Mark your calendars to pick up tickets for Prairie Theatre Exchange
presentation of "Spin" by Evalyn Parry
<http://www.thecollectionagency.ca/evalyn%E2%80%88parry/> running Jan
Annie was recently featured by Momentum Mag as one of three women who
changed the course of history on bicycles
Created and Performed by *evalyn parry*
Directed by *Ruth Madoc-Jones*
Innovative, award-winning Toronto artist evalyn parry takes her audience on
an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in* SPIN*, her tour-de-force
performance celebrating the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent
of social change. Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie
Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894
– parry spins a web of stories which travel from 19th century women’s
emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of
history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal heart
to her performance.
parry’s “co-star” is a vintage bicycle: suspended in a mechanic’s stand on
stage and connected to a variety of electronic effects pedals, the bike is
played – from fenders to spokes to bells – by percussionist *Brad Hart*,
conjuring an astonishing and unique sonic accompaniment to parry’s songs
and monologues. Projections by award-winning designer *Beth Kates* add a
captivating visual layer to *SPIN*, which sold out the run of its premiere
in Toronto in 2011.
“part theatre, part musical gig, part spoken word poetry and part
documentary … whatever it is, it is brilliant” –*Toronto Star*
Hello everyone: You may have heard that Kevin Nixon, the City's AT
Coordinator, is retiring shortly. We are very sorry to see him go! Here's
the job posting – please share widely!
* * * * *
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Posting #: 112240
Under the general direction of the Transportation Facilities Planning
Engineer, this position implements programs that are critical to the
successful management of the transportation network and the position is
expected to excel in communications, team building and project management
in a multi-task and multi-disciplinary environment.
This position shall be responsible for encouraging and implementing Active
Transportation projects and coordinating related interdepartmental
activities. A significant responsibility of this position is the
implementation and coordination of programs, education, promotion and
funding activities including the preparation of reports to the Standing
Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. This
individual fulfills a facilitation/coordination role with community groups
and various City Departments. The position is responsible for the
supervision of two technical/support positions and also administers the
work of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee.
As the Active Transportation Coordinator you will be:
- Implementing the City's Active Transportation Strategies and Policies.
- Chairing meetings with and administers the Active Transportation Advisory
- Encouraging innovation and seeking partnerships in funding and supporting
Active Transportation facilities and programs.
- Assessing and recommending the incorporation of Active Transportation
facilities in all transportation projects.
- Administering the Active Transportation Capital Budget Program.
Your experience includes:
- A Community College Diploma in a related discipline such as Urban
Planning or Environmental Studies.
- Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or Urban Planning would be
considered an asset.
- Minimum of three (3) years of prior related work experience.
- Indepth knowledge of City of Winnipeg Active Transportation Policy.
- Knowledge of cycling and pedestrian best practices and policies.
- Proven ability in public speaking; dealing with the public and
- Demonstrated application of transportation planning methods.
- Demonstrated current research related to policies and design guidelines
in the area of Active Transportation.
- Possess and maintain a valid Manitoba class 5 Driver's License.
If YOU are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply online at
winnipeg.ca/hr quoting Posting No. 112240, Active Transportation
Coordinator position by 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015.
The salary range for this position is $2,669.48 to $3,585.65 biweekly.
We have great benefits and competitive salaries, and we are committed to
ongoing learning and career development!
For more information on this opportunity and other careers within the City,
WE SEEK DIVERSITY IN OUR WORKPLACE. ABORIGINAL PERSONS, WOMEN, VISIBLE
MINORITIES, AND PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO SELF-DECLARE.
Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Posting and to apply online:
You may recall hearing about this collaboration of an artist with the
City's climate change office. Could be a really interesting presentation.
Please share widely!
*From:* Plug In ICA [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
*Sent:* March 19, 2015 1:45 PM
*Subject:* Artist Talks with Erika Lincoln, Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall
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Artist Talks with Erika Lincoln, Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall
March 26, 2015 - 7pm to 8:30pm
Plug In ICA | 460 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Canada
Plug In ICA is pleased to host *Erika Lincoln* on *Thursday, March 26th*
as she introduces the scope of her residency with the Climate Change Ofﬁce
at the City of Winnipeg Planning, Property & Development Department.
Erika Lincoln was selected as the Artist-in-Residence with the City of
Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Program.
Collaborating with the Planning Department’s Ofﬁce of Climate Change,
Lincoln’s project augments public engagement opportunities for citizens of
Winnipeg to learn more about climate change and the city. The Reﬁll Project,
<https://refillproject.wordpress.com/about/> featuring Victoria Scott and
Scott Kildall, will be the ﬁrst in a series of events organized by the
Lincoln. For this presentation, each artist will speak about their
individual art practices as well as introduce The Reﬁll Project
<https://refillproject.wordpress.com/about/>, a public workshop on data
visualization and mapping happening Friday, March 27, 6 – 9 pm and
Saturday, March 28, 12 – 5 pm at VideoPool Studio, 300 – 100 Arthur Street.
San Francisco-based artists Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall have been
invited by Erika Lincoln to speak about the Reﬁll Project which addresses
the 2013 closing of the Freshwater Institute Library in Winnipeg. Victoria
Scott and Scott Kildall’s collaborative art practice in data visualization
and public intervention helps engage citizens with their cities. More
information on the artists and this project can be found at The REFILL Blog.
The Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Program’s Artist-in-Residence Program
integrates artists and their ideas into City facilities to engage citizens
in civic processes through art.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for
the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council as well as
our generous donors, dedicated members and hardworking volunteers.
For general information please contact: info(a)plugin.org.
For media inquiries please contact: Janique Vigier at janique(a)plugin.org or
by telephone at (204) 942-104 ext 27.
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From parking spot to 'parklets'
By: Emily Badger
Conventional wisdom says businesses need parking spots. If would-be
customers can't pull up out front, how will they come inside?
This is a powerful idea, and it invariably animates the opposition any time
cities threaten to redesign roadways, replacing parking spots with bus
lanes, cycle tracks, bike racks or wider sidewalks. Remove parking, the
argument goes, and business will wither.
The reality, though, is more complicated. Consider one illustration: For
the last few years, Philadelphia has converted a handful of parking spots
in front of neighbourhood businesses into temporary "parklets" no bigger
than the space that might fit one or two cars (these tiny interventions are
now popular in a lot of cities). Records from adjacent businesses show
sales went up about 20 per cent immediately after the parks were installed,
relative to right beforehand.
The data come from a recent study by the University City District, a
neighbourhood development organization in Philadelphia that sent interns
out in the spring and summer of 2013 to exhaustively record what happened
after a half-dozen of these tiny parks were placed. Most of them included
tables, planters and bike racks that created something in between a new
public park and an outdoor extension to nearby cafés and sandwich shops.
The result: a lot more people packed into these spaces than could ever be
accommodated by a single car.
Outside a taco shop, as many as 150 people used a space over the course of
the day that was only about 240 square feet in size. The seats were packed
outside the café in early afternoon and an ice cream shop in the evening.
Not all of these people were spending money at these nearby businesses
(that's a good sign -- it means people recognized they could treat these
spaces as public parks and not private outdoor restaurants). But the sales
data shared by these businesses suggest the extra foot traffic -- and the
outdoor attraction -- was a boon for business, even when it came at the
expense of a little parking.
The takeaway here isn't we should turn parking spaces everywhere into
public parks. This idea wouldn't work in a lot of other contexts (you're a
lot more likely to need your car on the way out of an IKEA than a coffee
shop, for one thing).
But it illustrates a parking spot isn't always the best use of roadside
real estate, although we often treat it as such. And it adds a little more
evidence to the growing economic case for deploying our streets
differently, for use by more than cars. Other research suggests cyclists
may actually spend more than drivers at some kinds of businesses because
it's easier for them to pop in often and unplanned. And there are some
signs that bike-share docks boost business nearby, too.
-- The Washington Post
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 21, 2015 D5
Browaty stirs up emotions with “bike tunnel” ad
By: Sheldon Birnie
Plans to include an active transportation link and emergency corridor
beneath an elevated interchange at Highway 59 and the Perimeter Highway
have come under fire from one Winnipeg city councillor.
But Manitoba government and RM of East St. Paul officials say Browaty is
Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) took out a full page ad in last week’s
issue of* The Herald* calling on premier Greg Selinger not to "waste $$$ on
(a) bike tunnel."
"Originally proposed as a simple active transportation bridge over the
Perimeter Highway by the NDP during the 2011 provincial election,"
Browaty’s statement reads, "the revised proposal is calling for an
elaborate tunnel, costing $10’s (sic) of millions of dollars and routing
thousands of vehicles daily onto residential streets in North Kildonan and
East St. Paul."
"The money could be better spent," Browaty told* The Herald*, saying he
believes upgrades to Lagimodiere Boulevard and Henderson Highway are more
deserving of public investment.
Lance Vigfusson, assistant deputy minister of Manitoba Infrastructure and
Transportation, and Shelley Hart, mayor of East St. Paul, both said Browaty
made incorrect and misleading statements in his ad and subsequent press
"For one, this is not a tunnel," Hart told *The Herald*. "It’s a
level-grade crossing. The new cloverleaf (interchange) will be above it."
Vigfusson explained that, in order to deliver on the 2011 promise of an
active transportation connection "there were two options" when designing
that link into plans for the upgraded interchange at the Perimeter and
"One option was up and over the Perimeter," Vigfusson said. "The other was
taking the Perimeter up and over, making the active transportation corridor
as a through path, not a tunnel."
After consulting with trucking industry representatives, the province
determined that a bridge over the Perimeter which could accommodate large,
oversize loads would be the more difficult of the two options.
"We would have had to build with at least seven metres of clearance," he
As a result, he explained, the overpass would have been "approximately nine
metres above the ground," making it impractical for active transportation.
Keeping the active transportation corridor at grade was the option selected.
As a result of Browaty’s ad, some North Kildonan residents have expressed
concern that the proposed transportation link will increase traffic in the
residential area along Raleigh Street and Gateway Road south of the
"This’ll increase traffic flow," said Ross Campbell, who lives near the
intersection of Gateway and Knowles Avenue.
"Traffic will in turn create problems in residential areas. All in all, I
do not believe the province or East St. Paul put any thought into it."
Vigfusson stressed that the active transportation corridor will not create
additional traffic headaches as it won’t be open to commuter traffic. It
will be made wide enough to accommodate emergency vehicles, which would
access it via a gated system.
Vigfusson did say that, if the city of Winnipeg and the RM of East St. Paul
decide to open the corridor to regular vehicle traffic in the future, the
costs to upgrade would be minimized.
"We designed this (interchange) to last for 75 years," he explained. "If
ever East St. Paul and the city want to convert it down the line, it would
cost a fraction of overall cost to do it now, rather than retrograde."
Vigfusson said he believes Browaty’s estimate of thousands of vehicles
"that number is highly exaggerated."
"From where we’re standing, we applaud the province’s foresight," East St.
Paul mayor Hart said.
Longtime East St. Paul resident Gary Alderson agreed.
"The option of going with a two-lane underpass is probably, if you look
down the road, a good idea," Alderson told *The Herald*. "To me, this is
good planning. Sure, it’ll cost residents here a few million bucks, and
it’ll cost the province. But that’s inevitable if you’re going to do
something like this."
The province is now awaiting final proposals for the Highway 101/59
interchange as part of the competitive process. Vigfusson said a proposal
should be selected by June and hopes to see construction begin at the end
of summer. He expects the project to take three to four years to complete.
"We have a lot of bridges and lanes to build," he said. "And a lot of dirt
*Friendly reminder about tomorrow's webinar...*
Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg invite you to join us for a local
viewing of the following APBP webinar: *Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting
Interesting to see that the presenters include a couple of Canadians (from
Ottawa and Montreal).
The webinar viewing takes place in the EcoCentre boardroom (3rd floor, 303
Portage Ave) and will be followed by group discussion of local applications.
RSVPs appreciated but not necessary. Hope to see you then!
** * * * **
Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting Programs
*Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 2-3:30pm, EcoCentre
Key learning objectives:
1. Review state of the practice for bicycle and pedestrian data
collection, with reference to NCHRP Report 797
2. Recognize the elements of effective bicycle and pedestrian counting
3. Understand the methodology and policy implications of Ottawa’s
bicycle count program
4. Explore the Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP)
Consistent and standardized data collection techniques are the building
blocks for establishing reliable performance measures to document usage,
need, and return on investment in bicycle and pedestrian facilities. This
90-minute webinar provides practitioners with a comprehensive introduction
to concepts, examples of current practice, and discussion of policy
implications of data collection programs. The session agenda includes:
- An overview of NCHRP Report 797: Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle
Volume Data Collection and the state of the practice
- A case study from the City of Ottawa that describes a methodology for
measuring trends accurately over the long term and developing correction
factors for short-term or seasonal influences
- Guidelines for setting up a robust counting program, with reference to
the 2013 FHWA Traffic Monitoring Guide; including techniques for estimating
Annual Average Daily Bicyclists and Pedestrians (AADB / AADP)
- An explanation of the Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP),
the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s new tool to measure and model trail use
for project prioritization and impact assessment.
- Tony Hull
- Zlatko Krstlic, P. Eng., Transportation Planner, City of Ottawa
- Tracy Hadden Loh, Ph.D., Director of Research, Rails-to-Trails
- Luis F. Miranda-Moren, Ph.D., Associate Professor, McGill University
- Krista Nordback, Ph.D., P.E., Postdoctoral Research Associate, TREC,
Portland State University