Building a Bike-Friendly Canada - National Cycling Strategy

MARCH 2018:  Much of our focus at MCAC is on local and regional cycling issues, as well as the provincial #CycleON strategy which directly impacts our municipality, but there is also a national bike-friendly movement underway across Canada.  A Petition was presented in Parliament on March 29, 2018 (see below).

► PRIMER:  A National Cycling Strategy Overview (8p PDF), is a living document prepared by Canada Bikes in March 2016 (cover image shown at left).

ARTICLE:  Canadian Cycling Magazine (December 9, 2017):  Canada, it’s time to adopt a National Cycling Strategy: Providing framework for a better system Excerpt:  "Recently, Canada Bikes has requested that our federal government adopt a National Cycling Strategy.  Petitions have been circulated and Bill C-312, an Act to Establish a National Cycling Strategy, has already passed first reading in the House of Commons.  The act would not only facilitate the building of safe and efficient cycling infrastructure, but support national programs, standards, education and cycling training."

PETITION:  The E-Petition for a National Cycling Strategy closed on March 6, 2018.  Nearly 4500 people (including Mississauga cycling advocates) signed in favour of a federal plan to support safe, convenient, accessible cycling for all ages and abilities, everywhere in Canada.  The Petition (4,247 signatures) was presented in Parliament on March 29, 2018 (YouTube video) calling on the Government of Canada to "support and establish" a National Cycling Strategy.

MORE:  See the Canada Bikes National Cycling Strategy webpage.

Vulnerable Road Users and Heavy Vehicles - Safety Measures SURVEY

April 2018:  "The safety of cyclists and pedestrians when they share the road with heavy vehicles remains an on-going challenge. To specifically address this safety concern, a task force was assembled to examine safety measures, also known as Countermeasures, to help protect vulnerable road users (VRUs).  This task force is led by a Steering Committee, co-chaired by Alberta Transportation and Transport Canada, with representatives from provincial/territorial authorities."
         -- Vulnerable Road Users Steering Committee.

NOTE:  The scope of this project has been limited to cycling and pedestrian risks in and around large commercial vehicles, specifically buses or trucks over 4,500 kg.

Public Consultation concluded on April 9, 2018.

► See the Transport Canada webpage: Let’s Talk Vulnerable Road Users and Heavy Vehicles Safety Measures which includes ► Summary Report (January 2018) of the Countermeasures Project.

SUMMIT:  The 2nd annual National Bike Summit (Info & Registration) takes place in Ottawa, May 28-29, 2018, to encourage & engage federal vision and leadership.