Just a reminder that this event takes place today at the West End Cultural
Join Bike Winnipeg on Friday, February 3rd for a presentation by local
cycling expert Anders Swanson on policies and procedures needed to maintain
a winter cycling network, then stick around to provide your ideas on how to
make winter cycling work in Winnipeg. For those in a rush to get on with
the weekend, you can also stop by before Ander’s presentation to share your
ideas and help up put together a proposal for a winter cycling “priority”
network for Winnipeg.
Sign up for the Facebook Event
<https://www.facebook.com/events/688454561331874/> and invite friend
Anders’ presentation will be a “dry run” of a presentation he will give a
week later for an international gathering of experts in Montreal as part of
the Winter Cycling Congress <http://www.velo.qc.ca/wcc/?lang=en>. Your
feedback and critique will be most welcome. The presentation intends to
cover the high-level framework governing a bike-friendly winter city. He
will delve specifically into the work he did winter design/maintenance
guidelines for Stantec and the City of Calgary’s new downtown cycle track
network (which famously had its 1,000,000th trip and became permanent just
Ander’s talk will cover specific maintenance best practices, policy steps
and communications strategies needed to provide a well-maintained winter
cycling network. Aspects of design targeted to walking and the benefits to
people in wheelchairs will also be covered. and prep the attendees to
provide helpful feedback while picking “routes” for Winnipeg’s “priority”
*Date*: Friday, February 3rd
*Drop in Collaborative Workshop*: 4-8pm
*Presentation*: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
*Location*: Assiniboine Credit Union Hall, West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue (@ Sherbrook)
The U of M Students Union (UMSU) is hiring a coordinator for their new bike kiosk, opening April 2017. Details below and also attached.
Jessie Klassen | MA
Transportation Planner | Office of Sustainability | University of Manitoba
501 Fitzgerald Bldg | Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 | 204-474-8368
UMSU Bike Kiosk Coordinator
Share your passion and experience for cycling with University of Manitoba students, staff and community by being the inaugural Coordinator for
the new Bike Kiosk at the University of Manitoba, to be opened Spring 2017.
This is a brand new facility at the Fort Garry Campus, with phased-in growth planned. The successful candidate is driven, patient, flexible and
We are looking for someone with enthusiasm, commitment, mechanical aptitude, and a true ambassador of cycling in Winnipeg. If you are a team
player, great with people and bikes, consider applying today. Include your salary expectations in your cover letter. Position would start prior to
* Maintain a clean and organized environment - tools, parts, customer records, daily deposits
* Managing part-time staff and a team of volunteers
* Managing outreach and educational goals of the Bicycle Kiosk
* Previous bicycle repair experience required - wheel building, truing, repair & change tires, brakes, crank arms, derailleurs, chains; suspensions
of a wide variety
* Plan and host regular outreach events and workshops related to bicycle repairs, maintenance, safety, group rides; participate in community bike
* Pursue grants, sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, and oversee the budget for the
* Experience repairing bicycles
* Problem solver, ability to multi-task & quick thinker
* Outgoing, loves helping others
* Experience managing people - staff or volunteers
* Excellent communication skills
* Retail experience in a service or repair setting
* Experience managing budgets
37.5 hours per week
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Application Deadline: February 16, 2017 4:00pm
Interested applicants should forward their cover letter & resume to:
Bike Kiosk Coordinator Selection Committee
University of Manitoba Students' Union Room 101 University Centre
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Fax: (204) 269-1299 E-mail: umsu(a)umsu.ca
*Residents enthusiastic about walking-cycling trail plan *
[Note: If you missed the open house, find the storyboards (under Documents)
and online survey (under Engage) here
IF they build it, Gloria Sampson will bike it.
Sampson, who would only give her age as “in the seventh decade,” gave
thumbs-up to the city’s proposal to build a greenway walking-cycling trail
on Chief Peguis Bridge, connecting Henderson Highway and Main Street.
The city held an open house Tuesday evening at Red River Community Centre
to show the proposed design and gauge reaction.
The trail would start on the north side of the bridge and proceed west
until before the river, then loop under the bridge to the south side. On
the south side, the current sidewalk would be extended by a metre to make
it 2.5 metres wide, all the way to the traffic lights on Main Street.
An additional trail would be built extending another 400 metres from Main
Street to Frog Plain Park. The system would allow cyclists to bike from the
south end of Kildonan Drive all the way to Chief Peguis Trail and Frog
The loop under the bridge is required to take advantage of city-owned
property— and for safety purposes because part of Chief Peguis Trail’s
south side is hidden behind a sound wall.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Swanson said. “It doesn’t require expropriating
anything. It’s all city-owned land.”
Aylen Mayor, 23, who cycles the Chief Peguis Trail regularly for
recreation, also approved.
“Cycling over the bridge is a safety issue, for sure. I was really scared
the first time I went over,” Mayor said.
There is only a narrow shoulder now for cyclists.
“My dad uses that path every day, so it’s really important to have a safe
path,” she added.
The greenway is designated a moderate- to-highpriority in thepedestrianand
cycling strategy, a 20-year master plan for walking and cycling in Winnipeg.
There are two reasons for that, said Scott Suderman, a city transportation
engineer. One is for “connectivity,” to link up with the greenway along
Chief Peguis Trail between Henderson Highway and Lagimodiere Boulevard.
The other reason is because northwest Winnipeg has been underserviced in
transportation infrastructure, he said.
The existing sidewalk on the south side of the bridge would be expanded by
a metre to make it 2.5 metres wide. Expansion could be done without closing
any lanes on Chief Peguis Bridge during rush hours, city officials said.
Lighting and rest stops would be added throughout the trail system.
Suderman said the greenway between Lagimodiere and Henderson Highway has
proven so popular he has little doubt an extension would get plenty of use.
“What the city finds is these pathways fill up with people,” he said.
Next, a consultant will determine the cost, with a proposal put to council
within a few months, officials said.
Gord Tye, representing 20 Valhalla Drive apartments, was pleasedwith the
walkway design because it doesn’t compromise the privacy of residents.
*Councillor blasts decision not to focus on improving safety at dangerous
intersections for those on foot*
* ‘Watch out, pedestrians’ *
PEDESTRIAN safety is taking a back seat to motorist safety at city hall.
A civic committee Tuesday rejected a proposal that would target engineering
improvements at intersections with the highest number of pedestrian/vehicle
Luis Escobar, the city’s transportation manager, told councillors on the
public works committee that his staff annually reviews all 1,900
intersections across the city and highlights for improvements those where
the greatest number of traffic-related injuries or fatalities occur — and
currently those intersections most dangerous to pedestrians don’t make that
“While it is worthwhile looking at pedestrian collisions only,
intersections with high collisions and all types of fatalities are
important,” Escobar told the committee. “While I respect the desire to
focus on pedestrians, it would be good to look at all intersections where
there is a high level of injury and focus on those ones.”
City council sets aside about $1 million annually to improve intersections
that have a high frequency of collisions.
Escobar was responding to a proposal from Coun. Janice Lukes and the Riel
community committee, which passed a resolution requesting the public works
committee direct the public works department to include the top 12
intersections considered most dangerous to pedestrians — according to
Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) collision data — for this year’s
According to MPI’s most recent data for collisions between 2011 and 2015,
there is no overlap of intersections where the most pedestrian/vehicle
collisions and motor-vehicle collisions occur.
Escobar said his department is preparing a list of the intersections that
will be made safer in 2017, based on collision counts.
To then include intersections most dangerous for pedestrians would cause
unnecessary delay, he said.
“To put all of that work aside and focus on (pedestrian collision
intersections) would almost set back this year’s traffic engineering
program,” Escobar said.
Councillors on the public works committee agreed and voted to take no
action on the proposal from Lukes and the Riel community committee.
“I’m quite comfortable relying on our experts to tell uswhat is needed,”
Coun. Marty Morantz, chairman of the public works committee, said.
Lukes said Escobar’s rationale and the committee’s decision to support him
demonstrate that the car remains Winnipeg’s No. 1 priority.
“We are not putting the most vulnerable road user at the top of the
priority list but at the bottom — so, watch out pedestrians,” Lukes (South
Winnipeg-St. Norbert) said.
Lukes said vehicle-on-vehicle collisions vastly outnumber those involving
pedestrians, adding that with the city’s current policy, pedestrian safety
will never become a priority.
Lukes, who built a career before coming to city hall advocating for
pedestrians and cycling strategies, said city hall’s disregard for
pedestrian safety is the exact opposite of the policy of the City of
Vancouver, which she said targets intersections most dangerous to
pedestrians for engineering improvements.
Escobar did not provide the committee with the list of intersections to be
improved this year.
A civic spokeswoman said the intersection list has not been finalized, and
the information won’t be released publicly before it’s presented to the