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Tour de Mississauga: Online Registration is OPEN

Tour_2014_Postcard_LThe 7th annual Tour de Mississauga will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  Registration is OPEN.  We encourage riders to register early so we can predict our numbers!  At left is the Tour postcard found in Bike Shops as well as Community Centres and Libraries throughout Mississauga.

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MCAC Community Rides – COOKSVILLE

COMMUNITY RIDES schedule 2014Cooksville_Community_Ride_July_31_2014_MAP_LDATE:  Thursday, July 31 @ 6:15 pm
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CANCELLATION POLICY: We will announce any cancellation by 4:00 pm Thursday afternoon on all communication platforms (Website, Facebook and Twitter) and e-mail our Community Riders’ list as well.

Please use the ‘Cooksville’ SIGN-UP FORM – so we can prepare for numbers attending this ride!

MEET:  At The Apple Market, located at 2281 Camilla Road (south of Queensway)

TOTAL DISTANCE:  15 km  Interactive Map and Cue Sheet on Sign-Up webpage
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► The ride will feature a “Selfie Break” en route so that all riders may enter the “Let Your Green Show” contest based on exploring Mississauga trails!

The entire 2014 Community Rides series is sponsored by Toronto Pearson Airport who are providing FREE Refreshments after every ride!

► Click image for enlarged 2014 Community Rides SCHEDULE

THANKS to ride participant Frank Toth for his Comments below!  Click ‘Comments’ on menu bar below to read about previous Community Rides!

Frank Toth: 2013 Phil Green Recognition Award winner

Frank Toth, Pat Mullin, Phil Green, Jeff Wachman July 10, 2014Frank Toth, a Mississauga senior who makes cycling part of his life style and inspires others to do the same, is the recipient of the 2013 Phil Green Recognition Award from the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC).

Frank’s nomination was recommended by the MCAC and approved by Council in Spring 2014; the official presentation will take place at Council on September 10, 2014.

Meanwhile, MCAC thought it would be fun to surprise Frank in front of his cycling peers at one of our Community Rides and inform him publicly that he was the 2013 Phil Green Award winner!  On July 10, 2014, Phil Green (founding chair of the MCAC) and Councillor Pat Mullin (inaugural Council representative on the MCAC) both attended the Clarkson / Lorne Park Community Ride in order to congratulate Frank personally.  Current MCAC chair Jeff Wachman (far right) also attended and this photo was taken in honour of the occasion, in front of the Holcim Waterfront Estate!

About the Phil Green Recognition Award
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.

► See the Phil Green Recognition Award webpage and more information about recipient Frank Toth.

2014 Mississauga Bikeways and Trails Map

Mississauga_bike_MAP_2014_LFREE!  The 2014 update of the City’s annual bike map is available online and *NOW* in hard copy at Community Centres and Libraries throughout Mississauga as well as at local 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.  The 2014 edition includes new cycling facilities, full bike shop listings, and mapped connections to neighbouring municipalities.

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.  Use ZOOM for detail.

For more information about other bike maps available e.g. for Tour de Mississauga routes and Ward Rides, click here.

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Spring/Summer 2014 Active Mississauga Guide

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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 as well.

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.

Bike Month 2014: May 26 until June 26

Bike_Month_2014_Mississauga_schedule_POSTCARD_LThis year Bike Month runs from May 26 to June 26, 2014. Bike Month is a community-driven celebration of cycling that kicks off on May 26 with Bike to Work Day and continues until the end of June with rides, tours, festivals, art shows and more. Events are being held all around the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Four (4) Community Rides (website) will take place in Mississauga during June 2014.

NOTE: Mississauga Community Rides then continue all summer: in July, August and September, plus two (2) Hallowe’en rides (daytime and night-time) in October!

Click for the 2014 Bike Month Mississauga WEBPAGE for a variety of information and resources about cycling and cycling events in Mississauga and Peel compiled especially for Bike Month.

Click for full-size POSTCARD SCHEDULE of Bike Month Mississauga activities!

Bike_Month_Mississauga_T-shirtAVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

FREE Mississauga Bike Month T-shirts were given out at the first three MCAC Community Rides, BUT ALL STOCK IS NOW GONE!  A great way to celebrate Bike Month and spread the word!

Bike to Work Day: Monday, May 26

Bike_to_Work_Day_May_26_2014_POSTER_LThousands across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area will celebrate Smart Commute’s 8th Annual Bike to Work /School Day (click for details) on Monday, May 26, 2014.

‘Bike to Work’ events mark the start of BIKE MONTH in the GTHA, running from May 26-June 26, 2014.  See the Smart Commute tab — THERE ARE PRIZES TO BE WON!

In conjunction with Smart Commute Mississauga and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, the City of Mississauga is hosting a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST event at MISSISSAUGA CELEBRATION SQUARE at 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. to encourage area residents, students and employees to try cycling to work or school.  The event will include bike safety check-ups, fun prizes, cycling vendors, and entertainment!  Hundreds showed up in 2013, including students from 11 Mississauga high schools.

Bike_to_Work_Day_May_26_2014_BANNER_LBike to Work Day is recognized by Smart Commute organizations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, in partnership with Metrolinx and area municipalities.  To mark the day, Smart Commute Mississauga also organizes group rides and breakfasts at participating employers.

 

KICK-OFF Community Ride to Toronto Pearson Airport

Kickoff_community_ride_POSTER_May_24_2014DATE:  Saturday, May 24 @ 9:30am

We are kicking off the 2014 Community Rides series (and celebrating our new sponsorship) with a group ride to Toronto Pearson Airport where we will be hosted and refreshed at the GTAA administration building (3111 Convair Drive) before returning to Garnetwood Park (1950 Burnhamthorpe Road East), just west of the Etobicoke Creek (the start/end location).

The Airport Ride webpage also provides links to the MAP and the CUE SHEETS for off-road and on-road route options.  Plus details of the free DRAW for the ‘Ultimate Airport Tour’!

Click for Press Release (May 23, 2014) about the Kick-Off and the Community Rides series.

Becoming a Silver Bike Friendly City

Bicycle_Friendly_Community_Award_bronze_May_2012Mississauga became a Bronze Bicycle Friendly City in May 2012 as administered by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Ontario.  Our ultimate goal is to become Gold, however there is the matter of attaining Silver first!

► View the MCAC presentation to Council (January 2014) regarding this goal.

MCAC and the Cycling Office are working together to outline the steps required and establish an action list to get to Silver, concurrent with continuing to implement the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan (2010).

View the ‘Go for Silver Strategy‘ (8p PDF) reviewed by MCAC on April 22, 2014.

► View the BFC webpage for the criteria, application form and recent winners.

FIELD TRIP:  On April 27, 2014, MCAC citizen member Irwin Nayer is beginning a week-long bike tour of Ottawa to learn more about how that city became the first (and still only) Gold level BFC in Ontario!

About the Bicycle Friendly Community Award
The Bicycle Friendly Community Award is presented annually by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition to communities that actively support bicycling.  Municipalities are judged for the award in five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation & planning.  A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award.

About Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle- friendly.  The organization’s mandate is province-wide with a specific focus on developing public policy at the provincial level in order to provide the kind of legislative, programmatic and funding instruments such as exist in other Canadian provinces notably Quebec and British Columbia.

Cycling Fatality in Mississauga: April 17, 2014

MCAC deeply regrets the news that a Mississauga cyclist was killed on April 17, 2014 in an accident with a transport truck at Dixie and Derry Roads in Malton.

Mississauga News article (April 17, 2014): Updated: Cyclist killed at Dixie and Derry.

► Peel Regional Police are seeking witnesses and provided a description of the scene: PRP News Release (April 17, 2014).

A memorial ride group rode to Malton on April 24, 2014 and placed this ghost bike at the scene of the fatality.

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‘Stay Safe, Stay Back’ campaign

Stay_Safe_Stay_Back_STR_CAA_2013_POSTER_LThe Share the Road Cycling Coalition and CAA have launched an 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.”

Hurontario LRT Open House: March 26, 2014


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Hurontario_LRT_NEWSLETTER_Winter_2014_LPUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #3:  Wednesday, March 26 @ 3-8 p.m. (DROP-IN) at CITY HALL (Great Hall). CYCLISTS, REPRESENT!!

► Click for the City’s LRT (Light Rail Transit) Project WEBSITE.

This is a large, complex city-building project from the Port Credit GO Station to downtown Brampton.  This meeting will present the recommended corridor alignment and summarize the Engineering and Environmental studies that have been undertaken. This information, along with any proposed mitigation measures and monitoring recommendations will be incoporated into an Environmental Project Report that will be available for public review in June 2014, before being submitted to the Ministry of the Environment.

► Click image (far L) for proposed system MAP detail.

► Click image (L)  for March 2014 LRT Newsletter (2p PDF).

All PIC #3 display boards, alignment drawings and handout material are now posted.

► City of Mississauga press release (May 25, 2012): Mississauga Transportation Forum Covers Funding Options and Tools.

Toronto Star article (August 7, 2012): Hurontario Street: multiple personalities.

NOTE: MCAC hosted a 3rd presentation on the LRT Project at its April 9, 2013 meeting, in order to receive an update concerning the cycling facilities planned along the route.  We have challenges ahead, and must keep pushing to have cycling lanes included!