Citizen volunteers advising City Council on cycling issues


Volunteer Marshal Orientation - Thursday, July 21 @ 6:15 pm

MARSHAL TRAINING:  MCAC is hosting a Volunteer Marshal Orientation session with the assistance of the City's Active Transportation Office.

We plan to meet at the venue for the previous Applewood Ride and then ride the 13.3 km route while we discuss and practice various marshalling procedures. 

*THANK YOU* to all who attended!  We will be scheduling a second session in the future -- stay tuned!

As the MCAC Community Rides have grown in numbers, we are grateful to draw on some of our more experienced riders to assist with marshalling.  We provide hi-viz orange vests to those who can help out and we also equip the marshals with walkie-talkies.

Those interested in participating should Contact Us.  ► Click for PHOTOS (on Facebook)

 

Future of the Britannia Farm

PUBLIC CONSULTATION:  The first public meeting on the future of this 200-acre public asset in the heart of Mississauga takes place on Wed. June 22 @ 6-8 pm at the offices of the Peel District School Board, HJA Brown Education Centre, in the Mississauga Room. Street address: 5650 Hurontario Street (map), Mississauga.

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 updates).

 

Opening for a Citizen Member on MCAC

ATTENTION CYCLISTS: Are you interested in volunteering on the MCAC as a Citizen Member?  We have an immediate opening and encourage you to apply ASAP!  Learn more About MCAC and Contact Us with any questions.

► Click for the City's Citizen Appointments webpage where you will find more information and a direct link to the online application form.

NOTE: Despite any posted deadline, applications are accepted at any time.

 

June was Bike Month

BIKE MONTH:  MCAC conducted five (5) Community Rides during the month of June 2016 to celebrate Bike Month in the GTHA!  See the 2016 Schedule for locations.  We travelled over 80km within Mississauga during Bike Month, with many more communities to come this Summer!

We've handed out 125 FREE Bike Month Mississauga T-shirts!

► Click for T-shirt image.

 

 

 

MCAC starts Conversation on Vision Zero

May 28, 2016:  MCAC hosted the annual meeting of the Joint Committee of Western Lake Ontario Cycling Advisory Committees.

The Joint Committee attracts representatives from Ontario municipalities north, west and southwest of Mississauga to its annual meeting to discuss common cycling issues.  The geographical scope has grown to include Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, Waterloo Region, Niagara Region, Haldimand County and Guelph.

For the first time, Mississauga (MCAC) hosted the annual meeting.  We consulted with attendees ahead of time to compile the Agenda.  MCAC suggested 'Vision Zero' as a topic and undertook the research.

MCAC presented an overview about Vision Zero (33-slide PDF) in order to start a conversation about the concept and how cycling advisory committees might approach this initiative with our respective municipal councils. 

As a result of this presentation, it was agreed by the Joint Committee to hold a Vision Zero Workshop in Fall 2016 to explore the topic more deeply and develop a mutual strategy for advocacy at the municipal level.  Details TBA.

DEFINITION (Wikipedia): "Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic.  It started in Sweden in October 1997." 

CANADA: The national advocacy campaign Vision Zero Canada was launched in December 2015.  Twitter: @VisionZeroCA  Facebook: VisionZeroCanada.  Website: www.visionzerocanada.com

A valuable resource on Vision Zero is the 2014 book No Accident: Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads, by author Neil Arason, who notes that Canadians tend to regard motor vehicle crashes as accidents, acts of God, or the fault of individuals engaging in aberrant behaviour.  See website: neil.arason.ca

After the morning session, representatives on the Joint Committee participated in the City Centre Community Ride and toured the Mississauga 'Downtown' to observe how MCAC conducts large public rides, and to experience the variety of cycling infrastructure in the city core.

 

2016 Community Rides Launch in May

May 2016:  We are excited to announce the FREE 2016 Community Rides series!  Once again, we have the sponsorship of Toronto Pearson (GTAA) which enables us to provide FREE ice cream after every ride, along with the prize program!

► The 2016 Schedule is posted.  *ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN*

► MCAC made a Deputation to Mississauga Council on Wed. May 11, 2016 (19p PDF) about the success of the 2015 program and our expanded plans for 2016!

 

Click image for full 2016 Rides Schedule and links to webpages for each ride