Mayoral Candidates Debate and Ward Candidates Meet and Greet Wednesday, Sept. 26

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.  Come and see how the mayoral candidates weigh in on how they value active transportation, as well as a variety of other very important municipal issues.

Sponsored by:

CFRU
eMerge
CFUW-Guelph
OPIRG-Guelph
Fair Vote-Guelph
The Leap-Guelph
Guelph Labour Council
Ontario Central Students Association
Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation
Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice

Don’t miss the 4th annual Tweed Ride, Sunday, Sept. 30!

Get your bike! Dress in your finest tweeds and join us on  Sunday, Sept 30, 1-3pm, for a leisurely 7km ride through the quiet streets and trails of Guelph. Admission is free!

For our ride, we’ll meet at the Arboretum Centre and bike toward the University of Guelph Campus, enjoying the beautiful fall colours.  We’ll stop at the University Bike Centre for refreshments, then ride through University Village on the way to the beautiful Royal River Trail. We’ll make a brief refreshment stop at the historic McCrae House, then we’ll finish the ride at the Royal City Brewing Company, where we’ll celebrate the “spirit of a bygone era”, where cycling was more than just for sport.

Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes, such as those for the best dressed male and female as well as the coolest bike. While all bicycles are acceptable, vintage bicycles are encouraged. Sponsors included Speed River Bicycle, Wike, Royal City Brewing Co., Speed River Paddling and Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation. This event is being hosted by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club.

Tweed Rides are a worldwide sensation that started in London in the fall of 2009. The organizers thought that it would be fun to have a slower paced “cosmopolitan ride with a bit of style.” So they dressed in tweeds and rode their bikes through London streets.  Now Tweed Rides exist from Tokyo to Finland!

 

Please meet at the parking lot Arboretum Centre, College Avenue East, at 12:45 for registration and to sign a waiver.  Ample bike and vehicle parking is available across from the Arboretum Information Centre.

Spaces are limited! Please register at info@gcat.ca

For more information, please contact info@gcat.ca sgates14@hotmail.com

“Ride The Ward” rides with your municipal ward candidate!

Want to join some of your municipal ward candidates to  learn about the benefits and pitfalls of riding a bike in your neighbourhood?

This September and October, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT) is hosting ward rides in  Wards 1 through 6  to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of Guelph active transportation infrastructure. Each ride will take approximately an hour at a leisurely pace, with stops along the way. The public and the media are invited to attend and share ideas.

At the end of each ride, we will stop at a pre designated location to discuss what we liked about the ride, and how we can improve active transportation infrastructure in each ward. We will compile the information for all candidates,including mayoral candidates, and city staff!
Here are the dates for the rides: All rides begin at 11am. Click on Ward to get map of the ride: Please RSVP your ride leader or info@gcat.ca if you are interested in attending!
  • Ward 3 Sept . 9 with Duncan McKenzie. mandm@vianet.ca

Starting location: front of Roobarb Cafe, 77 Westmount Rd.

  • Ward 4  Sept 16 with Yvette Tendick  yvelep@hotmail.com

Start and end location: Wild Wing

  • Ward 5 Sept. 23 with Laura Brown laura@ventifact.ca

start and end location: The Boathouse

  • Ward 1 Sept. 29 with Jordan Richard  jbrchrd@gmail.com

start location:  Wooden Bridge, Gordon St. side,
end location Appetizingly Yours, 54 Elizateth St.

  • Ward 2 Oct. 14 with Mike Darmon  mikedarmon@yahoo.ca

Starting point: Parking lot off of Marilyn Dr in Riverside Park
Ending point  Red Brick Cafe, 8 Douglas St.

  • Ward 6- Oct. 13 with Mike von Dehn. Route map to follow.
For more information, please contact info@gcat.ca Don’t forget your helmet!

Building the Cycling City- Guelph Book Launch, 6:30pm Aug. 27

On Monday, August 27th, please join us at the eBar to celebrate the release of the book “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality.”

Enjoy laughs, learning, and a pint, as Melissa and Chris Bruntlett discuss the process of the Netherlands becoming the world’s top cycling nation, and how North American cities are starting to implement Dutch-inspired ideas and infrastructure.

Presented by the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation.

Copies of the book will be available for sale. More about this project: http://www.modacitylife.com/building-the-cycling-city/

The E-Bar is located at 41 Quebec St in downtown Guelph. Doors open at 6:30pm. The program starts at 7:00pm.  Please let us know you are coming. Tickets are available on Eventbrite

 

 

So many great June Bike Month Events!

So many June Bike Month Events to choose from!

Listed below are the events hosted or co-hosted by Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation!

June 16, 1-3pm “Trees, Bikes and a Pint: A tribute to Henry Kock
June 19 6pm-9pm “Why We Cycle” movie and discussion
June 23 9:30 am, “Love Your Bike” Festival

And of course, don’t forget the culminating event, the  Tour de Guelph on June 24!

So many different events for so many different bike styles!
For a full listing of events, click here!

“Why We Cycle” movie and Discussion, June 19, 6pm

Why We Cycle

A documentary exploring the hidden effects of bicycling on people, societies, and the organization of cities. This film screening is free, courtesy of the City of Guelph.

Afterwards, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation will be hosting a discussion of “Where do we go from Here?” at the Greenroom of the E-bar, with Benita Van Miltenburg, TDM coordinator, City of Guelph will be attending. Come for a drink, snack, or just for the discussion!

Time
Movie: Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 pm – Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Discussion: after the movie, 7pm Greenroom at the E-Bar
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Event Links
http://whywecycle.eu/

There are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands. More than 25% of all trips are by bike. In some cities this adds up to over 60%. But do the Dutch ever think or talk about this? Not much. This may be part of the success of Dutch cycling: it is self-evident. But what if we would talk about the self-evident?

In this movie regular cyclists and regular scientists from all walks of life paint a picture of Dutch cycling culture. We learn that cycling leads to happiness, health, keeping up cognitive functions and creativity and a state of readiness. Cycling also leads to happy children who enjoy the autonomy of independent travel. Because cyclists are open to their surroundings and each other, city life tends to be more open. Trust among people grows as they interact through cycling.

Join this free event hosted by the City of Guelph to experience the world of cycling in the Netherlands and challenge conceptions of City life, social interaction and every day travel.

Contact
tdm@guelph.ca / 5198221260 ext 2357 (movie)
info@gcat.ca (discussion aftewards)

Trees Bikes and a Pint: A Tribute to the Late Henry Kock

Celebrate the good things in life!

When: June 16, 1-3pm

2Rivers Festival and Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation team up to offer 10km tribute ride to the late Henry Kock, Guelph’s beloved horticulturalist, to celebrate his passion for trees, river systems, bikes and local beer. Enjoy stops along the way with University of Guelph arborist Sean Fox to discover some of Guelph’s magnificent trees. This is a family friendly ride on gravel trails and quiet streets. Mountain/hybrid bikes and helmets are encouraged.

Note: We will meet at the intersection of Florence Lane and Lawrence Avenue. The trip ends up at the Royal City Brewery where we reflect on the experience and slacken our thirst.

Please RSVP at https://www.2riversfestival.org/20event_trees_bikes_a_pint_a_tribute_ride_to_the_late_henry_kock

For more information, contact info@gcat.ca

Come out to the “Love Your Bike Festival”, June 23

June 23, starting at 9:30 am, Front lawn of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 161 Norfolk St.!

Come out for the fifth annual Love Your Bike Festival! This festival includes the young and old in celebrating Guelph’s favourite mode of transportation – The Bike!

Give your bike some love! Three of Guelph’s cycling shops (Backpeddling, Paramount Sports and Speed River Bicycle) will be on hand to offer free mechanical checks in preparation for the Tour de Guelph which rolls out the following day.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A“Wrench-Off” at 10:00am featuring Guelph’s top bike mechanics in a friendly flat-fixing competition
  • An antique bike display, courtesy of  Clayton Foxall from Backpeddling
  • A moment of silence at 10am for fallen cyclists followed by a “Blessing of the Bikes”
  • Try out a demo bike!
  • Free coffee and treats before 11am!
  • Two Group rides leave at 11am sharp (registration starts at 9:30am; helmets required)
    • A police escorted family ride, called  The “Easy Rider Parade,” around Exhibition Park, led by Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT)
    • The “Two Rivers Ride,” along the recreation trails to Guelph Lake and back, led by  Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA)
    • Rides finish at The Wooly at 12:00 noon with a BBQ, refreshments and prizes provided by Steam Whistle Brewery, and activities hosted by GCAT.  Kids who participate get a free hotdog and a drink!
  • Rides finish at The Wooly at 12:00 noon with a BBQ, refreshments and prizes provided by Steam Whistle Brewery, and activities hosted by GCAT.  Kids who participate get a free hotdog and a drink!

For more info, contact info@gcat.ca

Highlights from the Ontario Bike Summit

Jordan and Yvette from Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation  recently attended Share the Road‘s 2018 Ontario Bike Summit. Here is a short recap of what we attended with some links worth checking out!  

 Bicycle Friendly Community Awards 

Our neighbours in Waterloo were awarded the “Gold” Bicycle Friendly Communities designation Way to go, Waterloo!  (They’ve surpassed us. Guelph is at the “Silver” level.) 

 

Keynote Address:  Dale Bracewell, Manager of Transportation Planning – City of Vancouver 

Some impressive success stories and challenges from Vancouver who are at the forefront of urban transportation planning  

http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/walk-bike-and-transit.aspx 

 

Some highlights: 

  • 32% decrease in distance driven per resident since 2007 
  • 10% of residents bike to work 
  • Half of all trips are using sustainable modes (walking, biking, transit) 
  • 25% of their cycling network is AAA (All Ages and Abilities) 
  • Bracewell described his job in the following way:  Ensuring that 100% of “new trips” in the city are not taken by car. In other words, the number of car trips stays the same or decreases while other trip types increase as the population grows. This is a good way of thinking of Guelph given the projected population growth. 

Keynote Conversation:  Ontario Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry 

  • Did you know:  The provincial cycling “file” is shared between Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport 

 

  • The province has just released their Cycling Strategy Action Plan (CycleON 2.0 Action Plan.) Worth a read to learn about new funding streams, and the province’s strategies for benefiting from cycling: 

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/publications/pdfs/cycle-action-plan.pdf  

State of Cycling Presentation by Share the Road CEO, Jamie Stuckless

New polling data collected by Nanos on behalf of Share the Road was presented. This is good stuff for presenting to local decision makers as it shows that there is majority support for investments in cycling infrastructure.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/16/poll-shows-ontario-voters-care-about-biking-issues-advocates-say.html 

http://www.sharetheroad.ca/opinion-poll-data-s17022 (includes additional link to full Nanos results) 

 Finding the Right Metrics for Your Project Session – Behind the Scenes of North America’s Most Extensively Studied Bike Lane 

This was about Toronto’s Bloor St. Protected Bike Lane Pilot Project. There were a HUGE amount of contributors to this from cycling advocacy, BIA’s, resident associations, Toronto city hall, researchers, consultants, doctors/health advocates. 

Photo credit to http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca

Final report to Council 

https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/8ef6-cycling-bloor-backgroundfile-107582.pdf  

 Highlights from the data collection for Bloor St. Protected bike lane project: 

  • Daily cyclist count went from 3,300 in June 2016 to 4,900 in June 2017 (49% increase) 
  • The total number of conflicts/near-misses between all road-users decreased by 44% 
  • Bike/vehicle conflicts reduced by 61% 
  • 85% of cyclists now feel safe, compared to 3% before 

 Other advocacy/community organizations that contributed to this (a few out of many): 

 These lanes have now been made permanent. 

 Community Inspiration Session 

This was a “20×20” session where presenters had 20 slides and 20 seconds for each slide to present their inspirational projects.  

BikeOttawa is doing INCREDIBLE bike network mapping 

 The Halifax Cycling Coalition developed a crowdsourcing app called Cycle snApp to capture geo-tagged citizen feedback on anything cycling-related 

https://cyclehalifax.ca/learn/snapp/ 

 The Toronto Bicycle Music Festival is a bicycle-powered mobile music festival that’s been taking place since 2010. Their message:  “Just add bikes” to your event. 

http://torontobicyclemusicfestival.com/   

Hope this gives you a good summary of the Ontario Bike Summit!