Town of Halton Hills Cycling Program 2016
Halton Hills Bike Challenge Celebration
Thanks to the awesome effort of nearly 1900 Participants in the 2016 Halton Hills Bike Challenge the goal of riding 400,000kms was achieved and a whopping $85,000 was raised for the Georgetown Hospital Foundation. This calls for a celebration!
Please join us on Saturday November 5th from 1:00 until 3:00 at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre/Georgetown Library. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the community’s achievement. Formalities and cheque presentations will be at 1:30 followed by cake and refreshments.
You may be wondering about new cycling infrastructure. Town engineering staff will be on hand to show what is planned and to hear your suggestions for improving safety and the enjoyment of cycling in Halton Hills.
There are new rules for drivers and cyclists in Ontario. Halton Regional Police will be available to talk about these changes and reinforce safe cycling practices for all cyclists of all ages and abilities.
The Town is looking for input into Georgetown Actions Sports Needs Assessment. What facilities should be built to keep our youth active and healthy? Let’s talk about it on the 5th. Think skateboard, BMX, Scooters, basketball, etc. More information can be found at www.haltonhills.ca/actionsports
Bicycle Friendly Communities
The Town of Halton Hills created a Bicycle Friendly Community Sub-Committee of the Town’s Active Transportation Committee in order to submit a successful application to the Share the Road Coalition to achieve a Bicycle Friendly Community designation. A committee was recruited that represented key areas for the advancement of cycling in the community. Recreational cyclists, retail store owners, police, engineering staff, fire personnel, health promoters, and cycling club members have all been working together to make our community bicycle friendly.
The application is rigorous and requires that a community illustrate progress in 5 areas: Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation. Prior to submitting the application the committee assessed our current situation and found that it first needed to put in place new cycling activities and work on improvements in the areas of policy and encouragement.
An application was made for a designation in 2014 and the Town received the Bronze Award at the Ontario Bike Summit on April 14th 2014.
Eleanor McMahon, CEO Share the Road Coalition, Councillor Jane Fogal, Chair Halton Hills Active Transportation Committee, Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Justin Jones, STR Coalition
The BFC sub-committee would welcome more members to assist in promoting cycling. Our new goal is to reach Silver designation.