Bicycle Friendly Community Award

Mississauga was designated a BRONZE Bicycle Friendly City in May 2012 as administered by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Ontario.

MCAC and the City’s Active Transportation Division then worked together to outline the steps required and to establish a strategy in order to achieve Silver designation, concurrent with continuing to implement the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan (est. 2010).  The process will be challenging and take time.

2018 UPDATE:  Mississauga hasn’t met the targets in the 2010 Cycling Master Plan, which committed to an annual increase in cycling infrastructure of 30km/year for 20 years.  From 2010 to 2016 (7 years), 80 km of cycling infrastructure in total was constructed in Mississauga, including 12 km of sharrows which MCAC does NOT regard as infrastructure.  The final number for 2017 is still being ascertained; the target number for 2018 is only 9.5 km.

View the MCAC presentation to Council (January 2014) regarding this goal.

View the City's Go for Silver Strategy (8p PDF) reviewed by MCAC on April 22, 2014.

View the BFC webpage for the award criteria, application form and recent recipients.

About the Bicycle Friendly Community Award:  The Bicycle Friendly Community Award is presented annually by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition to communities that actively support bicycling.  Municipalities are judged for the award in five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation & planning.  A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award.

About Share the Road Cycling Coalition:  Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle-friendly.  The organization's mandate is province-wide with a specific focus on developing public policy at the provincial level in order to provide the kind of legislative, programmatic and funding instruments such as exist in other Canadian provinces notably Quebec and British Columbia.


BIKE FRIENDLY AWARD CRITERIA: 5 ‘E’s

ENGINEERING - Physical infrastructure and hardware to support cycling

EDUCATION- Programs that ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of cyclists and fellow road users

ENCOURAGEMENT - Incentives, promotions and opportunities that inspire people and enable them to ride

ENFORCEMENT - Equitable laws and programs that ensure that cyclists and motorists are held accountable

EVALUATION & PLANNING - Processes that demonstrate a commitment to measuring results and planning for the future