Mississauga Cycling Master Plan - 2018 Update

June 2018:  The City of Mississauga launched Does Cycling Move You? (website) in May 2017 to Update the 2010 Mississauga Cycling Master Plan (posted in sidebar).

► The Draft 2018 Cycling Master Plan (posted in sidebar) was approved at Council (General Committee) on June 27, 2018: City Press Release.  Further to the 2010 Cycling Master Plan, the 2018 update includes an additional 27-year rollout of 18km/year (new infrastructure) to 2045.  Formal Council approval was received: July 4, 2018.

NO ENDORSEMENT:  Resolution MCAC-0022-2018, as reported in the GC Agenda (June 27, 2018; Item 10.2): 'That the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee does not support the 2018 Cycling Master Plan'.  This was discussed and voted per the MCAC Agenda (June 12, 2018; Item 7.1).

► See the GC Agenda (June 27, 2018; Item 8.8) to view the 10-page Corporate Staff Report and the 80-page 2018 Cycling Master Plan presented by the City's Transportation & Works staff.

BACKGROUND:  An MCAC working group met with the City's Active Transportation Division during 2017-2018.  Topics included standards for winter maintenance of cycling infrastructure.  Two (2) public Open Houses were also held -- all Display Boards are posted.

MORE:  See also the MCAC Mississauga Moves webpage.

Creating a Cycling Network by Overcoming Barriers

A major part of the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan Update should pertain to connecting (and therefore completing) the Cycling Network.  There are critical gaps in the potential network that need to be addressed in priority order to achieve a safe minimum grid.

Mississauga is a City of Barriers -- waterways, railways, highways and major arterials cross-sect our landscape, per the  Barriers MAP (at left) which formed part of the Cycling Master Plan Update consultation.

Until there are active transportation links built under or over these barriers, or along-side busy arterials, cyclists have limited options to traverse the City.  Going *around* is inefficient or impossible.

Community Rides - Composite View

MCAC's Community Rides series is popular, but the name says it all -- most rides are limited to certain routes within individual communities year after year because there is no functional way to ride into adjacent neighbourhoods.

There are new places in the City we'd like to explore on a Community Ride, e.g. Danville Park, which is currently inaccessible by bike -- it can only be accessed safely by car.

► The composite Community Routes MAP (at left) illustrates the current inaccessibility and isolation of communities from a cycling point of view.

Now Toronto article - Connection and Protection Wanted

July 13, 2017 Watch out Toronto, Mississauga is passing you in the bike lane.  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."

Mississauga Cycling Survey

May 2017:  The 2017 update to the City's Cycling Master Plan has begun.  The recent online Survey as part of the Does Cycling Move You? project will help explain why you cycle or don’t cycle, and what would encourage you to start cycling or cycle more often.  Individual responses remain 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 were received!