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).
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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).
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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.
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► 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.”
8 SIMPLE CYCLING HABITS: The City’s Cycling Office in consultation with MCAC has released a simple series of cycling safety tips to quickly inform cyclists how they can ride defensively.
► This series is posted on the City’s Facebook Page (full size), or you can click the image below to view the 8 slides.
► This safety messaging is part of the implementation of the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan.
*NEW* ONTARIO CYCLING STRATEGY: Released August 30, 2013. Hashtag (and title): #CycleON
► View online (42p PDF). This document may take a few moments to download!
► Press Release (August 30, 2013): Province Releases New Cycling Strategy – Ontario Government Committed to Safe, Sustainable Transportation.
►View the #CycleON webpage.
NOTE: This document is the result of a public consultation regarding the Draft Cycling Strategy to which MCAC, the Cycling Office and many others responded.
► Click to view the MCAC article about Draft Cycling Strategy
MISSISSAUGA CYCLISTS HANDBOOK: Now published, in six (6) languages, including English (others are: Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Somali). A 7th language (Urdu) is coming soon.
Available in hard copy at several Libraries and cultural agencies or by request to the Mississauga Cycling Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the online version becomes available, it will be posted here.
MISSISSAUGA ACTIVE GUIDE – FALL / WINTER 2013: Pick up a hard-copy guide at your local community centre.
► Browse through the online Active Mississauga GUIDE produced by the Recreation and Parks Dept.
► Register online or in-person registration at all major community centres.
Fall 1 – September 14, 2013
Fall 2 – November 16, 2013
Winter – February 1, 2014
CYCLING PAGE: Click the ‘Cycling in Mississauga‘ tab of the online Guide to go immediately to the Cycling page (p97) for information about Tour de Mississauga, Can-Bike programming, Trail Maps, BMX and ramp facilities, and more.
HOT OFF THE PRESS! The eagerly awaited 2013 update of the City’s annual bike map is NOW available online and is available in hard copy at Community Centres and Libraries and other locations throughout the City, including bike shops.
This popular reference tool has updated information of greatest interest to cyclists, and a crisp map presentation. The Map shows the existing on-road bike lanes, sharrows, paved/unpaved multi-use trails, signed bike routes, and other amenities. NEW: The 2013 edition includes new cycling facilities, full bike shop listings, and mapped connections to neighbouring municipalities (which were not previously shown).
► Click any image to view the full-size 2-sided MAP and all the latest info for cycling in the City of Mississauga (2p PDF).
NOTE: The file may take a few moments to load due to size.
► For more information about other bike maps available e.g. for Tour de Mississauga routes and Ward Rides, click here.
GLOBAL NEWS VIDEO: June 10, 2013. This video is about Mississauga’s quest to become a cycling city, or as we are starting to say: ‘Missiscycle’. The video refers to the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan and the new focus on developing commuter cycling routes. The newly completed Tenth Line bikes lanes (as showcased during the Ward 10 Group Bike Ride on June 8th) are an example.
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Cyclists will have a safer ride on Tenth Line with the completion of seven kilometres of new bike lanes from Erin Centre Boulevard to Argentia Road. The new bike lanes were showcased on June 8, 2013 during the Ward 10 Ride with Councillor Sue McFadden.
Photo Opportunity: ** SEE PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE **
What: Media are invited to capture photos of the newly completed bike lanes and cyclists on Tenth Line. Tenth Line was identified in the City’s Cycling Master Plan as a primary on-road cycling route. In 2003, bike lanes were added on Tenth Line north of Derry Road and south of Britannia Road. With this latest construction in 2011/2012, 7 km of continuous bike lanes connect the original two sections.
Who: Ward 10 Councillor, Sue McFadden will greet members of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee and area residents midway through their Ward Ride to celebrate the newly completed bicycle lanes.
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013, at approximately 10:30 a.m. – Photo opportunity to celebrate the new bike lanes will occur midway on the Ward Ride. The Ward 10 Ride departs at 10 a.m. on a 13.9 km community ride. It will depart from Tim Hortons, 3285 Derry Road West (located at the northwest corner of Derry Road and Tenth Line West).
Where: Jim Murray Community Park at Tenth Line and Erin Centre Boulevard, 5525 Tenth Line West, Mississauga, Ont.