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If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Beach Water Monitoring

Summer in Halton Region is a wonderful time and our waterfront and beaches are some of Halton residents’ favourite destinations.

To help residents stay healthy while being active, the Halton Region Health Department monitors the water quality at recreational beaches in Halton from the first week in June until the first week of September. Monitoring and samples are taken once a week at all public beaches.

The biggest influences on beach water quality are things we don’t have much control over such as:

  • Environmental factors: the amount of rain water, wind & waves
  • Warm water temperatures
  • Large numbers of geese, seagulls, ducks and other water-birds

The full list can be found here.

We can help keep Halton’s beaches clean by following these few tips:

  • Practice pollution-free boating and dispose of waste properly
  • Don’t use soap in the lake water. Soap feeds algae and bacteria, helping them to grow
  • Don’t feed animals or birds, and securely close garbage bins
  • If pets are permitted on the beach, clean up after them right away

So before heading to the beach this summer, call Access Halton for information about the water quality at Halton’s beaches. Beach monitoring information is available 24 hours a day by dialing 311, calling 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833. During regular business hours, ask for beach information; after regular business hours, press 2 for health information. Information is updated weekly and also posted on Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca/beaches.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook.

Hitting the road with Halton’s updated cycling map

In Halton Region, we are fortunate to have a beautiful natural environment with the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario and an abundance of creeks, rolling hills, open spaces and trails. Many people like to get outside and enjoy nature by hiking or cycling.

If you want to cycle within Halton, we now have an up-to-date map that can help. The 2012 Cycling in Halton map is an easy to use map that not only includes a bird’s eye view of the entire Region, but also recommends seven loop rides.

The loop rides (in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville) are suggested routes that include urban areas and nearby scenic, rural roads suitable for cycling.

Riding your bike can be much more than a fun, healthy, recreational activity. You can also use it to get to the grocery store or to work. Did you know that 1/3 of all trips by car in Halton are less than 5 km? Imagine how many cars could come off our roads if some of those trips were taken by bicycle instead.  Not only will it help you be more physically active, but cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Visit your municipality’s websites for more information on bike lanes and paths in your neighbourhood.

Recently Smart Commute Halton hosted several Bike to Work Day events around the Region, including the First Annual City Wide Bike to Work Day Breakfast in Burlington. It was wonderful to see so many people putting their feet to the pedal and engaging in active transportation, making the most of our infrastructure.

Whether you’re cycling along our waterfront in Oakville and Burlington or more northerly in Milton and Halton Hills, there’s something for everyone who wants to get outside and stay active.

We starting work to develop Halton’s first Active Transportation Master Plan and I’d like to encourage you all to participate in its creation. This plan will help make it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton and input from you will be critical.

For a copy of the Cycling in Halton Map is, please dial 311, email accesshalton@halton.ca or come in to the Regional headquarters at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.

I hope you enjoy cycling in Halton. You will see why Halton Region is such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Municipal cycling web pages:

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”