Making AT Work In Small, Rural Communities

Temporary “pop-up” traffic calming demonstration – Haliburton Communities In Action Committee

“Small, rural communities have different realities than their urban counterparts, especially when it comes to active transportation. Most have limited financial resources, but extensive road infrastructure to maintain. Rural geography generally means large distances and low density. The prevailing attitudes regarding transportation may be quite focused on cars. Finally, most evidence on AT is urban based, leaving a gap in knowledge.”

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Importance Of Trails To Small And Rural Towns

Trailhead for Brock Trail – Rivers Ave at King St W, Brockville (photo: Alan Medcalf)

The linked article provides a great overview of the importance of trail-oriented development in rural and small towns, both for residents and visitors, for economic benefits ranging across health, tourism, property values, community and business development.

The discussion covers two types of trail development – longer regional trails (like Brockville being situated on the 2,000 km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail) and local developments like our Brock Trail.

Several case studies are provided, and the linked handbook contains a wealth of actionable information.
Read the article here, and download the handbook here (pdf).

Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Everyone

Telegraph Avenue. Photo: City of Oakland.

The results of upgrading streets to include protected bikes lanes are becoming so predictable they’re almost boring. The benefits are broadly multi-faceted and extend to many stakeholders. Of course, for those of us living in a community still in denial, it’s worth continuing to collect the evidence.

“Along nine blocks of Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue, biking is up 78 percent since protected bike lanes were installed. Walking is up 100 percent. Meanwhile, the number of traffic collisions fell 40 percent. Retail sales in a district that has sometimes struggled are up 9 percent, thanks in part to five new businesses. And the median car speed is now the speed limit: 25 mph.”
Read more here.

Cycle Touring Ontario By Bike

Cycling along the St Lawrence Recreational Trail – photo: Alan Medcalf

Looking to explore Ontario this summer by bike for a day, a weekend, or longer? The 2017 edition of Cycling In Ontario has now been published and is being distributed broadly as well as being available online.
(Read or download here)

Most regions in the province have been investing heavily in welcoming the growing cycle tourism sector with signed routes, packages, events and both online and printed information. There are now over 1,250 eateries, accommodation providers, and points of interests registered with Ontario By Bike as well, making trip planning easier than ever.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail now stretches over 2,000 km around Ontario, linking shoreline communities ready to welcome you. That includes Brockville, featured on page 22 of the guide.

Happy trip planning!

Cornwall Gains Bicycle-Friendly Community Designation

Photo: Bill Kingston, Newswatch Group, 2016

Cornwall is the latest Ontario municipality to gain a Bicycle Friendly Community accreditation. Cornwall, along with Cambridge, Collingwood, Temiskaming Shores and Whitby, join 31 other Bike Friendly Communities that are home to nearly 2/3 of Ontarians. Cornwall’s bronze designation recognizes that city’s progress on the “Five E’s”: Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation/planning.
Read more in the Newswatch article here.

The Bicycle Friendly Community program was launched in Ontario in 2010 by the Share The Road Cycling Coalition, adapted from a similar program run by the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists. The primary program sponsor is the Canadian Automobile Association, and Trek Bicycles is also a sponsor.

Awards are granted after a rigorous application process, judged by a team of industry experts.

In this latest round, Kingston, London and Markham renewed their bronze designation, and Belleville, Essex, Midland and Norfolk County received an honourable mention.

Where’s Brockville? Our city received an honourable mention in 2013 and will apply again when sufficient progress has occurred.

NEWS: Joint Brock Trail & Cycling Project Scores Second Major Infrastructure Grant

Brockville’s project to extend the Brock Trail through the 401 corridor and extend the Trail from Laurier north to Centennial is receiving a $175,000 grant from the federal government.  Continue reading “NEWS: Joint Brock Trail & Cycling Project Scores Second Major Infrastructure Grant”

The Case For Provincial Investment In Cycling

The attached letter to the Ontario ministers of transportation and finance provides input to the pre-budget consultations. It’s jointly penned by the leaders of the Share The Road Coalition, Ontario Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario By Bike, and provides rationale and recommendations for the investment stream committed in #CYCLEON, Ontario’s cycling strategy, as well as the province’s climate change action plan.

MTOFinLetter2017

Please feel free to use the ideas and information in the letter to send your own letter of support.