Renew your GCAT membership for 2018 and enjoy the perks!

It’s that time of year again to renew 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 renew at http://gcat.ca/membership/

Renew early!

Thank you sponsors for your generous donations!

*tune up must take place between Feb 22 and March 22

Please contact info@gcat.ca or activeguelph@gmail.com for more information.

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 info@gcat.ca.

T’was 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 info@gcat.ca . Thank you.

Come join us for a Tweed Bicycle Ride, Sunday Oct. 1!

Get your bike and finest Tweed  dusted off for Guelph’s second annual Tweed Ride, taking place on Sunday Oct. 1, 1-3pm.  Come dressed in your tweeds or old-timey clothes! We’ll take a leisurely 7km bike ride through some of the city’s finest locations and trails. Admission is free!

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!

For our ride, we’ll meet at the Arboretum 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 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 Club.

Please meet at the 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.

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

 

Come to Porchfest-A celebration of music, community, and active transportation!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

12:00-1- Active Transportation Parade

1-5 Porchfest Music Festival

Where: 41 and 47 Meadowview

Come join us at our second annual Mini Music Festival in the Junction Neighbourhood on Meadowview Ave!

Two covered porches will be our stages as the Junction Neighbourhood group plays host to five different musicians from a variety of genres of music, folk, indie, soul, singer song-writer. The music will be mostly acoustic or softly amplified.

Porchfest will be preceded by an Active Transportation Parade hosted by Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation at 12:30pm. Families are invited to wind their way with us through the streets in the Junction neighbourhood on bikes and on foot. Celebrate your creativity by decorating your bikes and wearing costumes to celebrate your joy of community and Active Transportation! Come at 12pm for children’s face painting and bike decorating!

Things to know:

  • To keep the congestion away from Meadowview Ave, please walk or bike. If you drive, please park on Allan or Galt.

  • Children’s area will be open at 47 Meadowview for the day’s events!

For more information, please contact junctionnsw@guelphneighbourhoods.org or info@gcat.ca

Have you tried the new Bike Box and green bike lanes on Gordon Street?

The City of Guelph wants you to let them know what you think of the green bike lanes on Gordon Street through the intersection at Waterloo Avenue and the bike box at the intersection of Gordon and Waterloo. Due to a high level of collisions,  this area was chosen for improvements to cycling facilities.

These changes make bicycle lanes and people using them more visible, signaling all road users to use extra caution at intersections and driveways, and reminding turning vehicles to slow down and watch for other road users, including people who are walking and biking.


Take the short survey and let them know. There is also is an opportunity to say what further improvements you would like to see. You may want to contribute your thoughts about adding protected infrastructure, such as planters or bollards to protect the cyclists in the bike lane. You can even provide links to your favourite designs!

I hope you show your support for the green lanes and bike box. The bike box says “We’re here and we matter”, and so do the green lanes.

We are moving in the right direction. Let the city know by filling out the survey and nudging them to eventually going even further with better facilities.

Love Your Bike Festival June 24, 9:30-2pm

The fourth annual “Love Your Bike Community Cycling Festival’ will be held on June 24/17 starting at 9:30am on the front lawn of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church., 161 Norfolk Street (at Suffolk).

The festival includes the young and old in celebrating Guelph’s favourite mode of transportation – The Bike. Together with community partners, three of Guelph’s cycling shops (Backpeddling, Paramount Sports and Speed River Bicycle) will be on hand to offer complimentary mechanical checkups in preparation for the Tour de Guelph which rolls out the following day.

  • Don’t miss the “Wrench-Off” at 10:00am featuring Guelph’s top bike mechanics versus our special guest “Mystery Mechanic’ in a friendly flat-fixing competition.
  • As a special bonus, Clayton Foxall of Backpeddling will be displaying part of his antique bike collection. Neighbours are encouraged to come early for coffee and treats.
  • The morning will be rounded off by a moment of silence for fallen cyclists followed by a blessing of the bikes
  • There will be two group rides. One, led by GCAT, include include a police escorted family ride, “The Easy Rider Parade” around Exhibition Park
  • The second ride will be led by  Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA). The “Two Rivers Ride” will be along the recreation trails to Guelph Lake and back.
  • Both rides (helmets and signed waivers required) leave at 11:00 sharp
  • Rides finish at The Wooly at 12:00noon with a BBQ, refreshments and activities provided by Steam Whistle. Kids get a free hotdog and a drink!