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.


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: //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

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

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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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.


• 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.



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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

Big Day on February 10th!

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Note only is it Winter Bike to Work Day – a friendly international competition that began in Winnipeg in 2013 that spread around the world and now features +10000 participants, but there are some local projects that want your input.

Pop-up Engagement Events

February 10, 2017

Visit us at the pop-up locations to have opportunities to discuss your perspectives on the project.

Drop-by format (come and go)

Bronuts, C-100 King St.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Red River College, Loewen Atrium, 160 Princess St.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Across the Board Cafe, 211 Bannatyne Ave.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Boon Burger Cafe, 141 Bannatyne Ave.
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For more details, visit the city of Winnipeg webpage for the project.

Vision Zero forum Monday, January 30

This one is important. Be there.

DATE: Monday, January 30, 2017
TIME: 6:30 pm Registration; 7:00 pm Road Safety/Vision Zero Presentation & Panel Discussion
PLACE: Millennium Library, 215 Donald Street – Carol Shields Auditorium on 2nd Floor

Vision Zero is so simple that you have to wonder why it has taken so long to get here. But it is happening now and it has a big effect on every person who walks, bikes, runs, jogs or even crosses the street to get from their car to the store. No matter who you are, Vision Zero either already applies to you or it will one day. Are your athletic days behind you? Do you like window shopping? Do you ever walk downtown with a friend or get lost in conversation? Do you have small kids that want to walk to school? Do you occasionally zone out just a little on a beautiful sunny walking around the city? Do you always look both ways even if the light is green and the walk sign has been on for 20 seconds?

Those who know about Vision Zero usually know for its goal: zero deaths in traffic. But it is so much more. At the heart of Vision Zero is a recognition of the


who are at the heart of a transportation system – not the machines. Humans are different. We are not machines and we like it that way. We are fallible. Imperfect. Beautiful. We make mistakes and we can learn. Vision zero is – above all else – a recognition that people make mistakes. Of course, this is also the source of one of the “easy outs” that is sometimes used to avoid doing anything about it. One of the main rebuttals and reasons for inaction is the belief that individual responsibility is the key to transportation safety. “Drivers need to be better drivers.” “Kids should pay more attention”. “Pedestrians should wear bright clothing and watch out.” “”Cyclists” should not be on the road anyway.” But what is forgotten in any of those statements is the recognition your responsibility is matched to the amount of power you choose to wield. Think about this: if responsibility truly extends to everyone – then it probably extends proportionate to one’s ability to do something about it. When you or I walk across the street, yes, we should probably look twice. Yes, its worth teaching people to be careful . . . but when “accidents” happen regularly for the same reasons and there are known solutions, You or can’t really control the fact that our roads department chose to build a road a certain way, or control the fact that politicians somewhere some time ago chose to prioritize a you-go-your-way-i’ll-go-my-way roadway expansion over investing in our neighbourhoods in the budget.

Children, for example, don’t concentrate in the same way as adults. They should not pay with their life for a moment’s inattention. Even adults make mistakes sometimes, and if everyone is indeed responsible, that includes those designing our roads and it means that we can design to include the simple fact that humans make mistakes.

It comes down to this: a pedestrian who gets severely injured by a car, no matter what they “did” is simply the last link in a long chain of decisions that prioritizes travel by certain modes at certain speeds over the best interests of other modes at other speeds. She or he is the victim of deliberate choice (or rather series of choices) that ultimately ended in someone deciding not to make the places we love even better but, instead, deciding to move people as quickly as possible through it.

In Winnipeg, the most preventable and pervasive form of violence most of us are likely to experience comes not from fires, not from guns, not from tornados or terrorism or epidemics or mosquitoes or floods. Rather it comes from traffic violence. Think about it. How many polar bear maulings do you hear about every year? Now think about how many “pedestrian struck at _____ ” headlines or articles do you read (or rather skip over because you’d rather not think too much about it). Think about how many people you know who have never been in a car “accident”. Not many right? Now consider the fact that, per capita, there are entire countries where death and injury from traffic violence has been reduced to a fractio of what we experience here.

graphic from Raise the Hammer.

Many don’t realize that serious injuries resulting from car “accidents” are, by definition, predictable and controllable. By definition, that means that car “accidents” are something we allow to happen. It is one of the reasons that most now prefer to call them “collisions” since they are certainly no accident. When year after year, the same intersections see the same level of death or injury following a predictable pattern, then it is no longer an accident. When we know that 20km/hr is the safest speeds at which kids and cars can reasonably mix, and we know that a few flower planters in the road would make it safer for everyone, then NOT doing it means tacit approval. Transportation systems are designed. Designs have parameters. We get to choose what we want. Like it or not, we have come to accept a certain amount of carnage at the core of our cities. It is time to think again.

Designed systems, by definition, can be bent to the will of the people who design them and, of course, there are very smart people in Winnipeg capable of remaking our transportation system. They are the kind of people who take safety very seriously and can be relied on to methodically create systems that work. The issue is that the definition of safety is relative, prickly and slippery by definition. In human terms, though, creating liveable communities is not that hard, really. But you need a combination of expertise, leadership and grassroots demand and it all needs to come together. The grassroots demand is proven, the professionals exist to be able to make it happen. So maybe what we need is a goal? That’s where Vision Zero comes in and it is why it is so popular. It provides both a design objective and a moral compass to an issue that, to be blunt, operates mostly without one. We simply have to ask for the right things.

Graphic from Vision Zero Canada

How does it shake out? In the end it means smooth traffic flow at safer, more human speeds. It means less speeding tickets, less noise, more pleasant places to walk or linger. Entire countries have made the shift. France invested millions to create “zones de rencontres” andParis is spending millions more right now. Across Scandinavia it is now unthinkable to see a residential area designed for cars traveling more than 30kmph. Edmonton and Montreal and Toronto have all gotten in on the act. Larghe swath of each of those cities started with dropping the speed limit and (hopefully) are backing it up with the infrastructure that makes it so drivers don’t even notice. Even Winnipeg has made advancements, whether it is raised crosswalks near schools or legislative changes that pave the way.

Big kudos to our former coordinator turned city councillor for the courage and vision to bring this to Winnipeg and for putting the important issue of traffic violence on the table in Winnipeg.

If you have a moment Monday evening, we hope you can make it to share your thoughts because when traffic violence effects you or your family, by then it is too late.

Anders Swanson
On behalf of Winnipeg Trails

Snow Trek Gem Blast!

Hello! Hope everyone is staying warm this winter. This new year we have many exciting things planned. One is our first Winter Gem Blast! This event is in partnership with Snow Trek, an event that allows families of all incomes to participate in free winter activities. There will be snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, skating, snowman building, crafts, face painting, and of course, new gems to be launched on the event day. The poster for the event is below, but here is a run down:

When: Sunday, February 5
Where: Harbour View Recreation Complex
At: 12-4pm

This is a great opportunity to try out winter activities you haven’t had the chance to before while collecting gems and points on our leader board. These gems will only be available for the event so this is a good chance to add to your score. Lets not forget about the prize. For every person who stops by our table at Harbour View with the Winnipeg Trails App downloaded on their phone, an entry for the prize draw will be rewarded. At 4pm the winner will be announced and the prize awarded!

We hope to see you there!


Written by: Samantha Worden (Sam)

Sam is a Trails Analyst with The Winnipeg Trails Association. She is working towards a degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her hobbies include reading, bike riding, camping, watching and posting on YouTube, and various forms of paper-crafting and planning.

Photo credit: //www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/herald/Join-in-on-annual-Snow-Trek-365464181.html

Manyfest Success

Yesterday, Sunday September 11, 2016, the Winnipeg Trails staff tabled at Manyfest on broadway and we had our last big giveaway of the summer. Thank you to all who have downloaded the app and have given it a try! We want to shout out fenyx13 for her continued support for our app, she has dominated first place on our leaderboard for quite some time and was one of the grand prize winners of the cool laser cut longboard. There she is to the right with our trails analyst Dan presenting the cool board. We also want to thank the second place and third place leaderboa14322347_1077624422321103_1408035649036597653_nrd users: jkryschuk and jacrispy! They came out to our events over the summer and have been active on their own hunting down gems throughout the city and on trails. If you haven’t downloaded our app yet, DO IT! You never know what cool prizes we will be giving away for events and leaderboard scores.

Make sure to like us on Facebook on our Winnipeg Trails page to hear about cool updates and what we are doing at the Winnipeg Trails Association.  Link: //www.facebook.com/WinnipegTrails

We are also on Instagram and Twitter as @WinnipegTrails

Written by: Samantha Worden (Sam)

Sam is a Trails Analyst summer student with The Winnipeg Trails Association. She is working towards a degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Manitoba with a focus in Natural Resource Management. Her hobbies include reading, bike riding, camping, watching and posting on YouTube, and various forms of paper-crafting and planning.


If you see this poster around town it’s because we are having our final giveaway this summer. You will be able to run around Winnipeg and collect
gems all day before meeting on Broadway at 3pm to try and win prizes based on your leader board score. Just joined our app family? Don’t worry,
we will have 2 random draws for anyone registered on the leader board.  So if you are in 4th place or 16th, you have a chance to win! Want to come
down early and find out more information? Winnipeg Trails staff will be at Manyfest from 10-3 that day.

Prizes to be won:





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