Benchmark 2018 – Call For Proposals Now Out!

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Along with our partners at StorefrontMB, we are proud to announce round two of BenchMARK – a unique place-making competition for designers – is underway. Make your mark on Winnipeg. This time, BenchMARK will be adding two new installations along trails in beautiful Transcona. See more info about the locations and full competition guidelines here (PDF).

Huge thanks to both the City of Winnipeg and the Transcona BIZ for making this possible.

We are Hiring! Fall 2017

*November 22 Update

Thank you to all applicants for your interest in Winnipeg Trails!

We have now completed our hiring process. Successful applicants will have heard back about the position.

 

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Work with Winnipeg Trails this Fall/Winter!

We are looking for up to 6 people who want to work from the best “office” in Winnipeg—our growing network of trails and protected bike lanes!

Are you interested in a modern city? Do you like learning more about how cities plan for cycling and walking and accessibility and doing something about it?
Do you have a passion for the future of Winnipeg and its people?
Do you like nature, urban landscapes or spending time outdoors?
Do you like citizen science, city planning or helping people?
Are you social media savvy?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be a great fit.
Keep reading.

We are hiring up to six (6) Trails Surveyors to work with us over the Fall and upcoming Winter.

How To Apply:

  1. Review the Job Descriptions below.
  2. Write a short email describing why you think you would be a good fit for the position to coordinator@winnipegtrails.ca with the subject line “Winter Job Application” and attach a brief resume.
  3. Apply as soon as possible.

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Surveyor Job Description

Wage: $17/hr
Timeline: Short term position representing approximately 16 weeks @ 7.5hrs/week between now and April 2017. Exact work hours will be subject to other team member’s availability, but expect 2-3 shifts a week taking place in the evening, afternoon, and/or weekend. There is a potential to extend contract for next 3 years.
Workplace: Work will be carried out in teams of two on site on urban trails throughout Winnipeg, and/or at home and/or at our HQ in the East Exchange. Some surveying will take place outdoors in Winter.

Surveyors will be responsible for:
Using active transportation to and from surveying sites. (cycling, walking, skiing – a working bicycle is an asset),
Setting up and taking down the surveying site and equipment,
Engaging members of the public to complete the intercept survey,
Conducting traffic counts using the CounterPoint app in vicinity of the survey site,
Collecting data on the quality of the built environment,

Surveyors may be responsible for:
Testing surveys for accessibility and user-friendliness,
Reviewing methods to improve future surveys.

The ideal candidate(s) will have:
Excellent communication skills,
High degree of organization,
An understanding of CounterPoint,

Education: Ideal candidate for this position is attending or just finished high school, or attending Post-Secondary (Community College, CEGEP, Technical Institute, University) studies.

Note: Some of the work will include use of mobile applications to communicate. All applicants should have access to a working smartphone, ideally both platforms or iOS only, and extra battery packs.

Applying as a team of two is welcome and encouraged.

All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

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This project is in partnership with the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.  Funding for this project is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

The Great Trail – More to Come!!

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This summer Winnipeg Trails is celebrating the progress that has been made on the Trans Canada Trail. The Great Trail connects our country through a series of hiking, biking, and paddling trails, but there is still lots of work to be done!
|| We want to hear about your trail experiences and make a plan for future funding opportunities. Come share your thoughts and let us know how to spend our money! ||

What’s Happening!

We’ll be starting things off with a slow roll, all ages, bike ride along The Great Trail starting in Kildonan Park at 12 noon. Rain or shine we’ll be slowly rolling down to St. John’s Park!

Meeting up at St. John’s Park we’ll continue the fun!
– 2:30 Local bands Casati and A La Mode will perform!
– TCTea, cake, veggies, and more!
– a competition to test your Dinking Dutchman skills
– a scavenger hunt for gems along the trail using the Winnipeg Trails App (smartphone required)
– a chance to share your experiences and opinions about the future of The Great Trail, chiming in on how and where new funding should be spent!

Our Executive Director, Anders Swanson will be starting an early ride from the start of the Crow Wing Trail, heading north through the city he will attempt to cover as much of The Great Trail as he can on a special cargo bike outfitted with maps and snacks. Throughout the day he’ll be posting on our Winnipeg Trails twitter account about his ride along the trail and the improvements it still needs. You can also track his progress on this map on our website.

May 2nd Launch of Cycling Without Age Program in Manitoba

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and Riverview Health Centre Foundation cordially invite you to join them for the launch of Manitoba’s first chapter of Cycling Without Age (CWA).

Tuesday, May 2nd at 10:30 a.m.

at Riverview Health Centre
One Morley Avenue

First established in Denmark, the CWA program allows individuals with mobility challenges and individuals who are blind or partially sighted to enjoy life on a bike once again. These bikes will continue to support CNIB’s focus to empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to lead rich, full lives, and move us toward a more inclusive world.

They will also support Riverview Health Centre to maximize the quality of life opportunities for its residents.

You are invited to not only see the specialized bike in action but to meet the CWA Founder, Ole Kassow, and learn the history of Cycling Without Age.

Bike Winnipeg AGM April 22

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Please join our pedalling partners over at Bike Winnipeg for their Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday, April 22nd and learn about their accomplishments over the past year and plans to make cycling in Winnipeg a safer, more enjoyable, accessible and convenient experience in 2017.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be followed by a presentation and panel discussion on the Arlington Bridge project and a proposal for protected bike lanes on Arlington. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP`s are appreciated so that we can get an estimate on attendance, but are not required.

WhenSaturday April 22nd, 2017
12:30pm – 3:00pm (meeting starts at 1pm)
Where: West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice @ Sherbrook)

See more here.

We Are Hiring! Summer 2017

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Work with Winnipeg Trails this Summer.

We are looking for 3 people who want to work from the best “office” in Winnipeg . . our growing network of trails and protected bike lanes!

Are you interested in a modern city? Do you like learning more about how cities plan for cycling and walking and accessibility and doing something about it?
Do you have a passion for the future of Winnipeg and its people?
Do you like nature, urban landscapes or spending time outdoors?
Do you like citizen science, city planning or helping people?
Are you social media savvy?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be a great fit.
Keep reading.

All applicants must be:
(a) between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
(b) registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
(c) intending to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
(d) a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
(e) a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and
Refugee Protection Act* and;
(f) legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

We are hiring three (3) Trails Analysts to work with us over the summer.

How To Apply:

1. Review the Job Descriptions below.
2. Write a short email describing why you think you would be a good fit for the position to info@winnipegtrails.ca with the subject line “Summer Job Application” and attach a brief resume.
3. Apply as soon as possible.

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Trails Analyst Job Description

Wage: $14/hr
Timeline:Short term position representing 9 weeks @ 30hrs/week between now and September 2016. Exact work hours and vacation time are flexible and negotiable, depending on start date and needs of project.
Workplace: Work will be carried out on site on trails throughout Winnipeg, and/or at home and/or at our team meeting point at The Forks.

Trails Analysts may be responsible for:
Evaluating the usage of Winnipeg’s Trail extensive network of asphalt, limestone, barkchip and nature trails for and collecting important data on walkability, bikeability and barriers to accessibility.
Revealing new opportunities to create on road pathway connections, intersection improvements or trail surface quality changes.
Raising awareness and promoting information on the trail network through public outreach, staffing booths at events.
Promoting trails tourism.
Content management for a new mobile app and contest management.
Communication and social media.
Mapping data

Tasks will include:
Developing a schedule for a methodically investigating/collecting data on the trails network in Winnipeg
Establishing hidden gems using our mobile app: http://www.winnipegtrails.ca/app/
Greeting members of the public while on site or at trails-related events
Attend regular meetings with the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator
Independence and self motivation

ALSO:
Self-directed projects based on discussion with Coordinator (tell us what you think is important!)

Education:
Ideal candidate for this position is attending or just finished high school, or attending Post-Secondary (Community College, CEGEP, Technical Institute, University) studies.

Note: Some of the work will include use of mobile applications to communicate. All applicants should have access to a working smartphone, ideally both platforms or iOS only, and extra battery packs.
All applicants should be familiar with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, the CounterPoint app for counting traffic and our own Winnipeg Trails app.

How do you feel about Railways? Contribute to an artwork!

Winnipeg Trails received an intriguing inquiry from Marie Claude de Souza, a poet/planner/artist/story-teller from Quebec. Ms. de Souza is seeking individuals willing to talk about railroads and the role they play in communities across Canada. She is working on a piece connected to Canada’s 150th. 

From our trail-building work in Winnipeg, we know railways can represent both opportunities and barriers, connections and disruptions.  Railroads occupy mental and physical space and can shape and even define social interaction and have lasting effects who we are. Therefore we are pleased to help her find participants.

If you have 15-30 minutes to share with the artist, we encourage you to read the background info below and contact her.

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CONTRIBUTE TO AN ARTWORK !

About the artist

Marie-Claude De Souza explores the boundaries between literature and contemporary art. She creates poetic installations and performances in public spaces by collecting stories, vocabulary or handwriting samples from citizens. Through oral transmission, she provokes beauty between strangers. Her work is based on collaboration and conversation.

About her current work

Marie-Claude De Souza’s next artwork entitled Traverse (Crossing) will be presented at Stewart Park (Pointe-Claire, Québec) as part of Canada 150. For this purpose, she is recruiting citizens, from different parts of Canada, to explore the symbolic of railroad tracks. Through a series of exchanges around the expression “the other side of the track”, she wishes to discover what rails mean on a community scale. Beyond their extent a mari usque ad mare, do they appear as an interconnection or a boundary ?

Participant’s profile

• Anglophone or Francophone

• To take part on an individual basis

• Living in a canadian municipality crossed by a railway

• Diversity : participants of all ages, opinions, backgrounds, etc.

Context

• Discussion with the artist will last 15 to 30 min. By Skype or phone (or, alternatively, by email or Facebook)

• The artist will select a few quotations to incorporate in her work.

 

Headingley Grand Trunk AGM

Our friends to the “slightly west” are having their Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 24th at 7:00 PM. Join them! Always interesting. 

Guest Speaker: Marilyn Latta

DATE: Monday, April 24, 2017

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Headingley Recreation Centre

5353 Portage Ave.

Refreshments will be served.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

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Transcona Trails AGM April 5 2017

Message from the host:

The Transcona Trails 2017 AGM will be on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00 p.m. in ACCESS Transcona at 845 Regent Avenue West.

The trail system in Transcona continues to improve. Thank you to our community for your support that helped this happen. The city has plans to build trail connections between Transconaand the rest of the city. These new trail segments will be discussed at the AGM.

2016 was a great year for community members helping us keep our trails clean. The trailslooked very good in the fall. We hope that more people will use The Duff Roblin Parkway Trailon the Floodway in 2017.  It is accessible at the parking lot beside the floodway near the end of Gunn Road.

We have room for one more director for anyone who is interested in joining our executive. Please contact us if you want to be on the board.

Everyone is welcome at the AGM. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Val Cousineau

Transcona Trails