(March 15, 2016) The City is delighted to announce it will receive a $325,000 grant under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. Continue reading “News: Brockville Receives OMCIP Grant”
“It became clear that we didn’t win the public debate by outwitting the opposition. The battle was won by the projects and by New Yorkers themselves. New Yorkers were way ahead of the press and the politicians. They took to changes on the street with an enthusiasm immune to the government that built them, to the advocates pushing for the changes, and to the opponents arrayed against them. They were just looking for new ways to get around and saw in the transformation of the streets the fulfillment of a long-dormant promise. Change is possible. They weren’t Lycra warriors or ideologues out for blood, and in fact there was less blood on the street than there was at the start of the process. And it wasn’t about bike lanes. It was about an idea about our streets and who they are for.” From Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner in New York City.
For more illuminating thoughts on transforming New York City’s neighbourhoods and winning over the “anti-laners”, read here.
With a tip o’ the hat to www.TriTAG.ca, from Waterloo Region we hear: “It is amazing to see our elected representatives showing such leadership on building a protected cycling network. They have connected the dots showing that encouraging and enabling cycling requires good infrastructure, and that this infrastructure needs to be both coherent and useful. We hope to see this leadership continue as Council considers the design, costs, challenges, and rewards of a minimum grid of protected routes in Waterloo Region.” Having served on the Regional advisory committee before moving to Brockville, this progress is wonderful to see!
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Belleville, a city of 49,000, will be extending its network of bike lanes, multi-use paths and sidewalks through their North East Industrial Park. “The bike lanes, [Ray Ford, manager of engineering] said, are designed for commuters who want the fastest route to and from work, which is typically on the road. The multi-use paths present more of a ‘recreational experience.’ ‘We’re trying to match the needs of the community to the infrastructure we’re building, he said.” Read article here.
“People continually underestimate the number of cyclists using a given street, mainly because they are quiet, and don’t take up a lot of space,” claims the Eco-Counter’s North American Director, Jean-François Rheault. See how cycling traffic numbers are climbing in response to safer infrastructure like protected bike lanes.
Vancouver one of the fastest growing cycling cities in the world
Around Ontario and further afield, mayors are responding to widespread residents’ calls for trails and safer roads for active mobility. They’re also acknowledging the economic competitive necessity. The result has been an increasing groundswell of activity in trails, cycling facilities, education and encouragement. As of May 2015, there were 28 Bicycle Friendly Communities that 60% of Ontarians call home.
There are a number of myths about traffic and roads that seem to live on despite ample evidence debunking them.
A popular one is that adding lanes relieves congestion. Right, like buying bigger pants fixes obesity.
- Bike lanes make traffic worse
- A wider road is a safer road
- Drivers pay for roads
- and more…
For surprising (perhaps) education, read on.
“There’s no debating whether recruiting and retaining young talent is essential for communities to thrive in today’s knowledge-based economy. Studies suggest that the most successful cities and economic regions in the 21st century will be those that attract and retain young college graduates and are places they want to locate.”
“Growing evidence suggests that young people choose where they want to live largely on the lifestyle and amenities of those communities, and that they gravitate toward more walkable, bike-able and transit-friendly communities where lifestyles are less dependent on driving.”
In a move calculated to help reach their goal of 20% of all trips by bike by 2030, Portland has adopted a policy that protected bike lanes are the new default. The policy applies to all cycling facilities for all streets with an average daily traffic count of 3,000 motor vehicles or more.