Bike Week Winnipeg

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bike_logov3_litegreenThe first annual Bike Week Winnipeg will take place this year from June 16-22. Bike Week Winnipeg will present 7 days of bike programming, including the 7th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, June 20th.

Bike-friendly events will be held in every corner of the city such as traveling dinners, group rides, and workshops, as well as leisure and cultural events that encourage all Winnipeggers to get on their bikes and ride. The main event, Bike to Work Day, will see an anticipated 4000 commuters pedaling to work.

Bike Week Winnipeg is run by the same volunteer planning committee of bike enthusiasts who have organized Bike to Work Day since 2009. The main impetuous for growing the event is to open up participation from commuters to any Winnipegger who rides a bike for sport, leisure, transportation and to promote a love of bikes city wide.

By partnering with other events such as Mountain Equipment Co-op’s BikeFest, Downtown Biz’ Travelling Feast, bike polo, Bike Winnipeg’s cycling workshop and Woodcock Cycle’s group ride, Bike Week Winnipeg is able to offer a smattering of events for many different age groups and abilities.

On June 20th, Bike to Work Day will feature an estimated 50 pit stops open city wide from 6:30-9:00 am, offering free food and beverage for riders who drop in. Pit stops are run by volunteers and organizations including community centers, libraries, bike shops and our generous sponsors. An all day pit stop at The Forks welcomes commuters from 9:00-3:00pm.

To cap off the day all, Bike Week Winnipeg participants are invited to the Half Pints Bikes & BBQ party at Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks, with free Boon Burgers for the first 500 cyclists and Half Pints’ special Pedal Pusher Ale for purchase. Winnipeg’s only bike powered concert system, powered by attendees, will amplify the concert by local musicians.

New this year, participants do not have to register for the event, but simply show up on a bike to join in. All Bike Week Winnipeg events are open to the public, and free unless otherwise indicated on our website. Please see the below list of events for further information.

Bike Week Winnipeg is a celebration of people riding bicycles. It’s for everyone. Whether you ride for recreation, fitness, transportation, sport, or just for fun – if you enjoying riding a bike, then Bike Week Winnipeg is for you! For more information, visit www.bikeweekwinnipeg.com

Bike Week events to get yourself in gear!

Saturday – June 14
Open Community Bike Shops

WRENCH (2 – 4:30)- 1057 Logan Ave. www.thewrench.ca

Bike Lab (12 – 4) –  University of Winnipeg Bulman Student Centre – 30-515 Portage Ave. http://uwsabikelab.ca/ 

Ralph Brown Bike Tool Cupboard (12 to 5 – self serve) – Ralph Brown Community Centre – 460 Andrews St. http://ralphbrowncc.wordpress.com

Sunday – June 15
MEC Sale! 

Come on in to Mountain Equipment Co-op (303 Portage Avenue) from 3:00-5:00 pm and receive 10% your bike-related purchase when you mention Bike Week!

Open community shops:

Orioles Bike Cage (12 – 3) – Orioles (Valour) Community Centre – 444 Burnell St. www.bikecage.ca

Bike Dump (1 – 4) – 631 Main St (rear entrance on SE corner of building) www.bike-dump.ca

South Osborne Bike Hub open (12 – 3) – 725 Kylemore Ave.  Lord Roberts Community Centre (in outbuilding just South of Community Centre) www.sobikehub.ca

Monday, June 16
Free Bike Week Tune-Up 

12-6pm, University of Winnipeg Students Association Bike Lab

Bring your bike and have a volunteer help you tune it up for Bike Week or just come by and see what the UWSA Bike Lab is all about. Everyone welcome. Hosted by the UWSA Bike Lab  uwsabikelab.ca

Yoga in the Park

12noon-12:45pm, Memorial Park

Cost: Free (donations to the instructors are graciously accepted)

Enjoy two outdoor yoga classes catering to the needs of cyclists, taught by Yoga Public  instructors. Please bring your own mat. Hosted by Downtown Biz.

Your City, Your Priorities – Making Winnipeg More Bicycle Friendly

6:30-9:30pm, location TBA

Winnipeg cyclists have gained a lot over the last seven years, but we’ve got a long way to go before cycling in Winnipeg is seen as a safe, enjoyable, accessible and convenient transportation choice year-round. Please attend this workshop to help us prioritize our advocacy efforts for the coming year. Hosted by Bike Winnipeg www.bikewinnipeg.ca

Mountain Equipment Co-op Confidence Building Ride

6:00-8:00 pm, meet at MEC (303 Portage Ave)

Every Monday evening MEC hosts an open Group Ride for anyone who wants to ride the open road, and would like to build their road cycling abilities. We meet together at the Co-op for 6pm, before gearing up and heading out.  No registration required, just drop in and ride! Open to ALL cyclists, road bikes encouraged. No-drop rides = No rider left behind. Rides vary from 1.5-2 hrs over 20-50km

Riding Level

  1. Comfortable riding a bicycle recreationally.
  2. Looking to build confidence riding on the road.

http://events.mec.ca/event/16864/group-ride-confidence-builder

Drop in Bike Polo

6:00 p.m. at the River Osborne Community Centre (Confusion Corner).

Come in and watch or join in the game. Get back in the saddle…. the bike saddle that is and play!

Tuesday, June 17
Point Douglas Bike/Art Tour

6:30pm-8:30pm, meet Under the Skating Canopy at The Forks

Here’s your chance to explore the art and history of Point Douglas on a guided bike tour. We’ll start at the Forks, head up Waterfront Drive, drop in to the Graffiti Gallery and stop for a visit with Jordan Van Sewell on our ride. Along the way, we’ll discuss a little history and see a lot of cool art. Register at http://bikewinnipeg.ca/event/point-douglas-bikeart-tour-2014/

Easy Peasy Bike Path Ride

6:30pm departure, Woodcock Cycle, 433 St Marys Rd

This group ride will utilize our growing AT Network and will be geared to those who want to ride their bike at a more relaxed conversational pace. This will be a fair-weather ride only, so everyone stays dry (we hope). We will gather at Woodcock Cycle, 433 St Marys Rd for a 6:30 pm departure.

These are 20 km to 25 km routes and we will ride it between 17 and 20 kph +/- depending on the group that night. That should put us back at the shop between 7:30 and 8:00 for July rides.. This is a no pressure no-drop ride suited to those who wish to get more comfortable riding, want to  gradually increase their distance and time in the saddle or just want to ride with others in a casual setting. This ride is good for almost all types of bikes. Having said that, you would not want to show up with your carbon bike and full kit.

http://www.woodcockcycle.com/about/wcw-ride-club-pg392.htm

Wednesday, June 18
Birds Hill, Biking and Beer – an elite mountain/hybrid cycling event

 4:30pm, Tour starts at Air Canada Park

Tour Length: 2-2.5 hours

Cost: Event is free but celebration beer is not

Hit the city’s newest bike routes with the Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and cycle from downtown to Birds Hill Park, Manitoba (crossing bridge) and back for a cold beer on a downtown patio.  Route is approximately 50km (there and back). Register at info@downtownwinnipegbiz.com

Mountain Equipment Co-op Group Ride Meet Up

 6:00-8:00, meet at MEC (303 Portage Ave)

Join us for a Group Ride! Every Wednesday evening from 6-8 MEC hosts an open Group Ride for anyone who likes to ride on the open road. We meet together at the Co-op for 6pm, before gearing up and heaading out.  No registration required, just drop in and ride! Open to all cyclists, road bikes encouraged. No-drop rides = No rider left behind. Rides vary from 1.5-2 hrs over 20-50km

Riding Level

  1. A minimum of 15 km/hr for 1.5 hrs
  2. Comfortable riding in traffic

 http://events.mec.ca/event/16345/group-ride-meet-up

Art Ride

8:30 PM, meet at the North East corner of the Osborne Bridge

Join the Winnipeg Arts Council and Bike Winnipeg for ArtRide, an evening bicycle tour of downtown Winnipeg’s public artworks as they light up for the night. Ride past some of Winnipeg’s most iconic and inspiring works of public art while learning about the works and the artists that created them. Visit winnipegarts.ca to register or for more information.

Thursday, June 19
Yoga in the Park

12noon-12:45pm, Millennium Library Park

Cost: Free (donations to the instructors are graciously accepted)

Enjoy two outdoor yoga classes catering to the needs of cyclists, taught by Yoga Public instructors. Please bring your own mat. Hosted by Downtown Biz.

A Moveable Feast – cycle, sample and enjoy the gorgeous views

5pm, Tour starts behind the Legislative Building

Tour Length: Approx 5 hours

Take in the gorgeous views of some of downtown’s most iconic buildings, architecture and places on bike, while enjoying great eats from downtown restaurants. Participating restaurants TBA.

Register at: info@downtownwinnipegbiz.com

Manitoba Cycling Association- Criterium Race

6:30pm at the Manitoba Legislative grounds, starting in the north west corner.

Come and cheer on Manitoba’s top racing cyclists in a race around the Legislature.

No Drop Road Rides

6:00 pm, Woodcock Cycle 433 St. Mary’s Road

Grande Pointe Thursday & Friday no-drop Road rides are free and open to anyone with a MCA membership or Citizen/CCA/UCI licence. 6 pm every Thursday &Friday from the shop (weather permitting). Distance is generally 50 – 80 km. We will keep the speed down to 25kph until we get (15 km) out to Grand Point. At Grand Point it is a 9 km loop and we usually do 2 to 4 laps as individuals or groups depending on how you feel that Friday. If you feel strong, go strong, if you don’t, just ride slower. Then we regroup and head back keeping our speed down to 30kph to keep the group together.

The advantage of this ride is that it is for everyone; 15 km warm-up to Grand Point then you go your own speed (crazy or conversational) for the next 10 -30 km before we head back. Then 15 km cool down back to the shop. You control it. Right now the folks on the ride are getting between 50 km and 80 depending on lap speed and how long the commute to and from the shop.

Friday, June 20
7th Annual Bike to Work Day

6:30-9:00 AM Pit Stops Around the City

4:30-7:00 BBQ at The Forks

All Winnipeggers are invited to get on their bikes and ride to work! Enjoy free snacks, comradery and coffee at one of over 40 pit stops across the city. Then meet up at The Forks for a BBQ featuring live entertainment powered by bicycles.

Drop in Bike Polo

6:00 p.m. at the River Osborne Community Centre (Confusion Corner).

Come in and watch or join in the game. Get back in the saddle…. the bike saddle that is and play!

No Drop Road Rides

6:00 pm, Woodcock Cycle 433 St. Mary’s Road

Grande Pointe Thursday & Friday no-drop Road rides are free and open to anyone with a MCA membership or Citizen/CCA/UCI licence. 6 pm every Thursday &Friday from the shop (weather permitting). Distance is generally 50 – 80 km. We will keep the speed down to 25kph until we get (15 km) out to Grand Point. At Grand Point it is a 9 km loop and we usually do 2 to 4 laps as individuals or groups depending on how you feel that Friday. If you feel strong, go strong, if you don’t, just ride slower. Then we regroup and head back keeping our speed down to 30kph to keep the group together.

The advantage of this ride is that it is for everyone; 15 km warm-up to Grand Point then you go your own speed (crazy or conversational) for the next 10 -30 km before we head back. Then 15 km cool down back to the shop. You control it. Right now the folks on the ride are getting between 50 km and 80 depending on lap speed and how long the commute to and from the shop.

Saturday, June 21
StrikeBike!

10:00 am and 2:00pm, $20 – proceeds go to Bike Winnipeg

Mark the 95th anniversary of “Bloody Saturday” during the General Strike of 1919 by joining Bike Winnipeg and General Strike enthusiast Steven Strothers for a guided bicycle tour of sites linked to the General Strike of 1919. Learn how the events of 1919 became the platform for future labour reforms. Hosted by Bike Winnipeg www.bikewinnipeg.ca

Sage Creek Community Bike Party

10:00-12:00 MPI Bike Rodeo

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30 & 2:00 Departure for community ride- geared to families.

Qualico Communities hosts a free bike party for the residence of Sage Creek. Activities for children and families.

Sunday, June 22
MEC Bikefest

12:00-5:00pm, At the Forks

Come ride with us Winnipeg!!! Once again we are hosting our annual Bikefest community event where our local cycling community gets together to learn, share, and celebrate in two wheels. We will be showcasing some of the newest Ridley, Ghost, and MEC bikes which you are all more than welcome to take out for a test ride around The Forks Market. Some of our Cycling community clubs, shops, and organizations will be joining us in order to make our Bikefest event a fun, community and family oriented cycling festival. There will be some demos, bike clinics, prizes, music, lots of smiles and lots of energy and fun!! So come on out Winnipeg, hop on your bikes, or come try one out, and enjoy the ride!! See you all there!!! Hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-op with sponsors The WRENCH, CPAWS and GORP, www.events.mec.ca  

Bicycle Infrastructure Tour

7:00 PM, meet at the Louis Riel Statue at The Manitoba Legislative Grounds.

Join Bike Winnipeg and Winnipeg AT Planner Erik Dickson on a tour of Winnipeg cycling infrastructure. Learn how and why some of our city’s cycling infrastructure has been developed, where gaps remain, and get an experts view on what we might see in future years. Visit www.bikewinnipeg.ca for more information.