What’s one of the best ways meet neighbours and to connect with every little nook and cranny in a neighbourhood? On a bike of course!
Launching as part of International Trails Day and Bike Week, throughout June and July, Winnipeg Trails and Bike Winnipeg are teaming up to host local councillors for a leisurely bike ride around their area. Come take a ride with staff, local constituents, board members and volunteers from both organizations on a random route.
Here’s how it works: Find a time that works for a couple hours outside (who doesn’t want that?) A week before, we’ll pop by your office to spin the wheel twice and take a photo! The wheel is covered in famous local destinations not too far from each other. THEN… On the big day, we’ll go for a bike ride from point a to point b. We’ll take detours to take in cool spots, great snacks and anything the councillor. We’ll look at new projects, places where we need them.
There’ll be lots of time to chat along the way…
Bicycles/tandems are available for councillors who do not own one or don’t feel comfortable riding alone. Councillors, if we haven’t connect with you yet, please contact Leigh Anne at Winnipeg Trails to find a time that works with your schedule!
Learning from the Land, in the City is a new series of four seasonal walking tours organized by Urban Ecology Winnipeg. It explores the connection between people, places and Winnipeg’s urban ecosystems.
Following the cycle of the four seasons, Learning from the Land, in the City will organize four urban field walks in Winnipeg, bringing together guest speakers from the worlds of design, ecology, and community development to share knowledge in the field about the local urban environment and our place within it.
COMING UP SOON ● Spring: Return of the Floodwaters – Saturday, April 27 / 10am – 12pm
Next up ● Summer: Urban Forests and Habitats – June 2019 / Date and Time TBD ● Fall: Food Webs and Food Security – September 2019 / Date and Time TBD ● Winter: Energy and the Cosmic Whole – January 2020 / Date and Time TBD
The purpose of this project is to start a conversation about the links between the environment and community health, to promote public literacy about cities as part of larger ecosystems, and the implications that holistic thinking has on the way we plan, design and build communities. We know that the health of people and the land are intimately connected, but what does this look like in an urban setting? How does urbanization and colonization change ecosystems and impact communities? How can we design cities to work in harmony with natural systems and be more socially and ecologically resilient?
On Saturday, April 27, the first walk in this series will explore WATER systems in Winnipeg, corresponding to the spring thaw and return of the floodwaters. Gathering on the flooded banks of the Red River along Waterfront Drive, this walk will bring together local leaders to talk about: ● The traditional cultural and spiritual significance of water for Indigenous peoples ● The geological history of the Red River and Assiniboine watersheds ● The annual cycle of flooding and its importance for the health of ecosystems ● Colonization and the ways that urban development has changed the rivers ● Winnipeg’s aqueduct and its devastating impacts on the Shoal Lake 40 community ● The downstream impacts of storm-water runoff and sewage spills into the Red River ● Green infrastructure solutions that can help cities manage water in more resilient ways
The walk is open to the public and free to attend, but space is limited. Tickets must be reserved by visiting their website.
Organizers are excited to announce an exceptional line-up of speakers as part of this walk from a diverse range of groups including the International Institute for SustainableDevelopment, the University of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, and more. A complete listing of speakers can be found on their website along with more information about this project.
Learning from the Land, in the City is independently organized by Matt Carreau (HTFC Planning + Design) and Marika Olynyk (Nature Conservancy of Canada, Manitoba Region). This project is supported by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, HTFC Planning + Design, Green Action Centre and other sponsors to be announced soon.
Winnipeg Trails is brining tea and snacks! Look for the red umbrella! 🙂
Contact: Anders Swanson or Allen Mankewich
Telephone: 204-797-1962 or 204-792-7510
E-mail: [email protected]
Who: Winnipeg Trails Association, with Anders Swanson and Allen Mankewich
What: A public shared wheelchair will be launched. The public is invited to see how long it takes, see how it feels to cross Portage and Main using a mobility aid and the share their experience on social media.
Where: 201 Portage Plaza – Portage and Main
When: Wednesday October
10:00 am – Brief speeches and interview
10:15 am – photo/video first try for the public
Why: Voters in the upcoming civic election may not realize that they will be making important decisions about fundamental transportation principles in Winnipeg. Universal and accessible design is important to all of us. We are inviting members of the public to start the clock and try navigating Portage and Main. This one-of-a-kind challenge asks the public \see first-hand that not all intersections are created equal. A normal crossing at street level can take less than 20 seconds. Try the chair. See how it compares. The wheelchair will be available for the public to try until October 24th.
About: Winnipeg Trails is an education, advocacy and research organization that focuses on connecting urban trails, placemaking, walkable, bikeable cities and universal design.
The Winnipeg Trails Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on September 27th at The Forks Market starting at 6:30 pm. Look for the “private” function in the south aisle of the main market building.
Before the AGM (optional):
We will meet at the Forks Canopy at 3:30pm to conduct a Community Trail Count: anyone with a smart phone can participate from any place they choose. (If you already know how CounterPoint app works, or just want to count somewhere near you, feel free to join from anywhere in Winnipeg!)
The meeting part of the evening will run from 6:30- 7:00 and be followed by a Mix & Mingle. After the meeting we will be walk/biking to a special location for refreshments and a film screening!
AGM Date: September 27th 2018
Trail Count: 3:00-5:30pm AGM Time: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Secret location pop-up film screening: til late
If you are would like to volunteer for the Community Trail Count, or would simply like more details, click here!
And of course, if would like to get involved with Winnipeg Trails – as a volunteer, supporter or board member, get in touch and ask us how!
Join us on September 27th from 3:30-5:30pm for a pre-AGM Community Trail Count.
A Community Trail Count is a simple way for citizens to measure the types and amounts of traffic our city experiences. Anyone with a smartphone can do it. You simply find a location you would like to count at, open the Counterpoint app and record what you see!
Winnipeg Trails uses the Counterpoint app to count all types of transportation, throughout all seasons. The app is free, easy to use and the data is available for anyone to download.
So come on out and count with us, because we are counting on you!
Sharing a message from Winnipeg Arts Council, City of Winnipeg and our friends in the northeast and the stewards of the Bunn’s Creek Trail:
Join us tomorrow between 6-9 to kick off this really neat art project that some of the youth from Knowles helped create with the help of Becky Thiessen and the Winnipeg Arts Council as well as the City of Winnipeg.
The exhibit will be displayed between Aug 16th and 29th with the final project being displayed along Bunn’s Creek Trail in September.
A series of group guided walks exploring hidden places and beautiful instances of nature in our backyard. Come connect with the plants, animals, mushrooms and lichen that share our city. Join us!
Starts on International Trails Day June 2nd and continues through the summer.
Come learn more, meet new people and practice for a big “BioWalk” (species count) being planned for a truly special International Trails Day in June of 2019.
We are lucky to welcome experts and keen enthusiasts about urban issues, botany, ecology and more as your guides. But you do not need to be an expert or know much to participate. Come ask questions, interact and get involved.
All events and updates are posted to Facebook. Check in there or get at us on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #WalkOnTheWildSide. All walk should go ahead regardless of weather so dress appropriately. Snacks and drinks provided. All events are FREE.