Wed, 30 May 2018
June is Bike Month, and to help you discover the over 193 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths throughout Oakville, the town is popping up at community centres all month with ideas on where to ride and incentives to get you going! Look for a bike month event on the Oakville Bike Month page. Show you have biked to the event to receive your very own cycling handbook and free cycling accessories.
“Council remains committed to supporting convenient, healthy ways for residents and visitors to get around Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We encourage everyone to get outside and discover our cycling paths and trails.”
Taking part in Bike Month is just one of many initiatives the town offers as part of its Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to encourage and support participation in cycling as an alternate mode of transportation. The ATMP was introduced in 2009 and updated in 2017 to respond to the need for an improved network of active transportation routes and ensure the town is pedestrian- and cycling-friendly.
The town received $645,376 through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP) to help accelerate the implementation of many ATMP projects. Forty signed bike routes, super sharrows, and dedicated bike lanes are planned this year thanks to the OMCCP.
According to 2017 World Council on City Data (WCCD) rankings, Oakville places 10th out of 50 cities for the number of bicycle paths per capita; ahead of Toronto (ranked 27th) and European cities such as Amsterdam (ranked 15th) and The Hague (ranked 14th).
Some key cycling programs set to start during Bike Month include:
A continuing pilot project, bike corrals will be back again this summer on Bronte Road near Marine Drive, on Kerr Street near Herald Avenue, and on Lakeshore Road near Forsythe Street. The corrals accommodate 10 to 12 bikes in about the same amount of space as a parked car.
Fifteen secure bike parking spots at the 300 Church Street parking garage will be monitored by security cameras and in sight of the parking attendant 24 hours a day. The area will include a multi-tool repair and tune-up station with standard screwdrivers, wrenches, a built-in pump with pressure gauge, and more. This program is supported by the Metrolinx Bikelinx program.
Soon you may bike to any of the twelve bus stops along Third Line from Abbeywood Drive/Kings College Drive to Pine Glen Road, lock your bike at one of the newly installed bike racks and board Oakville Transit to complete your trip. This new program is supported by the Public Transit and Infrastructure Fund.
A four-metre wide asphalt multi-use trail has been added at the Crosstown Trail from Neyagawa Boulevard to east of Trafalgar Road. The paved trail is designed to be safe and balanced for all users; provides rest areas; and connects with community centres, public transit, parks, schools, and other key destinations. This project was made possible with support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program/Avec l’appui du Programme d’infrastructure communautaire de Canada 150.
Details on all the town’s cycling programs and services can be found on the Cycle, Walk Oakville page.