New funding means improved cycling networks in Mississauga.
Business and innovation | December 7, 2017
The City of Mississauga is one of 120 municipalities that will receive funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program announced on December 4 by the Government of Ontario. Mississauga is receiving $2.3 million to build better cycling networks along busy routes and support safe cycling.
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this important city-building investment being made by the Government of Ontario to improve and build new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Council and staff remain committed to ensuring residents and visitors can safely get to work, school and around our community using cycling; and continue to enjoy healthy active lifestyles.”
When the grant program was unveiled earlier this year, it was announced the Government of Ontario would invest $42.5 million for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. This is now increased to $93 million. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. Funding was determined by the size of the municipality.
“As part of a two-tiered municipal government, Mississauga and the Region of Peel are splitting the funding, with the Region of Peel receiving $4.2 million and the City receiving $2.3 million in the first year of a four-year program,” said City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker. “This funding will help the City continue to work toward our strategic goal of making our city more pedestrian and cycling friendly by improving infrastructure along heavily-travelled routes.”
“This funding is well-timed as it coincides with the update of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan that is currently underway,” said Commissioner of Transportation and Works, Geoff Wright. “This will give us more capacity to continue to build our cycling infrastructure network and allow us to complete projects such as the Burnhamthorpe Road East multi-use trail.”
Some of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program approved key projects that were also part of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan include:
Burnhamthorpe Road East Multi-use Trail
Will complete the east/west multi-use trail along Burnhamthorpe Road and connect to the north/south Etobicoke Creek Trail
Mavis Road Multi-use Trail
Multi-use trail along Mavis Road from Courtneypark Drive to 407 near the Brampton border
Lakeshore Corridor Trail
Development of a new east/west multi-use trail that will connect Mississauga to Oakville just north of Winston Churchill Boulevard at Royal Windsor Drive to Westfield Drive (west of Stanfield Road and south of the Queensway). This is a joint project with the Region of Peel Active Transportation Plan.
Hydro Corridor East Trail
Development of a new north/south multi-use trail that runs north and south from Dundas Street to Audubon Boulevard. This will connect to the trail at Tahoe Station (Mississauga Transitway).
For more information on the full list of approved projects, please see the corporate report from the October 18, 2017 agenda.The grant funding will cover up to 80 per cent of the project cost. Projects that use cycling grant funds must be completed by December 30, 2020.
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 3940