Thankful Thursday: Proud to Partner with Bike Winnipeg & WRENCH
In less than two weeks time, many of you will be joining us as we embark down the 59’ in our ever-popular Bike Ride to Site. We are incredibly fortunate to have a festival site close enough to the city to give people the travel options of bus, car and bike. This year, we are excited and grateful to partner with the WRENCH and Bike Winnipeg to make sure that those who do travel by bike are given the support they need throughout the weekend.
The WRENCH (Winnipeg Repair Education and Cylcing Hub) exists "to create stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles – with a focus on educating youth." Through programming, events and resources they are leading the charge in ensuring that everyone has access to a bike. They will be on site at our Main Gate entrance helping those who are experiencing bike troubles and will also have a couple remodeled bikes for sale for those looking!
Bike Winnipeg is an advocacy group helping to raise awareness around bike travel in our city. Their aim is to improve safety and grow the number of cyclists choosing to bike 12 months a year.
“As an organization dedicated to getting more people biking more often, Bike Winnipeg is thrilled to be partnering with the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year at Bird’s Hill Park,” said Mark Cohoe, the executive director of Bike Winnipeg. “Having your bike out at the festival makes it a breeze to slip between the festival site and camping, drop down to the beach for a swim, or to simply head out for a morning spin to take in the beauty of Bird’s Hill Park. We can’t imagine Folk Fest without our bikes!”
A goal of the Winnipeg Folk Festival is to be a driver of sustainability in all facets of the festival and in our year-round operations. In partnering with the WRENCH and Bike Winnipeg, will hope to encourage year-long sustainable practices in our city and province.
“We often find that people’s perception of risk, time required to travel by bike, or even the physical requirements of cycling are far greater than reality, and that these false perceptions act as a barrier for many who might otherwise cycle their way into a healthier lifestyle,” said Cohoe. “The festival’s Bike Ride to Site is a great opportunity for fans to experience the joy of a longer bike ride without having to sweat the details. As a gentle and risk-free introduction to cycling as an efficient and fun means of transportation, we believe that events such as this provide participants with the confidence and encouragement necessary to opt for their bikes when travelling to more everyday destinations such as work, school, shopping and recreation.”
Bike Winnipeg will be along side the WRENCH at the Main Gate entrance. Visit them to talk about what the future of Winnipeg bike travel might look like. While you’re there, get crafty – they’ll have art supplies on-hand to fest-ify your bike!
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