New Online Map for Cycling and Walking in Peel Region
Find over 700km of trails, bike lanes and paths in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon
BRAMPTON, ON. (May, 27, 2010) – The Region of Peel presents Walk and Roll Peel (also known as Walk+Roll Peel) and its website, walkandrollpeel.ca. The website hosts an interactive map that residents can use to find over 700 kilometres of trails, bike lanes and paths that exist in Peel. The website will be a cycling and walking hub with its library of information for residents to get started in cycling and walking, or learn about the amenities at local trails. Walkandrollpeel.ca will also support and communicate efforts to advance active transportation, such as the work of cycling committees, public consultation meetings, and special events.
“Many people may not realize this, but there are many trails, bike lanes and paths in Peel that the area municipalities and the Region have built over the years,” said Pat Mullin, Regional Councillor. “The Walk and Roll Peel website will show residents the wealth of cycling and walking infrastructure we have. Residents will discover new trails, bike lanes and paths to try with the option of making a healthy choice over driving. The challenge is to continue to build cycling friendly routes that connect for those who wish to cycle to work, school or nearby destinations.”
The feature rich interactive map includes the following tools and capabilities for visitors:
- Find nearby trails, bike lanes, and named-trails along with info on amenities,
- Identify the different trail surfaces (unpaved, multi-use, on-road, off-road, etc.),
- Draw your own route with the click of your mouse and it displays the distance, and
- The maps can display various landmarks, such as schools, shopping, libraries, etc.
“Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Peel came together to share expertise and experience that resulted in the Walk and Roll Peel website and the interactive map,” said Damian Albanese, Director of Transportation. “Peel Health also provided content and guidance on health benefits and safety matters like proper helmet use. Research indicates there are many Peel residents driving alone for short commutes of less than 2 kilometres. We want to encourage people to make positive choices that involve more walking and biking as a healthy alternative to driving.”
The Region was awarded $30,000 in funding by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s TDM Municipal Grant Program to assist in the implementation of the project. Walk and Roll Peel will encourage cycling and walking in an effort to get people out of cars for short trips and use active transportation instead. The online map and website highlights the existing infrastructure of trails, bike lanes and paths that residents may not be aware of. An online lounge allows residents to provide input and ideas on improving cycling and walking in Peel.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.