Cycling Infrastructure

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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!)

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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).

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Cycling on the Mississauga Transitway?

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.

► 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.

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New Bike Lanes on McLaughlin Road

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

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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.