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April 29, 2009


City Provides Spring Active Transportation Update

Active Transportation Initiatives Highlighted
Released: 12:20 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

Today, Councillor Russ Wyatt joined partners from Bike to the Future, the Winnipeg Trails Association, Climate Change Connection, One Green City, Resource Conservation Manitoba, the Manitoba Cycling Association and the Centre for Sustainable Transportation, to announce three Active Transportation initiatives for Spring 2009. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - April 29, 2009 - Today, Councillor Russ Wyatt joined partners from Bike to the Future, the Winnipeg Trails Association, Climate Change Connection, One Green City, Resource Conservation Manitoba, the Manitoba Cycling Association and the Centre for Sustainable Transportation, to announce three Active Transportation initiatives for Spring 2009. These initiatives include: 1) a new Winnipeg Cycling Map available at cycling shops throughout Winnipeg starting today, Wednesday, April 29, 2009; 2) A GPS Cycling Study called OttoCYCLE: Building Better Biking in Winnipeg starting May 1, 2009; and, 3) Bike to Work Day, to be held on Friday, June 19, 2009.

“These three initiatives are an opportunity to educate and promote cycling in our city. I encourage all members of City Council, the Public Service, and our citizens to participate and get active,” said Councillor Wyatt.

1) Cycling Map showcases Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Network

The 2009 Winnipeg Cycling Map will be available starting today, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. It is based on the City’s Active Transportation Network and replaces the popular 1999 Winnipeg Cycling Map that was commissioned for the Pan-Am Games. The 2009 edition promises to be a key resource for the citizens of Winnipeg and visitors to our city.

The 2009 Winnipeg Cycling Map was created by a partnership of organizations including the City of Winnipeg, Bike to the Future, the Winnipeg Trails Association, Climate Change Connection, One Green City, Resource Conservation Manitoba and the Manitoba Cycling Association. The cycling community from across Winnipeg played a vital role in identifying the routes on this map.

Curt Hull, Project Manager of the 2009 Winnipeg Cycling Map Committee, said, “Winnipeg really needs this map. I really believe that if people can find a comfortable, reasonably direct route to their destinations then many will choose to use their bikes to get around. This map shows the city’s network of existing routes that will get cyclists to their destinations. The map also shows proposed future additions to the network that will advance the goal of making Winnipeg a cycling friendly city.”

The 2009 Winnipeg Cycling Map will be available at bike shops and other retailers around Winnipeg beginning today, Wednesday April 29, 2009. For more information on the location closest to you, call 925-5686.

2) OttoCYCLE: Building Better Biking in Winnipeg

The Centre for Sustainable Transportation (CST), along with the City of Winnipeg, is offering Winnipeg cyclists the chance to track their cycling routes to determine where to build potential cycling infrastructure. Over 900 cyclists will be able to take a GPS device along on their regular cycling trips for two weeks between May and October, 2009. This is your chance to participate in the study.

What: Bring Otto - a small and light pocket-sized GPS device - along with you when you cycle
For how long: Only two weeks
When: Between May 1 and October 30, 2009
Who: Anyone in Winnipeg who cycles more than once a week

The CST will analyse the data from the Otto devices and prepare the information for the City of Winnipeg. By determining where people are actually cycling, this information will be used to establish priorities for development of a city-wide Active Transportation Network.

To sign up for a two-week block, email Ottocycle@uwinnipeg.ca or call 988-7182 with your availability and contact information.

3) Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day, scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2009, highlights the environmental, health, and economic benefits of cycling by encouraging Winnipeggers to cycle to work or school.

“Like a growing number of Winnipeggers, I have started cycling to work. The transition from motorist to cyclist has been easier than I would have imagined,” said Ron Brown, Executive Director of the Manitoba Cycling Association. “I support the work done by our civic leaders in developing the 2009 Active Transportation Plan, and I look forward to participating in ‘Bike to Work Day’.”

Winnipeggers are encouraged to visit www.biketoworkdaywinnipeg.org to register and learn more about active transportation in Winnipeg.


Property Owners Advised of Increased Risk of Basement Flooding

Sewer System Vulnerable with High River Levels and Expected Rain
Released: 12:45 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

With rain in the forecast, property owners are advised that there is an increased risk of basement flooding due to high river levels. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - April 29, 2009 - With rain in the forecast, property owners are advised that there is an increased risk of basement flooding due to high river levels.

High river levels increase the risk of basement flooding across the city. When river levels are high, the normal capacity of the sewer system is reduced. With heavy rains, there is an increased risk of overloaded sewers backing up through house sewer lines and flowing into basements that aren’t protected.

Although basement flooding is a risk at any time of the year, the risk increases with high river levels because the sewer system must then rely heavily on pumping stations rather than gravity to carry the rainfall runoff. River levels are unlikely to recede to normal summer levels until early June.

Bill Watters, Field Service Operations Engineer with the City’s Water and Waste Department, says, “We are urging all homeowners to take steps to protect their homes from basement flooding. To ensure maximum protection against basement flooding, we recommend installing a sewer line backup valve and a sump pit with pump in the basement.”

“Backup valves and sump pump drainage systems should be inspected every year in the early spring to make sure they are functioning properly for the rainy season,” says Watters. He adds, “All residents should ensure drainage is directed away from the home by extending downspouts away from the basement walls and ensuring the earth is built up around the house.”

Property owners are reminded it is against the law to drain sump pump water into the basement floor drain or any other part of the house plumbing system, as it can overtax the sewer system placing their basement and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.

For more information, homeowners can:


Change of Location – Services to Flood Evacuees

Released: 1:00 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

Effective Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., the Flood Evacuee Reception Centre in Winnipeg, located at the Century Arena, will be closing. Evacuees requiring further information should call (204) 986-4000. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - April 29, 2009 - Effective Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., the Flood Evacuee Reception Centre in Winnipeg, located at the Century Arena, will be closing. The Reception Centre opened on April 15, 2009, for people requiring emergency support services as a result of having to leave their homes due to flooding. To date, the Reception Centre has assisted 273 families, or a total of 724 individuals.

Starting Monday, May 4, 2009, evacuees continuing to require emergency assistance will be able to access these services at the River Heights Health and Social Services Centre, 677 Stafford Street at Pembina Highway (located next to Price Choppers). The office will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Evacuees requiring further information should call (204) 986-4000.

Last update: 29.04.2009

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