MCAC will exhibit at the 28th annual Toronto International Bicycle Show on the weekend of Feb 28 – March 2, 2014 at the BETTER LIVING CENTRE, Exhibition Place in Toronto. This show is one of the largest exclusive bicycle consumer shows in North America!
► Click to view the exhibits FLOOR PLAN and locate us at Booth #656. It will be great to see Mississauga cyclists at our booth, along with cyclists planning to visit our City by bike! We’ll be handing out Mississauga BIKE MAPS and Regional Trail brochures, along with our *new* 2014 Tour de Mississauga POSTCARD (shown below; click image for enlargement). You can also pick up a copy of the new Mississauga Cyclists Handbook!
Photo: A friendly MCAC citizen volunteer/member at this year’s Booth, wearing the official Tour jersey! Sample Tour jerseys in various sizes will be on display at our booth this weekend should you wish to see them prior to ordering online.
► Click jersey image below for enlargement.
Pick up a hard-copy guide at your local community centre, OR…
► Browse through the online Active Mississauga GUIDE produced by the City of Mississauga Recreation and Parks Dept.
► REGISTER for programs online! In-person registration at all major community centres starts March 1, 2014.
Spring Session starts: Monday, April 21, 2014
Summer Session starts: Monday, June 30, 2014
CYCLING PAGE: Click the ‘Cycling in Mississauga‘ tab of the online Guide to go immediately to the Cycling page (p125) for information about Tour de Mississauga, Can-Bike programming, Trail Maps, BMX and ramp facilities, and more.
The PHIL GREEN RECOGNITION AWARD is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee to a person or persons who have demonstrated exemplary effort to the cause of promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga over the preceding year. Do you know someone who fosters Mississauga’s growing cycling culture?
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2013 AWARD
► City of Mississauga Press Release (Feb. 3, 2014): Cycling Enthusiasts One and All — it’s Nomination Time!
► View the online Application Form, which includes guidelines for eligibility and describes the nomination and selection process.
YOU CAN FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THIS FORM ONLINE!
► For past recipients see the Phil Green Recognition Award webpage.
Photo: MCAC chair Jeff Wachman (L) with 2012 Award recipient Dave Krentz and MCAC founder Phil Green (R)
We presented our 2013 MCAC Annual Report to the Transportation Committee of Council on January 8, 2014. Our theme this year was: ‘Managing the Evolution of Cycling in Mississauga‘
Cycling is coming on strong in Mississauga, with growing cycling events and more riders continuing to commute as well as bike for recreation, but we must manage for this ongoing growth with incremental completion of the cycling network, ensure that critical gaps in the network get connected first, and continue to implement all aspects of the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan.
MAJOR GOALS FOR 2014:
“Gearing for Safety” is a major watchphrase for 2014; growth of cyclists is happening in the City, ready or not, so we must be ready to safely accommodate the increasing numbers in the cycling community.
“Going for Gold” will help us achieve many objectives in the Cycling Master Plan. Mississauga is presently a Bronze-level cycling friendly community, and a major 2014 priority is to work towards achieving Silver status, and then Gold. The criteria are stringent — the only Gold city in Canada presently is Ottawa.
“Growing to 5,000” is an ambitious goal for the 2014 Tour de Mississauga — to more than double last year’s 2300 registered participants to 5000 in 2014!
► Click to view the visual MCAC 2013 Annual Council PRESENTATION (22-slide PDF). Click to enlarge the 2014 Focus slide (below).
MCAC also plans to develop a cycling event leading up to the 2015 Pan Am Games! Another way we can “Go for Gold“!
The 7th Annual Tour de Mississauga takes place on Sunday, September 21, 2014. SAVE THE DATE! Updates to the Tour webpages are underway. Registration is not yet open.
The Tour attracts cyclists from all around the region and well beyond and is growing every year. Mississauga has an abundance of cycling trails and on-road routes to discover as part of our expanding cycling network. Cyclists aged 10+ (aged 7+ for 15km and 30km rides) of any ability, on any kind of bike (including electric assist), are welcome to participate in this FREE non-competitive cycling tour. Training wheels are AOK. The event goes RAIN OR SHINE.
ROUTES: In 2014 there will be five (5) options:
15km – Downtown Family Ride
30km – Leisure Ride
60km – Signature Ride
100km – Challenge Road Ride
120km – City Classic NEW! Can you do it in 6 hours?
START TIMES: Staggered by route. 120km leaves at 7:00 am; 100km at 8:00 am; 60km at 8:30 am; 30km at 9:30 am; 15km at 10:30 am.
Last year (2013) we had 2300 registered participants. We have set an ambitious goal to double that number to 5000 in 2014!
NOTE: The 2014 Sponsorship Agreement is being revised — we’re excited to be planning a great cycling day experience!
The Region of Peel Walk + Roll initiative is looking into creating an App version of its web-based map of all the walking and cycling trails and paths available in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. View the current web-based MAP.
We’d like your feedback to create an App that best suits your needs.
To help us learn what App features you’d like, please fill out the ONLINE SURVEY by Monday, January 27, 2014. Thanks in advance for your input!
Published in hard copy in August 2013, the Mississauga Cyclists Handbook is now available online as a 16p PDF, in seven (7) languages, including:
Also available in hard copy at several Libraries and cultural agencies or by request to the Mississauga Cycling Office at email@example.com.
OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, December 5 @ 6-8pm at the Mississauga Seniors Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road.
The ramp-style pedestrian/cycling bridge over the Q.E.W. at Ogden Avenue in Lakeview underwent rehabilitation so that it could be ready for the Tour de Mississauga in September 2012.
In the longer term, the bridge needs to be replaced.
As cyclists are aware, there are not many spots where we can safely cross the QEW. We need all these crossings for the Tour’s SE Quadrant route design (see Tour Routes).
► Click images for enlargements.
► Click for satellite view.
NEXT PUBLIC MEETING: **TONIGHT** Wed. November 20, 2013 @ 7-8 p.m. (Presentation); Open House @ 4:30-7:00 p.m. at OASIS CONVENTION CENTRE, 1036 Lakeshore Rd East (map).
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) working on behalf of the Region of Peel, and with the support of the City of Mississauga and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is launching the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment Project (LWC EA) (project webpage). Fully coordinated with the Inspiration Lakeview vision, this mega-project will result in a new waterfront greenspace that could be designed to serve the needs of multiple recreational functions (i.e., hiking, boating, cycling, etc.), re-create critical coastal habitats and improve public access to the waterfront and trail connections.
Essentially, fill from the Hanlan Water Feedermain mega-project excavations will be used for lakefill around the Booth Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to create a land connection along the Waterfront Trail between Lakeview Promenade Park and Marie Curtis Park in Etobicoke (click for Trail map of this section, showing current waterfront by-pass).
► Click image (far left) for full-size MEETING NOTICE.
► Click image (left) for enlarged MAP of the Study Area.
NOTE: MCAC has been invited to attend the LWC Community Liaison Committee as one of the stakeholder groups with an ongoing interest in this mega-project. During the 10-year construction period, we are advocating that cycling access to the area must be maintained, including logical re-routing of the Waterfront Trail, access around the site to view the construction (along with pedestrians) and safe infrastructure along Lakeshore Road for cycling commuters.
QEW REHABILITATION – COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2: Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ 9 a.m. – 12 noon.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained McCormick Rankin (MRC) to initiate a Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study to examine rehabilitation and improvement needs for the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from Evans Avenue to Cawthra Road. The study limits extend approximately 3.5 km through the City of Mississauga (Region of Peel) and the City of Toronto.
NOTE: MCAC will attend as a stakeholder group concerned about cycling infrastructure in this area. These Community Workshops are being held to augment the information obtained at the broader PIC’s.
► Click to access full-size MAP of study area.
► Click for project WEBSITE to view Display Boards from past meetings.
ATTENTION CYCLISTS: Are you interested in volunteering on the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) as a Citizen Member? We have openings now.
Our entire volunteer Committee is involved with organizing and running the Tour de Mississauga and a variety of other cycling events (e.g. Ward Rides) every year as part of our advocacy and outreach! Our goal is to ensure the Cycling Master Plan is implemented, including completion of the City’s cycling network.
► See the City’s Cycling Advisory webpage to view our Agendas and Minutes.
► See information about Citizen Appointments to Committees and download the Applications Form (NOTE: Still has old date re beginning of last Council, but still OK to use).
► Go to our MCAC Contact webpage to get in touch with any questions or to indicate your interest in joining MCAC and we can send you the form stat! It there are no openings at the time you apply, we will hold your form pending a vacancy.
STAY SAFE, STAY BACK CAMPAIGN: The Share the Road Cycling Coalition and CAA have just launched a educational campaign in Ontario emphasizing the importance of recognizing the blind spots on large trucks, and the very real dangers posed to cyclists if they are not easily seen by truck drivers.
“The Stay Safe, Stay Back campaign aims to educate cyclists about the risks associated with large trucks, and also to provide visual cues to remind cyclists to stay out of the ‘no-go zone’, where they are invisible to drivers and vulnerable to injury due to the wide right turns made by trucks.”