Bikes and DIY Sustainability, U of G, Mar. 23

When: March 23, 2018 , 11:30-12;30

Where: University Centre, University of Guelph,  room 335

Can the bike save your city and you?

We’ll discuss how biking makes a city more liveable, and you happier. We’ll inspire you to see how biking is such an important mode of transportation in making a city, and your life more resilient. We’ll also provide you the support to get you started and to keep you going.

Yvette Tendick is president of Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation, a local advocacy group whose mission is to increase the amount of people who are comfortable and safe walking and riding bikes around the city.

Mikayla Fedele is a bike enthusiast with long distance touring experience. She is a volunteer at the CSA bike centre; a do-it-yourself bike co-op located on the U of G campus.

Get inspired to ride your bike this Spring!

This event will have no cost & will provide a selection of treats & beverages!



GCAT, be part of a video on cycling in Guelph! Sat. Feb. 17 at Farmer’s Market!

Hello all! 


I am graduate student at the University of Guelph in the Capacity Development and Extension program. I have an assignment for one of my courses that requires me to work in collaboration with a community organization and develop a media product that addresses an issue in the Guelph community.  


A few weekends ago I was at the Farmer’s Market representing 10C (a local co-working space) and sharing a table with Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation as the volunteers were promoting GCAT’s AGM and collecting annual memberships. After hearing the GCAT’s member’s comments about cycling in Guelph and the concerns around bike safety, I thought it would impactful to put together a documentary that can be presented to the City of Guelph to raise attention of the cycling community’s needs and narratives 


I would really appreciate it you took five minutes next weekend (February 17, 2018) at the Farmer’s Market to sit down and have a conversation with me. I will be videoing and recording these interviews, if you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to email me and we can figure out other ways that you can participate! My email is 

 Thank you for considering this, 

Sacha Smart 

University of Guelph Masters Student,  

Capacity Development and Extension 



Come to GCAT’s Annual General Meeting and After Party!

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation invites the public to GCAT’s  Annual General Meeting and after party on Feb. 22!

You will hear about the accomplishments and goals of GCAT to make Guelph one of the best places in Ontario for cycling and walking. Our guest speaker will be Benita Van Miltenburg, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator from the City of Guelph. Her topic is “Lessons from Amsterdam…. and Hamilton!”

Benita entered the field of sustainable transportation thanks to a passion for population and environmental health, and a love of recreational and utilitarian cycling.  She worked as project manager for Cycle Hamilton, and volunteered as Chair of the Advocacy and Communications Committee.

In conjunction with her graduate degree, Benita attended the University of Amsterdam’s Planning the Cycling City course, and will be speaking about her experience.

Come out and get inspired!

Location: Red Papaya

Time: 7-8 pm for AGM*, 8-10 pm for after party. Come to one or both!

Free apps and great door prizes!!!! (Thank you Guelph Solar and other sponsors!)

*We are actively taking memberships, online, at the Guelph Farmer’s Market on Jan. 27 and Feb. 17, as well as at the AGM. Please see for more details. All members of the public are invited to the AGM but only GCAT members can vote.


GCAT part of panel discussion on Livable Cities

Join us for an evening of discussion on what it means to be a ‘Livable City’. 
Learn from our panel of experts how communities can build vibrant, prosperous, and sustainable cities. We will discuss the challenges and explore solutions for creating economic vitality, boosting citizen connection, and protecting local ecosystems.

Please share the Facebook Event link with your networks, friends and family:

Local Matters Speaker Series is presented by Mike Schreiner and the Guelph Greens.

Refreshments will be served.

GCAT 2017 Year in Review

2017 was a great year for Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation!  We worked hard to support and encourage citizens who want to bike and walk in Guelph. Here are some highlights  the work that we have done this year.  Please support our membership drive for 2018 so that we can continue to work hard for Guelph citizens to make Guelph a leading city for Active Transportation!


Fun Events to encourage a culture of cycling in Guelph

  • Magnolia Ride-ride through the Magnolia trees in Guelph, followed by a tea party
  • Bridges and Beers-celebrated at 2Rivers Festival with a bike ride on the Bridges of Guelph over the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, celebrated with a pint at the end
  • Love Your Bike Festival– celebrated with 2Rivers and St Andrews Church, and led families on a bike ride through Exhibition Park, and finished at Wooly’s pub for free hotdogs and face painting
  • Tweed Ride– we dressed in old timey clothes and rode through the beautiful neighbourhoods of Guelph and celebrated with a pint
  • ran bike tour with Alex Chapman, City of Guelph, highlighting energy innovations in Guelph at Municipal Innovators Conference
  • Guelph Community Santa Parade-we all got dressed up and rode all kinds of bikes..we won the “Best community”  award!


Please join us in 2018 on our journey to get more people to enjoy healthy transportation!  For only $10, your membership in GCAT will allow us to give a voice to more and more people who want to be healthy, fit, and contribute to the well being of the city.



Get your GCAT membership for 2018 and enjoy the perks!

It’s that time of year to get your GCAT membership for 2018 and show your support for GCAT’s work toward better cycling and walking infrastructure!

For only $10 for an individual membership, there are several perks:

In addition, the first 50 people who renew their membership or become new members will have their name added in a draw to win a free safety inspection* at Speed River Bicycle! (valued at $50!)  Memberships must be paid for before Feb. 17, and the winner will be announced at this year’s AGM!

If you wish to donate more than $10 for an individual membership, there is the $25 sustaining option. This membership is for those who want to pay a little more in order to help GCAT become an even stronger voice for those who want to cycle and walk safely and comfortably in Guelph.

Please get your membership at

Register early!

Thank you sponsors for your generous donations!

*safety inspection must take place between Feb 22 and March 22

For more information, contact or

Thanks to public support, Speedvale Underpass is one step closer to being realized!

Due to widespread public support,  the Committee of the Whole meeting of November 6, 2017, City council decided unanimously to have staff take a second look at the design of the Speedvale Underpass. This is great news, as the underpass trail was recommended by staff to be dismissed at the Oct. 2 Committee of the Whole meeting

Efforts on behalf of Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation, the Guelph Hiking Club, the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association, 2Rivers Festival as well as an informed, engaged community were able to convince council and staff to work together to make this happen. Mayor Guthrie also championed this project on his blog, which undoubtedly helped move the project forward.

GCAT is very pleased with the result, but we also understand that we can’t sit back and expect the underpass to be built.

Therefore, over the coming months, our groups will continue to be engaged with city staff to get an all ages and abilities design that meets provincial and city guidelines in terms of accessibility, safety, and respect for the Natural Heritage systems.

Once again, it is the public rallying together that saved this underpass trail, and for this, we are grateful.


Participate with GCAT in Guelph’s Community Santa Claus Parade on Sun. Nov. 19!

Join us at Guelph’s Community Santa Claus Parade on Sun. Nov. 19!

This year’s theme:  All kinds of bikes make Guelph a better place!

We would love to have you join us!

Costumes are a must.

In past years, we’ve had a wedding dress, someone dressed as a banana, a chef with a large chef hat, and of course, Mr. Canoe Head!  We had a 4 wheeled bike, a cargo bike, and lots of sporty kids on bikes!

This year, we are hoping to have a wider assortment of bikes: cargo bikes, vintage bikes, stroller bikes, and canoe trailers. Of course, regular bikes are welcome.

Use your imagination to show that you that cycling make the city a better place.  Cycling isn’t just for those who are super athletic, it is for everyone!

Parade rules are that you must be over 9 years old, and that you must wear thematic costumes.  

A waiver is required to participate.

Parade starts at 1:30 pm. We will gather at our spot along the parade route at 1pm.

Who’s in?  It will be lots of fun!  Please RSVP at

Twas a beautiful day for a Tweed Ride!

Our second annual Tweed Ride, held Oct. 1, was a resounding success. We had a much larger turnout this year, which isn’t a surprise, considering how beautiful the weather was.

We started off at the Arboretum, stopped at the University Bike Centre at University of Guelph, then proceeded to the old University Village neighbourhood. From there we enjoyed refreshments at the John McCrae house. We continued on to the covered bridge, and ended up at Royal City Brewery.

Thank you to: Speed River Bicycle, Wike, Speed River Paddling and Royal City Brewery for the excellent prizes.

Urgent Action required: Proposed Speedvale underpass trail at risk

Hello all,

You may have heard of the proposed Speedvale underpass trail for Guelph. In 2015, council  unanimously supported the planning of this trail.

This trail is proposed for those going North/South along the Trans Canada Trail, and then moving freely under the newly built Speedvale bridge. The trail was proposed as a way of having a continuous, barrier free, safe active transportation network for seniors, families, and everyone in between, without having to cross busy traffic at Speedvale.

Despite the Consultant’s report  conclusion that the trail, along with mitigating efforts,  will result in no negative impact to the significant woodland, or to any endangered species, city staff is recommending that no further studies be done, mainly due to environmental concerns.

Staff also cited safety concerns as a factor because of flooding potential. Flood hazards are a risk with any trail, yet trails are still built in all jurisdictions in floodplains. Furthermore, the safety concerns of crossing busy Speedvale Avenue to get to the other side of the trail, have been ignored in their report.

If the new Speedvale Bridge is built with no accommodation for an underpass trail as the staff is currently recommending,  then there will be no chance of a trail under the bridge for 50 + years.  It is now or never for this vote to take place.

The staff recommendation to reject any further study of the Speedvale underpass will go before council at the Committee of the Whole at City Hall this Monday, Oct. 2 at 2pm.

GCAT will be urging council to continue  moving forward to allow an underpass trail to become part of Guelph’s Active Transportation network.

If you wish to show your concern,  please consider delegating or writing a letter to city council (clerks@guelphca. Deadline is 10 am Friday morning) If you are free on Monday afternoon, it is very good for council to see many people in council chambers who support the underpass.

For more information, please contact . Thank you.