1 - prioritize protected bike lanes; 2 - pilot projects city-wide; 3 - packed-gravel rec trails, maintained; 4 - "bike culture" programming
1 - Bike lanes are much cheaper than new asphalt trails, get good paint down, add green at intersections for priority (start with major intersections) and stop the gimmick of sharrows or "marked routes", they are less than doing nothing!
2 - We need a bike share, starting in the City Centre, expanding to the villages, yesterday! Start a pilot, Hamilton-style. Let's see some innovative "bike accessory vending machines" in key traffic areas, to make options more visible and affordable, run by the city, partnering with local/big sports stores. Let's get more events for bikes on the transitway, and explore policy which allows for the opening of the transitway side-roads for seasonal access to cyclists, once complete. The side-roads meet all the requirements for safety, are over 1m wide continuously along the E. transitway, with no traffic other than buses. Don't waste this opportunity - it IS a viable "bike super-highway", now mostly empty, that should be used. Add bendy poles along the flat "curb" to create seperation from buses (but emergency vehicles can still run-over the poles), signage, and you will create the largest continuous (protected) bike lane in Ontario. We must also ensure sufficient bike paths connecting N/S to all the transitway stations, which currently does not exist, especially in the west.
3 - Don't turn our recreation trails into hard, impermeable asphalt - folks might like it, and it might be more comfortable, but it is enormously more expensive to install and maintain. If we want to be real, let's not forget asphalt is a designated toxic substance, constantly leaching oil-based glues and solvents as it degrades, with the asphalt itself slowly eroding into the surrounding natural areas and waterways - we do not want that. Asphalt on roads is a necessity - that is not the case for recreation. No road bike should be on those trails anyways, so any bike meant for them can handle it, at much lower cost, and safer for the environment.
4 - We need serious investment in the Tour De Mississauga and the creation of other bike programming and festivals, city-wide, to build our bike culture, educate would-be and amateur users on safety and our network, and celebrate the opportunity to live/work/play by bike, in this city. This means securing long-term funding...