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Published on Thursday, November 16, 2017

MP reiterates trail funding

Safety enhancements will benefit Oakville cycling trail

MP reiterates trail funding
Photo by Graham Paine/Metroland
Oakville North-Burlington Member of Parliament Pam Damoff reinforced her commitment to safe cycling by highlighting upgrades the Oakville Crosstown Heritage Trail will receive, at an announcement Monday, Nov. 13.Here, she arrives at the announcement location along with along with Cycling Oakville executive (l-R) Jim Ivey, Peter Phillips, Fraser Damoff and David Harris
By Marta Marychuk, Oakville Beaver

Oakville North-Burlington member of Parliament Pam Damoff reinforced her commitment for safe cycling by highlighting upgrades the Oakville Crosstown Heritage Trail will receive, at an announcement Monday, Nov. 13.

As part of the federal government’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, FedDev Ontario announced earlier this year [and also on May 9, 2016] that it will contribute up to one-third or $235,000 of the total project cost of $735,000.

The remaining $500,000 share of the project was included in the Town of Oakville’s capital budget as part of its Active Transportation Master Plan.

Damoff credited the town for applying for the funding. “We just need more,” she told a small group of supporters on Monday evening.

She made the announcement after presenting Petition e-957 in the House of Commons on Nov. 1, calling for the adoption of a Trans Canada Trail Act that will set minimum standards for safety and quality, and ensure the trail is a nonmotorized and world-class greenway.

The Oakville Crosstown Trail runs along a natural gas pipeline between Upper Middle Road and Dundas Street, from Bronte Creek Provincial Park to Ninth Line, in Mississauga.

An avid cyclist, Damoff co-founded Cycle Oakville to promote cycling and improved cycling infrastructure. In 2013, she received a Bicycling Leadership Award for promoting cycling in Ontario.

“Any funding toward cycling is a great benefit,” added Leon Hawse, of the Oakville Cycling Club, who was present at Monday’s announcement.

The Oakville Cycling Club is a 500-member association that draws members from Hamilton, Ancaster, Milton and Mississauga, in addition to Oakville and Burlington.

During the summer, Hawse says cyclists are out in full force, with six groups of cyclists from their group organizing rides twice a week.

Damoff said one of the biggest hurdles to cycling safety is funding. “We’ve got a lot more we need to do,” she said, calling on the province to help make cycling safer.

Enhancements to a three-kilometre portion of the Oakville Crosstown Heritage Trail, from Neyagawa Boulevard to Eighth Line, will include widening sections of the trail and replacing limestone screening with asphalt. The enhancements will benefit cyclists and persons with disabilities.

Other improvements include: benches in rest areas; installing trail counting data recorders; trail signage and pedestrian crossings; and creating improved landscaping and drainage.

Damoff pointed out Oakville Crosstown Heritage Trail could provide a much-needed link to the Oakville GO Station through a tunnel at Sixth Line and under the Queen Elizabeth Way.

Damoff says construction on the trail is expected to begin in March 2018.
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