Share The Chair: Try a Wheelchair at Portage and Main

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct 9 2018

Contact:  Anders Swanson or Allen Mankewich
Telephone: 204-797-1962 or 204-792-7510
E-mail: info@winnipegtrails.ca
Website: WinnipegTrails.ca

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.

Annual General Meeting, 2018

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!

AGENDA:
AGM Date: September 27th 2018
Trail Count: 3:00-5:30pm
AGM Time: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Mix-and-Mingle: 7:00-7:30pm
Secret location pop-up film screening: til late

RSVP by Sept 21st by emailing coordinator@winnipegtrails.ca.

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

September 27th Community Trail Count

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!

The How-To:

There are two main ways to participate, but first, download the Counterpoint app here http://counterpointapp.org/

Blaze your own trail:

  • Download the Counterpoint app from  
  • Head to your location (there are some locations already set up in the app or, set up your own location)
  • start counting!

Journey with friends:

  • Meet us at the Forks Canopy at 3:30pm for a crash course on how to download and use the app. (The Forks has free wifi)
  • From there you can head anywhere you would like to begin counting. Or you can head out in a group: there will be a few volunteers available to help you on your way.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Community Trail Count please send an email to coordinator@winnipegtrails.ca

September 27th
-Trail Count:  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
-AGM: 6:00pm at The Forks

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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.

Big thanks to support from the City of Winnipeg.

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.