Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg invite you to join us for a local
viewing of the APBP webinar: Performance Measures to Evaluate Street Design
– New and Established Practices.
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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*Performance Measures to Evaluate Street Design – New and Established
*Wednesday, July 20 | 2-3pm CDT*
*Speaker*: Peter Koonce, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
Peter Koonce of the Portland Bureau of Transportation will explore
performance measures that are used in all contexts (urban, suburban, rural)
and how traditional analysis practices are biased against making more
effective walking and cycling. Three case studies will highlight the
applicability of these measures and provide examples for how the measure
was communicated to the public.
Cycling to work a learning experience
By: Scott Gillingham
Last week I cycled to work. Now I realize that many residents of St. James
bike to work every day, some even do so year-round.
So while perhaps mildly commendable, my announcement is hardly newsworthy.
But there were practical reasons that prompted me to pedal the 35-minute
morning commute from Silver Heights to City Hall.
First, cycling is good exercise. As a city councillor, many hours in my
days are spent sitting in meetings or working at my desk. Cycling to the
office is a great workout that combats the sedentary hours to come at the
Second, our family currently has more drivers than vehicles. The rest of
the family’s schedule on that day necessitated that I get around on two
wheels or take Winnipeg Transit. After checking the weather forecast that
morning, I chose my bike.
Third, and perhaps most importantly in my role as councillor, biking to
work afforded me the opportunity to experience the cycling routes between
St. James and downtown. The City of Winnipeg has a master plan for active
transportation that includes key cycling corridors. This plan is regularly
reviewed with an aim to improve and build upon these routes where
necessary. The ultimate goal is to encourage more people to cycle or walk
by providing infrastructure dedicated to those activities. This will reduce
traffic congestion and foster a healthier lifestyle.
My morning trek from Silver Heights included Portage Avenue, the foot
bridge to Assiniboine Park, Wellington Cres, Sherbrook, Ellice and King to
City Hall. I felt safe along the route and experienced very limited
interaction with automobiles for most of the way.
I chose a different way home: King, Ellice, St. Matthews, the Yellow Ribbon
Trail, and Sharp to my house. The late afternoon route did not feel as safe
and even included a close call with a truck. The experience impressed upon
me the importance of dedicated routes, protected where possible.
I learned three lessons that day:
First, I need a softer bike seat.
Second, a cyclist needs to check the forecast for the entire day, not just
the morning forecast. On my ride home the heavens opened near Polo Park. I
think I wrung a cup of water out of my socks.
Third, there are gaps in the current cycling routes between St. James and
downtown. I am focused on closing those gaps in the coming years,
especially connecting St. Matthews and the Yellow Ribbon Trail.
I recently met with the City’s active transportation co-ordinator to
discuss plans to improve the cycling route on St. Matthews and build an
extension on the Yellow Ribbon Trail to close the gap. I will be advocating
for the necessary funding in the 2017 budget. I welcome your ideas and
observations, especially from those of you who regularly cycle in and
around the ward. Contact me at scottgillingham(a)winnipeg.ca or 204-986-5848.
Powerful argument from Anne Lusk that it's time to pay the same attention
to protecting cyclists as has been done for vehicle occupants, i.e. cars
and roads have been designed to protect motorists anticipating there will
be driver error.
From: "Lusk, Anne" <annelusk(a)hsph.harvard.edu>
To: "members(a)lists.apbp.org" <members(a)lists.apbp.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:30:58 +0000
Subject: [apbp] Washington Post article that mentions building bike
facilities using the public health method
Though I know I am quoted in this article, I still thought to send it to
you because of the mention of applying the public health method to
designing bike facilities.
A bike lane was recently painted in Cambridge in which the individual
bicyclist is responsible for watching ahead and seeing the great neck down
and the obstruction in the pathway of the bike lane (raised concrete air
duct for a nearby park and fountain).
Vehicles now are much safer for the vehicle occupants because the design of
the vehicle has been built to protect the occupant - roll bars, higher head
rests, more crash proofing on the sides, smaller windows, etc.). Instead of
blaming the individual vehicle operator for a driver error (driving while
intoxicated, sleepy, etc.) the vehicle has been designed for the
populations, knowing there will be individual errors. Thus, the car now
better protects the driver who might be intoxicated or sleepy. With the
bicycle environment, we still insist that the bicyclist, who has no crumple
zone, has to be fully responsible for any action they take, any action that
someone takes against them, or any obstruction (a car being parked in a
bike lane, a driver swerving into a bike lane, or a concrete barrier in a
CDC mentions the greatly improved safety of vehicle occupants in their web
site about the History of the Public Health Approach (on the below web
site, click on “Public Health Functions Project” lists as the 10 essential
services of public health
but there is no mention of greatly improved safety of bicyclists.
Just as we improved safety for vehicle occupants, it is time to be equally
protective of bicyclists. We need to apply the public health approach to
designing bike facilities instead of saying a crash was the bicyclists
fault (they were at the intersection and didn’t know the tractor trailer
flatbed turning radius, they were in a bike lane and didn’t know the
tractor trailer in the far left lane would turn right and cut across the
other lane, they didn’t know the driver of the parked car would exit then -
the list goes on but all you know this list).
Invitation to Attend a Public Information Session:
*Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2)*
*July 19, 2016 4:00pm-7:00pm Canad Inns Fort Garry (1824 Pembina)*
On behalf of the City of Winnipeg, you’re invited to attend a public
information session for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) Project.
The project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the
southwest quadrant of the city, including: the Southwest Rapid Transitway
(Stage 2); the addition of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure adjacent
to the Transitway, through the Pembina Underpass, and into the Southwood
lands; the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass; and connections
to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field. The project
improvements will allow citizens to move in a more sustainable and
Construction of the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) Project is
scheduled to begin in summer 2016, with completion expected in late 2019.
Transit operations on the new Transitway are expected to begin in April
You are invited to meet with members of the project team to learn more.
*Public Information Session Details:*
July 19, 2016
Canad Inns – Fort Garry
1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg
Ambassador F Room
*Beth McKechnie* | Workplace Commuter Options
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