June 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BIKE & DINE TOUR SETS THE STAGE FOR NEW INVESTMENTS IN CHINATOWN
Downtown Winnipeg – On Wednesday, June 22 the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre invited bike enthusiasts, community members, and local media to participate in a bike and dine tour to celebrate the installation of 20 new bike racks in the neighbourhood.
Coinciding with the third annual Bike Week Winnipeg, this hour-long mobile feast stopped at three Chinatown restaurants and gave Winnipeggers an opportunity to lock their bikes to the new racks and taste some of the neighbourhood’s best cuisine. The bike tour began at the Chinese Gardens and stopped at Sam Po Dim Sum Restaurant, Kum Koon Garden Restaurant, and Maxim Bakery.
“It’s great to see so many Winnipeggers coming together to put cycling—and all forms of active transportation—at the forefront,” says Councillor Janice Lukes, South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward
and Acting Deputy Mayor. “Today in Chinatown we have shown how investments in bike-friendly infrastructure—like bike racks—can help make cycling convenient, attractive, fun and safe.”
The Chinatown Bike Racks were designed by three local artists and chosen through a jury-selection process; the three artists are Ildiko Nova, Ryan Wakshinski, and Garth Woolison. Funded by the City of Winnipeg’s Active Transportation, the Bike Racks are part of a larger initiative to invest in the cultural and economic invigoration of Chinatown and add to the vibrancy of the streetscape. Throughout the last year, the BIZ and the WCCCC hosted additional Night Markets and outdoor movies at the Chinatown Street Festival, invested in a dedicated Metro Enviro-Team member for the neighbourhood, and launched the Chow Down in Chinatown restaurant passport.
“Chinatown is a neighbourhood rich with great history, great restaurants, and a strong community presence,” says Tina Chen, board member of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. “We’re excited to partner with the Downtown BIZ to help breathe new life and excitement into the area—and encourage more people to visit the area by bicycle.”
According to Winnipeg Transit, over 6,200 people bike to work each week. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is committed to promoting active transportation initiatives: In 2013, the BIZ formed the Bike Friendly Business Network, which has since grown to over 40 members. Since 2011, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ has installed over 170 bike racks throughout the downtown.
About the Winnipeg Chinese Culture and Community Centre
The Winnipeg Chinese Culture and Community Centre is a not-for-profit organization run by the community. From 200 inhabitants in the early part of the last century, to its 20,000 current Winnipeg residents, the Chinese-Canadian community is an important part of the city’s ethnic landscape. An active group, the WCCCC presents many events to raise cultural awareness in Manitoba.
Learn more: wcccc.ca
About the 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 BIZ markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, and transportation. The BIZ represents the voice of the downtown community and advocates for continued downtown revitalization and enhanced services on behalf of its members.
Learn more: downtownwinnipegbiz.com
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