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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ontario Trails - City of Thunder Bay Supports Pilot Project, New trail Openings all on Ontario Trails

City Pilots Ontario Trails Activity Project
October 2 2012 In a collaborative effort with the Ontario Trails Council the City of Thunder Bay Parks Division has initiated an innovative trail use survey ...


Ontario Calls for National Transit Plan

October 2, 2012

Ontario Government Pushes for Innovative Solutions

Ontario is asking the federal government to develop a national plan for public transit and increase overall infrastructure funding to boost productivity and create jobs.
These recommendations are part of Ontario's submission to the federal government's long-term infrastructure plan. Ontario is calling for urgent investment in core economic infrastructure which includes transit.Investing in transit infrastructure projects delivers immediate economic benefits, from increasing manufacturing jobs to savings billions lost because of gridlock. Increased federal investment is also required in other types of core economic infrastructure such as:
  • highways, roads and bridges
  • public transit
  • border crossings and gateways
  • water and wastewater systems 
Other recommendations include streamlining many of the administrative requirements for federal infrastructure funding, and stimulating more private sector innovation through the use of alternative financing and procurement funding models, which shift some of the risks associated with complex infrastructure projects onto private sector partners.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families - health care and education.

How about a national trails plan? You know in support of the trails strategy?

Niagara Bike Summit 2012: Cycling in Niagara - Ontario Health ...
Welland, Ontario October 4-5, 2012. The Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee ( RNBC), in partnership with Share the Road Cycling Coalition and the City of ...

Bike Helmet Debate Heats Up
Raise the Hammer (blog)
Earlier this year, the Ontario Coroner's Report on Cycling strongly recommended a provincewide "complete streets" policy that provides for the safety of all street users - pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users and motorists - instead of ...
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Canadian Cyclist - Ontario University Cup MTB Race 3
Canadian Cyclist Online. The source for Canadian cycling news and information including mountain bike and road bike tours, adventure biking features, ...

Ride your bicycle — but stay safe and don't break the law
St. Catharines Standard
Whether considering the purchase of a new bike, or performing maintenance on an old one, riders should remember a bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. “This means that as a bicyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities ...

Do you feel safe cycling on the streets of Niagara?
Welland Tribune
Katie Versluis: “I've been cycling as my main mode of transportation over the summer and found the city less than friendly towards cyclists. Putting aside the fact that most of our main roads don't even have bicycle paths, (Ontario Street is a death ...


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Hi everyone,

Another very important meeting to highlight the need for mountain bikers to voice their wish for mountain biking (think Bike Park) to be included in the master plan.

Please spread the word!

The City of Toronto is hosting a public meeting where you can learn more about the Beare Road Park Master Plan project, and provide your input on its new Master Plan.

We invite you to join u
s at the first public meeting.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, 40 Sewells Road, Toronto, ON M1B 3G5

RSVP is appreciated but not required. If you are able to attend please RSVP by email to

At the meeting on October 11, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation project team will give a presentation that includes background information about the site and the existing conditions. Parks Canada will also be at the meeting to provide an update on the neighbouring proposed Rouge National Urban Park and their consultation process.

The City of Toronto will specifically be seeking feedback regarding the vision that users and residents have for the park, guiding principles that should influence park design, and the consultation process. Other public meetings will follow as the plan progresses.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please request any additional accommodations necessary when you RSVP. We look forward to meeting with you.


2012 Beaver Valley Bike Ride
Supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
WHEN: October 5th, 2012, Ride starts at 7:00am sharp (Rain or Shine)
WHERE: Dearcroft Montessori School, 1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON L6J 1L3

The Beaver Valley 180 represents the true spirit of group rides!

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This ride traverses Southern Ontario departing from Oakville and arriving over 180 km later in Beaver Valley.

Riders in the "Beaver Valley 180" recognize their good fortunes and the importance of supporting others in their goals.  This ride began with 5 guys having fun and is now an event with over 70 elite riders supporting Special Olympics Ontario athletes in order that they may realize their dreams.
The BV180 continues to support The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics athletes in order that they may realize their dreams. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is  the most important fundraising entity for Special Olympics programs around the WORLD. In the four years has raised over $430,000. The goal for 2012 is $130,000.



The Ontario Trails Council and the Ontario Trails Education Program, in conjunction withInternational Mountain Bicycling Association (ON) are pleased to announce the decison to offer the highly recognized and nationally respected IMBA Trailbuilding Program, as part of its Trail Education Course offerings in Ontario. We are currently working to hold our first course on October 3-4. Please save the date.

ontario trails edcuation courses

Daniel Scott from IMBA writes, "Students will come away with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of trail design for both hard surface and naturally surfaced trails of various user types. A working knowledge of the design process from the planning phase to ground proofing trail alignments will be both discussed and experienced with examples and a field exercise which will include using field measurement equipment and flagging a trail alignment for construction."

Program elements include:

IMBA will provide for a two day workshop educating on the following elements
• Sustainable Trail Design – Making sure it lasts using various techniques:
• 5 Elements of Sustainable Design - Micro trail design - the fundamentals for bench cut
• Bench cut Trail vs. Raised Tread Trail - when is each appropriate
• 13 Steps to Trail Planning - Macro trail design - how one trail fits within a larger system
• Art of Trail Design - User psychology and design theory in the natural landscape
• Trail Closure & Rehabilitation - Mitigating reroutes & closures through design & signage
• Advanced Design & Construction Techniques – Building in challenging locations:
• Wooden Structures - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Rock Armouring - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Technical Trail Features - Designing trail features specific to various user groups
• Turns - Climbing, In sloped & Switchback - which turns is appropriate for who & where?

Or contact: Graham Burke, Ontario Trails Council
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