Tougher Penalties Proposed For Those Whose Careless Driving Kills Those Walking And Cycling

Photo from Pedal Magazine
Photo from Pedal Magazine

Kudos to Burlington MPP and Share The Road founder Eleanor McMahon, whose bill to amend the HTA received all-party unanimous support in passing second reading in the legislature this past week.

The amendment, if adopted, would significantly increase the penalty for those whose careless driving results in the death of a vulnerable road user.

Eleanor McMahon MPP news release here.
CBC report here.
Toronto Star report here.

News: Ottawa PXO Plan Set To Launch

Three of four different styles of PXO
Three of four different styles of PXO

Big news from Ottawa where they’re about to start installing up to 60 pedestrian crossovers (PXOs) a year for the next three years.  Along with Ottawa’s complete streets policy and cycling plan rollout, this is clear indication of that city’s commitment to prioritizing people first.  Here in Brockville, we could start with public workshops toward generating a current comprehensive transportation plan.
Read more about Ottawa’s PXO plan here.

News: Sudbury Adopts New PXO Standards

Three of four different styles of PXO
Three of four different styles of PXO (Source: MTO)

News from Sudbury where repeated calls for safer pedestrian crossings (PXO’s) is being met by plans that will see 17 new PXO’s installed, all using variations of the new designs legitimized last year by MTO in Bill 31. This is something Brockville needs too – along King St, along Water St, and at all Brock Trail road crossings.  Read Sudbury article.
See here for MTO descriptions of crossovers and new laws.

Building Community Through Bike Friendly Planning

Bicycle_Friendly_Community_Sign_02_1This linked article from Toronto’s dandyhorse magazine  takes a closer look at five Bicycle Friendly Communities featured at the recent Ontario Bike Summit. The article provides a good summary of how commitment to the “5E’s” (Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation/planning), along with good political will, has enriched the communities.  Read the article here.

News: Waterloo Region Removes Two-Abreast Cycling Prohibition

IMG_1175cThe Region of Waterloo becomes the latest municipality to remove a local by-law provision prohibiting cycling two abreast.  The Region is one of a handful that, like Brockville, has such a provision running counter to the HTA, common sense and prevailing practices.  Continue reading “News: Waterloo Region Removes Two-Abreast Cycling Prohibition”