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Welcome to MCN!

Who are we?  Former members of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) for the 2015-2019 term, freshly collaborating on Mississauga Cycling Now!  Our objective is to create the digital infrastructure necessary to support and promote citizen cycling advocacy and provide a reference/archive for cycling issues in Mississauga.  While the MCN! website is under construction, released webpages are marked in the drop-down menus with ✴️

Join a Group Ride!

[Updated: September 30, 2022]

Slow Rolls, Community Rides and special cycling Tours are well underway locally in Mississauga and Peel.  All of these group rides are FREE (except the Tour de Mississauga which is a supported ride) and all people on bikes are welcome to participate.

Port Credit Slow Roll, Roll Cooksville and Streetsville Slow Roll are now riding regularly, and the City's Community Rides program is back.

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Bike to a Farmers Market!

[Updated: October 1, 2022]

What's more fun than going to a Farmers Market?  Getting there by bike!  The journey is (also) the destination!  Why not try cycling to any of the five (5) weekly Farmers Markets now open in Mississauga:

Celebration Square: Wednesdays @ 9am - 3pm
Malton: Thursdays @ 11am - 3pm (MFB Community Market)
Erin Mills: Thursdays *Done for the Season*
Port Credit: Saturdays @ 8am - 2pm
Streetsville Summer Market: Saturdays *Done for the Season*
Mississauga Downtown: Sundays @ 8am - 3pm
Lakeview: Sundays @ 9am - 2pm

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Take a Walking Tour!

[Updated: September 29, 2022]

We are all pedestrians the moment our feet touch the ground.  Walking tours are just a slower form of active transportation allowing for up-close examination and understanding of the local environs, including safety (or not) for walking, cycling and other forms of micro-mobility.

PRO TIP: Ride to the event, then walk your bike, using it to catch up with the group if you stop to take photos along the way!

Upcoming Walking Tours include walks conducted by Heritage Mississauga and Jane's Walk Mississauga. More will be added as we get them!

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EA: Credit River / Culham Trail Erosion Control Project

[Posted: September 7, 2022]

The City of Mississauga is undertaking a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment Study for erosion control and restoration of the Credit River and Culham Trail from Dundas Street West to Highway 403.  At left: NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT (September 7, 2022).

The study area (map) consists primarily of a natural river with segments providing protection for the adjacent Culham Trail by means of armourstone banks, rock vane features and gabion baskets.  These erosion protection measures were originally constructed 20 to 30 years ago with repairs completed over the years for certain areas.

This section of the Credit River and Culham Trail are in need of rehabilitation to remediate existing river erosion, risk to property and infrastructure and improve safety.  Some of the impacts include segments of failed river bank protection, washouts and damage to the trail, valley wall erosion and ice control.

▶ PROJECT WEBPAGE: Credit River Erosion Control Study (source of above information).

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2022 Cycling Survey - City of Mississauga

[Posted: July 24, 2022]

The City of Mississauga is again conducting a Cycling Survey, stating: "Whether you ride a bike to the park with your family, commute by bike to work, or cycle for exercise, we want to know more about your experience riding a bike in Mississauga."

IMAGE: Question #10 - 2022 Cycling Survey.  Affirmed in the 2018 Cycling Master Plan Update, but lacking implementation to date, the answer still must be a Safe, Connected Cycling Network (not an option, use "Other").  Say it again!  "More" doesn't capture the essence; safe cycling infrastructure (there are NO protected bike lanes yet) must also be connected!  Note *Additional Comments* field at the end of the Survey.

▶ SURVEY: City of Mississauga - 2022 Cycling Survey (July 2022).

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2021 Report Card - Cycling Master Plan

[Posted: June 23, 2022; Updated: June 27, 2022]

In 2021, only 0.53km of planned new cycling infrastructure was actually completed, 5% of the target 10.75km, and far short of the 2018 Cycling Master Plan's approved annual target of 18km.  The 2021 Report Card therefore features vaguer elements.

▶ FOR COMPARISON: Take a look at the 2012 Report on the Cycling Plan (6p PDF) which details significant achievements following approval of the original 2010 Cycling Master Plan (120p PDF).

MCN! Comments on the 2021 Report Card:

GREEN BIKE LANE: When the 2021 Report Card infographic was presented publicly to MCAC on June 14, 2022 (Agenda, Item 9.4), Active Transportation (AT) staff indicated that the green bike lane depicted is "conceptual".  This image takes up 50% of the infographic(!) yet it is unclear what it actually represents.  No information value here!

CYCLING EVENTS: Thanks to Port Credit Slow Roll, Roll Cooksville and Streetsville Slow Roll and other volunteer-led rides, there were (37) events, including seven (7) self-guided rides organized by the City.

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Thank You, Pedal Poll Volunteers!

[Posted: April 5, 2022; *Updated* June 18, 2022]

MCN! worked with Vélo Canada Bikes again this year (image), identifying local count locations and helping with promotion and volunteers in Mississauga for the national 2022 Pedal Poll, June 7-12.

*THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS*: As a Pilot City in 2021 we counted at four (4) designated locations.  We were able to increase this to six (6) locations in 2022 thanks to additional volunteers.  This has enabled us to expand the local dataset and better represent the nature of cycling activity in Mississauga (map of the locations).  Now, all that remains is to be sure to submit the individual data collected!  In a few months, all the collated data from across the country will be made available.  As a Focus Community this year, Mississauga's data will again receive more in-depth analysis.

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$55 Fine for Stopping or Parking in Bicycle Lanes

[Posted on Home Page: May 3, 2022]

STARTING MAY 2022: "Starting in May, drivers will be fined $55 for stopping or parking in bike lanes.  While physically separated bike lanes will be part of major road projects moving forward, these updated by-laws will deter this behaviour on our existing painted bike lanes, where cyclists are most vulnerable.  Enforcement by the City will begin in May.  Proactive enforcement will also occur this spring in locations previously identified by residents and on roads that have vehicle parking and painted bike lanes.  If you see drivers parking or stopping in a bike lane, we encourage you to call 311 so that the location can be flagged for enforcement."  -- Excerpt from City of Mississauga - News Release ⤵️

▶ City of Mississauga - News Release (April 6, 2022): Stopping or Parking in a Mississauga Bike Lane Will Cost You.

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Bicycle Friendly Community Award - 10th Anniversary

[Posted: April 24, 2022]

Mississauga was designated a BRONZE 🥉 Bicycle Friendly Community in May 2012 as defined and administered by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Ontario.  There are five (5) designations: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond.

The BFC Award Program provides a measure of how well our City is implementing its cycling policies and how it compares to dozens of other municipalities in Ontario.  The full list of recipients is posted.

The City of Mississauga was provided with written feedback and recommendations from Share the Road Cycling Coalition’s Bicycle Friendly Community expert judging panel, facilitating alignment of the panel's advice with the actions of the then-2010 Cycling Master Plan.

Ten years later, is the City striving to attain the Silver BFC designation?

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Bloor Street Integrated Project - Further consultation

[Posted on Home Page and *Updated*: April 6, 2022]

Community Meeting #3 for the City's Bloor Street Integrated Project was held March 9, 2022Alternative #5 (image) which included Vision Zero elements was recommended by staff and enthusiastically supported by the 100 citizen attendees.

Yet, a meeting on March 31 with a group of opposing local residents from AHHRA (who previously submitted a Petition) resulted in a Motion by Cllr (and MCAC Chair) Chris Fonseca at Item 16.3 on Council Agenda: April 6.

▶ COMMENTS BY MCN!  Posted here re Item 16.3 on Council Agenda: April 6, 2022.

*UPDATE*: Another City meeting with local residents and staff will be held to develop 'Alternative #6'.

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