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Caledon awarded bicycle friendly community bronze designation

May 3, 2018   ·   0 Comments

Written By JASEN OBERMEYER

Caledon was recently awarded a bronze level designation, as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by Share the Road Cycling Coalition (STRCC).

The award came at the 10th Annual Ontario Bike Summit Awards on April 17. The town joins Brampton and Mississauga as a BFC, making Peel Region the second region in Ontario to have all of its local municipalities become BFC certified. This also brings the number of BFCs in Ontario to 42, with three Gold, eight Silver and 31 Bronze,  representing 70 per cent of Ontario’s population.

“I’d like to thank Council, staff and members of the Cycling Task Force who have done an outstanding job in achieving the BFC designation,” said Councillor Jennifer Innis. “But, let’s not stop here. Our next goal is to work towards a Silver designation and I’m confident that we’ll be able to achieve that also.”

Some of the improvements which helped secure the Bronze designation include on-going partnerships to assist with planning and outreach, investment in infrastructure upgrades, a commitment to cycling education and financial investment in cycling improvements.

Another achievement includes the approval and endorsement from Council for a dedicated cycling improvement budget of $200,000 in the 2017 and 2018 budgets, which was supplemented with dedicated grant funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuters Cycling program.

Other achievements include; the first cross ride trail crossing on the Caledon Trailway at Airport Road; 50 kilometers of signed bicycle routes for the first year of a pilot program, installation of bike racks, bike counters, bike repair stands and a new information/map kiosk; and Kennedy Road reconstruction completion with paved shoulders that connects the Etobicoke Creek Trail from Mississauga and Brampton to the Greenbelt Route and Caledon Trailway.

There is also new flashing lights installed on the Caledon Trailway crossing at Olde Baseline Road on a declining and hidden hill warning both cyclists and vehicle drivers.

“The number of communities that have applied for a BFC designation have increased from 52 to 72 in the past 2 years, with 20 new communities who have submitted applications since 2016,” said Justin Jones, Manager, Bicycle Friendly Ontario. “Caledon has some great community partnerships to support cycling education and encouragement efforts, and considerable work has been done to upgrade and enhance existing infrastructure to promote cycling. A job well done!”

May 1, 2018 marks the start of the cycling season and residents are encouraged to explore Caledon and try out some of the new trails and roadways.

         

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