The Phil Green Award is presented by MCAC annually. The award continues to honour Mississauga resident, Phil Green, who was a founding MCAC member and worked diligently to promote safe cycling in Mississauga.
September is Bike Month! If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to bust out your bike, give it a tune up and get peddling.
Whether you’re new to biking or you’re an advanced cyclist who knows Mississauga’s cycling network like the back of your hand, biking is an activity that can be enjoyed by those of all skill levels.
Not sure how to celebrate Bike Month? Check out our list of cycling activities.
Learn something new with a safe cycling webinar
Join hundreds of other bike-loving residents across the GTHA by checking out a free, safe cycling webinar presented by Peel Region. Register for the webinar that interests you most, or check out them all!
All webinars take place from noon to 1 p.m., following the schedule below. Visit bikemonth.ca/mississauga for more information and to register.
Family Biking – September 12 Learn tips and tricks for teaching kids how to bike as well as biking while pregnant and with babies and toddlers.
Safe Cycling 101 – September 16 Safe Cycling for School-Aged Children – September 19 Bike with confidence. Learn about the rules, responsibilities, etiquette and more. A version of this workshop is also available for school-aged children.
Road Rules – September 26 This interactive, quiz-style workshop will cover a range of topics, including laws and fines that apply to cyclists and drivers, how to navigate shared space with other roads users and common misconceptions about road rules.
Biking in All Weather Conditions – September 30 This interactive, quiz-style workshop will cover a range of topics, including laws and fines that apply to cyclists and drivers, how to navigate shared space with other roads users and common misconceptions about road rules.
Give your bike a check-up Just like us, your bike might not be in tip-top shape if you haven’t been out for a ride in a while. Before you head out, give your bike a safety check – especially if you and your bike are a little rusty. Do the ABCD Quick Check to make sure your bike is safe to ride.
Brush up on your trail etiquette Biking is a great activity that allows you to get outdoor exercise while practising physical distancing. Due to the pandemic, more cyclists and pedestrians have been hitting Mississauga’s trails and shared pathways, creating an increase in congestion. To ensure everyone is able to safely enjoy their trail time, be courteous and follow trail etiquette – it involves more than just ringing your bell! Brush up on your trail etiquette before you head out.
Bike to work or to school Swap out four wheels for two wheels, and gas-fuelled for pedal-powered by choosing your bike instead of your car the next time you travel to work or to school. Not only does it get you active, it also helps reduce traffic congestion, especially around school zones, and is something easy you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Explore somewhere new Whether you’re looking for a quieter forested trail away from the bustle of the city, or a route that takes you through downtown or by the lake, there’s so much to see and explore in Mississauga – especially by bike. Use the Mississauga cycling map to plan your route, or check out one of these hidden gems.
If you live in Wards 4, 7 or 9, take advantage of the temporary active transportation lanes that continue to be available for local use and are part of the City’s Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework. Whether you’re hopping on your bike to get some exercise, making a local trip in your neighbourhood, or running errands, these lanes make physical distancing safer and easier for cyclists and pedestrians. Go online to see where the temporary active transportation lanes are located in your ward.
It’s time to grab your bicycle and get ready for the 2018 Community Rides beginning on Saturday, May 5. These rides will continue into the fall season and are a great way to learn where to ride in our city and meet your neighbours.
The City of Mississauga is one of 120 municipalities that will receive funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program announced on December 4 by the Government of Ontario. Mississauga is receiving $2.3 million to build better cycling networks along busy routes and support safe cycling.
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this important city-building investment being made by the Government of Ontario to improve and build new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Council and staff remain committed to ensuring residents and visitors can safely get to work, school and around our community using cycling; and continue to enjoy healthy active lifestyles.”
When the grant program was unveiled earlier this year, it was announced the Government of Ontario would invest $42.5 million for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. This is now increased to $93 million. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. Funding was determined by the size of the municipality.
“As part of a two-tiered municipal government, Mississauga and the Region of Peel are splitting the funding, with the Region of Peel receiving $4.2 million and the City receiving $2.3 million in the first year of a four-year program,” said City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker. “This funding will help the City continue to work toward our strategic goal of making our city more pedestrian and cycling friendly by improving infrastructure along heavily-travelled routes.”
“This funding is well-timed as it coincides with the update of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan that is currently underway,” said Commissioner of Transportation and Works, Geoff Wright. “This will give us more capacity to continue to build our cycling infrastructure network and allow us to complete projects such as the Burnhamthorpe Road East multi-use trail.”
Some of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program approved key projects that were also part of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan include:
Burnhamthorpe Road East Multi-use Trail
• Will complete the east/west multi-use trail along Burnhamthorpe Road and connect to the north/south Etobicoke Creek Trail
Mavis Road Multi-use Trail
• Multi-use trail along Mavis Road from Courtneypark Drive to 407 near the Brampton border
Lakeshore Corridor Trail
• Development of a new east/west multi-use trail that will connect Mississauga to Oakville just north of Winston Churchill Boulevard at Royal Windsor Drive to Westfield Drive (west of Stanfield Road and south of the Queensway)
• Joint project with the Region of Peel Active Transportation Plan
Hydro Corridor East Trail
• Development of a new north/south multi-use trail that runs north and south from Dundas Street to Audubon Boulevard
• Will connect to the trail at Tahoe Station (Mississauga Transitway)
The grant funding will cover up to 80 per cent of the project cost. Projects that use cycling grant funds must be completed by December 30, 2020.
For more information on the full list of approved projects, please see the corporate report from the October 18, 2017 agenda.