Action Alert: Support Cycling in Rouge National Urban Park

The Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA) and all riders in the Greater Toronto Area need our help to make the case for cycling in the Rouge National Urban Park. Here's what you can do:
  1. Clear your calendar - Make yourself available for the upcoming public consultation meetings.
  2. Comment on the Park's Draft Management Plan via online survey.

Read on for more detail. . .

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As originally posted on the DMBA website:

Parks Canada to Introduce Cycling to Rouge National Urban Park

In their recently released draft management plan, Parks Canada communicated their intention to introduce cycling to the Rouge National Urban Park. However, specifics as to where, how much and when they plan on introducing cycling to the park has not yet been announced. Parks Canada is currently going through a formal public engagement process on the park's draft management plan. This is our chance to influence the execution of their cycling strategy for the park. There are two specific ways for you to help. First you can attend one of the open house public meetings listed below; Second there is an on-line survey about the plan that you can fill out. The deadline for the survey is October 31st, 2014. (text link for survey http://pc.sondages-surveys.ca/surveys/sondage-survey/rouge-national-urban-park-managemement-plan/?l=en

In 2012 Parks Canada had similar meetings to those listed below and the attendance of cyclists was dismal. It is important that cyclists have a greater presence at these meetings to indicate to Parks Canada that we are VERY interested in their plans for cycling in the park. Further these meetings were heavily attended by conservation groups who have gone on record saying that they feel the draft management plan would weaken environmental protections for the Rouge River. We know these groups will be at the meetings. We also know that perception has a way of becoming reality. If the perception is the public wants more environmental protection for the park and we are apathetic about cycling, that is precisely what we may get. Please make an effort to come to a meeting and take the survey. Your presence at the meetings and your name on the sign in sheet will go a long way in helping us establish the cycling community's need and desire to have cycling trails in Canada's first National Urban Park.

I look forward to your participation, and hope that we can develop a working relationship with Parks Canada

Ernest Muzzatti,
Secretary, Web Administrator,
Durham Mountain Biking Association

Build, Ride, Respect


 

There are four public meetings at the following locations:

September 9 in Markham
Markham Museum
9350 Markham Rd
Markham, ON L3P 3J3
7 pm

September 10 in Scarborough
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258
45 Lawson Road
Scarborough, ON M1C 2J1
7 pm

September 16 in Pickering
Pickering Recreation Complex, O'Brien Room
1867 Valley Farm Rd
Pickering, ON L1V 6K7
7 pm

September 18 in downtown Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall
317 Dundas St West
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
7 pm

Text link to Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan public engagement survey:
http://pc.sondages-surveys.ca/surveys/sondage-survey/rouge-national-urban-park-managemement-plan/?l=en

Text Link to Rouge National Urban Park's draft management plan:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/np-pn/cnpn-cnnp/rouge/~/media/progs/np-pn/...