Cycling in the City of London is recognized as playing an important role in achieving a balanced transportation system and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The London Bicycle Master Plan is intended to guide the City in the development of a long term, comprehensive, on and off-road commuter and recreational bicycling network.
The purpose of the Bicycle Master Plan is to guide the development of a long term, comprehensive, City-wide, on and off-road commuter and recreational bicycling network. Generally, the Guideline shall serve to:
- advance a vision for cycling;
- detail a series of first principles to implement this vision;
- define a strategic approach for the commuter and recreational cyclist that recognizes the distinct operational and design needs of the specific user;
- depict existing and proposed on and off-road facilities;
- advance minimum design standards for facility development; and,
- recommend mechanisms for implementation.
In mid-March, Cycle Ontario made a submission to the Ministry of Education pushing for cycling education as part of the school curriculum, in order to ensure that all children are able to ride their bikes safely and well.
The Ministry is now reviewing its Health and PhysicalEducation Curriculum Policy, which only happens every 5-7 years. What is taught in schools in this subject area is largely determined by the content of this document.
The Ministry asked the Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario (EASO) to coordinate the submissions on possible changes or additions to the curriculum, and Stan Kozak of EASO invited COA to participate. We were asked to make recommendations on possible changes, but, even more importantly, show examples of where this has been done elsewhere and research studies recommending it.
Despite only having a few weeks to prepare this, COA sent in a five-page submission, with 16 references to supporting research and experience.