As a representative of the Milton Cycling Participation Strategy (CPS) Committee, I was invited to attend the 6th Annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto this past week. The two-day event was attended by local cycling advocates as well as municipal and provincial government representatives from across the province. The Bike Summit is organized by the Share the … Continue reading
I was excited to read that Halton Region had come out with an updated cycling map for our area. I confess, I hadn’t really looked at the old one, but surely with online mapping technologies like Google Maps we would now see a really useful tool for cyclists.
What a disappointment.
Not only are the maps rudimentary and poorly labelled, they are in PNG format is basically just a picture. The map for South Burlington for example shows a simple loop that goes along Lakeshore Blvd, up Burloak, and then diagonally south west along… a street? a trail? If you don’t know Burlington well, you’d never guess from this map.
The map for central Milton is even worse, as it suggests that you ride the entire length of Main Street. Of course, anyone who lives and rides here knows that even before underpass construction made the middle section of Main Street completely impassable for cyclists and pedestrians for the next three years, the narrow road lanes and treacherous trail/sidewalk on the south side made it one of the worst cycling routes in town.
The Region is asking for feedback on their
I must admit, when I heard that Milton was looking to build a Velodrome for the 2015 PanAm Games, my first thought was “Monorail!” The whole thing sounded like an enormous white elephant – another orphaned Hamilton project championed by certain Milton councillors as a way to garner headlines, much like their ill-advised flirtation with … Continue reading
Great article in the Champion today, with an interview with Milton Cycle Network founder Bogdan Kowalczyk (much better than the awful “bad hair day” clip of me in that piece on CHCH last week, I think). So, what do YOU think about this velodrome idea? Great for promoting cycling, or money better spent elsewhere? Cycling … Continue reading