[Manitoba would do well to watch carefully what is happening in Ontario. Back story: After seeing enormous demand for its first pilot investment in cycling communities (151 communities applied for the maximum amount ($325K) and for one project each but only 37 could ultimately be funded) the Province Ontario is back with more funding specific to cycling. A lot more. As part of a massive climate change action plan, it plans to invest $400 Million in Cycling over the next 4 years. Part of their evolving and comprehensive CycleON approach to cycling strategy. After already tweaking transit funding wording in phase 1 of their massive infrastructure plan to encourage provinces to apply for transit infrastructure funding for "last mile" cycling and walking projects, there are reasons to believe that the Federal Government will soon follow up with something more specific in phase 2. Both the city of Ottawa and City of Toronto, in anticipation, are making public requests for federal government help on cycling and walking projects. The question remains: Will Winnipeg and Manitoba be ready too? - Anders]

See today's Globe and Mail article:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-to-spend-7-billion-in-sweeping-climate-change-plan/article30029081/

More about CycleON: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/publications/ontario-cycling-strategy.shtml

City of Ottawa: http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2016/03/27/fast-track-cycling-with-federal-money-councillors-ask0.html

City of Toronto: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.PW12.15

Coordinator, Winnipeg Trails
Chair, Canada Bikes