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Introduction to the DRCC
The Durham Region Cycling Coalition (DRCC) was formed in the spring of 2015 by the five major bicycle clubs within Durham Region to give a greater voice to the cycling community so as to effect improvements to cycling infrastructure and the inherent benefit of safer roads for people on bikes. DRCC is actively working with all levels of government to bring about an awareness of the needs of all cyclists whether they be commuters, casual riders, are a mountain rider or avid road cyclists. We need safer roads and better cycling infrastructure.
We all have responsibilities while using our roads
As a cyclist, we know we are vulnerable road users. If you see aggressive or unsafe drivers while riding, report them here at DRPS Road Watch.
- Have you heard? With your current DRCC associate member membership card, you are now entitled to discounts at the 5 local bike shops that support DRCC – see our Get Involved banner for links to the 5 Bike Shops.
- Ron Lalonde has been appointed as DRCC Corp Secretary
- At our recent DRCC AGM we appointed our new DRCC Board for 2020-2022
- DRCC are now accepting new non-club cyclists memberships to join us in our advocacy efforts. For more information regarding our new memberships, please contact us.
- Note – If you are already an existing member of any of the 5 cycling club noted above in the introduction to the DRCC, then you are already a DRCC associate member.
- In 2017/2018/2019 DRCC has been working with Durham Region as a Stakeholders on their Vision Zero planning, adding our views and comments. Including; Closing known gaps, adding Cross-Rides, adding MId-Blocks and “sharrows” where town/city on road networks cross regional roads. Plus the integration of municipal and regional networks. Contact us if you want to hear more of our suggestions or have ideas.
- Official Launch Ceremony for the Durham Vision Zero program was;
- Wednesday, May 29 and DRCC was there! Invited by Durham Region staff 🙂
- DRCC are official Stakeholders working on new Region AT (Active Transportation) Plan, being redeveloped starting in the Fall of 2019 and 2020.
- We will be advocacy for;
- Compete and safe routes
- Better/safer access to schools, including UOIT, Trent and Durham Collage campuses
- integrated regional/municipal cycling networks
- Provide financial support from the Region to the 3 northern municipalities, on key cycling infrastructure
- Interface with Municipality cycling plans when they exist (plus known routes)
- Interface with know route’s when no Municipality cycling plan exist
- The Region should take a leadership role and provide a positive supportive role with municipality build outs
- The Region should take leadership role with provincial/federal build outs/issue (IE 401, 412, 418, 407, Hwy 12/7/2, CN/CP rail crossing, airports etc)
- Support Mid-Blocks as necessary
- The Region should fund and build what they planned. The 2010/2012 plans were never funded or basically all rear loaded to 2030 +.
- The Region should take leadership role with Metrolix/GO transit
- The Region should build cross-rides for MUP (as per OTM Book 18), as they own every “controlled” (with traffic lights) intersection in Durham Region.
- The Region should build through lanes/sharrows for on-road routes
- Improve interfaces between local lower tier cycling infrastructure and regional roads. And commit to fix “cycling lane ends” 🙁
- The Region should use/share bike count data to help understand where/when riding
- in general, stop the “same old” poor and unsafe cycling infrastructure we currently have – more then “just talk about AT” for Climate change, alternative transportation network, heather citizens and instead support it for actions and funding.
- We will be advocacy for;
- Did you hear about Uxbridge’s new Bike Pump Track – read more here.
- In the summer/fall of 2018 and spring 2019 we provided feedback to the Pickering ITMP (Integrated Transportation Master Plan). We are hearing Q1 2020 it is coming back to Pickering Council for approval and we will be their. We suggested they also start a more detailed AT (Active Transportation) plan, which will include detailed cycling planning and routes. Plus create a City AT committee
- Whitby’s new AT Plan is coming to Council for approval in Q1 2020.
- Did you hear about the Durham Region Strategic Road Safety Action Plan Project? If you notice on the graph, more Vulnerable Road users (Pedestrians, Cyclists, etc) are involved in Collisions then impaired…. a similar thing is happening all across Ontario. Cars vs people on bikes – bikes loose!
- Did you hear, that MTO 407/418 phase 2 will have more bike friendly bridges (paved shoulders on 13 of them). That is what MTO have committed to our DRCC contingent. See us for details. Now we need to go back and get fixes on MTO 407/412 Phase 1 bridges.
- Did you see that Scugog paved the 6th line into Port Perry? (including a Bike Lane – east of Hwy 12)
- We had a great meeting with DRPS to discuss state of affairs of cycling across the region and how we might work together for improvements. More work is planned with DRPS. DRPS did encourage local cyclists to report unsafe acts to DRPS Road Watch. see link above in red.
Durham Region cycling problems
- One of Durham’s biggest failures when it comes to cycling infrastructure is a lack of continuous routes – many just start, then stop… then maybe restarts?
- Also the coordination between local municipalities and the region, this is really noticeable where municipal roads with cycling lanes, cross region roads.
- We are getting boxed in by 4XX highways (401, 407, 412, 418) without anyone in the governments; Municipal, Region or Provincial seeming to understanding what that does to cycling across the Region in the longer term. See attached map. Also see our efforts to educate and change directions under correspondence and in our presentations.
- Another issue that needs to be addressed across the water front communities in the region, is a lack of East – West routes, this endangers local cyclists, like commuters, plus cyclists of other types and reduces effectiveness of encouraging cycle tourism.
- We at the DRCC believe we need to follow standards. Two key ones of cycling are;
If you know of any issues with cycling in Durham Region, drop us a line under comments.
For more on why the Durham Region Cycling Coalition (DRCC) was originally created click here.
We in the DRCC are also interested in the Province of Ontario implementing some kind of Vulnerable Road User Law – for why click here.
Attached is the Guide To What Works to Increase Cycling in Canada from the good folks at TCAT
For a look at our Mission Statement – click here.