In September 2015, the City of Winnipeg initiated a public engagement process to receive input on the Downtown Bike Lane System Study and West Alexander Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor Study. Feedback received during this process has been incorporated into preferred designs. Please visit us at a pop-up engagement event and online to view the preferred designs and provide your feedback.

 

Pop-up Engagement Event

Drop-by format (come and go).

Visit us to view the preferred designs, speak with project team members, provide your feedback and ask questions regarding the study.

 

The Forks Market

Thursday, June 23, 2016

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1 Forks Market Road

South Atrium

 

Share Your Input Online

View the preferred designs and provide feedback through an online survey. www.winnipeg.ca/walkbikeprojects

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Call For Proposals – Benchmark

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The Winnipeg Trails Association and Storefront Manitoba invite designers to submit proposals for the design of a permanent bench along the Bishop Grandin Trail – Winnipeg’s longest multi-use trail. We are looking for designers to help us make / celebrate places that embody physical literacy, add refinement to the art of traveling and provides a place to sit, read, discuss and exchange.

This Call for Submissions is open to teams and individuals consisting of designers, architects, landscape architects, and / or artists. Individuals may be students, interns, or practitioners. Multiple submissions are permitted.

Deadline: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 4PM CST

Download the Call For Proposals Document

See the press release.  

INTERNATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2016 – Saturday June 4th

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INTERNATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2016 – Saturday June 4th


Every year, we celebrate International Trails Day to recognize the important contribution that trails make to the fabric of communities around the world.

This year, our local International Trails Day theme is “Snapshot” and it is all about documentation.

Our goal to take this day to document and measure our trail system. Trail usage is skyrocketing and interest is growing. We want to prove it and show it. We want to know how it is being used and be able to share all the wonderful things that you can do while you are out there – all year round.

Want to help? There are all kinds of ways in which you can participate:

1. Get Out There and Have Fun
These simplest way to participate is to go outside!!! Just be one of the hundreds of thousands of Winnipeggers that use our trail network. That’s good enough for us. 🙂 Go outside on June 4th. Enjoying a trail system that is growing every day is important. Go alone or call someone up and go outside and explore together.

2. Be a Star? Help us Make a Movie with Winnipeg’s Best Trails Vistas!
CASTING CALL: Couples who like to ride bikes. 
We will be out on Saturday afternoon, teaming up with videographers to document footage of trails that are in use all around the city. We can use it in all kinds of ways If you’re lucky, you may appear in a (very very brief, but still) scene in a short video being shot for our partners at Bike Week Winnipeg!!

If you are interested in appearing and available in the afternoon, please email info@winnipegtrails.ca with “Bike Couple” as the subject line. Tell us about a nice scenic/busy spot near you where you might like to film. We’ll try and arrange to meet you there. We want all ages and demographics. The more the better. Let us know and we will do our best to include you!
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3. Capture Some Animals?
…with a camera, of course. Save Our Seine has organized a sweet Nature Photo Hunt. Camera buffs are requested to group up and test their skills (and luck) to show us all the creatures that can be find in the wild places that trails let us access – even right here in the city!  See all the details here.
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4. Spend an hour on your phone and watch others move?  Help us count trail traffic.
Bring your phone and let’s do some citizen science, shall we? Volunteers and staff with iPhones will be outside on June 4th for the first of a whole series of traffic counting exercises meant to get some facts on what we see as crazy numbers of people on trails. We’ll be counting everything from little ones on a scooter to groups of middle-aged weekend warriors on their way to Bird’s Hill on their bikes. We’ll be using Green Action Centre’s made-in-Manitoba app, CounterPoint.  To participate, all you have to do is download the app at CounterPointApp.org. Once you are ready, join one of many counterpoints around the city or set up one of your own on a trail near you. Count what goes by, share your results. We recommend anything from a 15 minute to a 2 hour count between 1pm and 3pm.
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5. Come for a Run with the FCM
June 4th is also National Health and Fitness Day and it just so happens that councillors from around Canada are in Winnipeg for a big conference. We are partnering with NHFD to promote this event. You are welcome to join us bright and early and come for a run/walk/job/bike along a route that features soe downtown Winnipeg’s best trails and views. See the details here

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6. Transcona Trails Photo Contest
Starting on June 4th, Transcona Trails is accepting submissions of cool photos for a new contest. And you can win cash!! See all the details here.

7. New Trans Canada Trail Trailheads Unveiling 10am and Noon
Join us at 10:00am in King’s Park and and at 12:00noon in St.Norbert at the Farmer’s market to cut some ribbons on the latest amenities to be added to the Trans Canada Trail. See details here.

8. Find gems – share gems with our new app. For the last 14 months we have been testing and refining a scavenger hunt-style Winnipeg Trails app and we think it’s pretty cool. We have added a bunch of new gems and are looking for more! If you are already familiar with the app, we challenge you to suggest new gems. We know there are hundreds more out there that deserve to be shared. Tell us where they are! The world needs to know!
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9. Beefs and Bouquets? How is our trail network doing? What do you see out there? What’s awful? What’s great? What can we do better? Join a conversation. Tag us @winnipegtrails on Twitter or post to our page on Facebook with pics or comments on the quality of our trails network. Be gushing, be grumpy. Up to you. We want to hear it. Remember that if you see something dangerous or that you want to see fixed, it’s always a good idea to let 311 or your councillor know, depending on what kind of issue it is. If you love something, it is important to share that too!

Check back for more activities planned by Winnipeg Trails and its Partners in the lead up to the event. 

Jane’s Walk

From Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8 you can enjoy and celebrate Jane Walks by exploring Winnipeg’s diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods.

On this weekend, free walks are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the place they live and work

Plan your weekend walks here!

 

Election Questionnaire on Cycling and Walking Issues

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A range of groups representing seniors and kids getting to school, nature lovers and trail users,environmentalists groups and cycling are calling upon the next provincial government to invest significant time and energy into making Manitoba a walk-friendly, bike friendly, and more accessible place to live.

They have released a short questionnaire looking for answers on 3 key issues from all parties. Campaigns have until 5pm, Thursday April 14th to respond, after which the responses will be evaluated by a panel of experts and the results shared widely with the public.

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The three questions are:

1. Will your party commit to an ambitious province-wide strategy tasked with adopting policies, design standards, and roadway improvements that will make it safer and easier for more children to walk or bike to school?

2. Will your party commit to annual funding in the amount of $17/person/year to be made available to municipalities to be used only for the planning, design, and construction of walking and cycling infrastructure?

3. Will your party dedicate resources and staff toward the development and implementation of a comprehensive provincial walking and cycling plan that would transform Manitoba into a walkable/bikeable province and an even greater place in which to live, work and raise a family?

“Manitoba could easily become the best province in Canada for riding a bicycle, the safest place to walk to school and the easiest place to move in a wheelchair. Right now it isn’t, but the environmental and health benefits of making it happen simply cannot be overestimated. There is absolutely no downside to heavily supporting the work of municipalities and organizations across province who are helping Manitobans move. We all want a Manitoba in which we can feel confident raising children. We want to feel proud when inviting others to visit. That’s why we want to be clear on what the next government plans to do about cycling, walking and accessibility,” said Anders Swanson, Coordinator of the Winnipeg Trails Association.

See the full questionnaire below.
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Walking and Cycling Policy Questionnaire – Manitoba Provincial Election 2016

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Fig.1 Tip of the iceberg? More than 1200 people arrived on bicycles for opening Blue Bombers game at Investors Group Field at the U of M using a limited and disconnected network of bike paths to get there. Source: Winnipeg Trails

 

QUESTION 1. The number of children walking and biking to school in Manitoba has been declining for decades due to what experts in engineering, planning and health promotion agree are mostly traffic-related issues. This exacerbates the incidence of chronic diseases linked to physical inactivity such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and mental illness, threatens the very sustainability of our healthcare system and has serious impacts on individual lives. Knowing that School Travel Planning and school-travel focused infrastructure is helping to reverse this trend right here in Winnipeg and that it’s effect is limited only by the amount of time,  effort and funding currently being invested. Will your party commit to an ambitious province-wide strategy tasked with adopting policies, design standards, and roadway improvements that will make it safer and easier for more children to walk or bike to school?

 

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Fig.1 Graphic showing cycling to school rates of Canadian children. Source: European Cycling Federation/Canada Bikes

QUESTION 2. People of all ages and abilities across Manitoba would like to walk or bike more often, but that aim is frustrated far too often the lack of bicycle infrastructure or, especially for young people, by heavy traffic and scary crossings. For those of us living with disabilities, unnecessary barriers and substandard infrastructure and lack of winter maintenance can make things dangerous and/or severely limit our freedom to move. That’s why provinces like BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have created dedicated walking and cycling infrastructure funding backed by robust plans and aimed at building age-friendly, bike-friendly, kid-friendly, accessible communities. We need a similar commitment to make ours more connected, accessible, safe and inviting.
Manitoba municipalities have begun to address the demand for more and improved walking and cycling infrastructure, but limited transportation resources are all too often dedicated to unsustainable and expensive roadway projects.With healthcare and environmental stewardship falling under provincial responsibility, the Government of Manitoba plays a crucial role in ensuring that we take a coordinated approach and do the right thing. Dedicated funding helps show political leadership and gets results faster. All Manitobans benefit from investments in walking and cycling infrastructure, which provide good jobs for Manitoba families in the short term while generating long lasting benefits through improved health, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced traffic congestion. For less than the average cost of owning a small car for just one day (according to CAA), we can provide a free pass for all Manitobans to complete networks of healthy, fun transportation and recreation throughout the province. It is time for the Province to lead the way and leave a lasting legacy in all Manitoban communities.

Will your party commit to annual funding in the amount of $17/person/year to be made available to municipalities to be used only for the planning, design, and construction of walking and cycling infrastructure?

QUESTION 3. The value of a provincial-level approach to walking and cycling cannot be underestimated. Many individual Canadian cities have more than a dozen staff dedicated to improving walking and cycling. The Province of Manitoba employs just shy of 1,500 people to plan, build and maintain our highway network, yet there is currently jus
t one staff member dedicated to making it easier for all Manitobans to walk or bike. We need to do a better job to ensure that we are meeting the mobility needs of all Manitobans, including those who would like to walk and bike to their destinations more often.
Will your party commit to dedicate resources and staff toward the development and implementation of a comprehensive provincial walking and cycling plan that would transform Manitoba into a walkable/bikeable province and an even greater place in which to live, work and raise a family?

Campaigns are kindly asked respond to our email by 5pm, Thursday April 14.  

 

 

 

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Join us! If your organization sees the benefit of investing in a walkable, bikeable, beautiful Manitoba, and would like to join the organizations listed above in asking these 3 important questions, send us an email or declare you support on social media.

Press release issued Friday April 8th.

The Crow Wing Trail Association invites the public to their Annual Meeting 7 to 9 pm Monday April 25th 2016 John Henry Meeting Room 290 Main Street – Niverville (across from Slice of Life)

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Headingley Grand Trunk Trail AGM – April 25

On Monday, April 25th join your Headingley Grand Trunk Trail Association for an interesting and informative annual general meeting.
During the meeting we will share the exciting news about portions of well preserved remnant prairie on the trail and reflect back on the history of the trail Just to entice you further, refreshments will be served! Everyone’s welcome, so bring a friend!

Headingley Recreation Centre, 5353 Portage Avenue

See the Facebook event for the up to date info.

Check out the new downtown protected bike lane ideas.

Mark your calendar to check out the proposed options for protected bike lanes on Fort and Garry, and on McDermot Ave west of Sherbrook. There will be an online survey but given the level of detail, you’ll probably want to be there in person to ask questions and get the rationale on differences between the options.

March 10: information and survey link posted to winnipeg.ca/walkbikeprojects

West Alexander project (McDermot Ave west of Sherbrook):

  • March 15: 12-1:30pm, Health Science Centre, Wellness Market Place
  • March 15: 2:30-4pm, U of M Bannatyne Campus, Brodie Centre Atrium

Downtown Winnipeg projects (Fort and Garry protected bike lanes as well as the connection from Assiniboine Ave to the new raised bike lane leading into The Forks):

  • March 17: 11:30am-1:30pm, Portage & Main underground Rotunda
  • March 17: 3-5pm, Fort Garry Place Mall, 85 Garry St
  • March 20: 12:30-2:30pm, The Forks

Note that feedback will be collected by the City of Winnipeg until March 28.

(Reposted blurb by Beth McKechnie at Green Action Centre)