…And, Sometimes BIKE (June 2012)

June means all the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining and, most importantly of all, it’s our BIRTHDAY!

But even more awesome than all that is the significant number of active transportation events happening around the city.  En lieu of a “Sometimes, 5” post, we are celebrating the simple and joyful form of transportation that are BICYCLES.

Bikes, bikes, bikes.

Wheely Fun Bike Ride — June 10th

The W.R.E.N.C.H and Bike to the Future are hosting a community bike ride and you are invited!

The satellite (or longer rides) are intended as a way for you to explore a new area of the city and enjoy the Sunday car-free bike routes with other cyclists. Chose a corner of the city and ride with a group to the Forks where you will meet other riders and proceed on a short family orientated ride to the Legislature for a celebration.

Satellite Rides – 11:30 AM meet up, 12:00 PM depart
Each satellite ride will have 2 ride leaders to guide the groups to the Forks. The rides starting at:

  1. Kildonan Park – meet at the Pavilion
  2. Omand Park/Creek – meet at the corner of Raglan Rd and Woseley Ave
  3. St. Boniface/St. Vital – meet at the entrance to Windsor Park Golf Course on Des Meurons

ending at: Oodena Celebration Circle, the Forks Market

All Ages Family Ride – 12:00 PM
12-1 pm : Bike decorating and meet up at the Oodena Celebration Circle, the Forks Market
1 pm : All ages ride along the Assiniboine Cycle Track to the Manitoba Legislature
2pm : Celebration and gathering at the Legislature. Food, music, games and more!

Contact: info@thewrench.ca or call 296-3389

Commuter Challenge

Happening NOW.

  • Is a week-long event during Canadian Environment Week (June 3 9, 2012)
  • Is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces
  • Encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home
  • Rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting
  • Celebrates active and sustainable transportation
  • Is nationally hosted by Sustainable Alberta Association
  • Is locally hosted by City Coordinators who support workplaces

MEC Bikefest — June 16

Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Forks Market Plaza
11:00am – 4:00pm

MEC Bikefest is a daylong community celebration of all things bicycle related. Our goal is to bring together Winnipeg’s bicycle community and those new to bikes, to celebrate the wonders of cycling. Come join us and make it the best bicycle bash in Winnipeg.

Bike to Work Day — June 22

Bike to Work Day Winnipeg is held annually,each June. It is an event the promotes the bicycle as everyday transportation in Winnipeg. The event aims to celebrate cycling culture, encourage commuters to choose active transportation, and advocate for cycling safety and the continued development of bike friendly infrastructure in the city.

The day begins at 6:30-9:00 when pit stops all over the city open to welcome commuters on their way to work. Bike to Work Day provides commuters with prizes, snacks and refreshments when they visit a pit stop.

Then between 3:30-6:00 all registered riders are invited to join the Bike to Work Day steering committee at the Forks for a free BBQ and party featuring a free bike valet service, basic bike maintenance, live music and prizes. Past prizes have included free bikes and free bike makeovers, plus commuter cycling gear.

Register today for free to show your support for cycling in Winnipeg, and to partake in all of the days festivities.

Peg City Car Co-op will also be hosting a Pit Stop on that morning at the corner of River and Osborne. Come help us celebrate our Birthday will cake, coffee and prizes! Yum!

IMPORTANT:

Please share this far and wide:

Manitoba Public Insurance has pledged $.50 per registered Bike to Work Day participant to the Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (The W.R.E.N.C.H.) to support their vital work in the Winnipeg Cycling Community. They have pledged to donate up to $2000 and that is 4000 riders! More than we have ever had before. Now it is more important than ever to REGISTER, by doing so you can help support this FANTASTIC organization.

Bike Ride to Site – Register now!

Help reduce the festival’s environmental impact – leave your car at home and join the Bike Ride to Site. You’ll even get priority entrance to the Festival Campground on Wednesday morning! 2012 will mark our third annual organized bike ride out to the festival. The approximately two hour bike ride is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and help reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.

A few of our board members did this last year and it was a great success. First access to the campsite can’t be beat and having your bike during the fest is a huge bonus too!

Register now! Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis and we expect the ride to fill up quickly, so apply soon!

 

Now get out there, enjoy the sunshine and ride your bike! Weee!

 

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