February 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A FEAST FOR THE WINTER BRAVE
DOWNTOWN BIZ WINTER CYCLING & RESTAURANT TOUR TO SEE WINNIPEGGERS & INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES NAVIGATING CITY’S CORE
Downtown Winnipeg – 40 Winnipeggers and international delegates attending Winnipeg’s first Winter Cycling Congress will take part in an urban tour of restaurants through an environmentally-friendly and energizing mode of transportation. Participants will cycle along the world’s longest river trail, enjoy cuisine at a restaurant literally above water at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, and warm up with hot espresso and lattes at the Millennium Library Park – a stunning public space that will feature a newly staged snow maze.
WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014 (4:45PM – 8:00PM)
WHERE: Meet at The Forks (Main Skating Canopy) at 4:45PM
WHY: Exploration of downtown by bicycle to enjoy restaurants with a winter view
RAW:almond (restaurant on the river)
East India Company Pub & Eatery
Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea (warm up at the Millennium Library Park)
RRC School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Promenade Café & Wine (complete with an outdoor winter patio)
“The use of active transportation helps to contribute to the vibrancy of the downtown area,” said Stephanie Voyce, Manager of Placemaking, Cleanliness, and Transportation. “The tour’s goal is to demystify winter cycling, promote local restaurants, and celebrate downtown Winnipeg as a premier winter destination.”
Hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Freig & Associates, this tour is part of the annual international Winter Cycling Congress – an event which had its roots in Finland before expanding to Canada. With Winnipeg chosen as the conference’s first North American stop, delegates will explore best practices in cycling design, policy and promotion – examining the benefits of year-round active transportation.
“We are thrilled that Winnipeggers will get a chance to hear from delegates from across the globe about their positive experiences with winter cycling during this tour,” said Anders Swanson, Winter Cycling Congress Director.
“As fellow winter enthusiasts, RAW:almond is excited to host this unique tour this year,” said Joe Kalturnyk, founder of the nationally praised restaurant on the river.
Purchase tickets here: http://wintercyclingcongresswinnipeg.org/a-moveable-feast.
Tour Partners: West Broadway BIZ, Provencher BIZ, Exchange District BIZ, and The Forks. Special thanks to participating restaurants: RAW:almond, East India Company Pub & Eatery, Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea, RRC School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Promenade Café & Wine.
About – A Moveable Feast
Launched in 2013, the inaugural ‘A Moveable Feast’ tour was part of a series of tours hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. With a focus on active transportation and promotion and support of local restaurants and retail, 12 tours will launch later this year, including but not limited to: tours of retrofitted downtown buildings, wine establishments, restaurant patios, and cycling tours throughout downtown to Birds Hill Park. To learn more about the BIZ’s downtown tours, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.
About – Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Established in 1989 by the City of Winnipeg, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the oldest of Winnipeg’s 16 business improvement zones. Directed by a management board of 15 business owners/leaders and a representative from city hall, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking. The BIZ hosts events and promote downtown as a great place to work, shop, and live. In addition, the BIZ is the voice of the downtown business community and advocates for continued downtown revitalization and enhanced services on behalf of our members. Every retail, commercial, and professional business in the zone is a BIZ member.
About – Freig & Associates
Freig and Associates are community and public engagement planners who are currently helping the City of Winnipeg develop pedestrian and cycling strategies.
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For more information:
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Winter Cycling Congress