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Event to be held to help improve Windsor’s bike-friendliness for women

Event to be held to help improve Windsor’s bike-friendliness for women

Young Women in Motion have created a program to bring women and girls in the community together with municipal councillors and planners.

Women and girls who are new to Canada and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) are encouraged to come together on August 18 to learn about bike safety and experience independence and greater mobility in Windsor and Essex 


A team of leaders from Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, and the leadership of Bike Windsor Essex and other experts are observing the city to determine where positive changes could improve the bike friendliness of Windsor for women.

Women will have the opportunity to attend the event to meet with women who are running as councillors or mayors in the Municipal Election in October. 

Joan Simpson is the Program Manager at Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor.

She says why this program has been put together for women in the area.

“From the program we realized that there’s so many areas and spaces in Windsor that need to be improved. And so the best way for us to put those recommendations forward, why not invite candidates who are going to be running for city council and for other positions to be a part of this conversation.”

She says that having women who are running in the election gives the community the chance to speak to them about changes that may need to be made around Windsor-Essex.

“When the participants are providing the recommendations and sharing about the importance of the program and why they wanted to be a part of it, that we have the necessary individuals there as well. But anyone else can be a part of it for sure.”

She says what the core purpose of the program is. 

“For young women to build their confidence, to speak out in spaces where often times they may not be represented, they may be under-represented or to speak out on an issue that matters to them. This program has allowed them to do that.”

The event will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 4 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Charles Clark Square. 

All Women and girls from across the city are also able to join in a group ride to celebrate the program along the riverfront on August 31.

Anyone is welcome to attend both events.

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‘Art in the Park’ headlines unofficial start to Windsor’s festival and events season

'Art in the Park' headlines unofficial start to Windsor’s festival and events season

People are turning out by the thousands for a weekend of festivals and events in Windsor-Essex, feeding a thirst that has gone largely unquenched over the past two years.

“People are hungry to get out,” proclaimed Allan Kidd, the co-chair for Art in the Park at Willistead Park. “I think I’m losing my testosterone, because I’m starting to get pretty emotional. This is amazing.”

Kidd says the Rotary Club was planning for 30,000 guests but was totally overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who came out Saturday.

“A great year for us would be 20,000 to 25,000 adults,” said Kidd. “I’ve got to figure we’re going to be closer to 40,000 or over this weekend.”

230 artists dotted Walkerville Park for the two-day festival, their tents filled to the gills with a variety of wares and goods. Another 15 local food and beverage vendors dished out treats while local musicians filled the air with an ambiance fitting for an event season kick-off.

“We wanted something fun to do today, so we just came down here to look at everything here and it’s very fun,” said 10-year-old Sloane O’Neil.

”Great to get back to some sort of normal and see all the people out,” said James Leistico. “It was worth it waiting in line to get in. I think everyone else is craving this too.”

If Art in Park isn’t your bag but you were down to get your hands dirty, the Northern Heat Rib Series is the spot.

“It’s really nice after COVID to have all these things back, it’s been so boring before, so it’s nice to be outside,” said Grace Health, who dug into some pork ribs and mac and cheese to commemorate the occasion.

The rib festival took place at Festival Plaza from Friday to Saturday, bringing finger-licking good times and thousands more people to the riverfront.

“It’s a great thing to see all these people,” said Tex Robert Jr., a southern griller from Louisiana. “I’ll tell you one thing, the past two days have been great, you couldn’t ask for anything better.”