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September 2020
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Canada and Ontario invest in roads and bridges, connecting rural communities
NEWSROOM ONTARIO
 

Joint federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations community funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support five road and bridge projects in Ontario.

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An Urban Planner’s Trick to Making Bike-able Cities
BNN BLOOMBERG
 

When the citizens of Barcelona returned to the streets in mid-May after a 2-month lockdown, they discovered a changed city.

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Simon Cowell Accident Renews E-Bike Basic Safety Fears As Profits Soar Through Pandemic
CA NEWS OTTAWA
 

Simon Cowell’s electric powered bike incident around the weekend has renewed e-bike security considerations as gross sales soar across the state for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Premier, education minister defend Ontario's back-to-school busing plan
CBC NEWS
 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce are defending the province's preparations for student transportation this fall. 

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Transit-oriented communities on the horizon?
THE COUNTY WEEKLY NEWS
 

With provincial plans to clear roadblocks to transit-oriented communities (TOCs) now approved, Toronto could soon join the ranks of cities like Vancouver, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Singapore – all home to compact communities that are closely integrated with mass transit.

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Desjardins's 2020 road safety survey results: improvements still needed 
NEWSWIRE
 

Canadians have been diligently taking new safety precautions in 2020 to protect their health but the same can't be said about some dangerous driving behaviours.

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Motorcycle deaths in Ontario spike 60 per cent this year: OPP
KITCHENER CTV NEWS
 

KITCHENER -- Each summer motorcyclists hit the roads to make the most of the warmer months, but provincial police say this year has been a particularly dangerous one.

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More Canadians now walk or bike to work than take public transit due to COVID-19 fears
STRAIGHT.COM
 

A Statistics Canada survey reveals that more people now walk or ride their bike to work than take public transit. The poll indicates that the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus “weighed heavily” on this shift.

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Safety is a matter of inches — the width of road markings, UBC professor says 
VANCOUVER SUN
 

Tarek Sayed admits he’s driven his wife and three children a little crazy over the years: the University of B.C. civil engineering professor can’t go anywhere without pointing out what’s wrong with the roads, and what could be done better.  

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Frost & Sullivan Presents Top Sensor Technologies Impacting the Future of Smart Cities
NEWSWIRE
 

Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Opportunities of Emerging Sensor Technologies Impacting the Future of Smart Cities, reports that digitization and advancements in Internet of Things (IoT) are driving the large-scale adoption of sensor technologies across cities.

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Canada and Ontario invest in public transit and active transportation infrastructure for Southwestern Ontario residents
NEWSROOM ONTARIO
 

Joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support 11 public transit and active transportation projects across Southwestern Ontario. These investments will support more accessible and sustainable communities.

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BikeMaps.org online tool tracks incidents & improves cycling safety for Canadians
FINANCIAL POST
 

Today, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), in partnership with the University of Victoria and with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, released a new report, BikeMaps.org – Final report on the evaluation of a crowdsourced tool to compile, analyze and communicate data about cycling safety.

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OPP: Deadly long weekend across province 
BARRIE CTV NEWS
 

ORILLIA, ONT. -- It was a deadly Civic Holiday Long Weekend across the province according to the OPP's headquarters in Orillia. Officers responded to three separate drownings. Two other people died in boating accidents. On the roads, another two lost their lives in collisions.

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OPP issue reminder to drivers about back-to-school safety
NORTHERN ONTARIO CTV NEWS
 

NORTH BAY -- With the school year starting back up next week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are taking the time to remind drivers to stay extra vigilant while on the roads.

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OTC EVENTS
OTC Calendar of Events
 

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  • Book 7 Training (Non-Freeway) –  8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Online Training

    • September 11, 2020
    • October 16, 2020
    • November 13, 2020
    • November 20, 2020 (Freeway)
    • December 3, 2020
  • School Zone Safety Workshop  – November 2-3rd, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Centre for Health & Safety (CHSI), Mississauga and/or Virtual
 
MUNICIPAL NEWS
Burlington to install 11 new pedestrian crossovers
INHALTON
 

The City of Burlington says 11 new pedestrian crossovers will be installed by year’s end. Three are expected to be installed along Brant St. by the end of August with eight more crossovers being installed at the Centennial Pathway by the end of 2020.

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Ontario Making Travel Easier Across York, Peel and Halton Regions
NEWSROOM ONTARIO
 

TORONTO - The Ontario government is taking steps to make commuting and travel easier in the Greater Toronto Area by confirming the Preferred Route for a new 400-series highway and transit corridor across York, Peel and Halton regions. Advancing the GTA West corridor will reduce travel times for drivers and support economic growth and job creation.

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More than 100,000 speeders caught on automatic speed enforcement cameras collecting data: Durham Region 
DURHAM RADIO NEWS.COM
 

Automatic speed enforcement and red light cameras are collecting data on Durham’s roads before they’re activated by the end of the month and the Region of Durham says many drivers need to slow down.

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MTO permits off-road vehicles to be used on County roads, Council not pleased
ORANGEVILLE  CITIZEN
 

Dufferin County councillors expressed their unease with the Province now allowing dirt bikes and extreme terrain vehicles on public roads during their meeting on Aug. 13. 

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Ontario plots preferred route for major new highway through Toronto area 
ON-SITE MAGAZINE
 

Ontario has mapped out a preliminary route for a major new highway through the north end of the Greater Toronto Area.

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Free bicycles available for Malton students who need them in Mississauga
INSAUGA
 

If you’re a student who needs a bicycle but cannot afford to purchase one, you should note that a program distributing bikes to students in need will run until the end of August. 

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New school safety zones first step toward photo radar
THE SARNIA JOURNAL
 

Sarnia has approved Community Safety Zones around four elementary schools, a first step toward installing photo radar to nab speeders. The largest zone is on Indian Road, between the Highway 402 overpass and Lakeshore Road, and will increase safety for students at Errol Road and Rosedale schools, city staff says.

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Foolproof solution for drivers who hate Toronto’s new photo radar cameras — slow down
THE STAR
 

In the months since Toronto started rolling out its collection of 50 new photo radar cameras, five have been reported stolen — a feat, considering each weighs about 365 kilos — at least 14 have been vandalized and one has even been set on fire.

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St. Thomas, Woodstock among 11 municipalities to get $12M in transit funding from feds, province
GLOBAL NEWS
 

The federal and provincial governments are doling out more than $12 million to bolster public transit service in 11 southwestern Ontario municipalities including Chatham-Kent, St. Thomas and Woodstock.

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Premier Doug Ford on Highways 412 and 418: 'I'd love to get rid of the tolls'
DURHAM REGION
 

WHITBY — Will tolls on highways 412 and 418 be eliminated? That is a question Durham drivers who would otherwise use the connecting roads from Highway 401 to the Highway 407 toll highway would love to know the answer to.

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Inter-community transit system hits the road
SIMCOE REFORMER
 

The long-awaited inter-community transit system took to the roads for the first time Tuesday. The regional system, which runs out of Tillsonburg and connects to nearby Norfolk, Middlesex and Elgin counties, as well as the southern portions of Oxford County and London, now provides Oxford residents with an opportunity to easily travel throughout Southwestern Ontario. 

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Be Safe, Be Seen, Be Courteous: Brush Up on Mississauga’s Trail Etiquette
CITY OF MISSISSAUGA
 

Every summer, Mississauga residents pull out their running shoes, pump up their bike tires, grab their pets and family members and head to the City’s trails and pathways. 

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Leamington and LaSalle receive funding for transit infrastructure
WINDSOR STAR
 

Leamington and LaSalle will receive a chunk of $5.8 million in total funding from various levels of government for transit infrastructure projects.

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Sudbury gets over $99 million for transit projects
THE SUDBURY STAR
 

Greater Sudbury just got a bus-load of cash – over $99 million, in fact. At a press conference on Thursday, Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre joined Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith and Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger to announce funding for five public transit and active transportation projects in the city.

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Cyclists, trail usership up by thousands in Waterloo
WATERLOO CHRONICLE
 

More than 7.2 million trips since 2014 are being used to make informed decisions, city says.

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Kingston getting $47.5 million for transit infrastructure
OTTAWA CTV NEWS
 

KINGSTON, ONT. -- The City of Kingston will be working on eight new public transit and active transportation projects, with funding from the federal and provincial governments.

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OPP will hold virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss Highway 6 safety
OWEN SOUND TIMES
 

The Ontario Provincial Police plan a virtual town hall Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss Highway 6 safety with a panel of politicians, committees and police members.

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Wellington County working on addressing Lake Road traffic issues
GUELPH TODAY
 

PUSLINCH TWNSP. – Residents frustrated with speeding along Lake Road in Puslinch are being heard by the County of Wellington, but traffic calming and road improvements will take some time.

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How the battle over Toronto's new, temporary bike lanes might play out in 2021
CBC NEWS
 

Streets filled with cyclists and pedestrians instead of cars have become a common sight in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are unanswered questions about the fate of the city's new and much-expanded cycling network.

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