It may not be perfect biking weather outside, but plans are in motion at the University of Winnipeg to create an innovative cycling hub on Spence Street. The idea is to promote active and sustainable transit options for students, staff and the community.
Funded by an annual student levy of $2, the UWSA Bike Lab will be a cycling education and advocacy facility that will offer free year-round programming to students, staff, faculty and community members such as bike maintenance, safety workshops, advocacy and networking workshops, a registry and individualized support plan for all bikes on and around campus.
Initial funding for the “Bike Station & UWSA Bike Lab” has been provided by a private donation from a former U of W student, and a $50,000 capital donation from the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA).
In addition, the U of W is now providing cyclists with the option of parking their bicycle underground at the Duckworth Centre for $10 a month.
The cycling hub is expected to be operational by the spring of 2011. Future bike stations may also be developed on campus.