The WRENCH is a non-profit organization that strives to make bikes and
knowledge of bicycle
repair and maintenance assessable to the public by:
.Providing programming, education and resources for community
members, groups and
.Supporting and promoting bicycle use within the city
.Supporting new and existing community bike shops
Through collaboration with community groups, schools, municipal
representatives and individuals,
.Provides access to cycling programming for youth groups, community
agencies and schools
.Supports and increases the number and skill level of school and community
.Empowers youth and other community members through mentorship, t
raining, building confidence and self-esteem
.Reduces waste by refurbishing and recycling bicycles and bicycle parts
The WRENCH is seeking an Executive Director to provide organizational
leadership and financial planning and management of The WRENCH.
.Participate with the Board in developing astrategic plan to guide the
.Identify, assess and inform the Board of internal and external issues that
affect the organization.
.Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director,
and between the Executive Director and other employees.
.Act as a spokesperson for the organization, subject to the Board's
.Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the
organization's community profile.
Financial planning and management
.Work with staff and Board to prepare a comprehensive budget.
.Coordinate all aspects of fundraising, including developing foundation
proposals, securing donations and sponsorship, fundraising events, and donor
.Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
.Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget
and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization.
.Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and
expenditures of the organization, including a monthly financial analysis.
Operational and program planning and management
.Develop operational plans that work towards the strategic direction of the
.Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's
programs and services.
.Ensure that the organization's operation meets the expectations of the
Board, funders and clients.
.Oversee the efficient and effective operation of the organization.
.Draft policies and procedures for the Board, review existing policies and
procedures and recommend appropriate changes.
.Support the Board by preparing meeting agendas and supporting materials.
.Deliver a monthly report to the Board, giving the status of each area of
Human resources planning and management
.Determine staffing requirements for management of the organization and
delivery of programs.
.Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with
all appropriate legislation and regulations.
.Implement a performance management process for all staff, which includes an
annual performance review.
Community relations and advocacy
.Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the organization's
work and to identify changes in the community served by the organization.
.Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with
community groups, schools, youth groups, cycling groups, funders, and media
and other organizations to help achieve the organization's goals.
.Ability to self direct, prioritize and meet deadlines
.Excellent interpersonal communication and conflict management skills
.Experience working with non-profit/community organizations and boards
.Project management from conceptual design to final assessment
.Proven experience in non -profit fundraising and grant writing
.Familiarity with community bike shops and other local cycling organizations
.Awareness and sensitivity to issues of marginalization (sexism, racism,
classism) and cultural diversity
.Understanding of community economic development principles
.Experience working with Aboriginal and newcomer communities
.Experience working with youth and knowledge of community based youth
.Experience building consensus within and between organizations
The successful candidate will be required to complete a child abuse registry
check and a criminal record check.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Start Date: ASAP
Please submit resume and cover letter to The WRENCH Hiring Committee by
email to: info(a)thewrench.ca
Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg invite you to join us for a local
viewing of the APBP webinar: *First Mile / Last Mile Connections to
The webinar viewing takes place in the EcoCentre boardroom (3rd floor, 303
Portage Ave) and will be followed by group discussion of local
RSVPs appreciated but not necessary. Hope to see you then!
** * * * **
First Mile / Last Mile Connections to Transit
*Wednesday, June 17th, 2-3pm, EcoCentre
This webinar features the work of two leading transit agencies in the
vanguard of policy development and implementation for connecting transit to
pedestrian and bicycle networks.
Presenters from Translink (Vancouver, B.C.) and TriMet (Portland, Ore.)
discuss their agency's approach to prioritizing connections for people
walking and bicycling.
Learn about the research and cost/benefit analysis Translink has done to
make the case for increased investment in walking and cycling facilities,
and how TriMet approaches pedestrian and bicycle network access and
- Alan Letho, Director of Planning and Policy, TriMet
- Lyle Walker, Senior Planner, TransLink
Portage gets ready to get active
By Johnna Ruocco <http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/author/johnna-ruocco>,
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 10:07:34 CDT AM
Several local organizations are teaming up to hold the first ever Bike Week
Portage from June 13-19.
The Active Transportation Group, Portage Community Revitalization
Corporation, Portage la Prairie Regional Library, Portage la Prairie Public
Art, Junk Yard Dogs and the City of Portage la Prairie are partners in the
inaugural bike week.
The official kickoff will be held on June 13 at the library. There will be
many activities on the agenda including a bike rodeo at 10 a.m., which is
hosted by the library and the RCMP. The event will continue at the PCRC
parking lot with face-painting, a bicycle decoration contest and a vintage
bicycle display from local cyclists at 11 a.m. Then, at 12 p.m., Mayor
Irvine Ferris will officially proclaim the week to be Bike Week Portage.
There will also be a free barbecue and the group is hoping Portagers will
help them set a city record for the most number of bikes in one place.
The next event will be on June 15. Yvette Cuthbert will be guiding a free
public art bicycle tour, starting at the main entrance of the PCU Centre at
A historical building tour will be held the following day, June 16. This
tour is also free and will be hosted by Derrick McCutcheon. The tour meets
at Off the Top at 230 Saskatchewan Ave. E. at 7 p.m.
On June 18 there will be a ride through some of the paths throughout the
city. The ride will take place beginning at 7 p.m. and meeting between the
PCU Centre and Splash Island. It is open to all skill and experience levels
and will be no longer than one hour.
Also on June 18 will be Bike Week Portage Presents: the Travelling Meal.
Rain or shine, this tour aims to celebrate physical activity, clean
environment and healthy living by riding bikes through Portage and stopping
along the way to enjoy a light meal.
The start time is 6 p.m. meeting at the Portage Mall. The first stop will
be Tornado’s for salad or an appetizer, then Cafe on Prince for an entree,
then to Horfrost for dessert. Tickets are limited and are $30 per person
and can be purchased at the PCRC office or by calling Dan at 204-239-2979.
The deadline for tickets is June 16. For more information, contact Dianna
at 204-871-6735 or dneufeld(a)southernhealth.ca.
Bike Week Portage wraps up on June 19 with the active transportation group
promoting everyone in the community to bike to school or work. There will
be rest stops set up for people to take a break or get some water. The rest
stop locations will be at Crescent Road and Wilkinson Crescent, Crescent
Road and Royal Road, the RBC on Saskatchewan Avenue, 3rd Street NE and 4th
Avenue NE, and at 8th Street NW and Fisher Avenue W.
Thought some of you would be interested to see the report card on Canadian
Phyiscal Activity for Children and Youth.
In Active Transportation, Canada got a D - based on lack of children that
walk or cycle to school (0%-20%)
A key stat I took from this was that " *Canadian children are eight times
more likely to die as a passenger in a motor vehicle than from being hit by
a vehicle when outside on foot or on a bike.*" 52-54
*Active Transportation Recommendations included:*
» School travel planning interventions should be implemented at a larger
» School board transport policies need to recognize and consider ways to
support active forms of travel such as walking and cycling, rather than
serving as purely a “bussing” policy.
» Policy-makers should pay careful attention to areas with known safety
risks in which a greater percentage of children engage in active
transportation. Such policies may include lower speed limits, greater
provision of sidewalks and bike lanes, traffic calming and crossing guards
» Novel initiatives to encourage active transportation among children
living in suburban and rural areas are needed. While school may be located
too far away to enable active transportation for the entire trip, walking
may still be promoted for part of the journey.
The ParticipACTION Report Card (formerly the Active Healthy Kids Canada
Report Card) provides a comprehensive assessment of the current state of
physical activity for children and youth in Canada.
For the first time, the Report Card takes a stand on play in nature and the
outdoors—with its risks—and includes a *Position Statement on Active
The main message of the report card is that kids move more and sit less
when they play outdoors, and have some freedom to roam and take risks. The
following materials are available on ParticipACTION’s website
Ø A Highlight Report
which summarizes the 2015 cover story, indicators and grades.
Ø A Full Report
which includes background on our methodology and process, in-depth
analyses, summaries of key research, charts and figures and complete
Ø Communications tools
to support the dissemination of the Report Card findings in presentations,
social media, on websites and in newsletters.
*Shoni Madden* | Active and Safe Routes to School
Green Action Centre <http://www.greenactioncentre.ca/>
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Support our work by becoming a member
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* Please note that my regular office hours are Tuesdays/Thursdays. I will
respond to your communication at this time.
We are riding to City Hall today (June 9th) from The Forks to announce all
of the exciting Bike Week news. Please join us in your best work attire!
Meet Under the Canopy at The Forks at 12:15 PM, Announcement at 1:00 PM
Bike Week Winnipeg is a celebration of people riding bicycles. Whether
you're racing, commuting, keeping fit, or just out for a Sunday ride, Bike
Week Winnipeg is for you because it's for everyone.
This year, Bike Week Winnipeg will take place from June 13-19, 2015 and will
feature a wide variety of bicycle-related events for all types of riders.
Our weeklong celebration will kick-off with a pancake breakfast at the
University of Winnipeg on Monday, June 15 and - as always - will wrap up
with our Half Pints Bikes and BBQ Party at The Forks on Friday, June 19.
For more information and a full listing of Bike Week Winnipeg events, visit
We look forward to riding with you,
Bike Week Event Coordinator
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL AS PROMOTION WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY
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From: *Sobkowicz, Chris* <csobkowicz(a)winnipeg.ca>
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Subject: RE: 2015 City of Winnipeg Access Awards
To: "Sobkowicz, Chris" <csobkowicz(a)winnipeg.ca>
Just a quick reminder that there is only one week to our deadline of June
15th for submissions for the 2015 City of Winnipeg Access Awards. Please
feel free to pass this information along to all your associates.
I have attached a copy of the 2015 Access Awards Fillable form, along with
the categories and criteria for each award. I have also attached a copy of
the 2014 Award Winners selected at our event at the MET Entertainment
Centre last year. This was a memorable gala event, which has now set the
bar of proper recognition to those who use Universal Design as a major
focus in the scope of their projects. You are also invited to visit our
archive of award winners over the years by visiting our website at
Please help us recognize those architects, engineers, designers, landscape
architects, and owners who have successfully achieved the concepts of
access for everyone. Take a moment to fill out a nomination form *or *send
this information along to your associates and friends to do likewise.
Nomination Deadline is Monday June 15, 2015
City of Winnipeg
Access Advisory Committee
Police considering using barricades to keep drivers off Sunday cycling
With new rules for summer bike routes confusing some drivers, bringing back
barricades makes good sense for city police, Winnipeg Police Service Chief
Devon Clunis said Friday.
A bylaw implemented last summer allows police to ticket drivers who travel
more than one block on the Sunday and holiday bike routes, which are no
longer barricaded. Instead, posted signs restrict vehicle traffic to one
block. Drivers who break the bylaw face a fine of $90.22.
Police have been out warning drivers on the four designated streets -
Lyndale Drive, Scotia Street, Wellington Crescent and Wolseley Avenue -
which are considered cycling paths from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays and
statutory holidays from mid-May until mid-October.
But drivers still aren’t getting the message, Clunis said Friday.
"From a police perspective right now, certainly it’s not our intent that we
just want to be out there ticketing after ticketing after ticketing. I wish
people would get the message."
Reinstalling bike-route barricades would simplify officers’ duties, he
said, and he’d like to find out why they were removed in favour of new
"As a citizen, I can understand why seeing a physical barrier would
certainly be far more obvious than a sign," he said. "Would the barricades
actually make our job as a police service easier? Absolutely."
Removing the barricades was recommended by the public works department,
which saw the new Sunday cycling rules as a way to save money.
Public works director Brad Sacher told a civic committee last July that it
cost the department $35,000 a year to have staff put up and take down the
barricades on the four routes every Sunday during the cycling season.
With the new signs, Sacher said it was no longer necessary to place the
Sacher recommended that an extensive public education campaign be conducted
to make motorists aware of the new bylaw.
Buffered bike lanes extended on Pembina
By: Richard Kamchen - Community Correspondent
Road resurfacing and rehabilitation is continuing its southward expansion
down Pembina Highway and will feature bicycle routes.
"The University of Manitoba is the second most-commuted-to destination in
the City of Winnipeg by people on bikes, in buses and in cars," says acting
deputy mayor Janice Lukes, city councillor for St. Norbert ward.
The motivation behind the ongoing roadwork is tied to the city’s efforts to
expand rapid transit to the Fort Garry campus.
"The U of M is growing and expanding, they’re redeveloping the Southwood
Golf Course there, and the south end is growing tremendously. So we’re
looking at all forms of transportation," Lukes says.
The approximately four-month project, which is part of Winnipeg’s Public
Works Department’s regional street renewal program, is budgeted at $4.45
million. It began May 12 and, weather permitting, is anticipated to be
completed Aug. 28.
Construction is occurring on southbound Pembina from Bairdmore Boulevard
North Leg to Kirkbridge Drive; and northbound from Killarney Avenue to
The renewal project will include new bike lanes, pavement widening, curb
and sidewalk renewal, bus stop upgrades, and boulevard upgrading where
required. Asphalt resurfacing will follow to improve drainage and
Street medians are being narrowed to widen the roads in order to
accommodate a 1.5 metre buffered bike lane. No additional vehicle travel
lanes will be constructed.
The bike lanes will mirror the design of the buffered bike lanes on Pembina
from University Crescent to Markham Road. During non-winter months,
cyclists will be separated from traffic by plastic bollards, which are
essentially tall white dividers that alert drivers to the bike lanes next
The bus stops will feature bike boarding platforms and are also to be
constructed using a design similar to the bus stops on Pembina from
University Crescent to Markham.
The boulevards on Pembina from Kirkbridge to Bairdmore will be re-seeded.
Pembina Highway will remain open to traffic and access to all businesses
and residential premises will be maintained.
Lukes says she wishes to see the project expand farther south in the future.
"I’m hoping the following year it goes right to the Perimeter."
*Richard Kamchen is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond.*
Risky ride along OsborneCyclists vie for space with drivers in one of
city's busiest corridors
By: Kristin Annable
Osborne Village represents the trifecta of danger for cyclists: a high
volume of traffic, a narrow road and an underpass.
Last month, the Free Press asked cyclists to submit the trouble spots they
encounter as they navigate the streets. After hundreds of submissions,
Osborne Street from the bridge to the CN underpass proved to be one of the
top areas. Many cyclists said there is just no room for them.
[image: A paramedic picks up a helmet after a cyclist was hit near Osborne
Street and Jessie Avenue in 2012.]
TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES
A paramedic picks up a helmet after a cyclist was hit near Osborne Street
and Jessie Avenue in 2012. Photo Store
[image: trevor hagan / winnipeg free press There�s a welcome bike lane on
the Osborne Street Bridge heading south from downtown, but it ends abruptly
at the foot of the bridge.]
trevor hagan / winnipeg free press There�s a welcome bike lane on the
Osborne Street Bridge heading south from downtown, but it ends abruptly at
the foot of the bridge.
There is some notice paid to cyclists on the stretch. The Osborne Street
Bridge has a designated bicycle lane, and just north of the bridge is a
crossing for cyclists to get to the Assiniboine River. Meanwhile, the
Osborne rapid-transit station offers bicycle lockers for cyclists to lock
up their bike and commute to work.
However, Free Press readers said the path from the bridge to the station is
The journey begins at the bridge, the only spot in this stretch with a
painted bike lane, which as one cyclist pointed out, "the lane suddenly
ends at the lights on Osborne and Roslyn (Road)."
"I have been almost side-swiped several times as the (drivers) have not
been used to noticing me and suddenly we are to share a lane."
The alternative is to swerve onto the sidewalk, which is illegal and can
result in a $113 fine for an adult cyclist.
As the cyclist continues south, they reach an increasingly narrow street,
and as one reader pointed out, "parking on Osborne Street means cyclists
are expected to constantly merge in and out of the curb lane, with cars
frequently travelling above the 50 km/h limit."
As they reach Confusion Corner and the Osborne underpass, they head towards
an area that sees thousands of cars pass through daily. Despite extensive
lobbying by groups such as the Winnipeg Trails Association and Bike to the
Future in 2009, there is no dedicated lane at the underpass.
"(That) forces cyclists to use Osborne, south of Confusion Corner, which is
way too busy for safe cycling," said another cyclist.
One reader described a typical morning commute, which is more difficult
when Osborne gets backed up to the north.
"I've seen plenty of cyclists attempt to squeeze through in very dangerous
ways. The alternative is to take the pedestrian path under the bridge, but
that is also very narrow, and a bike can only just squeeze by a pedestrian."
Kevin Nixon, who is the city's co-ordinator of active transportation, said
it would be expensive to incorporate infrastructure for cyclists on a
narrow, busy road such as Osborne Street.
It would require the widening of the street towards the underpass. A fact
planners learned the hard way when they had to backtrack on a promise to
build a bike lane on the Osborne Street CN Rail underpass, after realizing
it would have meant rebuilding the entire bridge to accommodate it.
The city has identified Osborne Village as one of the top spots for cycling
accidents. Its 20-year cycling strategy labels Osborne Street a
"multi-modal corridor" where cyclists must share space with a high number
of vehicles, transit and pedestrians.
The strategy calls Osborne Street an "existing bicycle facility."
Approval of the cycling strategy is on hold as the city consults with
Winnipeggers about it.
Readers can head to winnipegfreepress.com to watch Mark Cohoe, the
executive director of Bike Winnipeg, show first-hand the difficulty of
cycling Osborne Street.
Next Monday, the Free Press will examine the barriers to cycling the main
route to St. Vital.