2019 Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation Year in Review

GCAT 2019 Year in Review

2019 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 of the work that we have done this year.  Please support our membership drive for 2020 so that we can continue to work hard for Guelph citizens to make Guelph a leading city for Active Transportation! And come out to our Annual General Meeting on Feb. 20 to learn more about what will be happening in 2020!

Advocacy

  • Continued “behind the scenes” advocacy for Speedvale Underpass by being actively involved in public participation of  the Zoning Bylaw Amendments
  • Organized “Bike Ride with Federal  Candidates where federal Guelph candidates (all of them!) participated in the ride and/or discussion afterwards of active transportation. 
  • Share the Road’s Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Stuckless, spoke about cycling advocacy at our third Annual General meeting 
  • Helped City of Guelph with Bike to Work Day by leading 1 of the rides to City Hall to celebrate the importance of cycling in Guelph
  • Partnered with advocates at University of Guelph to look toward getting separated bike lanes at and near the University
  • Partnered with the Guelph Police promote “Share the Road” campaign last March during the Ride program to remind drivers of the one metre rule.
  • Raised awareness of the City of Guelph’s pilot 2 week pilot for a  2 way protected bike lane on Woolwich, by offering a group ride and further discussion with Jennifer Juste, Manager, Transportation Planning  and Green Drinks.
  • Hosted  a GCAT discussion at the E-Bar, after the City of Guelph sponsored the movie “ Why We cycle”, and gave people opportunities to let us know how to get involved in GCAT 
  • 3 GCAT directors attended the Ontario Bike Summit last April, where we learned best practices in cycling infrastructure and in advocacy. GCAT was also a presenter 🙂
  • Successfully advocated for bike lanes at the intersection of Arthur, Elizabeth and MacDonnell streets, where new road construction was not going to include bike lanes!
  • Did a ribbon cutting  with the Mayor and City staff at new secure bike parking facility at the Market Parkade
  • Advocated for separated bike infrastructure on Gordon St between Lowe and Edinborough roads when they make changes to the road
  • had booths at several community events, such as the EcoMarket, Tour de Guelph, Hillside Festival

Fun Events to encourage a culture of cycling in Guelph

  • Magnolia Ride-ride through the Magnolia trees in Guelph, followed by a tea party
  • Partnered with Open Doors Guelph to get people out visiting important sites on their bikes
  • Partnered with Emerge for a group cycle tour to “Ride your Bike to the Energy Efficient Home Tour to view two amazing Energy efficient homes
  • 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels and a Cold Brew Too -explored the river systems with geomorphologist Dr. Laura Brown
  • 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.
  • First annual Royal City Bike Rodeo!  GCAT partnered with Guelph Police, the City of Guelph and GORBA to host a bike skills event for children in grades 4 and 5. There are currently no in-school programs for cycling skills, and this rodeo is our attempt to fill in the gap, just a little bit.
  • Partnered with Speed River Bicycle for a 20km ride to Thatcher farms for 2019 Country Rumble!
  • Worked with Trillium Rotary Club to have GCAT’s first free bike valet parking for Ribfest!
  • Winter cycling workshop
  • Pub night with Transit Action Alliance of Guelph

 Please join us in 2020 on our journey to get more people to enjoy healthy transportation!  For a minimum of $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.