The Forks is taking the initiative of promoting urban cycling by familiarizing riders with city routes and the rules of the road.
Through a partnership with Bike Winnipeg, a series of rides will be offered from four corners of the city.
“The Forks is located where a number of neighbourhoods converge, in the heart of the city, and often a shorter bike ride away than people think,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks.
“If confidence in route-planning and cycling in the city are the barriers for people, let’s work together to see more people riding to The Forks, and beyond.”
Rides will depart from Assiniboine Park, Kildonan Park and St. Vital Park, starting this weekend.
Each trip begins with an explanation by Bike Winnipeg of cycling hand signals, how to shoulder check and outlines the basic rules of the road.
- St. Vital Park Family Ride 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | June 16
- Father’s Day Kildonan Park Family Ride 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | June 17
- Assiniboine Park Evening Ride: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | June 13
- Inclusive Singles Assiniboine Park Ride: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | June 28
- Canada Day Ride – Assiniboine Park – Noon | July 1
- Canada Day Ride – St. Vital Park – 3 p.m. | July 1
- Assiniboine Park Family Ride 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | DATE TBD
Rides range from $10 to $30 (kids are free), and include instruction and road rules, guided ride and an annual Bike Winnipeg membership, which entitles the holder to 15% off at most bike shops in the city.
Each ride is round-trip to The Forks, returning to the starting point, with the exception of Canada Day rides, which are one-way to The Forks. Riders are asked to bring their own bikes, helmets and bike locks. On Canada Day, The Forks is offering a free bike valet service all day.