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.

Open House: Fermor Bridge December 13th

As a stakeholder group on a project with numerous trail connectivity components and potential, Winnipeg Trails has already attended a review of preliminary designs and Coordinator Anders Swanson provided some thoughts. You too have a chance to see the plans and have your say.

Details here:
http://winnipeg.ca/PublicWorks/construction/studies/fermor.stm


Join us at an open house to view the preliminary design ideas for the bridge rehabilitation and roadworks, and learn about pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and intersection and road improvements. Open house attendees are invited to provide their feedback.

If you are unable to attend, please view the open house boards and complete an online survey.

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Southdale Community Centre, 254 Lakewood Boulevard

For further information, contact Lea Hastie, Dillon Consulting Limited: lhastie@dillon.ca or phone (204) 453-2301

Those who may require alternate formats or ASL interpretation in order to participate should contact Lea Hastie by December 6, 2016 at the email address or phone number above.

FROM FARMER’S MARKET TO THE FORKS AND BACK

I finally made it down to the South Osborne Farmer’s market after some coaxing from a friend. I had put off going for weeks, and with only so much summer left I decided to be late to the party rather than sorry that I never showed up.

As I made my way down Osborne, and under the Rapid Transit Corridor, I felt a sense of adrenaline that I think most cyclists feel when they have to manage their speed down a considerable decline. Along with shoulder-checking, and then hike up a steep incline the trip can be taxing, even when biking a short trip from the East end of Wellington Crescent, it can wear you out.

Soon after I arrived at the market, I noticed a bike path I had never seen before. It was situated along the river and seemed to fork near the South Osborne Exchange building. After making my rounds, looking at all the tables, buying a pistachio glazed doughnut and chatting with some friends I saw there, I planned to pack it in for the day. However my curiosity over this trail got the best of me and before I knew it I was headed down a white gravel road with trees surrounding me.

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From where I began, the path was a little bit rocky, I was riding a road bike at the time and could feel the bigger stones shift around as I passed them, they weren’t big enough to do any damage to my tires but big enough to be a nuisance if I needed to get out of the way quickly. The rocks got smaller soon enough into the path for me to not care too much about it. Another slight issue I noticed about the path was that it got quite narrow at points:

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The only point the narrowness was any real concern to me was when I was surrounded by burr bushes on either side. if somebody needed to pass things could get burr-y. Had I encountered any of these pesky velcro’s I’d be delighted to know that there were two park benches along this portion of the trail so I could sit down while I picked them off of my shoelaces and jeans and then threw them in the garbage can. Both benches look exactly the same so I only took a picture of one and just copied it. Trust me though, there are two of them!

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The trees on either side of the trail formed a large tunnel of sorts as leaves from branches overlapped with each other. The provided shade and a special kind of peace that one can only receive when they’re removed enough from a trail away from roads and close to a river made the entire trip worth it. All the foliage covering the uninteresting aspects of our cities infrastructure (like gray walls/fences) was refreshing to seeas well, and seeing somebody kayak was a special bonus!

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Soon after the tree canopy ended, so did the gravel path, as it transitioned into asphalt for the final portion of the journey. The decline was the steepest I had experienced on the trail, so I was glad that friction was on my side as I raced down toward the underpass of the St. Mary’s bridge. By the time I got to The Forks’ footbridge I was amazed at how quickly I had travelled there, and sad at how brief my trail trip was, spanning maybe 15 minutes.

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I wanted more, so I turned around prepared to experience the excitement all over again. I then made the mistake of using the dirt trail which connects with this trail. I could write a whole story about it honestly, but to make a long story short the dirt trail is pretty unsafe/unfinished despite having its occasional rideable moments. The highlight was definitely when I almost rolled my ankle on a narrow pathway while walking my bike and fell down into a pile of weeds:

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I lived to tell the tale, and I hope you all tell your own tale, hopefully a safer one, when you visit this trail in the South Osborne region (turn left on Mulvey Ave and go straight towards the river, you won’t miss it!), just don’t use the dirt trail, it’s not good.

Happy trails!

 

Written by: Paul Hewak

Paul Hewak is a Trails Analyst summer student with The Winnipeg Trails Association. He is a student at the University of Winnipeg in the Faculty of English. His hobbies include riding his bike exhaustively until the steering bracket snaps off the day that he decided to write this story. He puts out his best wishes that his bike will recover, and will use another bike in the meantime. Paul’s hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and collecting ugly pictures from thrift stores. Paul’s former bike’s hobbies included moving.

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)

Bike to Work Day on Provencher – Come Visit the Winnipeg Trails Pit Stop at Café Postal

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We are very excited to invite you to stop by the Winnipeg Trails Pit Stop at Café Postal on Provencher on Friday June 19th – Bike to Work Day.
Come for some of the best coffee in town, come for the free portraits, come to meet fabulous people.

We are probably the only pit stop with vouchers from Chocolatier Constance Popp! Yum.
So even if your commute is from Charleswood to the airport, and you make a little detour, we won’t turn you away.

We also have a car! Yup. Let’s say you wanted to save yourself an average of $17,000 a year by getting rid of that car (or your other one). Let’s say you love to ride a bike, but you need a car sometimes. Well, if you haven’t heard about Peg City Car Co-op, you are in for a treat. They will have a car nearby that you can check out. You can have your cake and eat it too.

Also come check out our new Winnipeg Trails new t-shirts,get a sneak peak at one of the great prizes for our new app!
Speaking of our new app, for Friday only, there will be 5 hidden gems available at this location…so for any of our iOS beta testers, you might want to stop by to get a leg up on the competition.

This is also a chance to come chat with our coordinator about Winnipeg Trails’ big plans for 2015, talk to Stéphane from Bike Winnipeg about their proposals for a protected bike lane on Provencher, and share YOUR ideas!

But mostly, today we celebrate cycling!

Visit us here:

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walks this weekend start Friday. Get out and explore the city you love!

On Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3, the ninth annual Jane’s Walk is strolling into town. On this weekend, Winnipeggers can choose from a number of guided walks taking place across the city, and presented in an innovative and uniquely neighbourly fashion.

Find background on Jane’s Walks or go straight to the 2015 Winnipeg listings to plan which walks you’ll take in May 2nd & 3rd. Check back regularly as more walks are being added daily!

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