Across the U.S., more than 20 public libraries have introduced special bike-share programs, in which members take out bicycles from the library for free before returning them at the end of the day.
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Policy and Legislation Unit | Manitoba Infrastructure
1520 215 Garry Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 3P3
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*"...Resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover
from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events..."*
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*Parking And The City*
*with distinguished researcher Dr. Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of
Free Parking and Parking And The City*
*Thursday, October 10th | RBC Convention Centre*
This event will feature a keynote from Dr. Donald Shoup, followed by small
group discussions. The event will conclude with a mixer where guests can
converse with Dr. Shoup and each other.
*About Dr. Shoup*
Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban
Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research has
focused on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the
environment. In his 2005 book, *The High Cost of Free Parking*, Shoup
recommended that cities should (1) charge fair market prices for on-street
parking, (2) spend the revenue to benefit the metered neighborhoods, and
(3) remove off-street parking requirements. In his 2018 book, *Parking and
the City*, Shoup and his co-authors examine the results where cities have
taken this advice. The successful outcomes show that the recommended
parking reforms are not theoretical and idealistic but are instead
practical and realistic. Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of
Certified Planners and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation
Research Center. The Canadian Parking Association gave Shoup its Keate
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advancement of Knowledge in the
We have been attempting to secure Dr. Shoup for several years, and are
delighted we can finally host him in our province. We hope you will join us
for this important conversation!
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*People-powered push for active transportation *
FOR some, “valet service” conjures up images of people in uniforms parking
expensive cars at posh parties. For a local organization, a valet service
is a way to encourage active transportation.
Since 2010, Bicycle Valet Winnipeg has offered its services to local event
promoters interested in reducing traffic and parking congestion.
The program works like a coat check for bicycles: people check their bikes
into a secure compound and can retrieve it later with a claim ticket.
Bicycle Valet Winnipeg provides the equipment, setup and volunteers.
Guy Bonnetta volunteers with the program because it reflects his interest
in cycling. “I enjoy talking and rubbing shoulders with other cyclists,”
the 67-year-old says.
Now retired, Bonnetta got into cycling when Bike to Work Day was introduced
in Winnipeg. (The 12th edition of the annual event ran June 17.) Intrigued
by the idea, he decided to cycle the 15 kilometres to his job on campus at
the University of Manitoba from his home in Charleswood. He enjoyed the
commute, and began doing it regularly. “I really liked it,” Bonnetta says.
“I just felt a lot more healthy.”
After he began cycling regularly, he joined Bike Winnipeg’s board.
Eventually, he started volunteering with the bike valet program.
One of his favourite experiences with it was volunteering at IG Field for
the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup games Winnipeg hosted. “It’s a big rush
when everyone arrives at the same time and leaves at the same time, and
you’ve probably got 500 bikes or more,” he says. “We were really running
off our feet, and that was a lot of fun. The busier we are, the more
enjoyable it is.” Bicycle Valet Winnipeg is scheduled to offer its services
at a number of events throughout the year, including the MS Society of
Canada’s Gimli bike tour, ManyFest and Nuit Blanche.
Crystal San Filippo, 11, also volunteers with the program.
“I help people fill out their tickets and then I keep all the (slips) in
order,” says Crystal, whose aunt was involved with the program and
recruited her to help. “It’s really fun.”
“I think that everybody dotes on (her),” says Karen San Filippo, Crystal’s
grandmother. “She’s quite shy, or has been quite shy, so what we’ve noticed
at bike valet is that she knows what she’s doing there, she has her job to
do, and it’s really helped to make her more confident.”
Bicycle Valet Winnipeg has worked more than 20 events this year, including
the Winnipeg Whiteout street parties, the Rise Up concert in Old Market
Square and Canada Day at The Forks.
Volunteers also look after trailers, strollers, skateboards and more. The
bike valet is always open to new volunteers, says Stephanie Chow, who runs
the program. Anyone interested can email info(a)bicyclevaletwinnipeg.ca.
“Amazing volunteers are essential to our service,” Chow says. “If (you)
love festivals, bikes and being outdoors, there are many great
*If you know a special volunteer, please contact aaron.epp(a)gmail.com
Included in the nine innovation pilot projects under development in the
City's department of innovation, transformation and technology (complete
report can be found at wfp.to/d5A) as reported by the Winnipeg Free Press
● $80,000, six-month study for public works to establish partnerships with
“micromobility rental vendors (e.g. bikeshare, e-bike and e-scooter) to
trial their services and establish future relationship models.”
*SPEED-LIMIT DEBATE REVVING UP*
PRESSURE on city hall to lower the residential speed limit to 30 km/h
Nine individuals were among the delegations Tuesday, asking EPC to drop the
speed limit to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
However, the issue wasn’t on the agenda. EPC was dealing with a bylaw that
will maintain all current speed limits at their posted rate, in
anticipation of the province ending its authority to set street speed
Previously, road speeds were regulated by the Highway Traffic Board.
City staff have proposed maintaining all current speed limits as they were
March 1 — with the exception of a stretch of Marion Street, which will be
reduced to 50 km/h from 60 km/h. The new bylaw, once approved by city
council, will take effect Sept. 1.
*Former police officer says crumbling routes deter riders*
* Safety of bike paths criticized*
FOR some Winnipeg cyclists, the city’s bike paths are full of holes.
Gord Friesen has been commuting by bike for more than two decades,
including for many years to his job as an officer with the Winnipeg Police
Now, the River Heights resident said he’s worried the city’s patchwork of
bike paths — including a south Osborne route that has a gap between Brandon
and Togo avenues, where it turns into a dirt trail, forcing cyclists who
don’t want to weather the rough terrain onto a busy street or sidewalk —
might deter people from getting into cycling.
“It’s just an additional challenge,” Friesen said.
“Gaps are obviously problematic for people, because I think one of the
things about being out on a bike is you want to be able to have some
predictability in terms of the quality of the road surface.”
In an emailed statement to the Free Press, a city spokesperson said plans
to improve the south Osborne route were put on hold because of riverbank
stabilization issues. It also said the city will be doing a design study of
another route with similar issues later this year: the North Winnipeg
Parkway, which has a gap between Burrows and Alfred avenues, forcing
cyclists into a zigzag of residential streets, or onto Main Street.
Friesen said his career with the police force — where he served at one
point as the commander of the traffic division — helped form his
perspective on cycling and other kinds of active transportation. Even in
retirement, the 57-year-old said he and his wife use their bikes to get
wherever they need to go, and he hopes more people will start to do the
“Our car sits for days on end, because (whatever we do), it’s almost always
on a bicycle,” he said.
Mark Cohoe, executive director of the Bike Winnipeg advocacy group, said he
was riding on the south Osborne bike path with some friends a few nights
ago. They turned around after deciding they wouldn’t be able to make it
through the gap.
Cohoe said if people who are new to cycling encounter the same problem, it
might turn them off entirely.
“People remember the worst part of their ride, and that’s sort of the
decision point for them,” he said. “If they don’t feel like they have a
safe connection... they’re going to choose to drive.”
Meanwhile, cyclists travelling a few minutes southeast on the same south
Osborne route are being forced onto the road for the foreseeable future. On
Friday, the city announced it was closing the east sidewalk on the St.
Vital Bridge for at least 18 months to replace the sewer main underneath.
With two elections looming in the coming months, Cohoe said he’s hoping to
see more leadership encouraging cycling in Winnipeg.
“I think if we want to act on climate change, if we want to act proactively
on health, we need to make sure that all levels of government — especially
the provincial government, which is responsible for health — make sure
funding is available to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes,”