Published May 23, 2019 16:48
Discover Hidden Gems in your community.
Looking for somewhere fresh to ride? We are excited to launch a brand new Hidden Gems series as part of Bike Month across the GTHA and Guelph. These weekly features will give you insider tips on some of the best trails, paths, and on-street bike facilities. Whether you cycle to work, ride the trails on the weekend, or bike to get around town, we hope you’ll find a hidden gem. Then, share it with a friend, colleague, or family member who wants to give biking a try this spring.
This bridge lived a past life serving to transport gravel. Now, it’s been rehabilitated to welcome people biking and walking - and is home to the City of Brampton’s first ever pedestrian and cycling counter.
The Franceschini Pedestrian Bridge is located between Williams Parkway and Bovaird Drive and crosses over Highway 410. Opened in 2018, the bridge was previously used for construction to remove gravel from an abandoned quarry. In 2014, the Ministry of Transportation and the City of Brampton announced a partnership to rehabilitate the bridge.
Bridge reconstruction included the removal of old railings and installation of new ones, stripping down the road bed and patching up concrete breaks, installing a new textured and coloured asphalt surface, and putting in a new lighting system. The City also installed new trail connections on both sides of the bridge, and added drainage.
The bridge is now a safe crossing option for pedestrians and cyclists and connects to Bramalea Community Park and the Lakelands North subdivision. The bridge also enhances our active transportation infrastructure and connects to the “City Loop”, a 40 km loop of trails, bike lanes, and multi-use paths that circle around the city, and connect to key destinations.
Not only is the Franceschini Bridge the first of its kind in Ontario, but it also includes the City’s first pedestrian and cycling counter that tracks in real time how many people cross the bridge.
The bridge is quickly becoming a photo-op destination but is still relatively considered a hidden gem waiting to be discovered!
Ride and win!
Did you know you could win a prize just by riding your bike during Bike Month? Sign up for the contest and you'll be entered to win one of six $300 MEC gift cards.
There are three easy ways to enter:
- Ride your bike to school or work on Monday, May 27
- Participate in an official Bike to Work Day event
- Ride your bike during Bike Month (May 27-June 30)
Once you register, get bonus entries in two ways: download the Commute Tracker app and log one or more trips, and recruit a friend through email/social media using a unique link. The contest closes at midnight on May 27, 2019.
Celebrate Bike Month in Brampton!
- Kick off the cycling season with group rides, community events, and more! Visit our Events Calendar for details.
- From classics like the annual Bike the Creek to slow rolls and bike-hikes, Bike Month has something for everyone.
- Tell us what you’re up to during Bike Month! Tag us @BikeMonth using #BikeMonth and #BikeBrampton
Where do you ride?
Photos: Nicholas Jones