 2017:  The Peel Region Cyclists Handbook (webpage) will teach you about your bicycle, our traffic laws, and safe cycling habits. When you ride your bike, always remember to use your best judgement, take your time and have fun!

If you are interested in having a copy of the Peel Region Cyclists Handbook sent to you by mail, please contact us at walkandroll@peelregion.ca.

► View Peel Region Cyclists Handbook 1st Edition (16p PDF)

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Parking Matters - Public Consultation

March 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.  They are all an important part of our transportation system. To learn more about the study, and how you can provide comment, click here!

► NOTE:  Cyclists may wish to comment on how street parking impacts their use of the roadway!

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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)

 

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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).

 

 

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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).

 

 

 

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