The Region of Peel is enlisting cyclists to help power a new municipal infrastructure and transportation plan.

The Region of Peel is enlisting cyclists to help power a new municipal infrastructure and transportation plan.

The Region of Peel is enlisting cyclists to help power a new municipal infrastructure and transportation plan.

“The region needs your help in identifying where people cycle to find out where improvements are needed,” said Wayne Chan, Peel’s manager of transportation planning.

The Region of Peel Cycling Survey will collect data on cycling patterns. The results will help Peel craft transportation plans, prioritize investments for bike paths or multi-user trails, trail improvements and address current cycling activity with improved safety.

Peel is seeking participants in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon who use a bike for transportation.

“The results of the survey will tell us what routes are well traveled and what linkages may be missing to make the trip safer, easier and more convenient. We are working with our municipal partners with the assistance of the Region of Waterloo to conduct this research,” Chan said.    

Peel is collaborating with its member municipalities to lay down a five-year plan aimed at boosting daily cycling trips in Peel by 46,000.

Cyclists will carry a GPS device over a two-week period to track trip details, and are expected to fill out an online survey on their cycling behaviour. Participants would need to commit to riding a bicycle for transportation (to work, grocery store, the mall, a friend’s house, camp, school, the bank) for at least seven of the 15-day study period.

Trips must be within or through the Region of Peel. Participants will be entered in a prize draw to win one of three $50 VISA gift cards per study session.

The region will host study groups over the next few months. Participants are invited to join any one group:

Group 1: Cycle from July 25 to Aug. 8.  Registration ends July 24.

Group 2: Cycle from August 22 to Sept. 5.  Registration ends Aug. 21.

Group 3: Cycle from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10. Registration ends Sept. 25.

For more information and to registration visit www.walkandrollpeel.ca/news-ideas/we-need-you.htm .