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Bike Niagara is a new organization, formed by a group of local Cycling enthusiasts interested in helping people get started, by promoting safe cycling, bike riding skills and improving on the road capabilities of all cyclists

Our blog will have news about events, rides, training sessions, anything cycling happening in Niagara.

Ride of Silence

posted May 1, 2017, 5:26 PM by Walt Berg   [ updated May 1, 2017, 5:35 PM ]

Bike Niagara will be participating in the Ride of Silence in Niagara Falls on May 17th.  More details for this memorial ride for fallen and injured cyclists can be found at:

Ontario Bike Summit

posted May 1, 2017, 5:14 PM by Walt Berg

Bike Niagara members attended this year's Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto.  The following highlights were posted by Share the Road Cycling Coalition, plus and announcement about $50 million for cycling infrastructure.


Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Building a bicycle-friendly Ontario

Share the Road was at Queen’s Park today for the release of Ontario’s 2017 Budget. We are pleased to share with you that the provincial government will be investing $50 million in commuter cycling infrastructure in 2017-18. This investment is being made as part of the Climate Change Action Plan and is a strong statement in support of building safe, accessible, vibrant and green communities.
 
Earlier this year, Share the Road called on the province to invest $50 million in cycling infrastructure as part of the budget. We made this appeal in partnership with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Ontario by Bike and the Greenbelt Foundation because we know that we need to invest in safe spaces for people to bike if we want to make Ontario the most bicycle-friendly place in Canada. With 82% of stakeholders identifying “infrastructure funding” as the top priority for cycling in Ontario in our recent survey, we know you agree.
 
We also received support from 51 municipally elected officials, who submitted a joint letter to the province in April to reiterate the importance of investing in cycling infrastructure. As stated in that letter – investments in cycling infrastructure are investments in safe access to public roads.
 
This investment will enable people to choose cycling for commutes between residential communities, workplaces and major transit stations by implementing cycling facilities and removing barriers to local cycling networks (p. 95 of 2017 Budget). Since announcing the Climate Change Action Plan in June 2016, the province has been consulting with stakeholders regarding how to effectively invest in cycling. To see Share the Road’s feedback and vision for this investment, click here.
 
We sincerely look forward to working with the province and with communities across Ontario to help leverage this investment to make a significant impact on cycling safety and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Considering this transformative investment alongside the announcements made at the Ontario Bike Summit two weeks ago, April has been a truly impactful month for cycling in Ontario. More updates and resources are in the newsletter below.


 
- Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director
 

Ontario Bike Summit Announcements

The 2017 Ontario Bike Summit took place on April 11 and 12th in Toronto. We are thrilled to report another sold out event, with over 280 delegates in attendance. As always, the Bike Summit was a venue for inspiring and impactful conversations as well as announcements about the future of cycling in Ontario. A full summary will be available on our website soon. Until then, a few important highlights are outlined below.
 
Submit Your Feedback on the draft Provincial Cycling Network 

The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, delivered an update on key cycling projects at the 2017 Ontario Bike Summit. During his remarks, he announced that the draft Provincial Cycling Network had been posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment. You can view the interactive map online and submit your feedback until May 12th.
Tour by Bike: Ontario's Cycling Tourism Plan

The province's first cycling tourism plan was announced at this year's bike summit by The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. During her breakfast keynote address, Minister McMahon outlined how this much needed plan will help to highlight Ontario's existing cycling amenities, while building support for cycling tourism opportunities across the province.

View the plan online here>>
Ontario150: Celebrate by Bike

In 2017, Share the Road has partnered with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Ontario by Bike and the Greenbelt Foundation to celebrate Ontario150 by bike. Our 4 organizations are working together to inspire Ontarians to discover some of the best cycling in the world, in their own backyard. From the Great Lakes to the Greenbelt and the Great North, we want to enable residents of all ages to connect with their communities by bike. In addition to the community events and cycling itineraries being developed as part of this project, Share the Road will be leading a cycling education program focused on training thousands of youth across the province over the next few months. The purpose of this work is to help build a stronger cycling culture and a province where families feel safe and confident exploring by bike. Stay tuned to learn more.
1m Safe Passing Law Awareness Video

Our 1m safe passing law video is now available online. Thanks to generous support from the Ministry of Transportation and 8 partner municipalities, this video is available for everyone to use. Please visit our Vimeo page to view the video. You can download our 60 or 30 second clip directly from Vimeo by clicking on the "Download" button below the video, or you can share the link in your newsletter and on social media. We hope that this shared resource will help you raise awareness about road safety in your community.

If you require broadcast quality for a tv-spot, please connect with us atinfo@sharetheroad.ca and we can have that file forwarded to you. 


Click here to view the video>>
Bike Summit Profiles: The Co-operators
Maya Milardovic of The Co-operators with members of the Queen's Park All Party Cycling Caucus at the 2017 OBS
 
As a Canadian co-operative, one of our founding principles is Concern for Community.  As a provider of financial services we are strong advocates for building resilient communities across Canada.  Our partnership with Share the Road over the years stems from this joint passion for finding solutions to meet the needs and risks of cyclists in Ontario.
For us, cycling advocacy just makes sense.  Not only does it align with our efforts to promote a reduced carbon footprint, but it also encourages Canadians to engage in healthier lifestyles and to build safer neighbourhoods.  The 2017 Ontario Bike Summit (OBS) was an educational and inspiring opportunity to connect with likeminded advocates that challenge the status quo, which helps drives us to develop and offer the services that we do. 
At the OBS we highlighted Community Guard, a product we offer to non-profit organizations for insurance and risk solutions.  It is the dedication and hard work put forth by passionate advocates, many of whom are volunteers, that help drive change.  However often times, Commercial General Liability insurance does not adequately cover the unique and varying needs of these efforts.  In response, Community Guard offers affordable and holistic packages to ensure that organizations, regardless of the nature of their mission statement, are properly protected in the event claims are made. 
As we move into May, Bike Month is fast approaching - presenting additional opportunities to raise awareness surrounding the benefits of cycling and more simply put, to ‘just add bikes.’  The Co-operators proud to be part of Share the Road’s efforts, and we look forward to continuing the momentum witnessed at the 2017 Ontario Bike Summit. 
For more information, contact us at StrategicClientManagement@cooperators.ca.  Let’s talk about your organization’s needs!

Stakeholder Survey Results

In November, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition surveyed more than 360 cycling stakeholders from across Ontario. Ninety-five percent (95%) of respondents indicated that there has been momentum towards a more bicycle-friendly province over the past 3 years. Share the Road is committed to working with the province and stakeholders to ensure this momentum continues by advocating for future rounds of infrastructure funding, educational programs, the inclusion of paved shoulders on provincial roads and the launch of CycleON Action Plan 2.0. 
Click here to view a survey summary>>

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Niagara Freewheelers Public Meeting

posted Feb 19, 2015, 8:21 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 7:36 AM ]

Cycling season is fast approaching.
 
Come on out to the Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club's Open House. 

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 at 7pm at the Regional Headquarters in Thorold. 

Guest Speaker Susan Morin from Venture Niagara will speak about Cycle Tourism in Niagara. 

For more information check out the Niagara Freewheelers website www.thefreewheelers.com for more information.

Everyone is Welcome!

Niagara Active Transportation Summit

posted Jan 15, 2015, 9:05 AM by Walt Berg

Save the Date

 

What:             Niagara Active Transportation Summit

Accelerating Active Transportation through Collective Action

 

When:            March 4

Evening gathering: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Featuring the film, Bike City: Great City.

Great cities for cycling are better places for everyone”

 

March 5

Breakfast Keynote: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Learn how active transportation and cycling tourism can

boost business districts and the local economy

 

Summit: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Inspiring success stories from across Ontario

Next steps and action plan for Niagara

 

Where:           Holiday INN, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines

 

Who should attend:

 

·         Business leaders and elected officials who want to build local business and the economy

·         Municipal and regional staff, tourism stakeholders, economic developers, police, transit officers, school boards, citizens and others interested in accelerating active transportation in Niagara

 

FREE to Niagara residents and stakeholders (Registration fee for participants outside of Niagara)

More details will be available soon at healthylivingniagara.com

 

Brought to you by members of Healthy Living Niagara’s planning group representing:

 

·         Active Transportation Niagara Network

·         Bike Niagara

·         Brock  University

·         Greater Niagara Circle Route Committee

·         Niagara Region

·         Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee

·         Venture Niagara

 

 

Sent on behalf of the planning group by Lisa Gallant 

Healthy Living Niagara Coordinator

Niagara Region Public Health
Phone: 
 905-688-8248 ext. 7321 Toll-free:  1-800-263-7248 

www.healthylivingniagara.com  lisa.gallant@niagararegion.ca

 

Please share this message with people who you believe will be interested in attending this event.

 

 



 

Bicycle Helmets in the News

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:59 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 2:54 PM by R Garcia ]


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Bike Niagara founders Gary Murphyand Dave Hunt are featured in the St. Catharines Standard article about proposed mandatory bicycle helmet laws in Ontario.  Read about the Ontario Coroner's cycling deaths review here:


http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/06/18/all-cyclists-need-a-helmet-coroner

 

Saving Bike Lanes at the New Hospital

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:49 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 3:11 PM by R Garcia ]

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St. Catharines City Council puts bikes ahead of cars in fight to preserve existing bike lanes. Check out the news article here.

 

Bike Niagara's Dave Hunt receives prestigious Award!

posted May 30, 2013, 8:18 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 3:22 PM by R Garcia ]

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Bike Niagara would like to congratulate Dave Hunt (our bike safety guy) who was the recipient of the 2013 "Wheels of Change Advocacy Award". 

The award is given in recognition of advocacy, dedication and leadership in building bicycle friendly communities across Ontario. It was presented at the recent Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto, by Eleanor McMahon from the Share the Road Cycle Coalition

Well done Dave!

Bike Niagara in the News

posted Mar 18, 2013, 10:27 AM by Walt Berg   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 2:56 PM by R Garcia ]

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"Walt Berg, left, Dave Hunt and Ted Higgins are three of four founders of Bike Niagara who plan to host beginner bicycling courses in Pelham and St. Catharines this spring to help people become more confident in sharing the roads. (VICTORIA GRAY Tribune Staff)"

Ready, Set, Cycle!, Bike Niagara's 2013 four session course for folks just starting or getting back on the bike.  

Check out the article that was featured in the St. Catharines Standard on Friday, March 15, 2013  "Bike Niagara gears up for cycling course" article here

Registration begins on March 27- Space is limited.
 

 

BikeNiagara in the News

posted Apr 26, 2012, 7:31 AM by bikeniagara.org@gmail.com   [ updated Feb 12, 2014, 3:48 AM by R Garcia ]


The 2012 riding season is well underway.  Registrations for the May courses are strong and we look forward to delivering our first Segment 2 session (on-bike training) on May 14.  Yesterday Niagara This Week published an article about the Bike Niagara course and the volunteers who were involved in developing the program.  Check the full article HERE.
 
Cheers,
 
Walt

Segment 1- Getting Started

posted Apr 11, 2012, 10:32 AM by bikeniagara.org@gmail.com   [ updated Apr 14, 2012, 2:10 PM by R Garcia ]

BikeNiagara hosted our first Safe Cycling for Fun and Health class last night at the Regional Building.  We would like to thank Sergeant Scott Elliot from the Niagara Regional Police who was called in at the last minute to instruct the course in place of Ted Higgins who had to deal with a family emergency.  Scott is an avid road cyclist and mountain bike rider and instructs the NRP Bike Unit in proper bike handling skills. 

We had 16 participants for our free course which was a great turnout for the first class.  A lot of information was passed on to participants as well as some excellent questions that added to the discussion.  Our next segment of Getting Started will be Tuesday, May 1 and our first on-bike class (Segment 2) takes place on Monday, May 14.  

Consider signing up, and on completion of Segment 2 training receive a free one year membership to the Niagara Freewheelers Touring Club (valued at $30).  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us at bikeniagara.org@gmail.com
 
Cheers,
 
Walt

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