Peel Community Active Transportation Project

In 2014-2015, the Region of Peel retained the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) to increase active transportation through the creation and implementation of a community based pilot program as identified in the Peel Active Transportation Plan (2011).

Program Description

The program connected with local organizations and residents to build their cycling knowledge and capacity, while co-creating new programs and services available to the community.   The 2015 pilot model included the following three initiatives:

  1. PedalWise
    PedalWise is a mentor-based program that pairs existing cyclists with potential new cyclists.  The duos then share their local community and cycling knowledge with each other.  Group bike rides help new participants become increasingly more comfortable on a bicycle.
  2. BikeWrx
    The BikeWrx garage is an 800 square foot bicycle repair garage established to repair and refurbish bikes donated by the community, and to train community members in bicycle maintenance and repair. Community members built work benches, set up a garage, and repaired bicycles.
  3. The Community Bike Centre
    The Community Bike Centre is the new cycling focused branch of an existing community non-profit, the Community Environment Alliance (CEA).  Through it, CEA developed and delivered programs to educate, empower and enable people to develop utilitarian bicycling and mechanical skills.

PedalWise Pilot Program 2015 Results

  • Mode share of Work/School/Shopping trips by private motor vehicles dropped from 54% to 42% for the PedalWise Program cohort.
  • Cycling mode share increased from 5% to 25%.
  • Participants averaged 177 minutes of cycling per week exceeding Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines of 150 minutes per week.
  • Participants' willingness to spend on bicycles and accessories increased from $139 to $292, demonstrating increased perception of the value of a bicycle.
  • Changes in mode share, minutes of weekly activity, and willingness to spend compared favourably to the control group, indicating that the program had a strong impact.

BikeWrx Pilot Program 2015 Results

  • 110 bicycles were refurbished and put to use in the community, 67 of which were given to children at the All People's Church first CycleFest event.
  • A Build-A-Bike-Earn-A-Bike program was developed and established.
  • A Bike Maintenance Clinic was developed and established.

Reports

Future Projects

The Region is looking into opportunities to develop and expand its community based cycling programming and services.  Contact walkandroll@peelregion.ca to be kept up to date on developments and opportunities.

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