Photo credits: City of Mississauga


The city Mississauga is on the southern part of the province Ontario in Canada and lies on the shores of the Lake Ontario. The city is the closest suburban area to Toronto and it is the 6th most populous municipality in Canada. The city is mostly flat. The climate ranges from -20 degrees Celsius in winter to +32 degrees Celsius in summer. Generally, the temperature is moderate with relatively low snowfall compared to the rest of the province.

Currently, the cycling in the city is mostly recreational or sport as it has many trail routes. It is not the preferred mode for commuting because of the longer detours. Even in the neighborhood mobility where the trip distance is low, cycle is rarely used. For daily commuting car is the main mode of transport in the city and the car parking lots, dominate the landscape and view of the city. Nevertheless, in the last couple of years, there is a growing interest on cycling. With the improvement of cycling scenario in neighborhood mobility and many trip generator locations in the city, the mode share can improve. Also, the pull and push strategies require not just improving the cycling scenario in the city, but also applying restriction on the car usage. Mississauga being a polycentric city from Toronto, can explore the option of Hybrid Oriented Development.

Modal split of cycling: 0.3%
Average length of trips made within the city: 0

"The current bicycle infrastructure is just 8% when compared with the road infrastructure of 5480km. 68% of the bicycle lanes present are boulevard trails and off-road trails, which are mostly used for recreational purposes, but not for commuter purpose, as they have longer detours. The rest of the bicycle lanes and shared routes are fragmented and not continuous, so a complete connected cycling network is missing. The bicycle lanes are not colored. There are no ITS measures in place, which could be a future innovation to make urban cycling even more convenient. Cul de sacs in the city are also an issue with the connectivity of the cycle routes.

More traffic calming measures are required in the city, which improves the safety to the user of active modes. Detection loops should be installed at more locations in the city. Bicycle parking facilities at the transit stations and other business locations should be increased. Currently, the city does not have a bicycle sharing system in place. Bicycle sharing systems, bicycle renting and bicycle repair shops will be a positive introduction to daily/commuter cycling. "
"The city has a ‘Cycling Master Plan’ and the city cycling map is publically available. The city has monthly cycling events in the cycling season, which promotes and increases awareness among people on urban cycling. Mobility advice for citizens regarding cycling is available with the city. Information about cycling behavior is available in the car driving lessons. Bicycle is rarely used in the neighborhood mobility where the trip distances are generally short. Pupils under 17 years of age are legally required to wear helmets. This could be seen as a barrier for people because cycling is perceived as unsafe. There's a huge difference in gender split in cyclists (Male- 74% and Female-26%) also indicate women don’t feel that cycling is safe or convenient. Cycling lessons in schools would encourage the school children to use bicycle as a mode to travel rather than being a passenger in the car.

Low funding and people’s perception of cycle impacting the car parking space, are hindering the implementation of the cycling plans. Positive media coverage of cycling can play a significant role to improve the perception of cycling among the people. "
"Mississauga has a strong governance and cooperation with organizations to promote urban cycling. The city has some dedicated budget for cycling in the transportation budget and several funding from different levels of government is also available. Public and other 3rd party are included in the decision making of the cycling planning process and policies. The ‘Active School Travel’ is also a good initiative promoting children to cycle in schools. Good marketing is in place with a great deal of information available in the city’s website ‘Does cycling move you?’. Various innovative ideas with the Quick poll, consultation, map your ideas, etc. are in place, which takes into account the general public opinion and their suggestions. A robust monitoring plan is being developed through the cycling master plan update.

Despite the strong Orgware competency, the number and influence of cycling advocacies is low. There is also a need to increase the annual dedicated budget for cycling. This would accelerate the infrastructural improvements and give a positive impression to residents that the city is focused on improving the cycling environment."

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