Citizen volunteers advising City Council on cycling issues


Jocelyn Lovell Memorial Ride: August 13, 2016

The Community Ride to the Ontario Summer Games venue at Lakeside Park took place on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  We attended the Road Cycling Competition.  ► Click for the OSG Ride webpage for further details including POSTER and City Press Release.

This Ride was dedicated as a Memorial Ride for Jocelyn Lovell, the Canadian cycling champion (and Mississauga resident) who died in June 2016.  A ceremony of appreciation and remembrance with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Councillors Chris Fonseca (MCAC) and Jim Tovey (Ward 1) took place at the Lovell home in Port Credit with Jocelyn's wife Neil.

MCAC citizen member Roy Buchanan made the following remarks on behalf of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee:

"We would like to thank Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca and Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, for their support in facilitating today's ride, dedicated to Jocelyn's memory, in conjunction with the cycling events at the Ontario Summer Games.

"Today, while the Olympics are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, and the Ontario Summer Games are taking place locally right here in Mississauga, it is fitting that on this bicycle ride in our series of Mississauga Community Rides, that we pay tribute to an athlete who is an icon in the history of Canadian sports: Cycling champion Jocelyn Lovell.

"Jocelyn passed away on June 3 this year at the age of 65, after a life that included dominating the world of Canadian road cycling in the 1970s and early 1980s.  He won a number of national titles, gold medals in the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, and competed in 3 Olympic Games.

"Jocelyn's victories inspired many others to take up cycling, not only in competitive sports, but as a healthy recreational activity, as around that time many cycling clubs sprang up across the country, most of which are still active and growing such as my own Brampton Cycling Club which has many Mississauga members.

"There is no doubt that Jocelyn would have continued for many years in competitive cycling, but his career was tragically cut short in 1983 when he was struck by a truck while training.  It is a credit to his incredible will and perseverance that he survived this collision. But he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.  He met this challenge with courage, far more courage than he had already shown as a cycling champion!

"After recovering from his injuries to the extent that he could, Jocelyn became a fierce advocate for spinal cord research.  Soon after his injury, he served as head of the Mississauga Chapter of the Canadian Spinal Cord Society.

"In tribute to Jocelyn, the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee is making a contribution to Spinal Cord Research through Jocelyn's organization."

To conclude, we gave Jocelyn a hometown salute with bike bells and then the Memorial Ride to OSG began!

 

Spotlight on the 905: Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths

A recent article in Metronews (July 21, 2016) entitled "Rash of pedestrian and cyclist deaths put spotlight on the 905's deadly streets" was published concerning six pedestrians and two cyclists killed in Peel Region so far in 2016.  MCAC spoke to the reporter, Luke Simcoe.  

Excerpt:  Irwin Nayer, vice-chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, said that if the city wants to be safer for cyclists, it needs to build more on-road bike paths. The vast majority of bike infrastructure in Mississauga consists of off-road paths aimed at recreational cycling, he said.

“We’ve tried to separate cyclists from vehicles and in doing so, we haven’t created the mindset among motorists that we need to be sharing the road,” he said.

Like [Ward 1 Councillor Jim] Tovey, Nayer said growth and density in the 905 will lead to an increase in cycling, and he hopes the region responds accordingly.

There will be a cycle track as part of the LRT development along Hurontario. There’s no question it will increase mode share,” he said.

“Now the question is do you wait to establish that mode share before you build the infrastructure, or do you build the infrastructure now because it’s the right thing to do?”

 

Volunteer Marshal Orientation

MARSHAL TRAINING:  MCAC hosted a Volunteer Marshal Orientation session on July 21, 2016, with the assistance of the City's Active Transportation Office.

We rode the previous Applewood Ride (13.3 km route) while we discussed and practiced various marshalling procedures.  A Safety Booklet is in preparation.

*THANK YOU* to all who attended the 1st session!  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