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Brockville Council backs bike parking corrals

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 28 January 2017

Brockville City Council carried the first of two motions in a report from staff and the cycling committee, “THAT bicycle parking corrals be added to the Water Street parking lot, Hardy Park, Rotary Park, St. Lawrence Park and Memorial Park”.

This will create permanent locations in the downtown/waterfront area for bicycle parking, better serving residents and visitors, especially during events.

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Downtown recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area

DBIA/Ontario by Bike / 21 November 2016

dbialogoDowntown Brockville is now one of four certified Bicycle Friendly Business Areas in Ontario! The Ontario By Bike Network is a province-wide network of certified bicycle friendly businesses and business areas that collectively enhance Ontario’s cycle tourism sector and growing cycling market. This designation positions downtown Brockville as a hub for the excellent on road cycling and trail riding throughout the city and into the surrounding region.

The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area (DBIA), an association of businesses operating within a specific district approved by the City of Brockville, has been working over the past months with Ontario By Bike to meet the minimum criteria for the desigination, including dedicated cycling page on the BIA’s website (www.downtownbrockville.com/cycle-downtown-brockville.php). Meg Plooy, Executive Director of the Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area states, “With the expansion of the Brock Trail and continued improvements to active transportation infrastructure within our City and Region, DBIA was eager to take the steps to be awarded our Bike Friendly designation and continue to promote Downtown Brockville as an alive and vibrant destination.”

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Wanted: Cycling Advisory Committee members

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 11 November 2016

Are you interested in helping Council realize the benefits of cycling, as directed in the Official Plan and Sustainability and other plans, and as endorsed in the Healthy Communities Vision? If so, the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee is seeking new members.

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How to get back on your bike in your golden years

Momentum Mag / Karen Jenkins / 12 May 2016

karen_webWhatever your age, grab your bicycle and ride! If you are 60 or older, and do not ride a bicycle, let me convince you to ride.

Bicycle ridership among those 60 years and older is growing the fastest according to data collected by the US Department of Transportation. Between 1995 and 2009, the rise in cycling among people ages 60-79 accounted for 37 percent of the total net nationwide increase in bike trips. Canada, countries in Europe, Australia, and Japan report a similar trend.

Fifteen years ago, my brother surprised me with a heavy, three-speed, step-through bicycle. I was 45 and hadn’t ridden a bicycle since childhood. The gift sat unused for seven years until serendipity intervened and pushed me down an unfamiliar path. Now I ride my bicycle nearly every day and I am the Chair of the Board of Directors of the League of American Bicyclists, which at 135 years, is the oldest bicycle advocacy organization in the world. Every day, I smile broadly and laugh loudly as I ask myself, “How, at my age, did this happen?”

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Brockville’s first bike lanes

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 06 October 2016

king-and-riversLine painting on King St W and Cty Rd 2, along with new signs, clearly show Brockville’s first bike lanes. Some stencil and line painting remains, yet the lanes are marked and in force. This segment is part of the Ontario Waterfront Trail, and the eastbound welcome to Brockville for some 3,000 or more cyclist tourists each season. It’s also a popular route for local commuters and recreational riders.

The original four lane configuration has been upgraded to two bike lanes, two motorized travel lanes, and a centre left turn lane. The road continues to provide significant excess capacity for measured volumes.

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Ontario launches challenge to spend more time in nature

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry / 25 July 2016

More time in natureThe Ontario government and Ontario Parks are challenging people across the province to spend more time in nature and develop new healthy habits.

Inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Challenge, the Ontario Parks 30×30 Nature Challenge encourages people to spend at least 30 minutes per day in nature for 30 days. This year’s challenge begins in August.

Spending time outside each day will help to form a beneficial new habit that supports a healthy lifestyle. Research shows that interacting with nature is good for both physical and mental health, from reducing stress and strengthening the immune system to reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and lowering blood pressure.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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