We are well aware of our City’s need to compete better – to attract and retain families, talent and businesses.

One important factor in making Brockville a more desirable destination is demonstrating that residents aged 8 to 80 feel safe in choosing active modes of moving around the city, both for purpose and for pleasure.

There is a large and growing body of evidence from across North America and right here in Ontario that becoming more bicycle friendly is a high leverage investment in sustainable economic vitality.

The business case is well proven and evident in the 42 Ontario municipalities that have earned Bicycle Friendly Community accreditation. As of April 2018, over 2/3 of Ontario’s population, in centres large and small, enjoy the benefits.

Here in Brockville, it’s time to get moving.

The goal of this website is simple: to be an educational resource for relevant and current research, best practices, case studies and news items. A related goal is to raise the level of discourse about community-wide opportunities by promoting productive inquiry and informed debate.

AMpic1This blog is maintained by Alan Medcalf, a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario.
He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.

In Brockville, Alan steered the cycling advisory committee’s creation through Council in 2010, serves on the Brock Trail committee (since 2013), and is a director of the YMCA of Brockville and Area.

He has also served on the tourism advisory committee, the waterfront ad-hoc committee, the founding product development committee of The Great Waterway, and numerous professional, community, educational and amateur sport groups.

Regionally, Alan was until recently a member of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere trails council, the Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Healthy Communities Partnership and the Rural Recreation Association.

Provincially, Alan is a member of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition and until recently a member of the Ontario By Bike partnership advisory committee.

Alan was the recipient of:
– Share the Road’s 2014 “Wheels of Change Advocacy Award”
– Brockville Community Recognition Award 2017
YMCA’s P.E.A.C.E. Medal in 2017 for community-building efforts locally and further afield
– Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network’s “Community Builder Award” in 2017
– Canada 150 Medal in 2017 for promotion and advocacy of active transportation
– 2018 Community Volunteer Impact Award from the Volunteer Centre St. Lawrence-Rideau

Due to ALS steadily eroding his abilities, posts are composed and edited using Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech-to-text software. Please pardon typos and grammos.

Alan’s journal of Tour Du Canada 2000: The Great Canadian Cycling Adventure