Citizen volunteers advising City Council on cycling issues


Phil Green Recognition Award - Announcement

July 20, 2017:  At the Cooksville Community Ride (Twitter photos) tonight, we were pleased to announce and introduce the Phil Green Recognition Award recipient for 2016.  Nicole Hanson is our recipient, and we were thrilled that Phil Green, the founding Chair of the MCAC in the early 1990's, was able to attend the ride to congratulate Nicole personally for winning his namesake award.  Nicole's nomination was approved by Mississauga Council on July 5, 2017 and there will be a formal presentation of the award made at Council in Fall 2017.

At left: Nicole Hanson and Phil Green (click image for enlargement)

Nicole was featured in the 2017 Bike Month Cyclist Profile Series which gives an overview in words and pictures of Nicole's story and her passion for active transportation, particularly cycling.  Her flowered bike is a standout and part of her story and advocacy!

Nicole's nomination includes the following excerpt, which begins to explain why she was nominated and selected:

"I am nominating Nicole Hanson for the Phil Green Recognition Award for her tireless effort in advocating for community planning equity.  Nicole is a trailblazer in the truest sense of the word; she is an innovator and an explorer.  Notably, Nicole travels on a one-of-a-kind bike bursting with plastic flowers from handlebars to rear fender. It's a deliberate see and be seen approach. And it makes everyone smile in the meantime.  Nicole and her bike philosophy are crucially important at this moment for a city as diverse and quickly growing as Mississauga.  Nicole's approach to cycling is maximum visual impact and community impact at minimal cost.  Cycling is fun, easy, and relatively accessible, but we don't have enough role models for the everyday cyclist. Getting more casual cyclists on the roads is the greatest return on cycling investment.  If we have more casual cyclists, the gears of a critical mass start moving. Nicole is undoubtedly the poster child we need now.  A flowered pedal-powered machine is not frivolous; it is her highly visible armour and conscious decision of being the change we want to see in Mississauga." -- Robert Ruggiero

The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually (or less often) by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee to a person or persons who have promoted or furthered cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga over the preceding year through their efforts and actions.

On April 21, 2017, the City of Mississauga issued a Media Advisory regarding nominations to select the latest recipient of the Award.  Thank you for your nominations and we will begin the process again next year.

► For background see the MCAC Phil Green Award webpage with information about past recipients.  We will be publishing more about Nicole on the webpage!

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Mississauga Bike Challenge

June 29, 2017:  The City's Active Transportation Office has launched a bike challenge to promote, grow and measure cycling in the city.  The Mississauga Bike Challenge will challenge residents, employees and visitors to collectively cycle 150,000 kilometres between June 29 and September 17, 2017 (day of the Tour de Mississauga) to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and create a commemorative green legacy.

Participating in the Mississauga Bike Challenge is free, easy and fun. Residents can sign up at mississaugabikes.ca, ride their bicycles, keep track and log their kilometres to help Mississauga reach the goal.  No matter how few kms you ride, it all counts towards the goal.  The Parks Dept. will acquire an extra 1000 trees for us, additional to the plantings already planned for 2017 -- let's earn them!

July 21 -- We just hit the 300 tree milestone!

The City will plant one tree for every 150 kilometres cycled and logged, to thank the participants for contributing towards the community goal.  Participants can also earn a tree award in their own bike challenge profile if they exceed 150 kms individually.  All participants will receive an invitation to plant the trees we've all earned collectively at a special tree planting event in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  Let's add to Mississauga's tree canopy, which has been under stress, for instance due to EAB.

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Does Cycling Move You? Cycling Master Plan Update

May 2017:  The City of Mississauga has launched Does Cycling Move You?  This project updates the City’s 2010 Cycling Master Plan.  Mississauga’s Strategic Plan envisions a city of vibrant, safe, and connected communities.  Cycling plays an important role in supporting this vision and realizing Strategic Plan goals.  Mississauga is committed to building a city that supports all kinds of different ways to travel including cycling, walking, public transit and cars. 

► Does cycling move you? Please visit DoesCyclingMoveYou.ca and let us know.  Register on our site to share your ideas about the future of cycling in Mississauga and learn how you can get involved.  The first public meeting, an Open House, took place on June 21, 2017.

NOTE:  There will be a 2nd Public Meeting:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 3:30 - 7:30 pm, at the Living Arts Centre (map), BMO Room.

► For background see the MCAC Cycling Master Plan webpage.

NOW article: Watch out Toronto, Mississauga is passing you in the bike lane  (July 13, 2017).  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."

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Mississauga Cycling Survey: Re-Opened

May 2017:  The 2017 update to the City's Cycling Master Plan has begun.  The recent online Survey has been re-opened as part of the Does Cycling Move You? project.  Help us understand why you cycle or don’t cycle, and what would encourage you to start cycling or cycle more often.  The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and individual responses are confidential.  The results will be used for the city's Cycling Master Plan update that will guide cycling projects and programs until 2022.  Over 2100 responses received so far!

► Take the Cycling SURVEY now!

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*NEW* 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map

June 2017:  Hard copies of the new 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map are being distributed to all Mississauga Community Centres and Mississauga Bike Shops.  MCAC will be handing out the FREE maps at our Community Rides.

The printed map images of the cycling routes are larger, with north and south Mississauga being split between the two sides as shown in the small images below (the previous version had the entire city on one side).  The online digital version of the new map (on the City's website) will allow several dynamic viewing options.  For now, we have posted the 2p PDF version on the MCAC website.  NOTE:  The file may take time to download for viewing.

 ► View the *NEW* 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map (2p PDF) from our Maps & Handbooks webpage.  The images below are only to indicate the new map format and are not for use.

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Peel Police Launch Bike Registry

April 2017:  Peel Regional Police now offer a bicycle registration program online.  By registering your bicycle with Police, your chances of having your bicycle returned to you are greatly increased if it is lost or stolen.  Only registrants with an address within the area serviced by Peel Regional Police will be accepted.

At left is an image of the optional bike registry sticker decal you can receive (by mail) to put on your bike.

► View the PRP Bike Registry webpage.

► The webpage also links to Bicycle Theft Prevention and Cyclist Safety Tips.

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2017 - Bicycle Bicentennial and Year of the Bicycle

The bicycle is 200 years old in June 2017!  MCAC will be recognizing this wonderful milestone during 2017, designated the Year of the Bicycle.

► On June 10, 2017, our Streetsville Community Ride will tour Old Meadowvale Village, first settled 198-years ago (and Meadowvale Miniature Village -- see video) to experience heritage from the period.

► Fascinating BLOG (March 23, 2017) about the History of the Bicycle: "From Hobby Horse to Wine Touring, We Retrace 200 Years of Bicycle History" (Backroads)

► Learn how World Bicycle Relief is celebrating this 200th anniversary.

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Beginner Bike Maintenance Clinics

There will be FREE Beginner Bike Maintenance Clinics held in Mississauga during Bike Month (May 29 - June 30).  The three (3) clinics are sponsored by the City of Mississauga Active Transportation Office.

UPDATE:  All Bike Month clinics are now *FULL* but additional FREE bike maintenance workshops are planned for this Summer!

► View our Bike Clinics webpage for information.

Photo (left): Workbench at Bike Right 

 

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*NEW* The Peel Region Cyclists Handbook

April 2017:  The Peel Region Cyclists Handbook (webpage) will teach you about your bicycle, our traffic laws, and safe cycling habits. When you ride your bike, always remember to use your best judgement, take your time and have fun!

If you are interested in having a copy of the Peel Region Cyclists Handbook sent to you by mail, please contact us at walkandroll@peelregion.ca.

► View Peel Region Cyclists Handbook 1st Edition (16p PDF)

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Community Rides Launch in May 2017

May 2017:  We are excited to announce there will again be a FREE 2017 Community Rides series thanks to sponsorship by Toronto Pearson.

► PRESS RELEASE - City of Mississauga (May 5, 2017): "Start Your Internal Engine and Pedal with Us in Spring, Summer and Fall"

► First eight (8) rides are posted in 2017 Community Rides Schedule

*ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN*

MCAC will host another Volunteer Marshal Orientation session in Spring 2017, with the assistance of the City's Active Transportation Division.

► Please refer to our Volunteer Marshals webpage if you are interested in helping with the rides this year!

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Parking Matters - Public Consultation

March 2017:  The City of Mississauga is conducting a citywide parking study called Parking Matters (website) to help make future decisions about parking across the City.  As the City continues to grow and evolve, community parking needs are changing.  All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking.  They are all an important part of our transportation system. To learn more about the study, and how you can provide comment, click here!

► NOTE:  Cyclists may wish to comment on how street parking impacts their use of the roadway!

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MCAC Update to Mississauga Council

December 14, 2016:  MCAC made a presentation to Mississauga Council with the theme 'Supporting Cycling Culture in Mississauga.'  Cycling culture is becoming more evident in the City and we need to ensure it grows! 

MCAC has a three-pronged approach which includes:
    1. Grow Ridership  (our Community Rides are an example)
    2. Promote Safety  (we are promoting Vision Zero)
    3. Install Minimum Grid  (safe, connected infrastucture)

► How are we doing?  View the MCAC PRESENTATION (24 slides)

 

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Credit River Active Transportation Crossings

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  There was a Community Drop-In Meeting on December 1, 2016.

The City of Mississauga, in partnership with the Region of Peel, has identified the need for two new Active Transportation (AT) crossings near the QEW and Credit River, including a north-south AT crossing of the QEW at Stavebank Road.  There is also a need for an East-West AT crossing of the Credit River near the QEW.  The proposed crossings will be important to the connectivity of the City's planned AT network including significantly enhancing connections to the existing and planned trail network.

MCAC reps attended and advocated for pedestrian/cycling access across these barriers as soon as possible.

► Click for the City's project webpage (includes meeting Display Boards and updates).

 

 

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Future of the Britannia Farm

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  The final public meeting on the future of this 200-acre public asset in the heart of Mississauga took place on December 1, 2016.

Presently the Britannia Farm property is a cycling no-go.  A main topic of the new consultation taking place concerns public access to the site.  MCAC is advocating for pedestrian/cycling trails to open up the site, which is presently a hidden gem.

► Click for the Britannia Farm consultation webpage (includes meeting updates).

 

 

 

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Lakeshore Connecting Communities

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  Lakeshore Connecting Communities (website) is about planning for the future of Lakeshore Road.  This master plan study will look at how to best connect the communities of Clarkson, Port Credit and Lakeview while preserving and enhancing the unique character and sense of place of each community.  The study will build on recent planning studies to develop a design for the Lakeshore Road corridor from building face to building face that supports all modes of transportation, connects people to places, and moves goods to market.  The study will also evaluate rapid transit alternatives east of Hurontario Street as well as extending rapid transit into the Port Credit area.

Results of public consultation in November 2016 are now posted under the "Study Materials" tab.

** IT'S A GO **

VISION ZERO:  See our Vision Zero & Road Safety webpage regarding MCAC advocacy