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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B1 © Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2014 is it drooping? can you raise both? is it slurred or jumbled? to call 9- 1- 1 right away or your local emergency number. Learn more at heartandstroke. ca/ FAST birchwoodlexus. ca BIRCHWOOD LEXUS | 70- 3965 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB ( 204) 889- 3700 * Special Programs valid until June 30, 2015. Rates and programs vary based on model and package. Rates available On Approved Credit. Vehicles may not be exactly as shown. See Birchwood Lexus for details. 2015 IS 250 2015 RC 350 2015 NX 200t RATES FROM 0.9 % THE SUMMER OF LEXUS GO ON A POWER TRIP. RATES FROM 1.9 % RATES FROM 2.9 % Condos in East Exchange / B4 CITY & BUSINESS CITY EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN 204- 697- 7292 I CITY. DESK@ FREEPRESS. MB. CA I WINNIPEGFREEPRESS. COM MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015 B 1 O SBORNE Village represents the trifecta of danger for cyclists: a high volume of traffic, a narrow road and an underpass. Last month, the Free Press asked cyclists to submit the trouble spots they encounter as they navigate the streets. After hundreds of submissions, Osborne Street from the bridge to the CN underpass proved to be one of the top areas. Many cyclists said there is just no room for them. There is some notice paid to cyclists on the stretch. The Osborne Street Bridge has a designated bicycle lane, and just north of the bridge is a crossing for cyclists to get to the Assiniboine River. Meanwhile, the Osborne rapid- transit station offers bicycle lockers for cyclists to lock up their bike and commute to work. However, Free Press readers said the path from the bridge to the station is perilous. The journey begins at the bridge, the only spot in this stretch with a painted bike lane, which as one cyclist pointed out, “ the lane suddenly ends at the lights on Osborne and Roslyn ( Road).” “ I have been almost side- swiped several times as the ( drivers) have not been used to noticing me and suddenly we are to share a lane.” The alternative is to swerve onto the sidewalk, which is illegal and can result in a $ 113 fine for an adult cyclist. As the cyclist continues south, they reach an increasingly narrow street, and as one reader pointed out, “ parking on Osborne Street means cyclists are expected to constantly merge in and out of the curb lane, with cars frequently travelling above the 50 km/ h limit.” As they reach Confusion Corner and the Osborne underpass, they head towards an area that sees thousands of cars pass through daily. Despite extensive lobbying by groups such as the Winnipeg Trails Association and Bike to the Future in 2009, there is no dedicated lane at the underpass. “( That) forces cyclists to use Osborne, south of Confusion Corner, which is way too busy for safe cycling,” said another cyclist. One reader described a typical morning commute, which is more difficult when Osborne gets backed up to the north. “ I’ve seen plenty of cyclists attempt to squeeze through in very dangerous ways. The alternative is to take the pedestrian path under the bridge, but that is also very narrow, and a bike can only just squeeze by a pedestrian.” Kevin Nixon, who is the city’s co- ordinator of active transportation, said it would be expensive to incorporate infrastructure for cyclists on a narrow, busy road such as Osborne Street. It would require the widening of the street towards the underpass. A fact planners learned the hard way when they had to backtrack on a promise to build a bike lane on the Osborne Street CN Rail underpass, after realizing it would have meant rebuilding the entire bridge to accommodate it. The city has identified Osborne Village as one of the top spots for cycling accidents. Its 20- year cycling strategy labels Osborne Street a “ multi- modal corridor” where cyclists must share space with a high number of vehicles, transit and pedestrians. The strategy calls Osborne Street an “ existing bicycle facility.” Approval of the cycling strategy is on hold as the city consults with Winnipeggers about it. Readers can head to winnipegfreepress. com to watch Mark Cohoe, the executive director of Bike Winnipeg, show first- hand the difficulty of cycling Osborne Street. Next Monday, the Free Press will examine the barriers to cycling the main route to St. Vital. kristin. annable@ freepress. mb. ca TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS There’s a welcome bike lane on the Osborne Street Bridge heading south from downtown, but it ends abruptly at the foot of the bridge. Risky ride along Osborne Cyclists vie for space with drivers in one of city’s busiest corridors Kristin Annable TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES A paramedic picks up a helmet after a cyclist was hit near Osborne Street and Jessie Avenue in 2012. Cyclists: nominate your worst stretches Every Monday for the next month, the Free Press will detail the results of our cycling project in which we asked readers to tell us the troublesome spots they encounter on the streets of Winnipeg. Readers can continue to submit their cycling hot spots, along with photos at wfp. to/ cycling. A MAN who had just arrived home from work early Sunday suffered at least 10 stab wounds when he confronted two thieves who were inside his garage. Gord Lengyel, 44, who lives in the 1300 block of Pritchard Ave., was assaulted when he tried to stop the breakin around 4 a. m. On Sunday, he was in hospital in stable condition with 10 to 11 wounds. He had 23 staples put in and still needs stitches, said his wife, Annie Lengyel, who was waiting to hear whether he would need surgery. She said her husband, a Free Press carrier , had just arrived home and noticed the front and back gates to their yard were open and the lock to the garage was removed. After closing the gates, he placed what he thought was a sturdy, metal bike lock on the garage. He planned to put a new lock on later Sunday, but thought the bike lock would be secure. “ Bolt cutters won’t cut through that,” his wife remembered him saying. About five minutes later, the bike lock had been ripped off the door, and the garage’s security alarm was ringing, she said. He went outside to see what was happening, armed with a flashlight. “ He did what anybody would do: go see who the heck is in your garage,” she said. He confronted two men dressed in dark clothing, picking through the garage. “ Normally, people under those circumstances, they run,” Annie said. “ These guys didn’t run, they actually charged at him.” She heard the commotion and went outside. It appeared one suspect had fled, she said. “ By the time I got to the back door to see what he was doing outside, I only saw the one guy, and it looked like he was hitting ( Gord),” Annie said. She hollered at the man to stop, and he jumped the fence. He came back to pick up an item and jumped the fence again, she said. Annie helped her husband walk into the house and called 911. “( The thieves were) pretty ballsy to come back within five minutes,” Annie said. “ I figure they knew what they were doing. They took everything with them that would have held fingerprints.” Annie said she doesn’t know if the suspects made off with anything, but spare tools and a broken snowmobile are the only things in their garage. Police had not made any arrests. “ That was the first time since we’ve lived here that anything ever happened, and we’ve been here seven or eight years,” Annie said. “ It just doesn’t make sense what they were after because we don’t have anything.” jessica. botelho- urbanski@ freepress. mb. ca Checking garage leads to stabbing Thieves surprise man in middle of night By Jessica Botelho- Urbanski B_ 01_ Jun- 08- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B1 6/ 7/ 15 8: 40: 04 PM

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