There have been way too many bicycle accidents so far this year in Guelph.
There is a good editorial on this in a recent issue of the Ontarion at:
Council has recently approved a Bicycle-Friendly Guelph Project developed by our Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, Jennifer McDowell.
This is an excerpt from the report that went to Council that outlines the key elements of the plan.
Bicycle Transportation Plan
The proposal to develop a bicycle transportation plan for Guelph is based on a review of the best practices in bicycle friendly cities across North America and Europe. The review was undertaken by staff with consulting assistance provided by Mpower Business Guides.
The best practices review indicates that a high modal share of cycling and the perception of safety and convenience in cycling is the direct result of integrating the practices of engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. The review also notes the role of the Bicycle Transportation Advisory Committee comprising municipal, stakeholder and industry representatives in the development and implementation of a bicycle transportation plan.
Based on this review and the need for community consultation, staff are recommending the establishment of a Bicycle Transportation Advisory Committee (BTAC) in Guelph to assist with developing and implementing the proposed bicycle transportation plan. The membership of the proposed BTAC will include:
- City staff (from Engineering, Traffic, Planning and Transit)
- Representatives from bicycle user groups or stakeholders
- Representatives from bicycle industry group
- Community representatives
- Representatives from environmental groups / stakeholders
- Representatives from health and education sectors
- Police Services
The purpose of the Bicycle Transportation Advisory Committee is to:
· represent the views of various user groups in the community
· assist in identifying weaknesses and gaps in the existing network, facilities, and implementation program
· provide input to developing Guelph’s bicycle transportation plan and supporting programs
· assist in implementing the programs and initiatives from the final plan
The development of the bicycle plan will include the following principal tasks:
Inventory and base mapping of existing physical infrastructure and facilities
Survey of public and user perceptions of cycling in Guelph
Identify specific user groups and their needs
Identify spatial desire lines for cycling based on land use distribution
Develop a bicycle network plan comprising both on-road and off-road facilities corresponding to user needs and cycling desire lines
Identify supportive programs based on user needs, e.g. workplace amenities, bicycle parking, bike racks on buses etc.
Establish design and safety standards for facilities and users
Develop education and outreach programs targeting users, community, institutions and employers
Establish cycling modal share targets, where possible by areas and user groups
Develop an implementation and monitoring plan
The development of the bicycle transportation plan will be completed within one year and presented to Council for approval in April 2009.