Hi AT folks - I just wanted to let you know that the Healthy Built Environment - program specialist position has been posted with the WRHA.
Posting is open until June 30. More info at....
Physical Activity Promotion/in motion Coordinator
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
2nd floor - 490 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 0X7
Cell 204 232-7546
Fax 204 940-2690
Bike racks are available in front of the building at the corner of Hargrave and McDermot.
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From: Segal, Ryan <SegalR(a)mmm.ca>
Date: Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 4:02 PM
Subject: Winnipeg Walk Bike Projects - Pop-up Engagement Event
To: "Segal, Ryan" <SegalR(a)mmm.ca>
In September 2015, the City of Winnipeg initiated a public engagement
process to receive input on the *Downtown Bike Lane System Study *and *West
Alexander Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor Study*. Feedback received during
this process has been incorporated into preferred designs. Please visit us
at a pop-up engagement event and online to view the preferred designs and
provide your feedback.
*Pop-up Engagement Event*
Drop-by format (come and go).
Visit us to view the preferred designs, speak with project team members,
provide your feedback and ask questions regarding the study.
*The Forks Market*
Thursday, June 23, 2016
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
1 Forks Market Road
*Share Your Input Online*
View the preferred designs and provide feedback through an online
Please find an invitation attached. Please feel free to distribute this
invitation to anyone else who might be interested.
*Ryan Segal*, MCP
111 - 93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3B1 Canada
T +1 204-943-3178 #3909
F +1 204-943-4948
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*** Friendly reminder regarding tomorrow's webinar ***
Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg invite you to join us for a local
viewing of the APBP webinar: *Economic Impacts of Street Design Decisions*.
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!
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*Economic Impacts of Street Design DecisionsWednesday, June 15 | 2-3pm CDT*
This webinar will explore how rethinking land use and transportation can
create prosperous, resilient communities.
- Chuck Marohn, Strong Towns
- Tom Bertulis, Design Consultants, Inc.
Proposed helmet law misguided
Winnipeg city council is considering making helmets mandatory for adult
cyclists. As a safety move, wearing a helmet is a good idea; a helmet,
obviously, protects a person’s head should they be thrown from a bicycle.
But a mandatory helmet law only addresses part of the problem.
According to data compiled by Transport Canada, increased helmet use among
cyclists from 1975 to 2010 had no effect on traffic-related fatality
trends. When compared against pedestrians, fatalities among cyclists
decreased at roughly the same rate. Better driving practices among
motorists were credited as having a greater effect.
According to the Canadian Automobile Association, most bicycle injuries and
crashes occur during afternoon rush hour, while one in three cyclist
fatalities occur at night or in places where there’s artificial lighting.
Cyclists are most likely to be killed or injured at an intersection or
location where there are traffic signals. Sixty-four per cent of cyclist
deaths resulting from traffic crashes took place on city roads with a speed
limit up to 70 km/h.
Common collisions between a motor vehicle and cyclist involve drivers
cutting off a cyclist when making a right turn, colliding with an oncoming
cyclist when the motorist makes a left turn, and passing a cyclist with
Not much that helmets are going to do about that.
But if the city is considering mandatory helmet use, maybe it can mandate
some other things to address these factors.
Let's start with bike lanes on all streets. If the problem is motorists and
cyclists in the same lane, separate them.
For a city such as Winnipeg, that is constantly ripping up its streets for
repair, would this expense really be much different if phased in with
existing repair work? Or perhaps the city should extend its dedicated
cycling infrastructures, such as the paved bike paths in Quebec City,
Edmonton, and Calgary? (Oh wait, a $300-million cycling and pedestrian
infrastructure plan for Winnipeg was axed by city councillors, as Robert
Galston has noted on these pages. Perhaps cyclists’ safety isn’t the top
We can also address cyclist and motorist behaviour.
Cyclists should ride on the street and obey traffic laws. Motorists should
change lanes to pass cyclists.
Motorists should not be passing cyclists in their own lane, running the
risk of clipping them with a mirror or blowing them off balance through
turbulence. (The one-metre rule should be the bare minimum, but it’s not
specified in the Highway Traffic Act; it’s at a motorist’s discretion how
much room to give when passing a cyclist.) The city should promote the
practice that motor vehicles must change lanes to pass a bicycle, as they
must do to pass a car, truck, bus or motorcycle.
This isn’t even mentioning the upside to actual cycling infrastructure, be
it bike lanes on existing roads or dedicated bike paths. Safer conditions
for cyclists mean more people on bikes and fewer in cars, lightening
traffic congestion. And cycling infrastructure makes urban life more
attractive, as Brainerd, Minn., found out. That community invested heavily
in a bike path system and in addition to encouraging more people to live
there, its tourist numbers have increased as well.
Before the "it-could-never-work-here" howls begin, consider it wasn’t
seatbelt requirements alone that have addressed motorist deaths. Airbags
and innovations in vehicle design that help absorb impact are factors, as
is better road design and road-clearing practices, and better education for
Helmets, while a good idea, are like seatbelts: they minimize damage but
don’t solve the problem. Winnipeg drivers and cyclists can tackle part of
the solution together, through safer driving practices; but for real
change, city hall has to stop giving cyclists the evil eye and actually do
something about infrastructure.
Bike lanes, not helmets, make cycling safer
By: Robert Galston
One morning last spring I walked down Sherbrook Street with my young
children when they noticed the new protected bike lane that lines four
blocks of the street. Lifelong Winnipeggers, my children saw cycling as
something they did up and down a leafy sidewalk of a residential block, and
maybe on riverbank trails to The Forks. On Sherbrook that morning, they
realized that even a busy street in the middle of the city can rightfully
be a place where they are able to ride their bikes in safety and enjoyment.
Not everyone shares this perceptiveness. Earlier this week, city hall’s
protection, community services and parks committee passed a motion raised
by Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt to have city staff study mandatory helmet use
for all adult cyclists. Mandatory bike lights and a sound device such as a
bell or horn will also be looked at. The motion passed unanimously.
At its heart, the motion was not a nanny-state attempt at protecting
cyclists, but spiteful retaliation by council’s frustrated anti-cycling
minority. Last summer, Wyatt, as well as his colleague on the protection
committee, Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie, voted against the city’s long-term
pedestrian and cycling strategy, which calls for more than $300 million
worth of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to be built in the coming
Research shows that any one of the strategy’s protected bike lanes will do
more for cyclists' safety than making it illegal to ride without a helmet
and assorted other bells and whistles. The Canadian Association of
Emergency Physicians recently took the position that while helmets should
be mandatory, designing streets so that they are safe for cyclists is the
best way to reduce head injuries.
Real safety is determined by environmental conditions. While clearly
useful, mandatory seatbelts do not reassure me that driving on highways
during a blizzard is a smart idea. In the same way, mandatory helmets would
not reassure me that navigating Regent Avenue on a bike ever is.
Other research suggests that helmets are not effective enough to be
required. One study undertaken at the University of British Columbia found
that helmet legislation is a waste of time. Cities should instead build
protected routes for cyclists, which reduce risks and create "numbers in
safety": the more dedicated infrastructure for cyclists, the more cyclists
there will be. To borrow from French economist J. B. Say’s law of
economics, new supply will create new demand.
Bigger and more diverse numbers of cyclists would deflate local cycling
opponents’ worn-out narrative that only a handful of recklessly impetuous
weirdos are crazy enough to cycle in Winnipeg. Protected bike lanes would
mean more people — especially women, seniors and children — would take to
A supposed love of driving and Winnipeg’s long winters are two common
arguments advanced to explain why making streets less hostile for cyclists
is just not worth it here. But these are becoming conspicuously outmoded
and flimsy excuses; most car-dominated and winter cities in North America
are getting serious about cycling.
Last week, the sprawling city of Atlanta dedicated $1 billion to build a
cycling and pedestrian network over the next 20 years. Los Angeles, a city
that embodied American car culture in the 20th century, passed a similar
long-term plan to slow car traffic on a number of its fabled boulevards by
making room for bike lanes and wider sidewalks.
Calgary recently opened a 6.5-kilometre network of protected bike lanes in
its predominantly car-oriented downtown. Last month, Minneapolis adopted a
complete streets policy that will give pedestrians, cyclists and transit
just as much priority as cars in new street designs. Fargo, a city of
113,000, implemented a bike-share program last year that has, so far, seen
higher per-capita usage than bike shares in New York and Paris.
Change is often slow in Winnipeg, but it is occurring. Wholesale opposition
to making Winnipeg streets safer for all users will sound more shrill and
intellectually hollow over time, and will soon be clung to by a small
number of citizens who are staunchly anti-cycling as a matter of quixotic
Certainly, not every Winnipegger will give up commuting by car, but making
some room on city streets for those who do will become an accepted fact of
A protected bike lane on a busy street in Winnipeg may have been a new
discovery for my young children, but it won’t be for theirs.
City hall considers mandatory bike helmets for adultsReview also examines
compulsory horn or bell, and lighting
City hall has moved closer to a mandatory bicycle helmet law that would
Councillors on a civic committee have instructed the administration to
review the need for a mandatory bike-helmet law, despite opposition from a
cycling advocacy group that opposes the concept. Bike helmets have been
mandatory for riders younger than 18 years since 2013 but the committee
wants the administration to consider making them compulsory for all riders.
Coun. Russ Wyatt said the city needs to consider imposing the law as it
proceeds to spend millions of dollars building dedicated bike lanes across
"If you want a cycle, wear a helmet," Wyatt (Transcona) said.
The administration is expected to bring back its report at the September
meeting of the protection, community services and parks committee. The
review will also examine the need for requiring all bikes to have a horn or
bell and proper lighting.
Mark Cohoe, executive director of Bike Winnipeg, opposed the review,
arguing making bike helmets mandatory would discourage bike riding.
Cohoe said the added safety from wearing a helmet is unproven and
purchasing a helmet becomes another obstacle for those on low incomes.
Cohoe said the city would make more improvements on cyclist safety by
building more dedicated bike lanes.
If people are discouraged from riding bikes, Cohoe said, then the overall
health of the community is put at risk.
"Where mandatory helmet laws have gone into place, it’s been shown that
often the number of people biking decreases when the mandatory helmet law
comes into place," Cohoe said. "So, while you might get fewer head
injuries, you’re getting less health benefits – you’re trading fewer head
injuries for more heart attacks, for more kidney disease, for more
Wyatt said he doubted a mandatory helmet law would result in fewer bike
riders, adding he hopes the bike lobby will come around and support it.
Licences for cyclists?
Cyclists riding in Assinboine Park Monday offered divided opinions on
"I'm a volunteer at the park and it's mandatory in the park to wear a
helmet," said Wayne Hewitt.
"I'm always amazed at the people who don't wear helmets."
Hewitt's friend, who only gave her name as Janice, said she has always worn
a helmet — partly because it's a safety practice and partly to model the
behaviour for her children.
"As a parent I always made my kids wear helmets and I know I went against
the trend. I got harassed by other adults for it but I did it anyway,"
On the other side of the issue was Peter Chrzanowski from Toronto. He was
cycling through Winnipeg Monday on his way to Vancouver.
Chrzanowski's bicycle was loaded with gear, including a helmet, hanging
from his saddle gear.
"It won't really save you if you're on the highway. It's more for
decoration," he chuckled.
He said drivers' licences for cyclists would be a better idea.
"You know the highest number of collisions with cars and cyclists is in
North America," he said, pulling out his smartphone displaying handy
websites showing collision rates.
In many European countries, there's no debate on mandatory use of helmets
and many cyclists will never wear them. But then again drivers and cyclists
are better educated about sharing the road in Europe than they are on this
continent, said Chrzanowski, who immigrated from Poland.
"I'm European and Europeans think helmets are an American scam," he added.
"If you get hit by a car going 60 to 80 kilometres an hour, I don't think
you have a chance at survival anyway."
And then there are the cyclists like Sylvie Roy. Law abiding, she
dismounted and walked her bike across the footbridge in Assiboine Park.
"I haven't decided yet what I want to buy," Roy said, adding that bike
helmets aren't very flattering.
"I don't like them. They don't look good on you," she said.
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The Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking an energetic, team player. This is a
great opportunity for someone looking to establish a place for themselves
in Manitoba’s environmental community as a key part of a dynamic
We collaborate, educate, and advance sustainability to the benefit of the
environment and society through our members, networks, and programs.
We are a non-profit charity which promotes positive environmental action by
connecting people and groups in our communities and aims to be an
environmental resource for all. Since 1988, the Manitoba
Eco-Network has been carrying out public education on matters concerning
The Eco-Network Coordinator is a critical first point of contact and
supports interaction between Manitoba Eco-Network staff and members,
tenants, as well as the general public.
The Eco-Network Coordinator works under the supervision of the Executive
Director, collaborating with the ED to manage the EcoCentre and to provide
membership services. Website and social media management, as well as
assisting with various forms of fundraising, are integral to this position.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years administrative or
customer relations experience, strong organizational skills, and keen
attention to detail. Post-secondary education in environment or
administration and knowledge of Manitoba’s environmental community is
desirable. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills;
the ability to respectfully manage multiple priorities in a demanding
environment; computer proficiency and experience in website content and
database management are essential.
*Terms of Employment*
This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week – typical hours are 9:00 AM
to 4:30 PM, with some evening and weekend work required. Starting salary
Please submit your resume with 3 references and cover letter to Curt
Belton, Executive Director, at curtb(a)mbeconetwork.org by no later than 12
PM on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
We thank you for your submissions, but only those selected for an interview
will be contacted. No phone calls please.
*Application deadline:* 09 / 06 / 2016