Ontario 150 – Celebrate By Bike

“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity for people to come together and to experience the incredible resources our province offers,” says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Ontario 150: Celebrate by Bike will showcase incredible cycling opportunities and enable people of all ages to connect with their
communities by bike.”

There are three parts to this celebration, including signature events in 15 communities, new online guides to routes, events and resources, and a new cycling education program for 4,000 10 year olds, in partnership with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation. See the media release below.

Media Release - April 12 - Ontario 150 Celebrate By Bike

Belleville Gains Bicycle Friendly Community Designation

Belleville – 2017 Cycling Projects

Belleville is among the latest Ontario municipalities to gain a Bicycle Friendly Community accreditation. Belleville, along with Ingersoll, Brampton, and St. Thomas join recent recipients Cornwall, Cambridge, Collingwood, Temiskaming Shores and Whitby in this latest tranche of awards. To date, 10% of municipalities in Ontario have achieved this designation, and are home to over 2/3 of Ontarians. Read more about Belleville in the Intelligencer article here.

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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.

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.

Status Update On CycleON Action Plan 1.0

It seems like only yesterday that Ontario announced its long term cycling strategy CycleON, quickly followed by Action Plan 1.0 (pdf), the first tranche of implementation projects. As stakeholders work on Action Plan 2.0, due for release soon, it’s instructive to take stock of progress to date on Action Plan 1.0. As this update from Share The Road shows, progress has been significant on many fronts. Read more here (pdf).

Have Your Say On Action Plan 2.0

ap2dProgress steadily mounts on Action Plan 1.0 of the provincial
cycling strategy #CYCLEON and MTO, a myriad of  other provincial ministries and a long list of NGO stakeholders are collaborating on the formulation of Action Plan 2.0, the next tranche of initiatives.
Share The Road is collecting input from interested parties to inform their participation in the discussions. To add your voice, please see the online survey here.

For MTO’s call for general input, see the previous post here.

 

News: New Poll Reveals Strong Toronto Cycling Support

IMG_2008A new poll shows that 86% of Torontonians support a safe cycling network, including 81% of non-cyclists, and that 67% of Torontonians want an investment of 4.8% per year or more of the City’s transportation budget to build that safe cycling network in less than 9 years.  This is yet more evidence that Ontarians consider safe active transportation an economic necessity.
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Share The Road: Modernizing The CAN-BIKE Program

CANBIKE_Report_Image_copyCAN-BIKE is the cycling skills training standard in Ontario and Canada’s national cycling skills certification program. Since 1985, CAN-BIKE has offered a series of courses that aim to provide youth and adults with the skills and knowledge needed to safely and confidently ride a bike.

Through a highly-engaged and collaborative process, a set of recommendations for more targeted, modular and effective delivery are being implemented.  The goal is to increase the participation rate tenfold – from 1,100 per year to 11,000, within three years, with a longer term goal of 40,000 annually.

Read more about this positive undertaking here.