New Bike Lanes in Almonte

The Mississippi Mills Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) is working on an “active transportation for students” initiative: bike lanes to the high school on Martin St. North, as well as bike lanes on Sadler Dr. to provide students access to the elementary schools. ATAC recognizes that Paterson St. is not wide enough to create dedicated bike lanes, and is exploring other options that will connect from the current and planned cycling lanes to the schools on Paterson St.

A Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Martin Street North and Sadler Drive bicycle lanes has been scheduled for May 30 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium at the Old Town Hall. If you would like to support the development of safe and active transportation routes in your community please attend the Public Information Centre and/or send your comments to Guy Bourgon.

Share the Road

Bicycle Month in Mississippi Mills has wrapped up for another year, but cyclist and motorist “share the road” education is ongoing.
Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month, in association with the Municipality of Mississippi Mills and Share the Road, produced the following 2-sided flyer, full of safety tips and share the road rules. Look for the flyer around Mississippi Mills.
Also, a few updates and facts about cycling in our municipality and in general:
  • Mississippi Mills is a Bronze level provincially designated Bicycle Friendly Community
  • In June at a few of our local schools children learned about bike safety via bike rodeos coordinated in cooperation with Public Health and the OPP
  • Carleton Place recently hosted the 4th annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit. The first such summit was in Almonte. Communities from across Lanark County and further attended. All these communities are building cycle safety and tourism into their strategic economic development plans
  • Lanark County Economic Development Committee approved an Active Transportation Plan for Lanark County on June 21, 2017
  • Cycle safety and sharing the road safely are ongoing concerns in our communities. Cyclists have rules they must abide, as do motorists
  • An April 2017 CBC news article states 38% of people in Ontario cycle – most common group are preteen to 14 year olds
  • Mississippi Mills has a Right Bike bike rental program at the Almonte Old Town Hall, try it out!
And these two cycle/motorist videos produced by Share the Road are both well done and further road safety education.
Freedom to my parents meant having a car. Freedom to my kids is not being dependent on a car,”
RT Rybak (Mayor of Minneapolis 2001-2014)
Be respectful. Stay safe.

“Let Them Eat Cake” Ride – Sunday, June 25

Ride with your Council to the North Lanark Museum Strawberry Social.

A Mississippi Mills councillor will lead a tour from the Almonte Old Town Hall leaving at 1pm and Mayor Louis Antonakos of Carleton Place will lead a tour from Carleton Place Town Hall at 1pm to arrive for Strawberry Shortcake at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton. The Perth Citizen’s band plays at 2pm then we’ll depart for home at 2:45 pm. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance at Baker Bob’s in Almonte, the North Lanark Regional Museum, or reserve a seat by calling the museum.
Contact: Melissa Alexandra, appletonmuseum@hotmail.com, 613-257-8503

Roadside Yoga for Cyclists – Sunday, June 25

Join Barb Goodwin, RMT, E-RYT in Kirkland Park in Almonte (behind the Post Office) at 11am for a one-hour session teaching a sequence of yoga movements that will be beneficial to cyclists. Bring your yoga mat and a blanket.

For more details, or if you require extra considerations due to a health event, contact: Barb Goodwin, almontemassage@hotmail.com.

Contribute Your Ideas for 2018!

Bicycle month relies on the interests and active participation of local citizens. Over the last 9 years we’ve had a variety of bicycle themed events: rides, art events, nature events, bike clinics and even ride-in movies!

Help Bike Month 2018 to come to life by sharing your ideas and plans for events and special activities. We’ve created a simple form for you to fill out on the website. Please take a few minutes and help us get rolling!

Head to the website to share your ideas and fill out the form!

Ride to Ashton Brew Pub – Sunday, June 18

This ride leaves from Almonte Bicycle Works at 12:30pm, and heads for the delightful Ashton Brew Pub.

Stay for lunch and for some of the open mic session at 2pm. Your hosts are Donna Sloan and Bill Treusch. Bill and Donna would also appreciate a quick email to let them know you are coming so that they can reserve a table (or two!) at the pub.

Contact: Bill Treusch, treuschbill@hotmail.com

Supporting the development of a rural cycling community