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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ontario Trails News - Trailwise - February 2, 2017

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Bike lanes and hiking trails in Halton Hills

Bike lanes and hiking trails in Halton Hills

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By Graeme Frisque The Town of Halton Hills outlined its five-year vision for bike lane and hiking trail infrastructure improvements during its regular meeting of council earlier this month.
At its Jan. 16 regular meeting, council received minutes from the Active Transportation Committee meeting held last September, which laid out the committee’s plans for trails and bike lane projects through 2021.
The expansion of Halton Hills’ cycling and trail infrastructure is a long-standing and somewhat organic process encompassing several plans and departments.
According to the town’s trail map, Halton Hills is already home to 22.5 kilometres of municipal hiking trails in addition to the Bruce and Guelph and Radial Line trails, which are part of much larger regional trail systems.
Council has approved a significant investment in 2017 and beyond for improvements, maintenance and additions to its municipal system.
Among trail projects approved for the upcoming year will be the fifth phase of the Halton Hills Village Home Inc. (HHVHI) 13 trail, which will extend the current trail system to Eighth Line. Council has earmarked $203,000 for that project.
Councillor Jane Fogal, who sits as Active Transportation Committee Chair, said council has also approved some surface upgrades from wood chips to limestone screening in certain areas of need.
Staff has also requested $36,000 in funding for the Danville/Wallace Trail to properly construct a link for the partially-formalized trail.
Other trail projects planned over the next five years include trails from Maple Avenue to Guelph Street (2018), Eighth Line to Cedarvale (2019), the Noble Court Line (2020), and the Southeast Georgetown link to Hungry Hallow (2021).
Visit for a full map of the existing trail system.
According to Fogal, part of the town’s vision is to build a system which integrates the hiking trails and bike lane systems seamlessly throughout Georgetown and Acton. Part of that plan involves a cycling master plan, which the town adopted in 2010.
“When you’re on a bike you go wherever it’s convenient to go,” said Fogal. “It’s optional, you’ve got choices … people can choose to be on those trails and that’s fantastic.”
Visit to view the Cycling Master Plan in its entirety.

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Step by step, schools push to get kids walking
At Brampton’s Eagle Plains school, a “Walk Whatever the Weather” campaign aims to get as many kids as possible out of the car and onto the sidewalk.
The sighting occurs at 8:15 on a weekday morning in front of Eagle Plains Public School in Brampton. The January air is chilly, the sky slate grey when suddenly it appears — an unusual type of traffic jam.
Not the kind featuring plumes of exhaust and flashing signals, but another phenomenon, seldom seen on suburban streets before the morning bell rings. Could it be a pedestrian rush hour?
People are walking, in twos and threes and big noisy groups. Wrapped in scarves, zipped into puffy jackets. Kids and parents, grandparents and babysitters, collecting friends along the way. Not only that, it’s apparently a daily occurrence at this elementary school of 600.


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People in Peel drive when they could walk, but don't blame car culture, planners say

Region updating transportation plan in effort to get more people out of their cars

By Kate McGillivray, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 30, 2017 9:35 AM ET
A cyclist walks his bike in an area of Brampton with no bike lanes. The majority of people in the area still opt to drive rather than bike or walk for short trips. A cyclist walks his bike in an area of Brampton with no bike lanes. The majority of people in the area still opt to drive rather than bike or walk for short trips. (Asha Hassan)

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People in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon are opting to use their cars on shorter trips that could be easily walked or cycled, according to numbers put out by Peel region.
Only 17 per cent of trips under two kilometres, or about 25 minutes on foot, are actually walked. The number is even lower for potential trips by bicycle: 0 per cent take their bikes out for trips under seven kilometres.

OPP patrol snowmobile trails

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GREENSTONE – The Greenstone Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has responded to concerns from the community regarding local snowmobilers. Our trained motorized snow vehicle officers have been patrolling trails, enforcing laws, and promoting safety. The Ministry of Transportation report that every winter about 30 people are killed and another 1,126 are injured while snowmobiling in Ontario.
The Greenstone OPP will continue patrolling the trails of Greenstone and want to remind riders to stay safe and obey the law. These tips will help make you ride safe and avoid charges:
•Obey speed limits and road/trail signs and always drive within your ability. Reduce your speed when driving at night and watch out for fences, guide wires and other objects that are more difficult to spot at night.
•Avoid driving on frozen lakes and rivers. If it can't be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand. Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit. Carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible.
•Tell someone of your outing; including where you are going, the route, description of your snowmobile and your expected time of return.
•Never travel alone… always with a friend. Always be prepared for the unexpected. Carry a fully charged cell phone if available.
•Never drive impaired. Alcohol, illegal drugs, even prescription and some over-the-counter drugs can slow your reaction time and affect your ability to make good decisions.
•If convicted of impaired driving on a snowmobile, you will lose your driving privileges for all types of vehicles, including motor vehicles, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.
•Use appropriate hand signals when driving with others before stopping, slowing down or turning. Exercise caution on corners and hills, and always remain on the right-hand side of the trail.
•Never ride on private property without permission of the landowner.
•Snowmobile operators are obligated to carry documents with them when operating a motorized snow vehicle.
•a valid driver's licence or motorized snow vehicle operator's licence,
•evidence of the vehicle's registration
•proof of insurance - the vehicle must be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy under the Insurance Act
To operate a motorized snow vehicle along a highway a person must be 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license or a motorized snow vehicle operator’s license.
To operate motorized snow vehicle upon a trail, the person must have reached twelve years old and have a motorized snow vehicle operator's license.
If you choose to operate your motorized snow vehicle on property without the owner's permission you could face charges under the Trespass to Property Act as well as Criminal Code charges if you cause damage to that property.
For further information on safe snowmobiling and trails in Ontario please see the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) at

Poll results: Should winter cycling be banned?

“Perhaps you and your bike will provide improved traction for me at the intersection,” Grey Joseph Howler speculated
Jan 26, 2017 3:56 PM by: Ryen Veldhuis
Cyclists still find themselves out and about, despite the cold weather. Photo by Mike Trahan.With winter seemingly winding down, more cyclists are coming back to the streets to join the growing few who’ve braved the slippery season. However, in a poll held to the public earlier this month, asking the community if winter cycling should be banned from city streets or not.
This was in response to a winter cycling story published where comments became quite divisive over the controversial issue.
According to the poll, which garnered 1502 votes from the community, 71.7 percent (1077) voted that slushy roads and snow banks make it too dangerous for both cyclists and motorists, while 24.83 percent (373) voted that cyclists have the same right as everyone else to travel the roads.


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Federal Student Experience Grant FundingThe 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open.
Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

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Pre-budget Consultation Extended to February 15th!
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If you have not yet sent in your submission for the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations, it's not too late!
The date has now been extended to February 15, 2017, we look forward to hearing from you.

Written submissions can be sent to:
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