Mississauga 2.0 A Better Mississauga By Heba, Khadija and Connie

Improving Mississauga Through Better and Smarter Urban Planning. Exploring Resources in Transportation, Waste Management and Energy and Water.

TRANSPORTATION IN MISSISSAUGA

Transportation in a suburban City, like our own Mississauga, may not always seem as important. It's hard to try to consider transportation over something like urban planning, where our houses and schools are going to go or waste management, where our waste goes after we've thrown it in the trash. Transportation is rooted into every aspect of our great city. Like may other suburban cities Mississauga has fallen a victim to urban sprawl. Many of our utilities and our needs are clustered together very far apart. Transportation is our own way of counteracting the disadvantages of urban sprawl. Efficient and strategic transportation makes life in Mississauga simple and rewarding city.

Mississauga's population sits at approximately 713 445 people. This is is a booming city with growing youth, working adults, and large senior population. Transportation needs to be efficient. As much as today government has tried to make our systems as efficient as possible, cars are still the most commonly used mode of transportation being used in Mississauga, this of course excludes a large portion of the population. In order to make Mississauga transportation system more efficient and sustainable, as a transportation manage i know that first we need to consider the people of the population.

Youth

For many of our youth driving is not an option. Schools have wide boundaries, houses are built larger than ever before, they are farther apart and the distance between residential communities and access to utilities and fun are far beyond a comfortable walking distance. A lot more youth than we think rely on their parents driving in order to meet up at the mall or go to school. A lot more youth don't actually have the experience necessary to comfortably ride the bus or public transportation to where they need to go.

Working Adults

Many of Mississauga's adults work outside of the city. Instead of taking advantage of the available public transit, many adults take the chance of braving the morning rush alone in their cars. Not only Causing major carbon emissions with most households owning at least two cars, Mississauga citizens are not eager to spend the whopping totals that gather up with an expensive transit system. As long as the adults stick with their cars, their kids wont be as inclined to ride a bus.

Seniors

It is unfortunate that many people are not educated in making sure that all a citizens needs and services are accessible to a person with a disability or a person in a wheelchair. we are working towards accessible and welcoming Mississauga, where all bus routes and buses are accessible for wheelchairs. Modifying our buses is a small change for the good of many. It is important to make it very clear and known that these options are available so that seniors may still use public transportation and continue to live their day to day lives.

Mississauga offers many opportunities for transportation. However for the purpose of improving and analyzing these modes of transportation we are only going to be looking at Buses, trains and bikes.

Bus

Mississauga is home to the third largest municipal transit system in Ontario, MiWay. MiWay operates a total of 96 routes, with 450 buses that are fully equipped to be accessible with 15 new hybrid electric buses. MiWay has many programs in order to make the cost of public transit obtainable. There is no denying the great busing system that we have with MiWay, with many plans and simple routes and maps at each stop, MiWay has smart routes where all buses return to the city center. Mississauga is equipped with bus only lanes in order to make transportation more efficient for the entire city.

MiWay is undoubtedly an efficient system. Unfortunately we have been so blinded by the fact that such a large part of our younger population have ridden the bus a handful of times that we haven't taken the time to really teach the system. We need to put more into teaching today's youth how to get around independently with public transit. We can do this by making efforts to lower the price of individual tickets and bringing MiWay into our schools and communities.

Train

The train services in Mississauga are a lot more underrated than much else. Mississauga's main train line is the GO train. There are three train lines that travel through Mississauga, most are a direct line to downtown Toronto or various other places in the G.T.A. Trains in Mississauga are most often used by university students going to school in the G.T.A without taking residence. Other times the train is used by Adult workers who work outside of the city and take the train as there morning commute.

The problem with Mississauga's Train system is that the cost of individual tickets add up at the end of the year. Also unfortunately there are only four train stations in Mississauga. This requires for riders to have to take some other form of transportation before they can even ride the train. Oftentimes train station parking lots are completely full. we need to add more stations or make sure that there are public buses that are constantly running in the mornings in order for people to get to heir jobs on time.

Bikes

Because we do live in Canada with weather that changes so often, biking isn't always the easiest option. Biking however is the most environmentally friendly option of all. In packed cities like in the downtown Toronto, Biking is the way to get around three quarters of the year. Everything is close together, there are places to service your bike everywhere and there are bike rentals always available. In suburban Mississauga there are oftentimes lost opportunities for bikers to get where they need to go without adding to traffic and our carbon footprint. We cant however say that we have completely forfeited the bicycle. There are bike lanes along routes that lead to scenic pathway's and pedestrians are used to bikers on the sidewalks. However there is no denying the general consensus within the community, Biking isn't very efficient and better used for Sunday fun.

Fortunately this can always be resolved. Biking isn't always the most efficient in the widely spread out suburban sprawl that Mississauga has found itself stuck in however biking is not a lost cause. Biking can be turned into a useful alternative within cities, if we were to build accessible bike lanes on main roads that lead from residential areas to the much used services we can provide a safe and secure way to ride. Drivers can to learn to be conscious of bikers and we need to get past the idea that biking is reserved for the lakeside path.

Sustainability

When it comes to sustainability generally the thought goes much farther than transportation. Sustainability is the ability to feed an entire nation for years to come, to provide power or keep the world thriving. Transportation needs to be sustainable. The methods that you use to get around in a city are important. Even if you can drive across that city within a hour, ho you do it and what your affecting while doing so have a much bigger importance than you realize. The current system is unsustainable. it may seem like it is working fine however the system relies on every family owning at least two cars, and in the future that will only grow to three or double to four. i we want to be sustainable we need to consider the factors that we are affecting. we need to lower our carbon footprint, we need to be the leading industry in the fight for our environment and our futures, because we were the ones leading it towards its collapse. our transportation needs to be clean, it needs to be healthy and we need to join together as a community so that our sustainable future means that the average family has one car, and five bikes.

Heba Alfayez's sEVEN-Point Plan to Better Transportation...

  1. Lowering bus fare's and making more specialized programs to make an effort at teaching and introducing public transit to today's youth in order to offer a better and more efficient option.
  2. Change Carpool lanes on the highway 403 to cars carrying 3+ people in order to try and cut down on our carbon footprint and limit car use on Mississauga's major highway that leads out of Mississauga to the G.T.A.
  3. Building more bike lanes on main streets leading into residential areas, offering a safe and environmentally friendly way to combat urban sprawl.
  4. Opening more bike rental stands in areas such as the city center, where there are several different services separated by roads where people are usually using cars to move between services.
  5. Increasing the availability of GO train stops in Mississauga in order to make a train out of Mississauga a more desirable option than taking the highway with a car.
  6. Allow for more accessible transportation of seniors and people with disabilities on public transit as not to exclude a large part of Mississauga's population.
  7. Converting our public transit vehicles to clean technology so that we are leading by example. Like the 15 existing hybrid electric MiWay buses.

There is no denying that we have a system in place. Our current system is not sustainable and we cannot hope to be able to rely on it indefinitely. Some of these methods may not be the most popular, however action needs to be taken. Our environment comes hand in hand with efficiency. These changes will revolutionize our way of life they will forever improve our health as a city and our strength as a community. We can do so much more, this is only the start towards a better and more sustainable future. we can make it so that we can all explore our great city, and it only takes a couple of small changes to our way of life.

These roads do not serve transportation alone, they also bind our Fatherland -Fritz Today

Waste Management in Mississauga

A big uncertainty for Peel is the potential change to the province’s Waste Diversion Act.

Ontario residents, institutions and industries produce 12.4 million tonnes of garbage annually.

Only three million tonnes are diverted from landfill sites into recycled goods, with about six million tonnes ending up in Canadian landfills. In 2009, half of Peel Region’s waste was recycled. Peel Region collected 102,097 tonnes of recyclable materials from its blue box program. On top of that they collected 33,396 tonnes of organic green bin material and 55,425 tonnes of yard waste. Another quarter or 120,572 tonnes was converted to energy through incineration. The rest (128,204 tonnes) of Peel’s garbage was sent to a landfill in Warwick, Ontario. By these statistics, Peel director of Waste Management Norman Lee says that an extra 75, 000 tonnes of garbage would be diverted out of landfills, but the big question is: Are we capable of achieving that goal?

Our plan

First, in 2015, our government provided a solution to reduce the amount of garbage entering the landfill. As of January 1, 2016, we will have three different size bins for our garbage: small, medium and large. Once you choose them, they are delivered to you before the New Year starts. However, if you feel like the cart you originally chose was not the right choice, you can change them in the future for $25.00 per cart. This fee includes delivery, cleaning and repair. Recycling containers also have the same policy as the garbage bins.

Second, garbage and recycling will now be picked up every alternating week. Compost bins are now limited to one size and picked up every week with the garbage or recycling. Collecting garbage/ recycling puts an emphasis on citizens to watch and limit the amount of garbage/ trash paper they produce. If, however, extra garbage is produced and bags are needed; residents may leave the excess garbage in a separate garbage bag with a tag on it. A sheet of tags cost $5.00 which you can order these online. Tags are not needed for excess organic waste/ recycling. The only times where tagged garbage come free of charge are on holidays.

Third, supermarkets have also taken steps to ensure less plastic enters the landfills. Plastic bags from supermarkets can take 20 to even 1, 000 years to decompose. Currently, stores are charging five cents per plastic bag such as Wal-Mart and Adonis. This prompts more people to bring their own reusable bag to carry all the groceries because they do not want to spend extra money on plastic bags. Some stores have also switched to paper bags which are 100% recyclable. Some major stores such as Costco don't even use plastic or paper bags to save money and waste.

Fourth, stores that sell pre packaged things such as gifts use 100% recyclable boxes so consumers do not have to worry about more garbage entering the landfills. To prevent even more waste, stores are selling recyclable wrapping paper. Some consumers try to minimize the amount of wrapping paper in hopes of minimizing garbage, but recycling wrapping paper is perfectly environmentally friendly.

Ways to manage waste

  1. Reuse plastic containers or plastic bags you get from the supermarkets. Plastic bags can be used as garbage bags in the kitchen and washrooms and then later be thrown out.
  2. Donate used items such as clothes and toys rather than dump them. You can help those in need while preventing things entering landfills.
  3. Make sure that hazardous materials are disposed correctly. Objects such as batteries can be recycled at a separate management instead of being dumped in a landfill.
  4. Bring your own reusable cloth bags with you when going grocery shopping to reduce plastic consumption.

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