Active Transportation Task Force

The Active Transportation Task Force (ATTF) works to create a safer community through the development of infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks and complete streets. We also promote healthy living through active transportation.

Meetings and Minutes

We meet bi-monthly or as needed throughout the year.

 March 19, 2019

Members Present

Don Coats, Volunteer Caledon Cycling Club

Wayne Noble, Volunteer Bike the Creek/Brampton Bike Hub

Harm Gill, Volunteer

Amanda Zarifopoulos, Volunteer

Shonasib Bald, Volunteer

Town Staff Present

Eric Chan, Manager, Transportation

Arash Olia, Coordinator, Transportation Development

Steve Mathew, Traffic Technologist

Alyson Monery, Coordinator, Recreation

Kant Chawla, Senior Planner, Transportation

Li Li, Analyst, Claims Risk Management

Sharon Wilcox, Officer, Tourism & Culture

Kaley Harkins, Technician, Road Operations, FIS

Jordan Vander Klok, Landscape Project Coordinator

Chad Curtis, Specialist, Legislative

Steven Dollmaier, Superintendent, Roads & Fleets

Others Present

Tracy Appleton, Region of Peel

Michael Bennington, Region of Peel

Mina Zare, Region of Peel

Summary and Next Steps:

  • Eric provided the presentation on the terms of reference, goals and objectives of the task force, previous achievements through the cycling task force.
  • Eric requested the members to review the Terms of Reference and provide their feedbacks/comments
  • The mandate of this task force is for the town to obtain a silver designation for cycling and walk friendly designation.
  • It was mentioned that the term of task force equals the term of council.
  • Task force members explained the followings:
  • Opportunities for the task force to identify better connectivity for cyclists and walkers.
    • Explore the opportunities of collecting grant funds from other government agencies
    • Inviting staff from the city of Brampton for future meetings
    • Improvements of the mid-block trail crossing need to be made as well as safety of the roads.
    • More education needs to be done for drivers and cyclists to increase the awareness
 February 21, 2020

Members Present

Darshan Singh, Volunteer

Wayne Noble, Volunteer Bike the Creek/Brampton Bike Hub

Matt Noble, OPP

Dwayne McKnight, OPP

Region of Peel Staff Present

Michael Bennington, Region of Peel

Brandon Quigley, Region of Peel

Sandra Fitzpatrick, Public Health

Town Staff Present

Arash Olia, Coordinator, Transportation Development and Acting Transportation Manager

Bryan Meyers, Engineering Intern

Kaley Harkins, Technician, Road Operations

Jordan Vander Klok, Landscape Project Coordinator

Alyson Monery, Recreation Program Coordinator

Amanda Fusco, Manager Legislative Services and Acting Town Clerk

Sharon Wilcox, Tourism and Culture Officer

Chad Curtis, Specialist Legislative 

Emma Howlett, Transportation Engineering Analyst

Summary

  •   Active transportation task force is designated as aboard thus must   follow code of conduct
  •   Town of Caledon will implement at least 40km of bike routes this year
  •   Queensgate Blvd. and Kennedy Rd. to have revised pavement parking   pending a public information center
  •   Bike the Creek Day June 13th, 2020

 

Next Steps:

  •   Town of Caledon is to go to council with:
    •   Total cost to implement 80km this year
    •   Length of bike route the Town can implement on existing budget
  •   Region of Peel will review trail ends signage near Old Church Rd. and   Innis Lake Rd.

 

Note: Pandemic reallocations of budget prevented implementation of new bike routes in 2020

October 13, 2020

Members Present:

Wayne Noble, Volunteer Bike the Creek/Brampton Bike Hub

Don Coats, Volunteer Caledon Hills Cycling Club

 

Region of Peel Staff Present:

Manvir Tatla

Neal Smith

Arthur Lee

Sally Rook

Damian Jamroz

Mina Zare

Michael Bennington

Town Staff Present:

Arash Olia, Manager Transportation Engineering

Li Li, Senior Analyst, Insurance & Risk Management Senior Analyst

Jordan Vander Klok, Landscape Project Coordinator

Alyson Monery, Recreation Program Coordinator

Kant Chawla, Policy Community Services Senior Planner

Sharon Wilcox, Tourism and Culture Officer

Emma Howlett, Transportation Engineering Analyst

Guest Speakers:

David Meyer, Waterfront Commission Trust

Not Able to attend:

OPP Representative: Duanne Mcknight, Matthew Noble

Sandra Fitzpatrick, Peel District School Board

Tracey Appleton, Public Health

Summary:

  • The Region of Peel Environmental Assessment on Airport Rd is to be completed soon. It is looking to combine the use of bike lanes, multi-use trails, paved shoulders, and diversions onto local roads to provide safe cycling facilities.

  • The Waterfront Commission Trust has proposed a bike route from Orangeville to Inglewood, bypasses around Forks of the Credit Rd and Caledon East Galafraxa Town Line are currently under investigation.

  • The Region of Peel is looking to potentially acquire railway line from Orangeville to Brampton in the next 10 years for active transportation.

  • Bike repair stations are to be installed in Southfields community center, Paulgrave near the Caledon Trailway, and Inglewood near the Caledon Trailway.

Next Steps:

  • Region to investigate:

    • a bypass from Mount Crest Road to Caledon Trailway

    • the need for a Huntsville trail crossing once constructed 

    • Old Base line Rd shoulder widening to allow for Bike Route Signage

    • presence of counts/data on cyclist activity around Forks of the Credit Rd

    • If cyclists can be permitted on Old Church Rd (near Innis Lake Rd) in leu of recent safety improvements such as ASE

  • Town of Caledon to investigate:

    • other trail etiquette measures reccomended (in person, flyers/adds, etc.)

    • Old base Line Bike Route signage with Region of Peel

  • David Mayer – Will work with park staff to see if signage, enforcement, or other program is reccomended by park staff near Forks of the Credit Provincail Park.

March 17, 2021

Members Present

Arash Olia, Manager Transportation Engineering 

Andrew Pearce, Director Engineering Services 

Ben Roberts, Economic Development (for Sharon Wilcox) 

Emma Howlett, Traffic Data Analyst

Kant Chawla, Transportation Planning

 

Alyson Monery,  Events Community Development

Wayne Noble, Volunteer Bike the Creek/Brampton Bike Hub

David Meyer, Project Manager with Waterfront Regeneration Trust 

 

Sanadra Fitzpatrick, Manager Peel Public Health 

Brandon Quigley, Region of Peel

Neal Smith,  Region of Peel

 

Summary

  • EA's are underway on Columbia Way and Airport Road looking to improve sustainable transportation infrastructure

  • Shared proposed bike route for 2021

  • Members indicated approval of the connectivity created by these Bike Routes, David will look into connections with the Waterfront Trail's and Greenbelt loop 

  • Region of Peel looking to widen shoulders on Old base Line Road this year, other projects subject to approval

  • Bike repair stands to be installed in Cheltenham and Palgrave donated by the book club, Town donated 1 station to be installed in in Mount Wolfe Road and Caledon Trailway

Next Steps

 

  • Town staff will work on Signage plan, updating maps (digital and tourism kiosks/paper ). Adding new routes and add bike repair stand locations and amenities for cyclists

  • Region will continue to work on cycling facilities on Old base Line Road, Main Street West, and Old Church Road

Membership

The task force is made up of a maximum of seven core members and 13 supporting members. Of the core members, five are Caledon residents and two are Town staff.

Core member eligibility

The core members include:

  • Five Caledon residents who are not Town employees or members of Council
  • Two Town of Caledon staff from the Transportation Engineering Division

Core members must attend all meetings.

Supporting member eligibility

The supporting members include:

One Caledon staff member from each of the following divisions:

  • Parks/Landscape Architect Design
  • Recreation division
  • Roads and Fleets division
  • Business Development, Tourism and Culture division
  • Purchasing and Risk Management division
  • Development Wards 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 and 5 division
  • Policy and Sustainability division
  • Accessibility division

One Region of Peel staff member from each of the following divisions:

  • Traffic and Sustainable Transportation section
  • Peel Public Health department

Additionally, one staff member from each of the following divisions:

  • Peel District School Board
  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Ontario Provincial Police

Supporting members only attend meetings that have agenda items that relate to their specific area of expertise.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Active Transportation Task Force is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining active transportation infrastructure
  • Educating the public about active transportation
  • Identifying challenges and opportunities in areas with high active transportation use, such as schools, parks, trails, transit stops, tourist destinations, etc.
  • Creating and reviewing documents by Caledon, the Region of Peel and the Provincial government that relate to active transportation

The Active Transportation Task Force has no authority and all recommendations must be approved by Council before coming into effect.

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation is using your own energy (non-motorized ways) to get to your destination. This includes:

  • Walking, jogging and running
  • Bicycling
  • Skating
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing and snowshoeing
  • Using a wheelchair or other non-powered device

Benefits of Active Transportation

Active transportation has many physical, mental and financial benefits. For example, active transportation:

  • Makes physical activity part of regular commute or trips
  • Is accessible and increases social interaction
  • Reduces traffic
  • Contributes to reducing carbon emissions that lead to global warming
  • Saves money on gas and parking

Find ways to build active transportation into your life. Starting can be as simple as walking to the store or walking or biking to work/school/bus stop twice a week.