by Ian Wassink
A large group of people on bicycles was seen around town Sept. 20. The event was called Fall Crawl and started from Café on Prince with people cycling for 1.5 hours. The group returned to Café on Prince at 7:00 pm to enjoy a burger (or two!), salads, and a flight of beer or glass of wine.
Bike Week Portage la Prairie and Portage Active Transportation Committee hosted the event.
“During Bike Week this past May, Café on Prince approached us about doing a Fall Crawl type of event,” explains organizer Maureen Owens. “We had tremendous success with the Cycling Grub Crawl, and were excited about a September version.”
Attendance was capped at 30 tickets, and at $25 each, the event was sold out. People on bikes rode a cool and damp 20 km route through the northeast area of town, east around Fort la Reine Museum, and back west along city pathways to 18 St., then looped back to the café.
The ride highlighted paved city pathways, including the currently-being-constructed path along Meighen Ave. The Meighen Ave. pathway would connect Bridge Rd. to River Rd. and primarily help kids bike to school.