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MPI Campaign Reminds Motorists to Leave Space for Cyclists

MPI Campaign Reminds Motorists to Leave Space for Cyclists

By Sarah Klein

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Cyclists at The Forks demonstrate how much distance vehicles should leave them during the launch of the ‘Please Leave Space to Breathe’ campaign on Friday, June 23, 2017. (@WPGPOLICE / TWITTER)

A new Manitoba Public Insurance campaign wants to get the message out to motorists to leave a safe distance when passing cyclists.

The “Please Leave Space to Breathe” campaign suggests a distance of one metre between a vehicle and cyclist on the road.

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Phase Two of The Forks’ Cycle Track Opens

Phase Two of The Forks’ Cycle Track Opens

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The Forks’ cycle track (HANDOUT)

The second phase of the cycle track at The Forks has opened.

The track was ready in time for Bike to Work Day on Friday, incorporating a woonerf concept, a shared bike, pedestrian and vehicle roadway.

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60 Pit Stops Welcome ‘Bike to Work Day’ Cyclists

60 Pit Stops Welcome ‘Bike to Work Day’ Cyclists

Bike WeekPump up those bike tires, Winnipeg and get to work!

The eighth annual Bike to Work Day is Friday, featuring 60 pit stops city-wide from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

As part of Bike Week Winnipeg, volunteer-run stops will include free refreshments for cyclists, and bike repairs and prizes for riders who drop in.

A group ride will depart from Assiniboine Park just before 7 a.m.

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‘Bike Assist’ Pit Stop to Help Cyclists on Bike to Work Day

By Sarah Klein

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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz rides down King Street to City Hall during Bike to Work Day in 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Cyclists needing a quick tune-up during Bike to Work Day on Friday will have CAA on their side.

Through its Bike Assist program, CAA Manitoba will be offering services at two pit stops — one at the Manitoba legislature near Osborne and Assiniboine, and the other at Assiniboine Park south of the foot bridge.

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Bike Week to Get Winnipeggers Active

Building on the success of Bike to Work Day, the city is launching Bike Week Winnipeg, running June 16-22.

The first annual event will include bike-friendly happenings across the city, such as traveling dinners, group rides and workshops, as well as leisure and cultural events.

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‘Bike Assist’ Has Cyclists Covered on Friday

CAA ManitobaCyclists taking part in Friday’s Bike to Work Day will have one less thing to worry about — breaking down.

CAA Manitoba is providing its Bike Assist service to cyclists for free to help with flat tires and broken chains.

“One of the reasons people don’t bike to work is the possibility to have mechanical problems along the way,” said CAA spokesperson Liz Peters. “We hope if Winnipeggers know help is just a phone call away, they’ll consider commuting by bike.”

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U of W Bike Lab Hosting ‘Bike to Work Day’ Pit Stop

(TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)
(TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Students from the University of Winnipeg’s Bike Lab will join hundreds of others on Friday for Bike to Work Day.

The U of W’s Students’ Association (UWSA) is participating in the sixth annual event, with volunteers hosting a pit stop to provide participating commuters with refreshments, mechanical assistance, and maps, as well as information about Bike to Work Day events.

The U of W pit stop is one of more than 40 across the city this year offering amenities to riders.

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Katz Kicks Off ‘Bike to Work Day’

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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz rides down King Street to City Hall to kick off Bike to Work Day on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Mayor Sam Katz launched the sixth annual Bike to Work Day activities Tuesday, leading up to the event on Friday, June 21.

Katz took part in a group ride from the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association Bike Lab, arriving at City Hall around noon.

Bike to Work Day encourages active transportation and promotes cycling in the city. There will be more than 40 pit stops this year and rider registration is quickly filling up.

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Commuters Use Pedal Power to Bike to Work

Cyclists ditched their vehicles and bus tickets Friday to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise on their daily commute.

The 5th annual Bike to Work Day began at 7 a.m. at Assiniboine Park as about 100 riders made their way towards The Forks by travelling down Wellington Crescent and eventually through the Wolseley neighbourhood.

The message of the day is to promote cycling as a method of everyday transportation and to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.

Along the way are 38 pit stops to replenish riders’ water bottles and provide snacks. Mountain Equipment Co-op is also providing free tuneups to any cyclists who experience hiccups along the way.

The day will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. at The Forks with a free BBQ for the first 300 guests. Local bands Flat City Folk and Mogley and the Woodland Creatures will also perform.

On Friday, the Manitoba government announced a three-year active transportation (AT) plan to get more people out of their cars to walk, roller blade or cycle.

The plan calls for developing AT infrastructure, a new online portal with AT resources, completion of the Borders to Beaches section of the Trans Canada Trail, and an AT overpass to the north Perimeter Highway to extend the popular North East Pioneers Greenway.

The province will also be providing funding to municipalities to integrate AT planning, design and implementation, while working with Manitoba Public Insurance to continue raising awareness of safety issues affecting vulnerable road users.

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Grease Those Chains Up — Bike to Work Day is Friday

Cyclists participate in a preview event to promote Bike to Work Day earlier this month at the Manitoba legislature. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The forecast looks favourable for Bike to Work Day on Friday, as cyclists use pedal power as their mode of transportation for their daily commute.

The day encourages commuters to ditch their vehicles and bike to work/school as a way of reducing the impact on the environment and to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Cyclists will have access to several pit stops along the way, where healthy snacks and water refill stations will be provided. One of those stops will be at the corner of Assiniboine Avenue and Main Street between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., sponsored by the North West Company and Giant Tiger.

CAA Manitoba will also be extending its Bike Assist service to non-members for one day only (6 a.m. to midnight). Any cyclist whose bike breaks down and needs a lift to work, school or home can call (204) 262-6111.

For more information, visit BiketoWorkDayWinnipeg.org.