An epic ride along Southwest Transitway

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This article was published 06/11/2020 (696 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I went for an epic bike ride a couple of weeks ago with my tennis partner, Nigel. We rode 30 km, which is maybe not that epic but as I don’t do as much cycling these days it was a long ride for me. It was a bit cool to start but the day was nice and sunny and we soon warmed up.

This spring, the City of Winnipeg opened an extension to the southwest rapid transit route and a bike path runs alongside it. I found I can access the active transportation corridor by riding to the end of my street and connecting with it on Taylor Avenue.

From there you can ride alongside Waverley Street, safely separated from motor vehicle traffic, then cut in front of the Humane Society building for a little joggle through the trees before meeting up with the new bus route.

Trevor Smith A copper kettle denoting what was once known as Rooster Town is one of the pieces of public art situated along the active transportation trail of the Southwest Transitway.

Then you can ride alongside it all the way to the football stadium and the University of Manitoba. And it’s an interesting ride with a lot of public artwork along the way.

There’s a big copper kettle designated as a remembrance of Rooster Town, a Métis community that was evicted so that Grant Park could be built.

There are colourful depictions of sugar beets popping out of the ground to commemorate Japanese-Canadians who were interred during the war and forced to work on local farms.

A series of spoked wheels carved in stone is intended as a reminder of Red River ox carts, the primary mode of transport used in the fur trading days.

From the university, we headed down to the river, crossed under Bishop Grandin  Boulevard and followed the river trail for a while before cutting back across Pembina Highway to reconnect with the Southwest Transitway. We exited this in South Osborne, by the bus garage and crossed the street to join the river trail once more, which took us all the way to The Forks.

By the time we got there we figured we’d earned a couple of nice local craft beers from the Commons.

Suitably refreshed, we continued along Assiniboine Avenue and through the Legislative grounds where a quick dipsy-doodle behind the Granite Curling Club and Balmoral Hall took us to Wellington Crescent and the route home.

It was an interesting ride and a nice way to see parts of the city you don’t normally see.

Trevor Smith is a community correspondent for River Heights. You can contact him via email at smitht@mymts.net

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