Citizen volunteers advising City Council on cycling issues

MCAC at the Toronto Bike Show

March 3-5, 2017:  MCAC is exhibiting at the Spring Toronto International Bicycle Show in March!  Come see us at Booth #548 (in the community groups area).  HOURS:  Friday - 12noon to 9pm; Saturday - 10am to 7pm; Sunday - 10am to 6pm.

We'll have a new Postcard for our 2017 Community Rides program (approx. 24 rides are planned).  There will also be information about the 2017 Tour de Mississauga, presented by Sustain Mobility.  We look forward to chatting about your experiences biking in Mississauga!

► View Bike Show FLOORPLAN (1p PDF)

► View MAP of how to get to the Bike Show (.jpg)




Jocelyn Lovell Memorial Ride: August 13, 2016

The Community Ride to the Ontario Summer Games venue at Lakeside Park took place on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  We attended the Road Cycling Competition.  ► Click for the OSG Ride webpage for further details including POSTER and City Press Release.

This Ride was dedicated as a Memorial Ride for Jocelyn Lovell, the Canadian cycling champion (and Mississauga resident) who died in June 2016.  A ceremony of appreciation and remembrance with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Councillors Chris Fonseca (MCAC) and Jim Tovey (Ward 1) took place at the Lovell home in Port Credit with Jocelyn's wife Neil.

MCAC citizen member Roy Buchanan made the following remarks on behalf of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee:

"We would like to thank Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca and Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, for their support in facilitating today's ride, dedicated to Jocelyn's memory, in conjunction with the cycling events at the Ontario Summer Games.

"Today, while the Olympics are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, and the Ontario Summer Games are taking place locally right here in Mississauga, it is fitting that on this bicycle ride in our series of Mississauga Community Rides, that we pay tribute to an athlete who is an icon in the history of Canadian sports: Cycling champion Jocelyn Lovell.

"Jocelyn passed away on June 3 this year at the age of 65, after a life that included dominating the world of Canadian road cycling in the 1970s and early 1980s.  He won a number of national titles, gold medals in the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, and competed in 3 Olympic Games.

"Jocelyn's victories inspired many others to take up cycling, not only in competitive sports, but as a healthy recreational activity, as around that time many cycling clubs sprang up across the country, most of which are still active and growing such as my own Brampton Cycling Club which has many Mississauga members.

"There is no doubt that Jocelyn would have continued for many years in competitive cycling, but his career was tragically cut short in 1983 when he was struck by a truck while training.  It is a credit to his incredible will and perseverance that he survived this collision. But he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.  He met this challenge with courage, far more courage than he had already shown as a cycling champion!

"After recovering from his injuries to the extent that he could, Jocelyn became a fierce advocate for spinal cord research.  Soon after his injury, he served as head of the Mississauga Chapter of the Canadian Spinal Cord Society.

"In tribute to Jocelyn, the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee is making a contribution to Spinal Cord Research through Jocelyn's organization."

To conclude, we gave Jocelyn a hometown salute with bike bells and then the Memorial Ride to OSG began!


Summer Solstice Bike Hike

CELEBRATE SUMMER:  The Riverwood Conservancy is hosting a Bike Hike on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 7:00-8:30 pm, leaving from 4150 Riverwood Park Lane (map) in Mississauga. 

NOTE: The Culham Trail is unpaved and not suitable for road bikes.

► Click to access more information and FREE online Registration.

NOTE: MCAC is helping to promote this ride, but is not conducting it.



Watch Triplets of Belleville at Celebration Square!

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 8:00 pm, the 2003 animated classic
The Triplets of Belleville
will be showing on the big screens at Mississauga Celebration Square, as part of the City's outdoor summer Movie Nights series!  Did we mention there is a cycling theme?

This movie has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where you can read the reviews and see trailers.

Excerpt from the Review by Roger Ebert:  (3 1/2 out of 4 stars and a thumbs up!) "The movie opens in France, where a small boy and his dog live in the top floor of a narrow, crooked house ... the boy's grandmother gives the boy a trike and eventually a bike, and soon he is the foremost bicycle racer in the world".

MCAC will be providing FREE Bike Valet Parking at Celebration Square for those who ride their bikes to the Square.  The lawn area will be full of chairs and blankets so please take advantage of this free service to protect your bike during the movie!

While this is NOT a scheduled Community Ride, we are sure many of our riders will be interested in this fun social event which includes Food Trucks for an eating adventure as well!  NO Registration is required.

It will be great to see the cycling community out at Celebration Square with their bikes!


Mississauga Moves 2015 -- Transportation Summit

Date: November 9, 2015

► Click for AGENDA.  NOTE: A VIDEO of the presentations is now posted.

Moving around our city by car, bus, bicycle or on foot continues to evolve as Mississauga and communities surrounding continue to grow.

This was the City of Mississauga’s first Transportation Summit which included local and international experts as well as exhibitors for interactive workshops and presentations.  Topics included managing Mississauga’s future growth and congestion, evolving the City’s transit network, thinking about the impacts of driverless cars and making Mississauga’s streets more "complete".

Citizen members of MCAC attended and advocated for cycling as part of the City's transportation options.

The Summit was a kick-off to the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which will commence in 2016 (details pending).  Information gathered at the Summit will help guide the development of the TMP and the future of how Mississauga moves.


Every Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law

MCAC has just received a complimentary copy of this new book (by Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette) from the publisher: Irwin Law Inc.

► Click for Description and Ordering information

Excerpt:  "More Canadians are riding bicycles than ever before, but did you know that riding your bike in Canada is now almost as heavily regulated as driving your car?  Whether you are one of more than 200,000 Canadians who commute by bike, the parent of a child with her first two-wheeler, a veteran racer, or a recreational rider, the chances are you will need this book.  In Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law, Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette, both law professors and avid cyclists, provide a comprehensive overview of Canadian law for bicycles — covering rules of the road, purchasing and using bicycles, what to do in the case of an accident or a stolen bike, starting up your own cycling club, racing your bike, and much more."

► Click for Canadian Cyclist book review (December 2014).

Excerpt:  "The authors use simple day-to-day examples to illustrate situations and clearly lay out the scope and limitations of your rights and obligations ... it will provide every cyclist with a better understanding of Canadian law as it pertains to cyclists.  They even contribute a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Share the Road Coalition."


Launch of 2015 Community Rides Program

May 6, 2015 -- This morning the Cycling Committee gave a Deputation (14p PDF) at Mississauga Council (GC) to launch the 2015 Community Rides program.

In attendance was Ben Gomberg, just starting on the job as the City's new Active Transportation Manager.

Image (far left), L-R: Jacqueline Hunter (AT Office), Donnie Morris (Chair, MCAC), Ben Gomberg, Irwin Nayer (Vice-Chair, MCAC) and Erica Warsh (AT Office).


Ben Gomberg new head of Mississauga Active Transportation Section

Read this latest blog by John Stewart concerning the status of cycling in Mississauga and the arrival of Ben Gomberg!

Mississauga News blog (May 28, 2015): Mississauga cycling takes a Gomberg leap forward
Excerpt:  "Why would a man revered in North American cycling circles for transforming Chicago into one of the most cycling-friendly cities on the continent want to come to Mississauga, the city the car built? ... Never look a gift bike guru in the mouth.  The fact is that, as of May 4, Ben Gomberg is Mississauga’s new Active Transportation Manager."

Received from Steve Barrett, Manager, Transportation Infrastructure Management, City of Mississauga:
April 6, 2015 -- "As a result of the recent Active Transportation Manager competition, I am very pleased to announce Ben Gomberg as our new AT manager. Ben is a proven leader in the implementation of active transportation programs, having managed the Chicago Department of Transportation’s cycling program for 17 years. He and his team successfully implemented 300km of Chicago’s cycling network including 50km of cycle tracks and buffered bike lanes; established Divvy - the city’s bike-share service; partnered in a program that taught cycling skills to 10,000 children annually; and co-authored Chicago’s Cycling Master Plan.

"Ben will be leading the Mississauga Active Transportation Section as we continue to expand our cycling and pedestrian networks, improve pedestrian and cycling safety, and foster a culture of multi-modal transportation that is less auto-dependent.  He will be starting with our TIP Division on Monday May 4, 2015."

MCAC sponsored a Ben Gomberg presentation in Mississauga (August 12, 2008) to share his expertise and insight about creating a bicycle-friendly city:

Mississauga News article (Aug 8, 2008): Chicago cycling expert rides into town
Mississauga News article (Aug 13, 2008): Learn to share the road, urges US cycling expert

► Summary of Ben's ground-breaking work in Chicago: Bike Coordinator Ben Gomberg Leaves CDOT After 17 Years
  "When Gomberg, a native of Montreal, started work as Chicago bike coordinator in February 1996, following a similar post in London, Ontario, our city had few bike lanes or parking racks."

The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee looks forward to working with Ben on the 2015 review and continued implementation of the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan.

NOTE: Additional articles from the former MCAC website will continue to be added or referenced here.