[ Although the kickstand Bicycle Policy Training Sessions are now sold out
(and then some), we've added an exciting element that is made for to the
public. This is a great opportunity for you to meet our out-of-town guests,
get involved and celebrate. Space is somewhat limited, so arrive early. Please
see the press release and poster attached (with text pasted below). Also,
if you are a winter cyclist coming from the south end of the city, and
would like to join us for a ride to the forks, there is a group leaving
from the U of M's Welcome centre at 5:45. - Anders ]
*The World’s Love Affair with The Bicycle Comes to The Forks: European and
Canadian Experts Share in Public Forum *
Public “We Ride Here” Symposium at The Forks, Friday November 23rd, 7 pm –
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Winnipeg is fast becoming one of our country’s
bike-friendly cities and that fever is spreading throughout the province to
towns like Morden, Thompson and Portage la Prairie. But, what would it take
for our province to rival places like Denmark and the Netherlands where
it’s ingrained in the culture and the psyche of its people? The “We Ride
Here” symposium provides the answers.
International cycling and city design gurus from Copenhagenize (Denmark)
and Mobycon (Netherlands) are in Winnipeg to deliver a SOLD OUT two-day
workshop, KICKSTAND, for professionals and leaders from across the
Province. But, when the design workshop ends, participants and presenters
will be heading to The Forks to celebrate and share what they’ve learned
with the general public.
“This is a great opportunity to come out and learn from some of the
masters,” says Anders Swanson, local organizing committee chair, “They
truly understand what it takes to plan and build a bicycle-friendly
community that works for everyone. And, they understand how to do it in all
seasons. They’re experts and we can learn so much from them.”
“We’re excited by the enthusiasm and energy we’ve encountered in Winnipeg
and look forward to contributing to making things happen,” says Angela van
der Kloof of Mobycon. “Cycling is a perfect way to get around for children,
adults, youngsters, and the elderly. It gives everyone independence, it
saves everyone money and it is fun. Streets can be designed in such a way
that it is safe for everybody to do so. Elderly people should not have to
fear their lives on a bicycle. Children should once again be raised with
bicycles and be able to use them all the time.”
*The “We Ride Here” public symposium is an evening of culture, film,
speeches, exciting announcements, refreshments, door prizes, and one lucky
winner will get a grand-prize of a Dutch Van Gogh bike, courtesy of the
Honorary Consul of the Netherlands.*
“We are looking forward to not only hearing from the experts, but also to
hearing ideas from our own community,” says Mark Cohoe, executive director
of Bike to the Future. “This is a chance for us all to learn, share,
experience and make our cities and towns all that they can be for cyclists
of all abilities and interest.”
Open to everyone. Capacity is limited to 120 people. Parking for bikes (and
cars) is free.
The Kickstand Sessions take place Thursday November 22nd & Friday November
23rd @ the University of Manitoba Event Centre.
Participants will leave with a stronger understanding of best practice
bicycle-related implementations and how to market them, and an opportunity
for a continued partnership with both Dutch and Danish experts.
Mobycon is Netherlands-based independent research and consulting company
with 25 years of experience in traffic, transport and mobility. Mobycon’s
multi-disciplinary team consists of traffic planners and engineers, urban
and rural planners, economists and human geographers.
Copenhagenize is a Denmark-based consulting company specializing in urban
cycling and liveable cities. They approach every job from the human
perspective - using design, anthropology, sociology and common sense as
their points of departure.
For more information please contact:
Kickstand liaison in Winnipeg
Green Action Centre invites you to join us for a local viewing of the
upcoming FWHA / PBIC webinar at the EcoCentre (3rd floor, 303 Portage Ave)
followed by group discussion of local applications.* *Detailed description
*Road Diets and Pedestrian Safety**
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST*
RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. Hope to see you then!
Please note that this is a free webinar, so you can also register
individually if you prefer
* * * * *
FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) and PBIC (Pedestrian and Bicycle
Information Center) Announce Webinar on Pedestrian Safety and Road Diets
CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar on
“road diets,” which are one of the nine proven
FHWA is heavily promoting nationally.
Road diets, or the reallocation of road space through reduction in the
number of regular traffic lanes, are of interest to communities that may be
seeking to reduce traffic speeds, reduce crashes, improve accessibility for
pedestrians and bicyclists, or achieve a number of other benefits. This
webinar will present information about the safety benefits of road diets,
particularly to pedestrians, and highlight examples of road diet
implementation in the United States.
Libby Thomas, a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, will
provide a brief presentation on some of the research findings related to
road diets. She will discuss many of the safety benefits of road diets,
which have been shown to reduce crashes among all road users.
Mike Sallaberry, Transportation Engineer at the San Francisco Municipal
Transportation Agency, will discuss the road diet experience in San
Francisco, California. San Francisco has implemented more road diet
projects within its 47 square miles than any other city in North America.
This portion of the presentation will give some brief background on the
history of road diets in San Francisco, focusing on how and why they are
used. Mike will discuss how road diets have been used to create space for
bikeways, pedestrian facilities, and transit, as well as how they are used
for traffic calming purposes and to add landscaping and storm water
management features to a street. The presentation will touch on some of the
benefits of road diets but will focus more on how to get them approved,
especially when they are controversial.
Gina Coffman, of Toole Design Group, will discuss the road diet experience
in Seattle, Washington. The City of Seattle has successfully implemented
over 30 road diets. Before and after evaluations have indicated up to 70
percent reduction in injury collisions and 90 percent reduction in
aggressive speeders on corridors where such projects have been
implemented. Gina’s presentation will explore the history, research,
planning and design of road diets, offering tips to build stakeholder
support through public process. Seattle case studies will include before
and after data showing changes in traffic and bicycle volume, neighborhood
diversions, speeding and collisions over the years.
The presenters will also participate in a question and answer session to
discuss how to address barriers to implementation and answer questions from
This webinar is one of the free webinars that FHWA offers quarterly as part
of its Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities initiatives. FHWA's
Safety Office is trying to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by
focusing extra resources on the states and cities with the highest
pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. Webinar archives for this
series, as well as listings of upcoming sessions, can be found at
There has been a move to build more infrastructure for cyclists here.
However, with limited space on the road, this comes at a cost. which has
local businesses concerned.
But there is the issue. How can you tell how you tell a driving customer
from a walking customer from a biking customer? Especially when a cyclist is
not a "cyclist".
.just like a driver is not a "driver."
They are both customers. But drivers tend to pass through towns, and those
on bike or on foot will spend time at local businesses. And the goal of
business is to get more customers, and bike infrastructure will bring more
of these not-cyclists down their particular street- with things to do, money
to spend, time to stop.
Ultimately it's not about biking, but creating a neighborhood where people
will stop biking. and stay a while.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
*The International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium will take place at the
College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle from June
You are invited to submit abstracts for papers dealings with:
Ways that cities can best encourage and accommodate bicycle use 20-30 years
in the future Leading research that addresses bicycle use and effects of
innovation in infrastructure and programs Best practices and how these can
inform long-term planning for bicycle use.
Intended participants include planning and design professionals,
researchers, bicycle advocates, and public officials. Selected papers will
be edited for one or more referred books.
A fuller description of the Symposium and its program can be found at
www.be.washington.edu/bicycleurbanism. Questions can be addressed at
Transport Canada to look at bike safety benefits of truck side skirts
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 07 2012, 1:14 PM EST
Canada's transport regulator is assessing whether aerodynamic side skirts
attached to trucks to boost fuel efficiency could also save lives in road
crashes by preventing pedestrians and cyclists from falling beneath the
bone-crushing big rigs.
The question is a key one and adds a new twist to the long-standing debate
about whether the country should follow the example of Europe and Japan and
require truckers to install side guards, which are heavier than skirts and
often a drain on fuel but are specifically designed to protect people.
Ontario Chief Coroner Andrew McCallum made the case for these guards this
summer and again in September after analyzing the circumstances of 224
cyclist and pedestrian deaths. The coroner pointed to a National Research
Council (NRC) report, completed for Transport Canada, that noted cyclist
deaths and serious injuries involving the side of trucks dropped
substantially in the United Kingdom - deaths by 61 per cent and serious
injuries by 13 per cent - after side guards were introduced.
Transport Canada, for its part, has continually rejected calls for a
side-guard regulation, saying there isn't adequate evidence to suggest the
guards would significantly improve safety in Canada.
Not long ago, though, the regulator had planned to study side guards as
rigorously as it is now examining side skirts, show government documents
obtained through access-to-information legislation.
Those plans and several draft recommendations were shelved. According to
Transport Canada spokeswoman Kelly James, the NRC study "did not provide
sufficient justification to warrant further testing."
Ontario deputy chief coroner Dan Cass finds the regulator's position on side
guards disappointing. Still, Dr. Cass, who led the probe of cycling
fatalities, is encouraged that Transport Canada is looking at the possible
safety benefits of side skirts. Working with the NRC, Transport Canada plans
to start a cold-weather analysis of skirts this fall, a test that is
expected to span two winters.
"This is an issue that obviously has grabbed a lot of people's attention,"
Dr. Cass said, adding he would support skirts if they prove as effective as
guards. "Anything that's done to try and improve public safety and lessen
the likelihood of more cyclists being caught under the rear wheels of trucks
. is a positive step in my mind."
The contentious side-guard debate flared up last Nov. 7 with the death of
Toronto cyclist Jenna Morrison. Ms. Morrison, who was five months pregnant,
was on her way to pick up her five-year-old son from school when her bike
collided with a truck turning right. Falling beneath the gap between the
truck's front and rear wheels, Ms. Morrison was crushed to death. Her family
and friends believe a side guard could have made the difference between life
They're not alone. Between 2006 and 2010, 18 of the province's 129 cyclist
fatalities involved heavy trucks, with half of the victims dragged, pinned
or run over by rear wheels after striking a truck's side, the Ontario
coroner review revealed in June. Side guards might have prevented these
deaths, the coroner concluded.
For now, however, Transport Canada has no plans to resurrect its shelved
side-guard study. After completing a look at countries that regulate guards,
the NRC, a government agency, was planning to do a second phase of study
that involved testing the effectiveness of different types of guards, but
Transport Canada nixed that review. The NRC had also proposed a series of
"next steps" in its phase-one draft. Those recommendations, however, were
dropped from the final March, 2010 report after a review by Transport
According to the draft, also obtained through access-to-information
legislation, NRC's recommendations included performing crash tests with
dummies to determine whether side guards can prevent serious injuries to
pedestrians and cyclists and evaluating how the guards perform in heavy snow
and ice. Another recommendation proposed the creation of a green trailer
program to offset the added weight of the guards.
NRC declined to speak about its side-guard research, directing questions to
Transport Canada. Ms. James of Transport Canada said the draft
recommendations were not included in the final NRC report because "the draft
report made it clear to Transport Canada that side guards were not
demonstrated to be substantially effective or beneficial."
There are other factors at play, too. The regulator is conducting a
cost-benefit analysis of requiring side barriers on trucks. It has also
raised the side-guard issue with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration. With thousands of trucks streaming across the border daily,
the two countries have pledged to harmonize their truck regulations. The
United States does not require side guards and is not pursuing research or
proposing a regulation on this front, Ms. James noted.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance, which is opposed to making side guards
mandatory, won't comment on Transport Canada's study of side skirts until it
is complete. The organization believes other safety measures, such as adding
bike lanes and enhancing share-the-road education campaigns, would be more
effective than regulating side guards.
But for Ron Freeman, a cyclist whose pelvis was crushed by the rear wheels
of a furniture-delivery truck, installing side guards is part of the
solution. A dozen years after his accident in Toronto, he still wonders
whether a guard would have reduced the severity of his injury. He has
undergone 10 surgeries and expects he'll need another hip replacement soon.
"Had there been a side guard in place on the trailer, I would not have been
crushed," Mr. Freeman said. "My life would be different."
Bicyclist and pedestrian casualties involving a heavy truck in Canada,
Known side: 6
Possible side: 4
Known side: 114
Possible side: 166
Known side: 7
Possible side: 6
Known side: 81
Possible side: 121
Source: Transport Canada
Just passing on information on the three scheduled open houses for the
Manitoba Capital Region
<http://www.manitobacapitalregion.ca/default.asp> Transportation Master
Plan. You can view the newsletter for the Transportation Master Plan
It does seem odd that no open houses have been scheduled in Winnipeg.
To me, that indicates that the planners are focusing far more on how to
move people living outside of Winnipeg into and out of the city,
neglecting the impact that any additional traffic will have on residents
of Winnipeg or the potential desire of anyone in Winnipeg without access
to a care to visit a destination outside of the city.
Location: Selkirk, Manitoba
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Venue: Selkirk Recreational Complex
Banquet Hall, 180 Easton Drive
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lorette, Manitoba
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Venue: Club Les Bles D'or
1254 Dawson Rd.
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Headingley, Manitoba
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Venue: Headingley Community Centre
Auditorium, 5353 Portage Ave.
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Note . All three events include the same content
Scatliff+Miller+Murray is very pleased to present a new educational video
produced for the City of Winnipeg. The 3D animation video provides tips for
pedestrians, cyclists and motorists for walking, cycling, and driving at
intersections with roundabouts or traffic calming circles.
The video is posted on the City's website here:
Please share this video widely with your networks. Feel free to send me any
questions, comments or ideas; I'd love to discuss what we can do in future
videos for you or your organizations.
Have a nice weekend!
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Please consider our environment before printing this message.
I just came across this and thought it might be of interest. One of the
things about it that I find most interesting is that "the checklist is
based on the requirements of the Victorian Planning Provisions and
associated engineering design guidelines." I'll have to look that up :)
Planning Checklist for Cycling