The Town of Caledon is proud to announce that it was awarded a bronze level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition (STRCC). Caledon received the honour at the 10th annual Ontario Bike Summit Awards on April 17.
STRCC is a provincial cycling advocacy organization working to build a bicycle-friendly Ontario through partnerships with government, the business community, road safety organizations and other non-profits.
Caledon now joins Brampton and Mississauga as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC), giving Peel Region the distinction of being the second region in Ontario to have all of its local municipalities achieve the certification. The number in the province is now 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, adding “our next goal is to work towards a silver designation, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to achieve that also.”
Caledon has long been a popular cycling destination, with an impressive variety of flat trails, rolling hills, conservation areas and mountain bike trails. The heritage towns, villages and hamlets in the area are bonus features for cycling enthusiasts who come from a broad area to cycle in the community. The newly acquired bronze designation was the result of the development of ongoing partnerships to assist with planning and outreach, investment in infrastructure upgrades, a commitment to cycling education and financial investment in cycling improvements.
Recent achievements include the approval and endorsement from town council for a dedicated cycling improvement budget of $200,000 in the 2017 and 2018 budgets, with support from dedicated grant funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuters Cycling program. The town is also offering 50 kilometres of signed bicycle routes for the first year of a pilot program, plus the installation of bike racks, bike counters, bike repair stands and a new information/map kiosk.
The Kennedy Road reconstruction project, which now includes paved shoulders, improved safety signage, mandatory training for all staff operating town-owned vehicles and community rides are among the other improvements made.
“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,” said Justin Jones, Bicycle Friendly Ontario manager.
With the cycling season well underway, residents are encouraged to explore Caledon and try out some of the new trails and roadways. The Caledon Trailway is an excellent route for all cyclists as it connects several communities within the town.
Visit caledon.ca/cyclecaledon for information or to share feedback about cycling in Caledon.
In the photo, members of Caledon council, staff and the Cycling Task Force, courtesy of Town of Caledon.