City of Mississauga
Cycling Master Plan
2012 Report on the Cycling Plan
Downtown 21 Master Plan
Bikeways and Trails Map
Peel Active Transportation Plan
Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee
Additional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Scan Update Questions:
1. Were there any community groups that were engaged in the development and/implementation of the Plan? If so, what were some of the outcomes of their engagement? And what were some of the lessons learned from the community engagement?
Primarily cycling advisory committee (not really community group, but functions as one)
Outcomes, having a buy in for the plan, they feel responsibly on reporting and a sense of ownership with it
2. Has there been any discussion regarding how a Complete Streets Policy may fit in with the goals of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan? If so, what steps have been taken in developing a Complete Streets policy?
The concept of Complete Streets wasn’t as well known at the time this plan started. Language around Complete Streets was integrated into the City’s Strategic Plan. There has been some discussion – some staff felt not every street can be a complete street - currently trying to understand how to apply complete streets in different contexts
3.Have you developed any road or trail standards that aim to improve pedestrian and bicycling opportunities and infrastructure? Ex. Road design guidelines that require the inclusion or consideration of active transportation infrastructure? Complete Streets policies, guidelines?
A set of guidelines and standards were included in the Cycling Master Plan. As staff we refer to the Transportation Association of Canada Bikeway Design Guidelines, and the upcoming Ontario Traffic Manual for Bicycle Facilities.
4. Has your jurisdiction undertaken any pedestrian and cycling counts, if so how did you undertake them? What outcomes resulted from the counts?
We have been counting trail users in several locations for a few years now, but the counts do not distinguish between cyclists and pedestrians. In 2013 we installed bike lanes counters on bike lanes and multi use trails - currently this is a pilot project with potential to expand.
As part of the City’s intersection turning moving counts, in 2013 we started counting cyclists. Previously a cyclist was either counted as a vehicle or pedestrian, depending if they were on the road or the sidewalk but now they are counted separately as cyclist. Every intersection counted approximately every 3 years.
5. What other transportation plans has your jurisdiction developed? Can you tell us a bit about how your jurisdiction has addressed the inter-connectivity between your various transportation plans?
Mississauga does not have transportation master plan right now but an interim transportation strategy. Hurontario Light Rail Plan is being developed now, cycling routes are being addressed in that, as are other facilities including parking for bikes
Mississauga Transit way (BRT) - one section opening in Spring 2014, will include bike parking at stations and ramps and stairs accessible by bike
Downtown21, a plan for downtown addresses cycling in the downtown - right now a Movement Study is being completed. Among other analysis, it is looking into differences between the cycling master plan and the downtown21 plan, identifying facility type and how to address multi-modal transportation in the downtown.
6. What staff resources do you have allocated to the implementation of your bicycle and pedestrian plan? How many staff? Overall budget? % of total transportation budget allocated to active transportation?
Cycling office was created in early 2011, two staff in this office, which doesn’t include staff working on off road trails from Community Services Department (Park Development . Overall capital budget, average about $2m each year.
7. Has your jurisdiction considered aging populations in the bicycle and pedestrian plan and if so what resulted from that consideration?
8. Has your jurisdiction considered low-powered vehicles (ex. E-bikes)? If so how are they being integrated?
Mississauga has made a distinction between two types of e-bikes, when it comes to operating e-bikes on multi-use paths. Only e-bikes weighing less than 40 kg. (88 lbs) are allowed on multi-use trails including those in parks and on boulevards. This is intended to exclude the heavier scooter-style electric powered bikes that operate using a throttle. E-bikes that resemble a conventional bicycle that must be pedalled, but have a power-assist function, are permitted to use multi-use trails. For bike lanes, Mississauga hasn’t made any distinction, so all e-bikes would currently be allowed in bike lanes.
9. Has your jurisdiction encountered any safety issues such as vandalism? If so how have your addressed them?
No nothing notable.
10. Is your municipality a Smart Commute employer? If so if and how does that inter-act with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans?
Yes. Work closely with Smart Commute on Bike to Work Day programming. Have a Smart Commute Employee Bike Share for municipal staff.
11. Does your municipality have any pedestrian and bicycling certifications? Bike Friendly Community?
In 2012, received bronze designation of Bike Friendly Community
12. How does your municipality use bikes? ex – Police on bikes, by-laws?
Police have bike units. Corporate security and bylaw enforcement have a bike fleet, they also enforce bike laws. There are 20 bike unit officers plus 2 supervisors for the Peel Police in the City of Mississauga of a total of 557 officers in the City of Mississauga (3%). There are 4 City of Mississauga by-law enforcement officers of a total of 50 officers (8%). There is a bike fleet for employees at city hall, they can borrow. If employees use their own bike to get to a meeting they can make a claim and get money back for the amount that it would have cost them to use public transportation.
13. Has your jurisdictional considered the increasing levels of health concerns (ex. increasing obesity levels among children)? If so what resulted from the consideration? How has this factored into the plan?
Considered but emphasis on this has emerged after the Cycling Master Plan was approved. Peel Public Health is very concerned about this issue, particularly since they completed their Active Transportation Plan, and recent findings about increasing obesity and higher levels of disease (diabetes) in the Region. The Medical Officer of Health co-presented the Active Transportation Plan to Peel Region Council and to local council, partnership report, suggesting these changes are essential to having a healthy community.
14. Is your jurisdiction providing programs regarding the environment and transportation (ex. bike to work/school programs, carpool etc).
Yes, involved in several Smart Commute initiatives such as: car pool and a successful bike to work day kick off, to encourage people to bike to work regularly. Autoshare program is being piloted. Several Bike Month events. The City and the Region work on walk to school / bike to school and school travel planning initiatives.
15. Any suggestions, for knowledge that would be valuable to you? Information requests? Capacity building? Implementation support? Problem Solving? Community Engagement Strategies?
Having a better way to communicate among jurisdictions would be very helpful. We need a better venue to share best practices, implementation support and community engagement/ education strategies.