Cycling Infrastructure

See also: Trails | MTO | Roundabouts | City Projects | Snow Clearing

2018 Construction Plan - Road-based Cycling Infrastructure

August 2018:  Construction projects are underway around the City of Mississauga .  The City's Construction webpage provides information on all 2018 projects, be they roads, bridges, sewers, watermains or other types of infrastructure.  An interactive construction MAP is included on the webpage.

MCAC has derived the planned 2018 road-based cycling infrastructure projects; source documents are accessible on the webpage.  Only 9.5 km of cycling infrastructure projects are listed for the 2018 Roads Program (mostly Multi-Use Trails).

VIEW: Planned 2018 Cycling Infrastructure Projects (1p PDF).




Riding Bicycles on the Sidewalk - A Safety Issue in Mississauga

August 2018:  An article in the Mississauga News (also published in the Toronto Star) has highlighted a long-simmering issue in Mississauga, that of sidewalk-ridingImage at left appears in the article.

Mississauga News article (August 1, 2018): Mississauga residents concerned with cyclists packing sidewalks — but are unsafe roads driving them up there?  Excerpt: Residents in Mississauga are becoming increasingly frustrated with an old problem — cyclists on sidewalks, but a member of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee says the fault is not entirely on the cyclists themselves but rather on the lack — or nonexistent in Mississauga’s case — of protected bike lanes available for safe cycling on main roads. ... compared to other jurisdictions "we are lagging behind".

► Discussion is taking place on the Facebook posting.  Add your comments!

The 2010 Cycling Master Plan did not deliver anywhere near the planned 30 km a year (for 20 years) of cycling infrastructure.  From 2010 to 2016 (7 years), 80 km of cycling infrastructure in total was constructed in Mississauga, including 12 km of sharrows).  The target number for 2018 is only 9.5 km.  Implementation of the 2018 Cycling Master Plan update (not endorsed by MCAC) will take an additional 27 years with the proposed annual funding level, still to be approved for the 2019 City Budget and subject to annual continuation by future Councils.  Three decades is a long time to wait for a completed cycling network, especially since it is dependent on opportunity (i.e. other scheduled road work) rather than priority-driven.  The issue of sidewalk-riding will not go away any time soon!

CITY BY-LAW:  According to The Mississauga Cyclists Handbook (16p PDF) which is available online in 7 languages: The City of Mississauga Traffic by-law prohibits bicycle riding on the sidewalk with the exception of bicycles with all wheels fifty (50) centimetres or less in diameter.  The intent of this by-law is to allow young children to cycle on the sidewalk.  The set fine for riding on the sidewalk is $35.




Cycling on the Mississauga Transitway?

UPDATE (June 2018):  A staff report (in the negative) has come back on this topic and will be posted here.

November 2017:  At this 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.

BACKGROUND:  The City approved MCAC's use of the Transitway for the 2015 Tour de Mississauga.  All five (5) Routes: 120km, 100km, 60km, 30km, and 15km included the length of the Transitway which had been completed so far.  There were NO buses on the route during the Tour and 3,800 cyclists enjoyed the smooth, safe course as they viewed the new stations and public art along the route.  MCAC is since then advocating for cycling on the Transitway as a year-round multi-modal transportation option.

► 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.




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.




Metrolinx Plan - Regional Cycling Network (GTHA)

March 2018:  Metrolinx has released the Draft Final 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA - Engagement Report (45p PDF) summarizing input from municipal partners as well as residents' comments, based on the Draft RTP (September 2017).  The consultation included how to optimize the commuter cycling-to-transit interface.

MCAC representatives participated in the Peel Region public roundtable meeting (event image + summary report, pp.15-19) in Mississauga, October 5, 2017.

At left:  MAP - Draft Final 2014 Regional Cycling Network (GTHA).  Source: Draft Final 2041 RTP for the GTHA (197p PDF) - March 1, 2018 ed., p104.

We expressed strong support for the proposed Regional Cycling Network (map at left) which would integrate with the GTHA regional transit network and address 'the last mile' issue.  Cycling or walking to rapid-transit stations would be made safe and accessible via new on- and off-road facilities, helping commuter cyclists traverse boundaries and physical barriers, and reducing the need to drive to transit stations, which results in considerable (often "free") parking allocation in the form of multi-storey garages and surface lots at GO Stations.  Bike parking at transit stations, and ability to take bicycles on transit vehicles are also key amenities to help achieve the RTP goals.

MORE:  See the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan website (lots to browse here!)




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 will 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 Mississauga General Committee on October 18, 2017 (AGENDA, Item 8.5, pp.43-47).  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).




New Bike Lanes on McLaughlin Road

Construction is underway in Summer 2016.  These photos taken in August:




Bike Lanes on Dixie Road -- Public Consultation

The Region of Peel is studying new lane configurations on Dixie Road, from south of Rometown Drive to Lakeshore Road, to include dedicated bicycle lanes and more buffer space for pedestrians. The existing four general-purpose lanes will be converted to two lanes plus left-turn lanes.

The Region wants to get feedback on the proposed changes. Please join in at the Public Information Centre (PIC) (webpage):

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: ST. LUKE'S CHURCH, 1513 Dixie Road, Mississauga

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Complete Street approach improves safety, comfort and mobility for all road users regardless of age, ability or transportation type.
  • Lane reconfiguration improves safety by reducing vehicle speed differences and preventing excessive lane changes.
  • Bicycle lanes with painted buffers provide space for cyclists, separating them from motor vehicles.
  • Bicycle lanes located between sidewalk and general purpose lanes provide greater separation between pedestrians and motor vehicles.
  • Bicycle lanes will connect to the Waterfront Trail and future multi-use trails along Dixie Road, allowing easy access to a variety of destinations, including GO Transit stations.
  • Work will be implemented through the 2016 Dixie Road resurfacing as part of the Hanlan Water Project.