Other Cycling Initiatives
Risk Watch is a multi-agency project spearheaded by the Halton Hills Fire Department. It is a comprehensive safety program that is attended by all grade 4 students in Halton Hills, including French language students for the first time in 2012.
Risk Watch is a safety blitz involving a wide array of safety instruction including bike safety. Helmet fitting is a key component. Students are encouraged to bring their helmets and those that are out of date or damaged are replaced free of charge courtesy of Canadian Tire Georgetown. Bike maintenance is part of the program and is taught by Halton Regional Police.
If you find yourself and someone you know in need of a bike but can’t afford it, check out Hayden’s Re-Bicycling at https://www.facebook.com/ReBicycling. Likewise if you have an extra bike, please consider donating it to this great community project. Donated bikes are repaired by volunteers and then are given away for free to those in need. Bikes are of all sizes and shapes. Donations of bikes, parts or funds are gratefully accepted.
The first Halton Active Communities Summit was jointly hosted by Halton local municipalities and the Share the Road Coalition on October 18th 2012. At this well attended summit the Halton Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Bob Nosal laid out a very clear case for increasing walking and cycling activity in our communities.
Advocates for Active and Safe Routes to School made a compelling case for getting students more active by walking or cycling to school. The model adopted by the City of Ottawa was highlighted where dedicated staff work to ensure that the program is fully supported.
A presentation from the Waterfront Trail indicated that Halton Hills has an opportunity to be part of a proposal to create a new northern side trail.