A win for the OFF-ROAD Trans Canada Trail route in New Tecumseth

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At the April 7 Committee of the Whole Meeting of the Council of New Tecumseth, a motion was passed in favour of developing the Trans Canada Trail on the off-road Town-owned abandoned railline!

The full text of the motion is available on http://newtecumseth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Report-PRC-2014-06-Trans-Canada-Trail-Alternative-Route-Assessment-Report.pdf as a recommendation from staff.

In essence, the motion gives town staff clear direction that council wants the trail built on the abandoned railline between the 9th and 14th lines.  The only exception would be a short reroute to accommodate the operation of W.D. Potato Limited on 10 SR, which has very specific needs in terms of food safety, truck traffic, etc.

We thank all of you who signed the on-line petition, all 392 of you! We also wish to express our sincere thanks to those of you who provided so many well worded and well thought out comments, which we provided to Mayor MacEachern and members of Council of the Town of New Tecumseth at last night’s meeting.

A special thank also to everyone who came out to the public meeting last night, as well as those who spoke in favour of the trail being built OFF-ROAD.

Looking forward to a well built Trans Canada Trail through New Tecumseth!!

 

 

New Tecumseth TCT petition getting good support

View from Beeton Creek bridge At the April 7 meeting at the Town Hall in Alliston, we will be asking Mayor and Council to stand firm against some members of the agricultural community who are opposing the construction of the trail on the abandoned railline, and suggesting that the trail should follow municipal roads.   For more information and to sign the petition, click on     https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/town-of-new-tecumseth-build-the-trans-canada-trail-off-road-not-on-road   Frieda Baldwin Project Manager, Simcoe County Trails http://www.simcoetrails.ca/ 705-245-1005

View from Beeton Creek bridge

 

Our petition in support of building the Trans Canada Trail in New Tecumseth OFF-ROAD on the town-owned abandoned railline is getting great support. Thank you to all who have already signed the petition.

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/town-of-new-tecumseth-build-the-trans-canada-trail-off-road-not-on-road

For your reference, below is also some encouragement from the Trans Canada Trail’s National Director, Jane Murphy.

April 2, 2014

Town of New Tecumseth

10 Wellington Street East

Alliston, Ontario L9R 1A1

Via email: mayor@newtecumseth.ca

 Dear Mayor MacEachern and Council,

 We understand that through the public consultation process for the development of

the abandoned railway right of way (ROW) as Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in New

Tecumseth, there was considerable opposition by the adjacent landowners. We

certainly acknowledge the concerns of the adjacent landowners; however, TCT would

like to reassure the residents of the area, the council and adjacent landowners that

the development of greenway provides many benefits and far outweighs any

perceived negative impacts.

 There is considerable research that indicates the development of greenway creates

safer neighbourhoods and communities. With appropriate signage and education,

any potential risks associated with agricultural development can be addressed.

As you may know, the Trans Canada Trail is now 72 per cent complete. Just recently

the Government of Canada announced up to $25 million in matching funding to help

us achieve full connection and become a centrepiece for Canada 150 celebrations in

2017. You may also be aware that there was a recent contribution of $2.6 million by

the Province of Ontario to assist in achieving connection in Southern Ontario as part

of a Pan Am Legacy initiative.

 Access to this funding is only for the development of greenway Trail and cannot be

used to improve roadway infrastructure to accommodate cycling. To date Trans

Canada Trail has provided $189,840 to assist in the development of 4.6km of Trail

and an additional $250,000 has been approved through the Pan Am Legacy fund for

the development of additional greenway Trail.

 Mayor MacEachern, we encourage you and Council to consider the many positive

benefits of this development to local residents in providing access to recreation

infrastructure, as well as the opportunity to be part of both the Pan Am Legacy and

Canada’s 150th celebrations. We do recognize that the Town supports the vision of

the Trans Canada Trail and we want to encourage you to take a strong leadership

role in the development of the ROW that the Town purchased for the development of

Trail.

 Should you require clarification on our greenway policy or funding requirements,

please do not hesitate to contact me at jmurphy@tctrail.ca or at 800-465-3636 ext.

4355.

 Regards,

Jane Murphy

National Director of Trail

 

MEC Bikefest Barrie May 24, 2014

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MEC Bikefest Barrie
Located at Hardwood Ski & Bike
402 Old Barrie Road
Saturday May 24, 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Description:
We love bikes, and we’re throwing a party in their honour. Come join the fun and connect with your local cycling community. You can try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors’ booths, score deals at the MEC Bikeswap, or learn skills at a bike clinic. Bring your bike, your family, and your riding buddies, and embrace the awesomeness of wheels. Come ride the trails at Hardwood Ski & Bike for only $5 for the day!

URL: http://events.mec.ca/event/15372/mec-bikefest-barrie

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you

Carly Marshall
Bikefest Coordinator
705 792 4675

MEC
Barrie Store
61 Bryne Drive
Barrie, ON Canada L4N 8V8

MEC.CA

Petition for New Tecumseth Trans Canada Trail

 

View from Beeton Creek bridge At the April 7 meeting at the Town Hall in Alliston, we will be asking Mayor and Council to stand firm against some members of the agricultural community who are opposing the construction of the trail on the abandoned railline, and suggesting that the trail should follow municipal roads.   For more information and to sign the petition, click on     https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/town-of-new-tecumseth-build-the-trans-canada-trail-off-road-not-on-road   Frieda Baldwin Project Manager, Simcoe County Trails http://www.simcoetrails.ca/ 705-245-1005

View from Beeton Creek bridge 

We are asking the Town of New Tecumseth to build the Trans Canada Trail OFF-ROAD on the town-owned abandoned railway right-of-way, where it belongs, rather than ON-ROAD.

At a special council meeting on April 7 at 7 PM at the Town Hall in Alliston, Mayor and Council will be asked to stand firm against some members of the agricultural community who are opposing the OFF-ROAD construction and suggesting that the trail instead should follow municipal roads.

For trail users, building the trail on-road is considerably less safe, and much less attractive, than an off-road trail which will provide a unique opportunity to be physically active and enjoy the beauty our countryside has to offer.

Economically, an off-road trail will attract tourists to the area, and the Town will qualify for Trans Canada Trail and PanAm Legacy funding, whereas a trail that follows municipal roads does not qualify for these construction funds, and certainly will not bring tourism to the area.

For more information and to sign the petition, click on

 

 

Greenway survey request from Ireland

Greenway design – a survey  (10 min)

PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway

Dear colleagues,
As part of my PhD research on designing for walking and cycling, I am running a survey on the design of greenways. The survey asks user preferences on greenway design and on factors such as environmental impact. The link to the survey is: www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenwaydesign
If you have any queries about the survey or this research, please do not hesitate to contact me at: r.manton1@nuigalway.ie
Many thanks, Richard

Greenway Surveysurveymonkey.com

 

New invasive species… potentially on trails

 

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera

 

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) photo by Jan Samanek, State Phytosanitary Administration

Himalayan balsam is an annual herb, native to the western Himalayas. In the early 1800s it was introduced to many parts of Europe, New Zealand and North America as a garden ornamental. Himalayan Balsam has an orchid shaped flower resembling a British policeman’s helmet, which gave rise to its other common name of “Policeman’s helmet”.

Himalayan balsam can completely cover an area and crowd out native vegetation. Mature seed capsules explode when touched and can eject seeds as much as 5 m from the parent plant, giving it the alternate common name of “Touch-Me-Not plant”. It is mostly found in riparian areas, especially river edges and wetlands.

For more information, go to http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/himalayan-balsam/

Hike leader certification course May 24

 

Hike Ontario, in partnership with the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is hosting a Hike Leader Certification Course on May 24, 2014 in  Peterborough, ON.

The course is designed to train leaders to safely lead day hikes, which are within 2 kms of EMS support (i.e. not remote wilderness hikes).

Cource registration fee: $ 50.

Note: participants will receive a free 1 year membership in the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association (a $25 value).

For more information, see Hike leader poster – Kawartha May 2014 or contact Eveline Stout 705-874-6028 or estout@cogeco.ca