Many municipalities and community-based organizations currently offer cycling training programs. These programs range from teaching children how to ride a bike to coaching adults on how to cycle defensively. Ontario is committed to working with municipal and community partners to help increase cycling training. #CycleON Action Plan 1.0 commits to providing stakeholder partners with new funding to develop or enhance cycling skills training programs. This time-limited funding is part of Ontario’s Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy for the 2015 Pan/ Parapan American Games.
This Environmental Registry posting provides information about the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) proposal to support cycling training delivered by stakeholders. It also includes a set of questions for public input. Based on feedback that it receives, MTO will finalize the process to apply for the time-limited funding. The financial support is expected to be up to $400,000 in total, launched by the end of 2014 and may be in place until March 2016, depending on budget approvals.
MTO has identified, through analysis, a number of factors that can contribute to successful cycling training in Ontario, including:
• availability of training instructors
• convenient scheduling and duration of courses
• availability of cycling training programs in communities of all sizes
• ability of training programs to address the needs of a diverse Ontario
• public awareness of available training programs
Based on its analysis, MTO has developed a proposed time-limited funding framework to support cycling training in Ontario. The Ministry is proposing to provide funding to support:
• training for additional instructors through current service providers
• cycling education and curriculum development (e.g. promotional material, promotion of existing cycling training opportunities, development of new or user-specific cycling curricula)
Proposed requirements for receiving the time-limited support are as follows:
• Municipalities, non-government organizations (NGOs) and businesses would be eligible to apply for funding
• Funding caps may be put in place depending on uptake
• Funding is discretionary and non-entitled
• Any cycling education, curriculum or training supported (either existing to be enhanced or new to be developed) would have to be compliant with the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario which sets out the rules that regulate cyclists and drivers on the road.
• Applicants are required to apply for funding within the 2014 intake period
• Applications would be reviewed based upon criteria. Please note that:
- Receipt of funding is competitive and merit-based and there are no assurances for project funding. Some applications may not be approved if others better meet funding criteria and objectives.
- Projects may have to be completed and invoiced by March 31, 2016 or earlier.