Toronto VS Everybody the Mississauga edition
Mississauga's new bike plan is bigger than your bike plan
by Tammy Thorne
“The worst part of my commute is probably Etobicoke - very little bike infrastructure,” says Bart Maclean, a Toronto resident who has been riding his bike to work in Mississauga for the last three months. “Most of my travel in Mississauga is across Burnhamthorpe which has a separated path,” says Maclean, who rides every weekday from his home in High Park to his job near Square One Mall. He says Mississauga is uniquely situated to put in bike lanes, well, everywhere.
“In Mississauga you could put bike lanes everywhere if you wanted to, and it would have zero impact on the amount of car lanes. There’s so much space. It’s a unique situation for a city.”
Mississauga city council has realized that too. They are in a great situation. Mississauga could become one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in the country. And that’s why city council approved an epic new bike plan last month that proposes a new cycling infrastructure network that will be fully coordinated with road construction projects. The network is expected to result in almost 1,000 kilometres of cycling infrastructure over the next 27 years.