Last year, the SCU identified a number of campaigns that haven’t yet been implemented. We’d like to ask what campaigns are important to you! We need more member involvement in order to expand our campaign activities, so this is your opportunity to identify in which campaigns you’d be interested in participating. If there’s a missing campaign that you’d like to see listed, please let us know. As with all posts on our site, you can click on the comments icon beside the post’s title to provide input. It looks like this:
Notes on continuing campaigns
The SCU will continue the following campaigns which have been previously identified as critical:
- Feedback to Sudbury’s Official Plan: we will provide feedback to the plan as it is developed.
- Feedback to Sudbury’s Transportation Study: we will provide feedback on the recommendations for Sudbury’s bicycle network when they are released this fall.
- Downtown Master Plan: we will provide feedback as the Master Plan continues to be developed.
- Input to various advisory committee reports as they are released i.e. Bell Park Advisory Committee, Green Spaces Advisory Committee, etc.
- We will continue to work on developing and fostering partnerships with the City of Greater Sudbury, the Sudbury Regional Police Force, Rainbow Routes Association, other green organizations like the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and reThinkGreen, local bike shops, and other cycling organizations in Sudbury.
- Our Can-Bike certified instructors will offer bike courses next year and participate in safety education events organized by other community partners.
Notes on the proposed additional campaigns
- Complete Streets: While we’ve provided feedback to the Official Plan, we’ve not advocated for inclusion of the Complete Streets approach. For more information, see here: https://bikesudbury.ca/2012/09/complete-streets/
- Education for cyclists via public events and campaigns: There has been discussion of organizing events like blitzes at intersections during rush hour, handing out brochures or “thank you” cards to motorists, putting SCU business cards on cars and bikes (possibly with safety tips on them), handing out brochures and information at more events like the Northern Lights Festival, etc.
- Education for motorists via drivers education companies: in light of some recent comments about what instructors are telling new drivers about on-road cyclists, we are looking at a letter-writing campaign, and possibly visits to the organizations.
- Bicycle Friendly Communities: For more information on this campaign, see http://www.sharetheroad.ca/about-bfc-s13696. While the city is nowhere near applying for this award, it may be something that we want to promote to the City.
- Bike to School: There are all kinds of examples of programs developed in other cities. An example in Vancouver: http://www.biketoschoolmetrovan.ca/
- More bike racks: This has been a campaign that has been promoted by the SCU for a number of years. One of our members created a bike rack map for Sudbury, which should be updated and actively maintained. This campaign would promote better and more racks to the City and to Sudbury businesses and organizations. For the current racks, see here: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=218367107305477188310.00049cb95750d6710e29f&msa=0
- Cycle tourism: This campaign promotes cycling as a tourism draw. See this site as an example: http://www.welcomecyclists.ca/. This campaign could include promotions to local businesses, publishing a cycling map for Sudbury, and other initiatives to identify bicycle-friendly businesses and organizations.
- CAN (Community Action Network) Presentations: We’ve previously identified that we want to present SCU activities and priorities to the various CAN organizations. Work on this campaign would include helping to developing a standard presentation, and presenting to the CANs.
- Morning commute – YouTube videos: A number of our members cycle to work. Examples of work on this campaign would include developing videos, and possibly statistics and other recommendations on cycling routes. SCU members have cameras that could be lent out.
- Newspaper articles/columns: Northern Life has in the past asked the SCU to write articles and possibly a column for the newspaper. Working on this campaign would include writing stories that could be published.
- Report a problem web site: A member previously asked about developing a page for our web site, where members could report problems with roads or motorists. Working on this campaign would include developing the format, and facilitating getting the problems resolved.
- Watch for Bikes CAA campaign for Northern Ontario: This campaign is available in Southern Ontario, but not yet available for the Sudbury area. We would ask our chapter of the CAA to implement the campaign in the North, and to promote local resources like Can-Bike training available here. See more info on the campaign in Southern Ontario here: http://www.caasco.com/Community-Action/Road-Safety/Watch-for-Bikes.aspx.