We're fully aware it can be a little intimidating to look at a map and muster up the courage to make the ride to The Forks on your own. SO, we partnered with the cycling experts at Bike Winnipeg to empower people to bike safely and confidently from different corners of the city to The Forks.
This series of guided group rides is designed to familiarize folks with a route to The Forks, and build confidence with urban cycling. Rides will depart from Assinibione Park, Kildonan Park and St. Vital Park, starting this weekend.
“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,” says Paul Jordan, CEO, 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.”
All rides are bike path-oriented to ensure a leisurely, enjoyable, safe and beautiful ride. Each trip begins with an explanation of cycling hand signals, how to shoulder check (and why it’s important!) and outlines the basic rules of the road, by the folks at Bike Winnipeg. Everybody rides together safely at a relaxed pace, through the scenic neighbourhoods of Winnipeg that lead us to The Forks.
"Bike Winnipeg is excited to be partnering with The Forks to get more people riding their bikes more often,” says Mark Cohoe, Executive Director, Bike Winnipeg. “These rides will offer some quick tips to get you up and riding safely, and provide you with some practical experience biking to The Forks (and ultimately, downtown) in a fun, low-stress group ride. We can't wait to meet you on the trails!"
Rides will be offered:
St. Vital Park Family Ride 11am - 2 pm | June 16
Father’s Day Kildonan Park Family Ride 11am - 2 pm | June 17
Assiniboine Park Evening Ride 6:30pm - 9:30pm | June 13
Inclusive Singles Assiniboine Park Ride 7pm - 10pm | June 28
Canada Day Ride – Assiniboine Park Noon | July 1
Canada Day Ride – St. Vital Park 3PM | July 1
Assiniboine Park Family Ride 10am - 1pm | DATE TBD
Rides cost $10 - $30 for adults (kids are free), which includes instruction and rules of the road, 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 starting point, with the exception of Canada Day rides which are one-way to The Forks. Riders should bring their own bikes, helmets and bike locks. On Canada Day, The Forks is offering free bike valet all day.
For more info or to sign up, visit theforks.com/LearnToBike.