Hi folks. The WHO launch the Global Plan for the decade of Action for Road Safety today.
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Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
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New Louise Bridge – so far, so good
The new Louise Bridge replacement timeline has become clearer — and it’s
good news for northeast Winnipeg residents.
Last month, city planners made public their recommendation to build the new
Louise Bridge beside the current bridge, which is exactly what Elmwood
residents were hoping for. Although the new bridge will be placed just west
of the old bridge and not east, as originally planned, it’s a relief to
know traffic disruption will be avoided because the old bridge can stay
open during construction.
Northeast Winnipeg residents should be confident the planning stages are
proceeding in an orderly way. City council will have final recommendations
in the spring of 2022 — just a few months away.
Notices were mailed out to affected property owners in mid-October,
signalling the start of the final piece of the community consultation and
the expropriation process. The six-lane design, including dedicated bus
lanes in each direction, will require some expropriation of property.
The time has come for the incoming new Premier to commit her government’s
share of the funding for the replacement bridge.
It’s good to know Elmwood residents will be able to use the old bridge for
the two years the new bridge is under construction. Avoiding closure has
always been a crucial aspect of the whole project. At the end of the day,
we have to get the job done before the 110-year-old bridge is shut down for
Northeast Winnipeggers have been patient but are keenly aware the clock is
ticking. We need to keep the pressure on all three levels of government.
You can help by visiting www.yourelmwood.com and participating in the
survey on the new Louise Bridge replacement.
*If you have any questions about other provincial programs, feel free to
contact me at 204-415-1122 or email me at jim.maloway(a)yourmanitoba.ca
Exciting case study on the first MaaS initiative in North America. Here are
1. *Pittsburgh launched Move PGH, a program where customers can access a
variety of mobility services through the Transit app and at Mobility Hubs
across the city.*
2. *Move PGH offers e-scooters, bikeshare, carshare, public transit,
carpooling services, and mopeds.*
3. *Alongside Move PGH, Pittsburgh is piloting a Guaranteed Basic
Mobility program, where 50 low-income Pittsburghers can access all
participating modes of transportation in Move PGH at no cost.*
4. *Move PGH is the first mobility as a service (MaaS) project of its
kind in the United States. This initiative seeks to make different forms of
shared mobility more appealing than individual car ownership.*
Velotecha to employ youths being helped by Macdonald Youth Services
Plenty to like about storing people’s bikes
AS colder weather looms, a new bike storage facility is opening — one that
doubles as an employment program for youth in care.
Through Velotecha, up to 150 bikes will be stored, repaired and maintained
during the winter. Winnipeggers can choose from packages offering varying
levels of maintenance, to be performed by teenagers and young adults
through Macdonald Youth Services.
“We really put... (the) pedal to the metal this summer,” Nicole Barry, the
non-profit’s chief financial officer, said of starting the project.
The WRENCH, a charity that builds and repairs bikes, has been training
eight people on bike mechanics since August for the venture. A new cohort
will join soon.
Cyclists can choose a basic package, which includes storage and tire
inflation, for $55.99. Prices increase for those who want more in-depth
fixes, like part replacements, realignments and brake adjustments.
Organizers will collect bikes curbside beginning Monday. Pick up will
continue into November, if space is still available, Barry said.
“We want people to use their bikes if the weather’s nice, but we also have
a limited capacity,” she said.
Velotecha staff will deliver owners their rides in April. The bikes’
seasonal home remains private for safety reasons, Barry said.
“The beauty of a bike storage program is that it solves a lot of problems,”
said Kate Sjoberg, executive director of The WRENCH.
More people have turned to cycling as a pandemic-era hobby, to combat
climate change and for health reasons, Sjoberg said. But, many Winnipeggers
end their two-wheel adventures when the temperature drops.
Velotecha will assist people who don’t have room to store their bikes,
Sjoberg said. And, it will allay the tune-up backlogs cyclists face in the
“It’s really hard to find a shop that will fix your bike in the
springtime,” Sjoberg said. “(Also), training kids to be bike mechanics in
the spring, when there’s a rush happening, is not a great way to learn.”
The youths who Velotecha will employ have participated in Macdonald Youth
Services’s life skills programs and were chosen by staff.
“They’ve been really consistent and really awesome to be around,” Sjoberg
said. “We have a lot of confidence in their ability to do great work.”
Many kids using Macdonald Youth Services don’t get the same access to jobs
others do, according to Barry.
“Most of us have gotten help or were even handed our first job,” she said.
“That’s what we’re trying to provide them... We’re kind of giving them a
shot at real, meaningful work.”
Macdonald Youth Services plans to expand Velotecha next year: it wants a
bike lab where Winnipeggers can buy refurbished bikes or get their own
The hub will likely be at 175 Mayfair Ave., the non-profit’s location, and
will potentially employ this winter’s mechanics- in-training. Then,
Macdonald Youth Services can invite a new group to work at the storage site
Velotecha’s current staff could also work for The WRENCH post-storage
“There is a need for bike mechanics in the city,” Sjoberg said. “We’re
interested in this particular cohort, if anyone is interested in working
with The WRENCH following it, and they’re the right candidate.”
Canada is “not hitting the mark” to support youth transitioning from care,
in terms of ensuring they have liveable incomes and communities where
they’re safe, Sjoberg said.
“We know that many other organizations and people in the city are
interested in creating that safety and those communities of support for
kids,” Sjoberg said. “This is a small contribution to that.”
More information about the program can be found at velotecha.com.
PEDAL TO THE HOME-RENO METTLE
Environmentally committed Winnipeg company’s owner, associates aren’t
reinventing the wheel, but they’re using fewer of them to get to job sites
SEEING is believing. Velo Renovations is a home reno company with a twist:
instead of loading tools and supplies into a van or half ton, employees
rely on pedal power to get from one job site to another, 12 months of the
The business’s website doesn’t disguise that fact, openly charting how many
kilometres workers have collectively covered to date — a tick under 15,000
— along with the estimated amount of carbon emissions saved by doing so
(2.73 tonnes and counting). Still, clients who enlist them to paint a
living room or patch a wall continue to be surprised when they arrive on
two wheels, especially during a torrential downpour or January cold snap.
“To be honest, the fact we get around by bike is a big reason why many of
our customers choose to go with us in the first place,” says Nathaniel De
Avila, who founded Velo, French for bicycle, in October, 2020. “But there
have certainly been days when it was 30 below or whatever, when we pulled
up and the person answering the door went, ‘I know you guys bike to work,
but I didn’t think you’d actually do it today.”
De Avila, 33, laughingly describes Velo Renovations as a “mid-COVID pivot.”
Around this time last year De Avila, a professional music producer who
moved to Winnipeg from his native Iowa in 2016, found himself unable to
work in his chosen field because of pandemic-related restrictions. He’d
long been comfortable with a hammer in his hand; he toiled part-time for a
reno company during high school and again while he was attaining a master
of arts in music from the University of Iowa. To stay busy, he figured that
might be an avenue worth pursuing.
Why bikes? That’s easy, says the veteran winter cyclist, tracing his
environmental consciousness to a book he read when he was in junior high
titled More-With-Less by Doris Janzen Longacre and, more recently, to a
documentary called Freightened, which details nightmarish statistics in
regards to pollution attributable to the shipping industry.
“Most of the world is doing things on bike, it’s just North America where
it’s a bit of a novelty,” he says. “Are we going to save the planet by
having the eight of us pedal to work? Of course not. But that doesn’t make
it unimportant, either.”
ON the day we met, De Avila and one of his associates, Maraleigh Short,
were doing exterior repairs to a home in Fort Richmond, an hour-long trek
from Velo’s home base in West Broadway. De Avila arrived on his personal
10-speed while Short took one of two official company “vehicles.”
“Colin Bock from Freedom Concepts (a Winnipeg firm that designs and
needs bicycles and mobility devices) helped come up with this, based on an
Xtracycle (an elongated, load-carrying bike developed in the U.S.),” De
Avila explains, running his hand along the frame of a two-metre-long
contraption that joins a full-size chromoly mountain bike to a chopped-up,
20-inch BMX model.
“It has a rechargeable battery unit that slides out, but is designed to be
pedal-assist. There’s a running board on the back for tools and such but
lots of times we’ll attach an extension ladder on wheels, upon which we can
load even more stuff.” (Not present is a custom-built tricycle-and-trailer
unit, canary yellow in colour, that always draws stares — and occasionally
requests for a business card — when motorists pull up alongside it at a red
light.) Short, sporting sweats and sneakers speckled with white primer,
says one of the factors that attracted her most to Velo, more a co-op than
a company, is its people-first approach. Not only do workers set their own
hours and pick and choose job assignments, they also determine their
individual rate of pay and are afforded the opportunity to view the
business’s finances as a whole. It’s a model De Avila came up with long
before Velo was even a “thing,” based on conversations he had with a
university professor well-versed in businesses that place people and planet
ahead of profits.
“It could be a gendered thing, or it could be my personality, but I
probably wouldn’t have sought out working in construction or reno if I
hadn’t found (Velo),” Short says, seated on an empty, overturned paint
bucket. “Initially, I didn’t bring a lot of skills to the table, nor did I
have a ton of confidence, but because there’s a strong teaching structure
in place here, I’ve been able to learn so much from Nate and the other
people I work with. Now I really feel part of a team.”
Velo Renovations tackles the same projects as most so-called, conventional
reno operations, namely, painting, drywalling, restructuring and tiling. At
the same time, it’s not like you’ll spot them hauling a kitchen counter or
panels of sheetrock behind them any time soon. Knowing their limitations,
they obligingly work with in-place delivery systems when it comes to larger
items, De Avila says. He adds it’s certainly not a condition of employment
that employees must pedal to work, and a few of their subcontractors do
not. That said, if any certified plumbers and/or electricians reading this
aren’t averse to hopping on a bike, feel free give him a call, he says with
Another manner in which Velo differs significantly from many of its
counterparts is that it’s not uncommon for on-staff designers to talk
potential customers out of jobs that would probably net the company a
bigger payday if they feel there are better options available from an
“‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ or ‘Is there a way to consume less?’
are questions we ask all the time,” De Avila says. “For example, somebody
might want to make their home’s footprint larger by putting in an addition.
To which we might suggest changing a couple existing walls, thus avoiding
having this bigger space you’re now going to have to heat for the next 50
years, draining valuable resources.
“When we’re doing consults with clients, we try to provide them with all
kinds of alternatives, whether it be using reclaimed building materials
from ReStore or plant-based or sustainable products. Lots of renovators
will say after they fix your home it will be worth whatever amount of money
more. But as soon as you spend that money, you’re indebting yourself to a
structure more so than you already have with a mortgage, which forces you
to work X number of hours to make X amount of money, all of which goes
against our general philosophy.”
Finally, with the bikes, in the last 12 months De Avila, who also owns a
car, says he’s noticed a discernible difference in his demeanour on days
when he’s biked to work versus those when, for whatever reason, he was
forced to get behind the wheel.
Whenever he’s snarled in traffic due to lane closures or a mishap, he finds
himself getting short or angry more quickly than when he’s pedalling here
“That makes me wonder if the actual mode of transportation fundamentally
changes the way I interact with others,” he says, adding another benefit of
biking to work with co-workers is that it affords everybody the opportunity
to discuss the day ahead, where they left off yesterday... the same type of
things they probably would have spent the first 30 minutes deliberating had
they gotten there separately by car.
“So if I compare the two, I’d much rather get on a bike at the start of the
day. Plus it’s pretty hard not to be awake and alert when you arrive for
work, especially when it’s on the chilly side.”
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Check out the new bike repair social enterprise in Winnipeg called
Velotecha. It’s run in partnership between Macdonald Youth Services and the
They are launching a Winter Storage and Tune Up service – picking up bikes,
fixing them and returning them in early spring.
The repair and maintenance work will create paid first jobs for some youth
under supervision of qualified bike mechanics. Plus it will get more
cyclists on the road earlier in the season.
Have a look at the website here: www.velotecha.com
Here is a FB post that can be shared quickly:
Car co-op a progressive success story
YOUR car is likely your second largest household expense, and studies show
that it’s probably parked 95 per cent of the time. The typical Canadian
vehicle is driven for just over one hour per day on average, and according
to the Canadian Automobile Association, the SUV that most people drive for
that time costs an average of $33 per day to own, with all expenses
Imagine if you could, sharing a car with your neighbours, and only paying
for it when you are actually using it. No more loan payments, or trips to
the mechanic, and as a bonus you would be doing something good for the
Ten years ago, this was the dream for a small group of people in Winnipeg
who saw the growing car-sharing trend in larger cities across the world and
wondered if it could work here. The group organized, found 40 people to pay
$500 membership deposits and, in June 2011, Peg City Car Co-op was born.
The idea started small, with three cars in Osborne Village; keys were
stored in lockboxes and transactions recorded on paper.
As Peg City celebrates its 10th anniversary, it has grown to more than
2,000 members with 60 vehicles parked across 11 central neighbourhoods, and
has hopes of growing to 100 vehicles in 2023. Members can now conveniently
make bookings online up to a year in advance, for as little as an hour at a
time, and they are automatically billed for their time and distance.
The people at Peg City have worked hard to grow their reach, and some of
their success can be attributed to progressive change happening in our
city. Even slow-growing, car-dominant Winnipeg is becoming more urban.
Nearly 60 per cent of all new homes built today are apartments, and almost
three-quarters are multi-family buildings, compared to only 15 per cent 20
Higher-density development is happening across the city, and more people
are embracing an urban lifestyle with walking, biking and transit becoming
preferred transportation options. In neighbourhoods such as Earl Grey,
Osborne, Wolseley and the West End, between 40 and 50 per cent of people
don’t use a car to commute to work.
These are the types of neighbourhoods where car-sharing can be successful.
A shared vehicle isn’t typically primary transportation, but when people
are walking, biking and busing, the ability to sometimes drive can be an
attractive added convenience. To be successful, a critical mass of members
must live within a short walk of a shared vehicle location, which typically
requires neighbourhoods to be higher density and more diverse.
Dense neighbourhoods allow a grid of shared vehicles to be located within
walking distance of each other to give people alternatives in higher demand
times. For people living in neighbourhoods with effective access to car
sharing, the personal advantages of membership are easy to understand.
Vehicles are always newer, with no maintenance headaches, depreciation or
parking costs. With a range of vehicle types, members can choose the
appropriate model for their use — a pickup truck for moving furniture, a
hatchback for a grocery run. Most significantly, car sharing provides a
method of private transportation without the inefficient financial burden
of owning a car.
Peg City has found the average member spends about $1,200 per year on car
sharing, about 10 times less than the cost of individual car ownership. This
can create more equitable neighbourhoods, allowing lower-income households
more affordable access to a private vehicle. Higher-income households might
find car sharing effectively replaces the need for a second car.
Car sharing also has several collective advantages for cities. The North
American Shared-Use Vehicle Survey found that each car-share vehicle
typically removes 13 privately owned vehicles from the road. This means Peg
City’s 60 cars are removing almost 750 others from traffic, and from
creating road wear and air pollution. Parking for 750 vehicles would
require five acres of land — more than three football fields.
Almost 20 per cent of Peg City’s vehicles have come from partnerships with
developers, who are allowed by the City of Winnipeg to reduce the number of
required parking stalls in a new development when car-sharing is included.
This has been a successful initiative that helps infill development in
mature neighbourhoods become more feasible.
The success of Peg City Car Co-op demonstrates that when we build
higher-density and more diverse communities, new lifestyle choices become
available. Ten years ago, most people would have believed car sharing was a
big-city idea that could never work in Winnipeg, but our city is changing.
If we embrace this change, and welcome multifamily options into our
neighbourhoods, promote street-focused local retail, support the
construction of protected bike lanes and wider sidewalks, and invest in
frequent, high-quality transit service, our children will be able to find
the urban lifestyle so many relocate to other cities in search of.
If we can accomplish that, organizations like Peg City Car Co-op will be
celebrating many more milestone anniversaries in the future.
*Brent Bellamy is senior design architect for Number Ten Architectural