Angela Coughlan Pool - Service Disruption

notices100x100By Staff

January 18th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

Angela Coughlan Pool – Service Disruption

Angela Coughlan Leisure Swim on Thursday January 18 from 5:30-7:30pm has been cancelled due to a maintenance issue.

Angela Coughlan Pool

Angela Coughlan Pool

For alternative swim opportunities, please visit www.burlington.ca/play

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Walking soccer - a low impact sport - space available - $5 a game.

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January 4th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Walking Soccer

When – Every Tuesday Morning Starting January 16th , 10 am to 11:30 am

Where – Sherwood Forest Domes

How Much – $5.00 per player/pay as you go

Anyone interested to email Gord King at gking@burlingtonsoccer.com to make sure we have enough players.
January 16th is free for everyone who registers their interest before January 8th.

Walking Soccer

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Georgetown resident was the one millionth 2017 visitor to a Conservation Halton location.

News 100 greenBy Staff

December 23rd, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It’s a day Jamie Leslie isn’t likely to forget.

She was at Kelso/Glen Eden with her Dad, Dave day on Friday when she was declared the one millionth visitor in 2017 to a Conservation Halton location.

The visits number includes those who have enjoyed recreational programs and services at Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso / Glen Eden, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point and Robert Edmondson.

The Conservation people have been working towards that millionth visitor number for some time. Chief Administrative Officer Hassaan Basit and Director of Parks and Recreation Gene Matthews made the target number a must for the year.

Jayme Leslie millionth visit Cons Halton

Georgetown resident Jayme Leslie was the one millionth visit to a Conservation Halton location.

Jayme, a Georgetown resident, received a gift package which will give her and her family the opportunity to keep enjoying our parks in 2018 and beyond. The package included a Glen Eden Season pass for 2018-19, a Halton Parks Membership for one year, merchandise and maple syrup from Mountsberg.

Basit, who is intense, but not the kind of guy that goes over the top with his comments. On this occasion however he got excited and said: “As we approach the end of the year it is fantastic to be able to celebrate a milestone like one million visits and we would like to thank everyone who came to enjoy our beautiful conservation areas.”

Visitation at Conservation Halton’s conservation areas has grown steadily over the past few years. In 2013, visits went over the 800,000 level, and last year almost reached 1,000,000. During that time period, the number of visits to Hilton Falls, Mount Nemo and Rattlesnake Point has more than doubled as people are enjoying the scenic views from those parks which are each along the iconic Niagara Escarpment and other activities like hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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City of Burlington asking for feedback on playground structures.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

December 22nd, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Not the best time of year to ask people to find a couple of minutes to respond to a city survey. Things are so busy that the supermarket in my part of town is going to be open until 11 pm tonight.

Nonetheless – know this: The City will be replacing 14 playgrounds over the next two years and is encouraging families who use the specific parks to complete a survey to say which kinds of playground features would be most wanted.

Beginning Dec. 28, 2017, city staff will be at nearby recreation centres asking for input.

The online survey is HERE and will be available until January, 31, 2018.

Park survey

Location of the 14 parks that will be upgraded in 2018

Playgrounds to be replaced in the next two years are:

1. Brada Woods Park, 5196 Brada Cr.
2. Breckon Park, 4471 Spruce Ave.
3. Brittany Park, 1370 Headon Rd.
4. Champlain Park, 2101 Mountain Grove Ave.
5. Cumberland Park, 562 Cumberland Ave.
6. DesJardines Park, 1811 Imperial Way
7. LaSalle Park, 50 North Shore Blvd.
8. Maple Community Park, 750 Maple Ave.
9. Maplehurst Public School, 481 Plains Rd. E.
10. Optimist Park, 2131 Prospect St.
11. Sheraton Park, 594 Sheraton Rd.
12. Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd.
13. Sycamore Park, 3157 Centennial Dr.
14. Tansley Woods Park, 4100 Kilmer Dr.

Chris Glenn, director of Parks and Recreation explains that: “The survey results will be used to create plans for the parks that will be specific to that park. Talk to your kids about what kinds of play structures they like. Ask them if they prefer straight or curving slides, monkey bars, poles, swings and other fun, interactive equipment.”

The survey questionnaire runs 17 pages – we will run it again in the New Year when you have more time for this kind of thing.

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Cougars battling to hold their own in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

sportsred 100x100By Pat Shields

December 20th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

After two disappointing losses against the Jr. Canadiens and Patriots last weekend, the Burlington Cougars battled back with a strong effort on Friday night at Appleby Ice Centre against the North York Rangers. The Cougars looked to mount a late game comeback after two 2nd period power play goals put the Rangers ahead, but the push came up short with the Cougars dropping their 3rd straight game, 2-1.

“The last two games the work ethic that we demand wasn’t there, and it was a lot better tonight I thought,” Cougars head coach Terry Richardson said following the game.

Burlington came out with a strong effort in the 1st period, neutralizing North York’s strong and physical play to the tune of a scoreless draw after 20 minutes.

Cougars - Rangers take it 2-1The Cougars and their 17th ranked penalty kill found themselves in some trouble in the second stanza, surrendering powerplay goals to Dante Fantauzzi and Grayden Gottschalk in the latter portions of the period.

The Cougars made things interesting with a 3rd period push, out-shooting the Rangers 16-6 in the frame and breaking the shutout with under a minute to play on Josiah Degazon’s 6th goal of the season. That is as far as they could climb though, dropping their record to 0-3 vs. the Rangers this season.

“They’re one of the top teams in the league – older, big, strong and they play well together. No one likes to lose, but we can see some of the things we work on every day in practice coming into the game now,” Richardson said. “We out shot them in the 3rd period, we just have to bury some of our chances.”

Richardson’s team will enjoy a couple more days off before they host the Mississauga Chargers on Monday afternoon at Appleby Ice Centre, and look to snap their 3-game losing streak. Puck drop will be a 2:00pm.

Note: The December 17th game against the Kingston Voyageurs has been postponed to Monday, January 15 at 1:00pm at Appleby Ice Centre.

The Burlington Cougars are a Canadian Junior “A” ice hockey team from Burlington, Ontario. They are a part of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

 

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Region gets $1.8 million for new bike lanes, multi-use trails and other cycling infrastructure.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

December 19th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In the world of politics – timing is everything – where more can happen in a week than takes a year in most sectors of endeavour.

The Gazette received a media release from the Region earlier today announcing that they will receive more than $1.8 million in funding for new bike lanes, multi-use trails and other cycling infrastructure improvements from the provincial government’s Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) fund. The City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Oakville were also among 120 municipalities that received the funding.

New street - being rebuilt

Hopefully not as much as a dime of this new cycling funding will get spent on New Street. The Region were the people that dug the road up to put in new water-mains.

Whew, said the editorial team at the Gazette – imagine if that funding announcement had arrives two weeks ago – the New Street Road Diet might have survived.

The Region will use this funding to expand the Region’s cycling infrastructure. These investments will help improve cyclist safety and make cycle commuting a more appealing option for Halton residents. Accessible cycling infrastructure will also help reduce the reliance on motor vehicles and contribute to cleaner air across Ontario.

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There are still a lot of cars on the roads but cyclists are claiming some of that space – and the push is on to make more room for those who want to use their bikes in a safe environment.

“Through Halton’s Active Transportation Master Plan, we have already built approximately 190 kilometers of on-road exclusive bike lanes and paved shoulders along Regional roads for residents to safely bike on,” said Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr. “With this funding from the OMCC, we will be able to build on our successes and continue to offer cyclists a safe, convenient way to get around Halton Region.”

Given that it is the Region that got the funding – there isn’t much hope of their passing any of it along to the municipalities. Hopefully the Region will decide to spend some of the money on widening the shoulders of Walkers Line so that cyclists can use the road and not be in any danger from those driving vehicles.

Guelph Line at Lowville

Guelph Line just north of the Lowville Bistro – can this part of the road be widened for cyclists?

Spending some of those dollars on Guelph Line – at least up to Collard Road where the trucks turn west to get to the quarry – it is really tough to share the road with an 18 wheeler,

Walkers Line - AT 1st side road

Walkers Line where it intersects with the 1st side Road. There are no shoulders on this road for cyclists

This investment from the province is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. Translated that is the increased prices at the gas pumps.

The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program builds on Ontario’s Cycling Tourism Plan: Tour by Bike and the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

 

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Glen Eden to open Thursday the 21st - they have been making snow for the last ten days.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

December 19th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Glen Eden is preparing for its best opening week conditions in recent memory!

Cold December temperatures have allowed Glen Eden’s snowmaking team to make snow day and night over the last 10 days. The hills will be set to open this Thursday, December 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Glen Eden expects to be fully operational with all lifts and trails open. The Learning Centres and the Terrain Parks will also be ready.

GlenEden from top of hill

A really exhilarating view. The trip down is a real high.

Glen Eden is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. except for December 25 when it will be closed for the day. The latest information can be found on the Glen Eden website, www.gleneden.on.ca, as to which runs and lifts will be open, as well as the Terrain Park location, number of features and other details.

“The team at Glen Eden is looking forward to welcoming skiers and snowboarders for another fantastic season,” said Gene Matthews, Director, Parks and Recreation. “Our snowmaking team has been working around the clock to get the hill ready with the best conditions possible. We are confident all visitors will be pleased with our surface conditions whether they are learning to ski or snowboard, out enjoying some runs with family and friends, or throwing it down in the Terrain Park.”

Glen Eden lifts

All the lifts are in great working order – ready for the first skiers on Thursday.

In the last ten years, Glen Eden has been open before Christmas seven times, Boxing Day once and December 27 the other. The only time in the last ten years Glen Eden did not open until January was 2016. Opening date that year was January 8 during an el nino winter.

Glen Eden is home to one of the largest Learning Centres in Ontario, with a wide variety of lessons and programs for all ages and abilities. There are two Christmas Camps during the holidays. Camp #1 starts on Boxing Day, and Camp #2 starts January 2, 2018. Group lesson programs run starting on Boxing Day, there are also private and semi-private options. Visit the Glen Eden website, www.gleneden.on.ca, or call Visitor Services at 905-878-5011, ext. 1221, for more information.

Glen Eden hills

Glen Eden: They have been laying down snow for the past ten days – conditions will be great for the Thursday opening.

The Terrain Park is where a lot of the action happens at Glen Eden. The “Big” Parks, Nighthawk and Falcon have upwards of 40 of the most progressive features dedicated to these two runs during peak season. Glen Eden has lots of options for keeping things fresh while pushing your limits and developing your skills.

Christmas Theme Day – December 23
Skiers and snowboarders are invited to celebrate the holidays a few days early during Opening Weekend at Glen Eden at the Christmas Theme Day on Saturday, December 23. Visitors can join in the fun and help us decorate our On-Slope Christmas Trees on the Learning Centre. Wear your Santa hats, ugly Christmas sweaters and bring your sweet tooth for some candy canes. Keep your eye out for a special guest in a red suit while enjoying the slopes at Glen Eden!

New Year’s Eve Ski & Dine – December 31
Join us for New Year’s Eve on the slopes, for music, s’mores, campfire, a ginger ale toast, dinner and more from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Ski & Dine package is $39 per person and includes lift ticket and dinner in the West Lodge. New Year’s Eve dinner will be snacks, salad, pasta, dessert and soft drinks. Reservations are required. New Year’s Eve Ski & Dine tickets can be purchased on the website www.gleneden.on.ca or at the Visitor Centre by December 26, 2017.

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She’s ready!

Glen Eden’s Discover Skiing and Snowboarding is a lesson program for first timers and beginners and are available starting this weekend. During the season, Discover is offered weekends, holidays, and March Break from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. on non-holiday weeknights. Glen Eden’s snow pros will help ensure you learn the basics – equipment, stopping and turning. By the time you complete the program you should be ready for the big hills. Discover is available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless you’re booking a large group. For groups of 20 or more people please call 905-878-5011, ext. 1278, at least one week in advance.

Glen Eden is located on Kelso Road, near Tremaine Road and Highway 401, and is a 20 minute drive from Mississauga, Burlington and Hamilton and is operated by Conservation Halton. During the season, Glen Eden is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for skiing and snowboarding with the Snow Tube Park open on the weekends. For more information visit the Glen Eden website, www.gleneden.on.ca, or call 905-878-5011.

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The Old Timers hockey club held themselves a dance and came up with $3,575 for the Food Bank.

News 100 redBy Staff

December 19th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Not just a bunch of Old Timers strapping on the shin pads the Burlington Old Timers Hockey Club looks for situations where some help is needed and find a way to have a good time and help out others.

They did that late in November with a Christmas Dance at the Legion and raised $3,575 for Burlington Food Bank

On hand were some of the best dancers in the league and their wives! The fabulous live band for the night was SpeakEasy, featuring Lloyd Millar, from our White division and as a Special Guest Singer/Performer, 16 year- old Alyssa MacKenzie joined the band for a few songs.

Through player donations, prize table raffle tickets and a delicious Christmas Home Baked goods table the league was able to raise $3,575 for the Burlington Food Bank to help them with their ongoing contribution to our community!

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Shown here are the BOWSER Babes, BOD members, League Convenors, and Colin Ashdown (event organizer) presenting Robin Bailey (Burlington Food Bank) with a cheque for $3,575

The Food Bank is committed to ensure that no one in Burlington struggles with hunger. They provide food to those in need. In order to do that they need funding – the Oldtimers came through.

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Parks and Recreation department offering big discounts - what if there is no snow?

News 100 yellowBy Staff

December 6th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Parks and Recreation department appears to now have a marketing unit.

They are offering rentals at up to 40% Off during the holiday season.

Starting December 1st, through to January 7, 2018, all Ice, Gyms, Pools, Auditoriums and Community Rooms will be on sale. For more information and terms and conditions: visit burlington.ca/rentals.

Some of the $$ off opportunities are:

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Dave Foxcroft to referee the 105th Grey Cup game.

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November 23rd, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Parents never stop being proud of their kids. You see it at the Christmas concert when those grade fivers are on the stage singing their little hearts out.

You see it at graduations and of course at their weddings.

Dave Foxcroft

Dave Foxcroft to referee the 105th Grey Cup game.

Ron Foxcroft is wearing one of those million dollar smiles when he tells people that one of his boy’s, Dave, is going to officiate at the 105TH Grey Cup game on Sunday, November 26th at TD Place.

Ron doesn’t mention that the Tiger Cats didn’t make the cut this year
This group of officials were the highest rated officials at their respective positions during the 2017 season.

Referee: #30, Dave Foxcroft. This will be his 18th Season as a referee; he has worked 273 Games – this will be his 5th Grey Cup Game.

Ron’s comment – pretty neat!

No comment from his Mom – she would have said ditto!

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Parks damaged by what is believed to have been arson repaired - at considerable cost.

News 100 blueBy Staff

November 20th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City of Burlington has repaired and replaced the playgrounds in three city parks after that equipment was severely damaged by arson in June 2017.

The playground and park equipment in Doug Wright Park, Emerson Park and Lansdown Park was damaged by deliberately-set fire, according to the Halton Regional Police Service. The playgrounds in each park have reopened to the public now that all work has been done to repair and replace the damaged equipment.
The playground equipment in Emerson Park was repaired at a cost of slightly more than $5,000.

The playground equipment, underground drainage and protective surface was replaced in Doug Wright and Lansdown Parks. The cost to complete the work in Doug Wright Park was about $85,000, and in Lansdown Park the cost was about $60,000.

Rob Peachey

Rob Peachey, Manager of Parks and Open Spaces

Halton Regional Police Service continues to investigate these crimes. Anyone with information please contact 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau 905-825-4747 ext: 2316 or tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca; or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Rob Peachey, Manager of Parks and Open Spaces said “We recognize how important these playgrounds are to the families who use them. Replacing the play equipment was a priority for the City of Burlington.”

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New Street Road Diet bites the dust - data didn't support the idea - nor did many of the residents.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

November 20th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It was direct and to the point – the New Street Road Diet was to come to an end with instructions to the Director of Transportation that will be debated at city council November 27th.

Direct the Director of Transportation Services to convert the existing bike lane pilot project (New Street from Guelph Line to Walkers Line) to the original four-lane cross section.

Assuming city council members vote to approve the staff recommendation that will bring to an end a project that was poorly designed and poorly communicated to the public.

The idea of a Road Diet was about as divisive as they get. It was so bad that the Mayor found himself being challenged at the Y when he was getting in some exercise.

New Street was having new pipes put in which meant digging up the road in stages and then re-surfacing it all. Why not use the occasion to test the idea of a road diet – which is a re-configuring of the lanes to make room for dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the road.

The cyclists loved the idea. Those who drive their cars on New Street wanted everyone to believe that the world was about to come to an end.

And that was where the issue stuck in the craw of many – they didn’t feel safe sharing a roadway with vehicles.
Many pointed out that there was an excellent trail system yards to the south.

Trail - Centennial

The trail runs parallel to New Street from Rossmore in the east to Martha in the West. The completion of the Elgin Street promenade will allow cyclists to get to the canal and on into Hamilton.

Neither the Transportation department nor most of city council could tap into the public concern.

The issues wasn’t about people riding their bikes – it was where they were going to ride their bikes and how safe they would be.

The cycling lobby, and there most certainly is a cycling lobby, wanted those lanes on New Street. Those people feel safe on their bikes in almost all forms of road traffic – they would feel save on the QEW if there were a HOT bike lane.

But for the average citizen who is Ok with the idea of hoping on their bike to run a short errand or visit with a neighbour – they just didn’t want to put themselves at risk.

The Cycling Lobby didn’t take the time to fully listen to the average citizen who understands the issues – they just don’t want to put their lives on the line to support a good idea.

The report goes to a Council Committee on November 27, 2017 and then to city council for approval on December 11, 2017

This city council needs a win badly on this one.

The Staff report sets out much of the detail and data collected during the Pilot Program.

Transit - Vito Tolone

Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation had to stick handle an awkward file – he was in a no-win situation.

The transportation people convinced themselves that providing cycling facilities, particularly throughout key transportation corridors, such as New Street, served to provide more mobility choice to the residents of Burlington, and ensures that all road users, including cyclists, have access to safe facilities.

The purpose of the pilot project was to provide an opportunity to evaluate the impacts and benefits of on-road cycling

The outcomes of the pilot project were to be used to help inform the development of future cycling projects and the Cycling Master Plan Update which is currently underway.

This all started in July of 2016 when City Council approved transportation services department report with the following direction:

Direct the Executive Director of Capital Works and Director of Transportation Services to report back on the performance of the pilot project prior to the top layer of asphalt being placed on the section of New Street between Guelph Line and Cumberland Avenue;

Following Council approval, staff converted New Street (between Guelph Line and Walkers Line) from a four-lane cross section to a three-lane cross section consisting of two through lanes and a centre two-way left-turn lane. The revised three-lane cross section included buffered on-road bike lanes. The pilot officially “launched” on August 23rd, 2016.

New Street is a minor east-west arterial that runs parallel to the QEW and Fairview Street, providing key connections to the major north-south arterial road system.

New Street accommodates both residential and commuter traffic and provides access to adjacent residential, commercial and institutional developments as well as the surrounding established neighbourhoods.

New Street bike lanes - long pic

City hall went to great lengths to explain the project to the public – few people attended the information session at Bateman high school where there was a lot of detailed information.

24-hour traffic volumes along New Street range between 15,000 and 20,000 vehicles per day. Prior to installation of on-road bike lanes, an average of 60 cyclists per day used New Street.

Prior to the pilot project, this section of New Street consisted of a four-lane cross- section (two travel lanes per direction) within an overall roadway width of 14.0 metres.

The posted maximum speed limit throughout the corridor is 60 km/h exclusive of school zones.

The Pilot Project Design called for a reallocation of the existing roadway through the removal of two through vehicle lanes and introduction of a centre two-way left-turn lane. The preferred design achieved dedicated cycling facilities and reprioritized the function of the street in order to better accommodate bikes.

Bike lanes - New street

Lane configuration prior to the bike lane installation (left graphic) and lane configuration during the pilot project (right graphic)

3. Community Feedback

New Street has been identified as a key commuter cycling corridor given its continuous length, topography, and proximity to GO Stations. Under the previous lane configuration, New Street averaged 60 cyclists a day (June, 2016).

Installation of the pilot has increased cycling use to an average of 80 cyclists per day. Cycling volume data was obtained from a traffic camera situated at the intersection of New Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Based on feedback received from bike lane users, the pilot project has increased levels of comfort, safety and enjoyment of this mode of travel. Users also noted that extending the buffered bike lanes to Burloak Drive and connect to cycling infrastructure in Oakville should be pursued.

Vehicle volumes were collected using automatic traffic recorders used to measure the volume, direction of traffic flow, traffic speed and vehicle classification.

Recognizing that a reduction in lane capacity on New Street had potential to result in diversion, traffic data was collected to substantiate the impact of the pilot project to nearby neighbourhood streets.

Daily traffic dataThe most notable change in traffic volumes (net increase) was recorded along Woodward Avenue where the daily traffic volumes rose by 16% and while the volume is within acceptable limits of the roadways classification it is an increase nonetheless. The pilot project resulted in negligible impacts to the other surrounding roadways.

Vehicle travel times were recorded before and during the pilot project in order to quantify the increase in travel times as a result of reducing lane capacity and introduction of on-road bike lanes. Bluetooth technology was utilized as a means to collect a large data sample of vehicles (30,000 vehicle sample) traveling through a predetermined section of the corridor.

Vehicle travel times were recorded before and during the installation of the pilot project and excluded the period during which watermain and other sewer work was actively under way and disruptive to traffic flow.

Comparative travel timesData collected under stabilized conditions (post watermain work) indicates that the travel times have increased on average by approximately one and a half minutes during the evening peak hour in the westbound direction.

Collision experience was also examined as part of the evaluation of the pilot project. Before and after analysis appears to indicate a downward trend, however, with less than one year of collision data available under unimpeded road pilot conditions, staff are not comfortable drawing conclusions as it relates to the overall safety of New Street.

Staff received over 1100 comments and suggestions via e-mail, telephone, social media and in person. Feedback predominantly showed a lack of support for the on-street bike lane installation. Increase to travel time, increased traffic congestion and lack of use by cyclists were recurring themes in opposition to the pilot project.

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It was all hands on deck – the city was promoting the use of bicycles – that got Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward on her bike – not something seen very often,

Positive feedback cited sense of improved traffic and safety conditions for those residents who reside on New Street. Cyclists who utilized the on-road bike lanes noted that they experienced greater comfort and convenience and felt they promoted safer cycling.

Suport road diet

Opposed to road diet

Cycling Master Plan Update
The 2009 Council approved Cycling Master Plan is currently being updated to determine the next critical steps in the evolution of the city’s cycling infrastructure. The focus of this study, which is being undertaken by Alta Planning and Design and led by Transportation Services staff, is to provide guidance and expert opinion on facility types and locations and to recommend a minimum network for cycling in the City of Burlington.

Within the scope of this study, New Street was examined to confirm its suitability as an east-west cycling spine and evaluate the most appropriate type of cycling for the corridor. The existing buffered on road bike lanes were not identified to be problematic and are an appropriate facility type, however, based on a preliminary review, a continuous higher order cycling facility on New Street would provide an important east- west connection for the City and is more likely to generate new cyclists to the corridor.

Transit Network
In recent months, Transit, Planning and Transportation staff have been working together towards developing a frequent transit network for the City of Burlington. The lane configuration on New Street was to play a prominent role in providing the necessary road infrastructure to accommodate high frequency transit service. From a transit perspective, a four-lane cross section best serves the needs of passengers when being dropped off at the curb without blocking bicycle traffic and having to merge back into traffic flow.

While cycling numbers have increased by 20 per day along the New Street corridor, it is not apparent that it can be attributed solely to the on-road bike lanes. Vehicle travel times have risen somewhat and traffic diversion to parallel routes has also increased.

Before and after collision data does not provide any conclusive evidence of any safety improvement at this time. Future frequent transit service along New Street is better served by a four-lane cross section.

An increase in cycling volume is not the only measurable considered however, with no clear indication that cycling volumes have increased as a result of the pilot coupled with the negative impacts to travel times, diversion and future transit, staff do not recommend carrying on with the pilot project or extending it to Burloak Drive.

New Street provides an opportunity to create a critical spine for a cycling network in the City of Burlington. The length, location and cross section can accommodate a number of alternative cycling facility types. The test of any selected facility is its ability to attract more regular everyday “commuter” type users if we are to achieve the goal within our strategic plan of a higher cycling modal share.

After considering which facility best fits our goal to increase the cycling mode share, staff have concluded that dedicated, off road paved cycle tracks provide the greatest advantage.

The cycle track option was presented in transportation services department report TS- 10-16 in July 2016 with some preliminary assessment completed to determine cost implications. Recognizing the considerable cost of such a facility, staff recommend pursuing senior government funding which has been available in the past for cycling related infrastructure.

Next Steps – New Street Resurfacing:
Resurfacing of New Street from Cumberland Avenue to Walkers Line was included in the 2017 Capital Budget and was deferred to provide for full test of the New Street pilot project. With Council approval of this report the lane configuration for New Street will be confirmed and the resurfacing of New Street from Guelph Line to Walkers Line can be completed.  The total cost including, inspection, testing, net HST and contingency is $650,000.

New street - being rebuilt

The dedicated cycling lanes were not fully tested – road re-surfacing, sewer main replacement and repairs got in the way of a full fledged test.

Storm Sewer Repairs
During completion of the asphalt rehabilitation on New Street, east of Guelph Line a significant storm sewer failure occurred. Upon detailed investigation, it was determined that full replacement of 340 metres storm sewer and 3 maintenance holes was warranted. To ensure motorist safety and have the work completed as soon as possible to allow the road lanes impacted to be reopened; King completed much of this work in 2017, with a small section of sewer work still to be completed.  The additional cost to complete the storm sewer replacement is estimated to be $335,000. The total cost including, inspection, testing, HST and contingency is $392,000.

Public Engagement Matters:
In the Staff report that will go to the Standing Committee on the 27th, they say: City staff created a project website (www.burlington.ca/newstreetpilot ) where all the information was posted and where residents were able to provide their input.

Based on the emails, letters, social media posts and telephone conversations, staff produced a summary of comments received in favour and opposition of the pilot project. As part of public engagement, staff also received a petition that contained over 2,700 signatures of Burlington residents who are in opposition to the pilot project.

Conclusion:
The evaluation and subsequent analysis indicates that desired increase in cycling activity has not materialized based on the data collected before and after the pilot project. It is difficult to confidently attribute the increase in bicycle volume of 20 per day solely on the buffered bike lanes. However, there is also a recognition that the cycling volume may have been negatively impacted by the limited length and lack of connectivity to a larger east-west cycling network.

Travel time, during the evening peak hour has increased and while not excessive, does add time to motorists evening commute. There has been some nominal traffic diversion to Spruce and Woodward Avenues and while considered to be within the volume threshold of both roadways classification, it is not the function of a collector roadway to facilitate what is essentially “through” volume.

New Street is expected to play an important role in supporting a frequent transit network that is currently being evaluated. The preferred lane configuration for higher frequency transit operation on New Street is a four-lane cross section.

Cycle tracks, provide the greatest level of protection and encourages more people to use cycling as a commuting mode of transportation. Increasing the cycling mode share is aligned with the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan and upcoming Transportation Plan.

The implementation of cycle tracks on New Street presents funding challenges, however, senior levels of government are continuing to invest in cycling infrastructure and New Street is an ideal candidate for consideration. Staff will consider for inclusion, the implementation of cycle tracks in the capital budget and forecast in future years and will continue to pursue funding opportunities from both the provincial and federal governments.

This is a Staff recommendation that Council will take to – Councillor Jack Dennison will remonstrate over the missed opportunity to get more people out on bikes – the two women who brought in several thousand signatures on a petition will sleep well when city council kills the idea on December 11th.

 

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Setting the Record Straight: BYSC releases a statement

Sherwood domes

Who owns the domes; who operates them, who pays for them. BYSC wants to sets the record straight.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

November 10, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

Disputes over the use of the Domes at Sherwood Forest Park are not new.

A group of soccer player who organized themselves into a consortium complained recently about the way they felt they were treated by the Burlington Youth Soccer Club (BYSC).

A link to that complaint appears at the bottom of this news story.

The BYSC wants to set the record straight and have released the following statement.

Unfortunately some adult soccer leagues, including Burlington Soccer League (BSL) and Burlington Women’s Recreational Soccer League (BWRSL), jointly calling themselves the “Burlington Soccer

Consortium” have chosen to spread misinformation about Burlington Youth Soccer Club programs and it’s Joint Venture Agreement with the City of Burlington for the Domes at Sherwood Forest Park.

The BYSC would like to ensure proper information and facts are being reported and distributed.

The BYSC is sanctioned as both an Adult and Youth club within Ontario Soccer and has been operating Adult programs at the U21 and Senior levels for decades.

As part of its Strategic Plan for 2017-2021, BYSC has committed to expand outdoor and indoor programs to create lifelong opportunities for players. This began with the launch of Lil Burli for toddlers, Embracing Ability (a program in partnership with Special Olympics Ontario, for players with and/or without intellectual and/or physical disabilities) and Walking Soccer for players 50+ and/or those with mobility issues.

This fall we have expanded our House League + and technically managed teams for youth. In the 2017 Summer Outdoor Season, we added an Adult Coed Open Age league to our program choices. This fall we launched our Adult Indoor Leagues and have 44 teams registered and participating. Offering these programs as part of the BYSC Strategic Plan aligns with the City’s Strategic Plan and its Active Aging Plan to create environments to encourage people of all ages and abilities to pursue lifelong physical activity and remain socially active.

The Domes in Sherwood Forest Park are paid for and operated by the BYSC at the BYSC’s expense. All capital expenditures, maintenance and operations are paid for by the BYSC with no money from taxpayers. We are also required by our Joint Venture Agreement with the City to set aside funds annually for a capital replacement fund. To date, the BYSC has paid more than $5 million to operate and cover the capital costs of the Domes.

To give perspective, here is a breakdown of the expenses incurred by the BYSC to maintain and operate the Domes in 2017 alone:

• $130,000 (lighting changes in all 3 Domes to LED to be more energy efficient “green”)
• $165,000 (replace mechanical unit, HVAC, and airlock for Dome 1)
• $120,000 (annual costs for set-up, removal, storage)
• $40,000 (annual costs for hydro)
• $65,000 (annual costs for gas heating)
• $15,000 (general repairs and maintenance)
• Total $535,000

In 2018 the BYSC will be funding 7/12 of the turf replacement under Domes 2 and 3, as part of our Joint Venture agreement with the City, which is estimated to cost the BYSC $500,000.

As the BYSC pays for and operates all three Domes seven months of the year that they are up, the BYSC has exclusive use of the Domes through its Joint Venture agreement and prioritizes its own programs and activities in the Domes.

BYSC may choose to make the remaining hours available to third parties as we have done in the past. We have expanded our programs on both the youth and adult side, thus we have fewer hours available to be rented. In some cases, this has meant adjusting the time slots offered to renters.

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Adult soccer players are not happy - feel they are not getting their share of dome time

sportsgold 100x100By Pepper Parr

November 7th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This doesn’t sound very nice.

The adult soccer people are upset – again.

There seems to be a bit of a turf war (no pun intended) with the Burlington Youth Soccer Club on one side and the Burlington Soccer League (BSL), Burlington Women’s Recreational Soccer League (BWRSL), Burlington Old Timers Soccer Club (BOTSC), and Burlington Ladies Soccer League (BLSL) on the other.

Sherwood domes

Adult soccer players feel they are not getting their share of time in the soccer domes – have formed a consortium and are taking a petition to city council.

Burlington adult soccer communities claim they have been displaced by the inaction of the city which they claim has allowed the Burlington Youth Soccer Club (BYSC) — without external input or approval — to deny long-standing dome users their rightful place in the City-owned and tax-payer financed domes while leaving the public facility largely empty.

In a petition the BSL, the BWRSL, the BOTSC and the BLSL are circulating, they maintain that: “After contributing initial funding for development and rental fees for 15+ years the during which the groups have contributed well in excess of $600,000 to the Sherwood Forest Park Domes they are being kept out as of this fall.

Apparently “No negotiations were offered by the City or BYSC and no conversations toward working together have taken place. Instead the adult soccer clubs have had their programming replaced — and in some cases duplicated — by the BYSC in an effort to create a monopoly for soccer in Burlington.

This forces residents to pay higher fees for fewer games at a lower quality or to travel outside of the City in which their tax dollars helped to fund this soccer facility.

The petition is on line – look at the facts, talk to those adults who play soccer and then consider making your voice heard.

The Burlington Youth Soccer Club has become quite a bit more aggressive in their marketing and promotion efforts and while they are the largest soccer organization in the city there has always been considerable animosity between this very large club and the smaller groups.

We recall a meeting a number of years ago (2011) at city hall during which a number of woman with babies in their arms or in strollers massed in the council chamber to make their point. Council backed down and the issue was resolved.  Link to that story set out below.

Women’s soccer teams want time slots back

There is something that isn’t right with the way things get managed within the Parks and Recreation department. Currently the seniors that used to have a considerable amount of influence with the way things were run at the Seniors’ Centre found themselves locked out of the office they were using and told to find accommodation somewhere else – the city took over much of the programming the seniors were doing. They formed their own organization and are offering some interesting and innovative programs.

Now the adult soccer groups seem to find that they too are not part of the “collaborative” process that the city administrators like to brag about.

The adult groups are asking city Councillors to intervene.  They don’t want to mess with the Mother’s

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Once again - the LaSalle Park Marina is not a private yacht club.

News 100 blueBy Staff

November 5th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We were asked by an Aldershot resident:

Why is it that a private yacht club at LaSalle Park can usurp the public access to this waterfront by placing their docks and pier anchors on publicly owned property?

There is no longer any room to park cars creating a traffic nightmare, fish for those who enjoy this or observe/photograph the multitude of waterfront fowl from the east side of the pier. Furthermore, it is an eye sore.

LaSalle Park - bring about a boat on its way to the water.

LaSalle Park – bring about a boat on its way to the water.

Did this private yacht club get permission from the city to do this?

Did this private yacht club pay the city for utilizing the public pier for storage?

Who is going to pay for the damage to the inter-locking brick and asphalt……tax-payers?

The response from John Birch, the LaSalle Park Marina Association President was pretty direct:

We are well past the time when this kind of narrative about being a ‘private club’ being simply an honest mistake.

In our opinion, it is a dystopic and amoral Trumpian disinformation trick with the statement untruthfully trying to load and prejudice the public narrative. Sadly, it is the world we live in now. However, the statement is entirely misleading and factually untrue.

The facts are:

LaSalle Park Marina Association is a registered not-for-profit corporation administrating for free the City of Burlington’s Open Public Marina. The City owns the asset LaSalle Park Marina, LPMA paid for it.

Again, LaSalle Park Marina is the City of Burlington’s Open Public Marina.

LaSalle Park Marina doesn’t store boats, the Burlington Sailing & Boating Club.

marina LaSalle Park marinaThe facts are:
LPMA is permitted, per our Joint Venture Agreement with City of Bburlington (CoB) ; and CoB’s lease with HPA, to store LaSalle Park Marina’s docks onshore atop LaSalle Pier where sited. Has been thus for 37 years.

In addition, some floating Wavebreak Modules are ashore with City permission for LPMA to again repair these modules, which any lay person can clearly see plainly are damaged.
There is plenty of room to park cars currently. Very few parking spots have been taken up, and the few that are is with the City’s expressed consent during the repairs.

There will be no damage to the asphalt or asphalt imprinted “interlocking brick” which is in fact molded asphalt.

The Wavebreak modules where specifically placed the way they were to minimize, as much as possible, the impact to public vista to the South from LaSalle Pier, while we do the needful repairs.

The projected repair schedule is over six weeks, from November 1, weather permitting as an arc welder is employed to repair. The mussels are vacuumed up and disposed of properly following our international Blue Flag certified environmental protocols.

The proposed Rock Habitat Safe Harbour Wavebreak will in fact solve all issues, including winter storage of docks ashore (as the docks will remain in the water year round behind the Rock Wavebreak) when built. That will greatly improve public access to all parking spots on LaSalle Pier year round, and provide substantial fish and wildlife habitat per the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s approval and directions on the EA to proceed to next steps.

We are entirely process people, and are following due process.

We keep the City informed of any material developments, pro or con, having an impact on their asset LaSalle Park Marina in a timely manner; and, as a professional courtesy copy the Ward Councillor when appropriate.

Birch is quite right – let’s stop this nattering away about the Marina being a private yacht club.

LaSalle Park - aerial

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City issues directions on the etiquette expected by those who use the pathways for cycling.

News 100 redBy Staff

October 31st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Is this the beginning of a shift from the idea of road diets?

The City is reminding pedestrians and cyclists to follow proper etiquette and safety practices when using a shared pathway to ensure the safety of all users.

Multi-use pathways in the city are a shared space. Residents are reminded to abide by the following etiquette:

• Keep to the right
• Warn others when approaching or passing
• Faster trail users yield to slower traffic
• Use lights at night
• Keep dogs on leash

Sounds like the transportation people have stopped talking about how to comport ourselves on a street that is on a “diet”.

But – “Burlington is one of Canada’s best and most livable cities, a place where people, nature and business thrive.”

Transit - Vito Tolone

Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation Services

Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation Services had this to say about using pathways for cycling: “Walking and cycling on the city’s multi-use pathways is a fun and healthy activity, but it’s important to ensure everyone’s safety. Please be respectful to fellow pathway users and remember that the speed limit on pathways in Burlington is 15 kilometres an hour.”

Quick Facts
Approximately 208,000 cyclists and 280,000 pedestrians use the Beachway multi-use path annually.

Cyclists that need a bike light or bell can get one from the City of Burlington, free of charge, while supplies last.

For more information, please contact Dan Ozimkovic at dan.ozimkovic@burlington.

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How did the city ever get to this point with the New Street road diet?

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 31st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Bike lanes - New street

Before dedicated bike lanes on the lift – proposed lanes (and what is in place for the pilot) on the right.

Will city council actually make a final decision on the one-year pilot on a section of New Street between Walkers Line and Guelph Line, reducing the number of lanes from four to three with buffered bike lanes?

This issue has been mired in the Transportation department and the subject of much debate between the cyclists and car drivers.

A staff report with findings from the one-year New Street pilot project will be presented to Burlington City Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Mon. Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. A copy of the report will be available beginning Nov. 18 and can be found on the city’s webpage dedicated to the project.

Throughout the one-year New Street pilot project, the city will be sharing updates and information collected.
Comparison of travel times on New Street before and after the implementation of the one-year pilot:

New Street bike lanes - long pic

All kinds of graphics material was made available to the public – problem was the public didn’t show up at the public meetings. Less than 20 people – more staff than tax payers.

A Closer Look at the Numbers:
Travel time data on New Street between Walkers Line and Guelph Line was captured using BlueMAC technology. When an outbound bluetooth signal is detected from a passing mobile phone or car, the BlueMAC technology, located at New Street and Walkers Line and New Street and Guelph Line, is able to record the travel time of each vehicle.

While the number of recordings does not represent the total number of cars using New Street during the times above, it does provide a sample size that is significantly larger than one captured manually.

Ward 2 city Councillor sets out her position in her newsletter: “Residents have reported significant delays turning from side streets onto New St, increased traffic on side streets that weren’t intended to handle the volume, and delays in travelling at certain times of the day.

“More than 2000 people have signed a petition seeking an end to the pilot project. We need to consider the lived experience and input from residents as much as the Bluetooth data. We have yet to learn whether there has been an increase in cyclists due to the new lanes, but we know the lanes have impacted thousands of drivers.

“When there is an accident on the QEW or 403, there is no extra capacity to take the volume on our streets, including New, leading to significant gridlock. When people are commuting home from long work days, or meetings or errands, each extra minute in traffic is precious time away from family. Based on what I have heard and learned so far, it doesn’t make sense to continue the lane restriction.”

East bound traffic

Our experience was a little more than the time shown on this graphic.

West bound traffic

This is about what the Gazette experienced.

The Gazette’s experience on travelling the route: We experienced minimal delay – what we didn’t see was any more than two cyclist on the route at any one time – and most of the time there were none. On two occasions we did see cyclists using the sidewalk.

This has been one of the more divisive issues Burlington has had to contend with for some time.

Biggest question is – How much has the city spent on this project in terms of staff time?

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Soccer crowd holding a Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Night

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

October 29th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Youth Soccer Club (BYSC) is hosting its annual gala, Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Night, to honour the achievements of its players and coaches, and to celebrate the contributions of its volunteers. This event takes place Wednesday, November 1st from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will be hosted by event sponsor, and BYSC Partner, Atrium Banquet and Conference Centre.

soccer balls + leg

Soccer has thousands playing the game.

At the Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Night, the BYSC will be presenting the following awards to the nominated recipients, including:

Referee of the Year (Youth),
Referee of the Year (Adult), Keith Grant
Referee of the Year, John De Benedictis (Recreational)
Coaching Award,
Volunteer of the Year,
Young Volunteer of the Year,
Competitive Coach of the Year,
Male Competitive Player of the Year,
Female Competitive Player of the Year,
Harry Newman (Competitive) Team of the Year,
and the Melanie Booth Award.

The pavement didn't seem to be a problem. Get a dozen kids and a soccer ball plus two nets and you've got a game. It was pleasant to watch - some benches would have kept people around longer.

During a car fee Sunday on Brant the pavement didn’t seem to be a problem. Get a dozen kids and a soccer ball plus two nets and you’ve got a game.

The Melanie Booth award is named after former BYSC player and National Team/ Olympic Bronze Medalist Melanie Booth, and is awarded to a player with successes at the National Level.

Honoured guests expected include Melanie Booth, Ron Smale (President of Ontario Soccer), and Steven Caldwell (Toronto FC),

For information about BYSC events or programs, visit www.burlingtonsoccer.com or call 905-333-0777.

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Herd gets a new coach - fourth for the Burlington IBL baseball franchise in the teams six year history.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

September 26, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Herd today announced that the team has re-signed manager Kevin Hussey for the 2018 season. Hussey returns for his first full season as the skipper after replacing former Herd Manager Jeff Lounsbury in 2017.

Herd manager 2017-18

Kevin Hussey – won one game against a superior team – that got him the job of coach for the Burlington Herd.

The 30-year-old Hussey was named the fourth manager in Burlington Herd history on July 13, 2017, the day he led the Herd to its first and only victory during the quarter finals – the London Majors took that series 4-1.

Looks as if the Herd felt that if Hussey could win a game against a tough team perhaps he was the guy to be given the task of somehow making a winning tram out of the Herd.

We wish him well,

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Kevin played four years of college baseball at Olney Central Junior College between 2006-2008 and Chicago State University between 2008-2010.

During his time with both colleges, Kevin was a two year starter in both the NJCAA Division I and NCAA Division I baseball programs.

Burlington_Twins400

The season needed a lot of improvement - but the community spirit is certainly evident.

Herd-logoHussy took to the field with the Burlington Bandits as the teams starting catcher. In 31 games played, Hussey recorded a .290 batting average with 12 doubles, one home run and 16 RBIs. This past season with the Herd, Hussey has recorded two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI’s.

“We are very excited to welcome Kevin back as the field manager for the Herd,” said Herd President Ryan Harrison. “Kevin is committed to winning and creating that winning atmosphere in the clubhouse.”

In addition to his duties as field manager, Hussey will have direct input in assembling the 2018 roster for the Herd, including scouting, signing players and handling all operational aspects of the on field team.

InterCounty Baseball came to Burlington in 2011, first as the Twins, then as the Bandits and now the Herd

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Bike storage spaces to be located at Burlington and Appleby GO stations and two car pool lots.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 12, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is a photo op that will have gladdened the heart of Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon.

Anything to do with cycling and sharing the road in a responsible way gets her attention.

The announcement earlier today at the Appleby GO station that the province is going to install secure bike storage at GO station and car pool lots making it easier for cyclists to commute to and from work, school, and appointments.

appleby-go-stationThe construction of new, secure bike storage lockers at GO Transit stations and car pool lots across southern Ontario. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Eight bike lockers will be installed at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Niagara, and Simcoe Region for a total of 120 bike lockers. Work will be finished by the end of March 2018.

In addition, 28 bike rooms will be installed at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area over the next four years as part of Ontario’s GO RER program, expanding storage capacity while enhancing security. The first locations, which will be complete by spring 2018, include: Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville, and Stouffville.

McMahon with a bikeMinister of Transportation Steven De Luca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon were in Burlington today to launch the new Commuter Bike Parking Program, which will help encourage people to take their bikes as part of their daily commute.

Eight bike lockers will be installed at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Niagara, and Simcoe Region for a total of 120 bike lockers. Work will be finished by the end of March 2018. In addition, 28 bike rooms will be installed at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area over the next four years as part of Ontario’s GO RER program, expanding storage capacity while enhancing security. The first locations, which will be complete by spring 2018, include: Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville, and Stouffville.

Locations:
GO stations: Burlington and Appleby
Car pool lots: QEW at Guelph Line and Hwy 403 at Hwy 6/Plains Rd

No mention of any fee for use – they will all be in place before the June election – which is more than can be said for the Burlington GO station upgrades.

No report on whether or not the two politicians rode their bikes to the event.

This just might give cyclists a reason to use New Street now that it is still on its Road Diet.

Ontario is investing approximately $2.5 million from its carbon market to fund this project.
About 1.5 million people in Ontario ride their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall, and many cycle year-round.

The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program is a commitment under Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

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