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Winnipeg Trails Association (WTA) through Rivers West continues to work on
behalf of all Winnipeg Trails groups. We will communicate the activities &
events that are happening in the city, what we are doing on your behalf,
and we will assist you with some events.
Limited funding is currently available through Rivers West to provide
trails associations with honoraria and assistance with expenses for
community trail events, Jane's Walks and International Trails Day. Read
more on this subject in the attached newsletter.
We look forward to working with all of you in 2014!
(204) 925-2320 ext 108
Given that many people interested in this APBP webinar were not able to
attend the original airing a couple of weeks ago, we are holding a repeat
viewing next week. Please see the attached slides for reference.
Join Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg in the boardroom at the
EcoCentre (3rd floor, 303 Portage Ave) next Thursday at noon for this
90-minute webinar. Very timely issue and a nice lead-in to the International
Winter Cycling Congress
<http://wintercyclingcongresswinnipeg.org/>happening in Winnipeg the
Also mark your calendar for the next APBP webinar on Wed, Feb. 19th, 2-3pm,
on the topic of "Designing for Pedestrian and Cyclist Comfort". Details to
follow closer to the date.
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Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking
*Thursday, Feb. 6th | 12:00-1:30 p.m.*
Winter conditions vary across a range of temperatures and precipitation,
but in all cases communities must find ways to provide safe, accessible
conditions for winter cycling and walking while balancing competing
priorities. This webinar offers examples of policies and practices that are
used to ensure timely snow removal from sidewalks, pathways, bike lanes and
Presenters in this session will discuss:
- An overview of different types of winter climates and how facilities
and maintenance should be adapted to local climate
- Different policy approaches to snow removal from sidewalks
- The importance of prioritization and predictability of snow removal in
encouraging winter cycling
- A pilot program to determine operation and funding requirements to
achieve improved snow clearing and street sweeping along on-street bike
- Tyler Golly, General Supervisor - Sustainable Transportation, City of
- Marc Jolicoeur, Research Director, Velo Quebec
- Nicole Losch, Bicycle/Pedestrian/Environmental Planner, City of
- Arthur Ross, Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator, City of Madison, Wisconsin
And here is another winter event - for the walkers in the crowd! See
attached poster - and those warming huts on the river are a must see!
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Come and join Sharon Blady, Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors, the
Winnipeg Trails Assoc. and friends to walk on the Red River Mutual River
DATE: Saturday, February 8th
TIME: 11:00 am
MEET: At the central canopy in front of the Forks Market building!
Calling all Winnipeg winter walkers!
Walk and talk with the Minister, check out the architecturally designed
warming huts, sip on free hot chocolate and make new winter memories with
friends and families! We have ordered up a sunny mild day - so shake that
cabin fever and come out for a winter walk!
Hard to believe but apparently true
Cyclist: Driver didn't see me stuck in windshield
Updated 6:41 am, Friday, January 24, 2014
Steven Gove of Manitowoc, Wis., talks about how lucky he was to escape
serious injury after he was stuck in the windshield of a moving car, Monday,
Jan 20, 2014. Gove says he was struck Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 night while
riding his three-wheeled bicycle. Gove says he was wearing an overcoat with
a reflective vest and he had front and rear flashers on. He says he's not
sure why the driver didn't see him. Photo: Sue Pischke, AP
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield
of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm
the guy you hit on the bicycle."
The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and
hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove
rime&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Steven+Gove%22> , told HTR Media about
the Saturday incident (http://htrne.ws/1bI58jh ).
The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home.
"He looked at me and said 'Who are you? What are you doing in the car?'"
Gove said. "He started freaking out: 'I'm going to jail, I'm going to
The man then locked the car doors and went into his home. Gove, whose body
had gone most of the way through the windshield, then pulled his knees and
feet into the car.
"I righted myself and got out," he said. "I unlocked the passenger's side
door and started walking down the street."
A witness had called police, who found Gove as he was walking and took him
to a hospital. Doctors removed glass from Gove's eyes and treated him for
other cuts to the head and leg.
The driver, a 20-year-old Manitowoc man, was found at the home and treated
at a hospital for a serious cut to the hand. He hadn't been formally charged
as of Tuesday morning, but he was facing several preliminary charges,
including suspicion of drunken driving, suspicion of hit-and-run causing
injury and suspicion of failing to render aid.
Gove, a 56-year-old newspaper carrier, was shocked that the driver didn't
see him on his three-wheeled delivery bike.
"I was wearing my blue overcoat with my neon reflective vest," said Gove. "I
had my front and rear flashers on. I have no idea why he didn't see me."
A 50-year-old Green Bay man died in a similar accident in 2007. Steven
rime&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Steven+Warrichaiet%22> was sentenced to
15 years in prison for hitting Tyrone Ware, driving home with Ware's body
lodged in the windshield and leaving Ware in the garage while Warrichaiet
went inside and fell asleep on the couch. An autopsy showed Ware died
instantly of spinal injuries.
Crosswalk cams eyed Chief accepts proposal from councillor on concept
By: Aldo Santin
WINNIPEG police will examine the feasibility of installing photo-radar-like
cameras and other safety measures at pedestrian corridors.
"We have to be open to look at anything that would improve safety for our
citizens," Chief Devon Clunis said.
The Winnipeg Police Board met Friday morning and agreed to the proposal
from Coun. Ross Eadie to study measures to bring motorists into compliance
with traffic laws.
"Bad motorists are doing this all the time," Eadie (Mynarski) said.
"They're blowing through pedestrian corridors because they know they can
and they know it's against the law."
The board instructed the WPS to look at all aspects of installing cameras,
including possible locations, costs and benefits. The report will be
brought back in 60 days. The WPS will also consider adopting other measures
that will improve pedestrian safety and bring motorists into compliance.
Eadie said he's pleased with the board's response and the willingness of
Clunis to look into the issue.
"This is an issue of police enforcement," Eadie said, adding he believes
the most violations are occurring on busy regional routes, including Main
Street and Pembina Highway.
In Manitoba, motorists who fail to stop for a pedestrian at a pedestrian
corridor face a fine of $175.30.
Motorists can also be fined an additional $143.75 for passing another
vehicle stopped for a pedestrian.
Washington, D.C., is the only major municipality in North America with
pedestrian cameras, having installed them in November at 16 crosswalks near
schools and recreation centres.
Clunis told the board installing similar cameras would likely require the
approval of the province.
Clunis said the WPS had already been looking at the issue of pedestrian
safety and driver violations but was not prepared to release any results
before a comprehensive report is brought back to the board.
"In principle, it sounds like an excellent idea but... you have to look at
the practicality of implementing it," Clunis said.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 25, 2014 B4
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Winnipeg police to study proposed pedestrian corridor cameras
A report on the feasibility of red-light-type cameras at pedestrian
corridors will be delivered in 60 days, said Winnipeg Police Chief Devon
“I’m looking at the impetus behind this, it’s about safety,” said Clunis
following Friday’s Winnipeg Police Board meeting.
Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski) said the cameras are necessary because drivers
are blowing through the crossings.
As to how big the problem is, Clunis said the police’s admin will be
checking their stats.
“We need to go back and look, ‘OK, is this really a primary concern?,’” he
“Certainly we know that at pedestrian corridors people have been killed in
the past, and one death is one too many, but is it a very serious problem?
We need to go back and look at that.”
Coun. Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands), who chairs the police board
and is known for his opposition to the photo radar program, said he’ll
reserve his judgment until the police report is delivered.
“My concern with the photo radar program in the past that it has been more
about revenue than it has been about safety,” said Fielding.
“(But) from my point of view, I think it doesn’t hurt to listen to ideas.”
Should the pedestrian corridors cameras idea garner support, Chief Clunis
said any implementation would require changes to provincial legislation.
The Bicycle Program
a new tool to help measure, track and report progress on The City’s effort
to improve conditions for cycling.
The City of Calgary is one of only a few cities world-wide to have
published this type of document, also known as a Bicycle Account. Bicycle
Accounts are a recommended practice of the League of American Bicyclists’
Bicycle Friendly Community Program.
The Yearbook includes the most recent information on:
- The many ways that bicyclists are counted
- Tracking the number of bikeways built over the last decade
- Photos and descriptions of new bikeway projects
- Collision and safety trends
- Summary of education and encouragement efforts
A snapshot of bicycle data in the