We are an inclusive group of people and organizations working to make cycling in Winnipeg a safe, enjoyable, accessible and convenient transportation choice year round.
We envision a city where every road is safe for cycling, all bike paths are connected, and riding a bike is normal and always fun.
Bike Winnipeg was incorporated as a non-profit organization in February 2007 under the name Bike to the Future. In April 2013, we voted to change our name to Bike Winnipeg.
After the intense focus on cycling in Winnipeg throughout the summer of 2006, a group of cyclists organized a forum entitled Bike to the Future, which was held at the University of Winnipeg on September 20th, 2006. Over 100 cyclists came together to discuss their vision for cycling in Winnipeg and to share their ideas about what is needed to make cycling better and safer in our city.
Board and Members
The Bike Winnipeg board is selected by election at the Annual General Meeting held in the spring each year.
Current Board of Directors
Co-Chair: Elizabeth Shearer
Liz is a fair-weather cyclist and year-round sustainability nerd. Since graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from the UofW, she has lead several major projects in the environmental, arts and social justice sectors working with Green Action Centre, the David Suzuki Foundation, Manitobans for the Arts and is currently the provincial coordinator for the Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba. In addition to co-chairing Bike Winnipeg, Liz also volunteers as an organizer for several annual rides to celebrate and encourage more women, femme and non-binary folks to plan rides and normalise cycling in our city – such as the global CycloFemme which happens on Mother’s Day each year. She continues her academic pursuits as an MBA Candidate through Cape Breton University’s MBA in Community Economic Development. Let’s work together to get more people biking more often in Winnipeg!
Co-Chair: Clayton Rudy
Clayton has lived and commuter-cycled year-round in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto, and now Winnipeg. He was an active volunteer with Engineers Without Borders and with Toronto’s cycling advocacy organization (Cycle Toronto) until moving to Winnipeg where he’s volunteered on Bike Winnipeg’s board for the past year. Clayton works as a transportation engineer specializing in transportation planning, design, and safety, and in this capacity also volunteers on several technical committees of the Transportation Association of Canada which is responsible for publishing national guidelines for cycling infrastructure. In his spare time, Clayton is a hobby musician and rec-league softball player.
Secretary: Misty Bromley
Misty Bromley, CPA, CGA, joined Bike Winnipeg’s board in 2017 and quickly began serving the Board as Secretary. Misty works in the construction industry and bikes nearly all year. She’s interested in making cycling as safe and accessible as possible.
Director: Ian Walker
Ian Walker has been with Bike Winnipeg for a number of years now in various positions. He joined the organization as secretary and after a couple of years moved into one of the co-chair position. He currently sits as a board member and I chair the advocacy committee. Ian has also been quite involved with advocacy and enjoy getting out to the Bike Valet as often as time permits.
Professionally, Ian is an elementary school teacher. He teaches grade 3 and 4 in the Elmwood Neighbourhood at Hampstead Community School. He is celebrating his 10th year of teaching this year and 15th year in the school system. Ian is quite involved in promoting cycling in his school and around his school division. He will be starting a Wrench bike repair program in his classroom on May 9th, 2019 and plans to run it once a week once it has kicked off.
Ian is the father of 2 busy little boys. Max is 4 and a half and loves riding his bike year round. Owen is 7 and a half and also cycles year round. My wonderful wife Sarah has been an incredible support throughout my time with Bike Winnipeg and is also an active cyclist. We like to promote alternatives to cars in our family. We often ride our bikes to get around St. Boniface where we live and other inner city neighborhoods. We are also frequent users of transit. We do occasionally drive our recently acquired Nissan Leaf when we are unable to get to our destinations (usually in areas with inadequate cycling infrastructure). Most recently we have become members of the Peg City Car Co-Op to allow us to leave the city and do activities that require larger vehicles than our Nissan.
Director: Kailey Kroeker
Kailey Kroeker, B.Env.D. M.Arch., joined Bike Winnipeg’s board in 2016. She has been serving on the Membership/Fundraising committee and in 2017 became Chair of the committee. Kailey is an architectural intern at 1×1 architecture and is passionate about using design to create urban environments that make everyone’s lives better. She also just loves biking (and not while wearing lycra).
Director: Brittany Curtis
Brittany Curtis, B.Kin, M.C.P., joined the Bike Winnipeg board in 2017, and became the chair of the Outreach Committee in 2018. She works full-time as a research coordinator with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, part-time as a server, and also sits on the board of directors for the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre — all while biking, walking, busing or car-sharing her way around the city. She believes the health and well-being of communities is tied, in part, to accessible and varied transportation options, and hopes to encourage more Winnipeggers to understand the same.
Director: Zach Fliesher
Zach Fleisher is a policy and communications professional based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Treaty 1 territory. He currently works as the Director of Communications for the Amalgamated Transit Union 1505, handling all communications, research and community outreach for the union. His writing has appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, CBC Manitoba, the Manitoban and the Uniter. He believes in a city where people are afforded transportation options, for every person and for every season. He spends his free time on the Board of Bike Winnipeg and praying that he’ll see the day when the Assiniboine bike path will be fully open and unobstructed.
Director: Philip Mikulec
Philip Mikulec has been the Manager of Peg City Car Co-op, the only carshare provider in Winnipeg, for over two years. Before becoming the manager of Peg City Car Co-op he received an undergraduate in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master’s of City Planning from the University of Manitoba. His interests are in urban mobility and sustainability as well as community economic development. While Philip’s interests in recent years have shifted to urban mobility, he has also had the opportunity to research urban agriculture in Winnipeg and is published in the Canadian Journal of Urban Research. Philip joined bike Winnipeg in 2017 and looks forward to serving on the board for another two year term. When he isn’t working, Philip is usually spending as much time as possible with his dog, canoe, and partner.
Director: Denae Penner
Denae Penner is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast with over six years of experience in event planning and programming at not-for-profit and community organizations in Winnipeg. She is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, focused on active transportation and urban sustainability issues.
Denae works at the Green Action Centre with the Active and Safe Routes to School program, and is excited about new opportunities to encourage kids to walk, bike, and spend time outdoors. Previously, she’s been a bicycle mechanic and cycling instructor, and has been involved in organizing bike rides for women, LGBTQ+, and femme people to help build safe and welcoming cycling spaces. Outside of work, Denae is an avid skier and runner, exploring Manitoba with her dog Rhubarb.
Director: Janna Barkman
Janna Barkman grew up cycling in Winnipeg, Treaty One. She enjoys projects that allow her to be outside, be it urban or rural, to dance and move creatively, and to work with children and youth. She has worked as an environmental educator and youth worker in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Northern Manitoba. This includes facilitating urban bike programming for youth of diverse backgrounds. As a teacher, Janna sees the role that education must have in challenging systems of power, whether it is social, environmental or infrastructural. Currently, she teaches Grade 5 in Seven Oaks School Division. She is looking forward to starting a bike program at her school this spring.
Director: Julia Schroeder
Julia is passionate about biking in Winnipeg, particularly as a means of (year-round) transportation. She’s been volunteering with Bike Winnipeg for the past few years, both as a ride marshal and with bike valet, and joined the outreach committee fall 2018. Graduating this spring with a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Winnipeg, Julia would bring her teaching and coaching skills to the board of directors. Outside of cycling and education, she is an avid environmentalist, coaches basketball, gardens, hikes, and loves spending time with family and friends.
Executive Director: Mark Cohoe
As Executive Director of Bike Winnipeg, my focus over the last 6 years has been the development of Winnipeg’s growing bike network and evolving bike culture. My position with Bike Winnipeg has allowed me to meet and chat with people from all parts of the city as they attempt to navigate the city by bike, and to experience the barriers to cycling that keep so many people off of their bikes. I’ve also had the pleasure of leading groups of people across the city on bike to explore our city’s unique landscape, history, art and architecture. These experiences have inspired my firm belief that Winnipeg has the potential to be one of the world’s great cycling cities, where every road is safe for cycling, all bike paths are connected, and riding a bike is normal and always fun!
Bike Winnipeg By-Laws
Bike Winnipeg By-Laws (as amended April 25, 2019)