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
A few months ago, I decided to take a bike ride. I’d been riding on and off for a few years, but usually just short rides to and from work or the grocery store. This was different. It was a lovely summer evening, and the heat of the day had dissipated to the point where … Continue reading
Starting Wednesday, July 25 we will be holding weekly group rides. These will be easy-paced, casual rides in the cool of the evening, exploring Milton’s trail system. Cyclists of all levels are welcome! For our first ride we’ll meet up at the front entrance of the Milton Sports Centre, then make our way east, then … 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
MTO Transit Supportive Guidelines have been published. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/transit/supportive-guideline/transit-supportive-guidelines-2012-en.pdf … 6. Improve pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to increase convenient and comfortable access to transit. This is particularly important in post-war suburban neighbourhoods and employment areas where densities are low and distances between uses are greater. M D S … Transforming paved shoulders into designated bike lanes, … Continue reading