February 4, 2016: In 2016 the Tour de Mississauga will become the property of a third party and the MCAC will no longer be responsible for organizing it. We will continue to promote the Tour, once the transition is completed. We will announce when the details of the new organization are available.
Because of this change, the 'Tour de Mississauga' Facebook Page has been renamed to 'MississaugaCycling' and we will be covering a wider range of Mississauga cycling issues on Facebook as well.
Meanwhile, we are pleased that the Community Rides series will remain a program of the MCAC again this year and we will have our 2016 Schedule available soon!
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 us. Please 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 the posted deadline, applications are still being accepted.
Mississauga Moves 2015 -- Transportation Summit
Moving around our city by car, bus, bicycle or on foot continues to evolve as Mississauga and communities surrounding continue to grow.
This was the City of Mississauga’s first Transportation Summit which included local and international experts as well as exhibitors for interactive workshops and presentations. Topics included managing Mississauga’s future growth and congestion, evolving the City’s transit network, thinking about the impacts of driverless cars and making Mississauga’s streets more "complete".
Citizen members of MCAC attended and advocated for cycling as part of the City's transportation options.
The Summit was a kick-off to the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which will commence in 2016 (details pending). Information gathered at the Summit will help guide the development of the TMP and the future of how Mississauga moves.
Bike Lanes on Dixie Road -- Public Consultation
The Region of Peel is studying new lane configurations on Dixie Road, from south of Rometown Drive to Lakeshore Road, to include dedicated bicycle lanes and more buffer space for pedestrians. The existing four general-purpose lanes will be converted to two lanes plus left-turn lanes.
The Region wants to get feedback on the proposed changes. Please join in at the Public Information Centre (PIC) (webpage):
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: ST. LUKE'S CHURCH, 1513 Dixie Road, Mississauga
- Complete Street approach improves safety, comfort and mobility for all road users regardless of age, ability or transportation type.
- Lane reconfiguration improves safety by reducing vehicle speed differences and preventing excessive lane changes.
- Bicycle lanes with painted buffers provide space for cyclists, separating them from motor vehicles.
- Bicycle lanes located between sidewalk and general purpose lanes provide greater separation between pedestrians and motor vehicles.
- Bicycle lanes will connect to the Waterfront Trail and future multi-use trails along Dixie Road, allowing easy access to a variety of destinations, including GO Transit stations.
- Work will be implemented through the 2016 Dixie Road resurfacing as part of the Hanlan Water Project.
New Road Safety Rules in effect September 1
The "dooring" of cyclists will carry an increased set fine of $365* and three demerit points upon conviction.
New rules will also require drivers to leave a one-metre distance where possible when passing cyclists, or they may face the penalty of a $110* set fine and two demerit points.
Cyclists who don't use the required bicycle lights and reflectors face a higher set fine of $110.* A bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks.
► Click for the Ontario Government (MOT) Press Release (Aug. 31, 2015) and additional information.
► Click for the legal details of Bill 31 as it pertains to CYCLING (for both drivers and cyclists). "These cycling changes are directed at encouraging cycling, promoting road safety, and sharing the road."
MCAC adopts Mandatory Bike Helmet policy
August 20, 2015 -- MCAC has now adopted a Mandatory Bike Helmet policy for ALL riders (including adults) participating in any of our cycling events. This policy is cited on the webpages for the Tour de Mississauga and the Community Rides series and is effective immediately.
Under provincial law, all minors (i.e. under 18 years old) are required to wear a bicycle helmet in Ontario. Like many other cycling-oriented organizations, we believe everyone should wear a bike helmet.
Helmets have always been mandatory for the Tour, but are now required for all Community Rides as well. Virtually all other group ride programs have this proviso for participation.
For encouragement, 'Your helmet on your head is your ticket to FREE ice cream' at the end of each Community Ride.
► Click for the Bike Helmets webpage for additional information.
'The Majestic Credit River' video features Culham Trail
July 28, 2015 -- There is a new
Heritage Mississauga video
that includes cycling on the Culham Trail which runs along the
Credit River in Mississauga! NOTE:
After receiving positive input from Community Riders, we have added
a new (~28km) Culham Trail
Ride (click for webpage) to the
Every Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law
MCAC has just received a complimentary copy of this new book (by Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette) from the publisher: Irwin Law Inc.
► Click for Description and Ordering information.
Excerpt: "More Canadians are riding bicycles than ever before, but did you know that riding your bike in Canada is now almost as heavily regulated as driving your car? Whether you are one of more than 200,000 Canadians who commute by bike, the parent of a child with her first two-wheeler, a veteran racer, or a recreational rider, the chances are you will need this book. In Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law, Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette, both law professors and avid cyclists, provide a comprehensive overview of Canadian law for bicycles — covering rules of the road, purchasing and using bicycles, what to do in the case of an accident or a stolen bike, starting up your own cycling club, racing your bike, and much more."
► Click for Canadian Cyclist book review (December 2014).
Excerpt: "The authors use simple day-to-day examples to illustrate situations and clearly lay out the scope and limitations of your rights and obligations ... it will provide every cyclist with a better understanding of Canadian law as it pertains to cyclists. They even contribute a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Share the Road Coalition."
COMMUNITY RIDES for 2015 are complete!
Click image for full Rides Schedule and links to webpages for each individual ride.
WE ARE WORKING ON THE 2016 SCHEDULE
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