Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and Action Plan Q&A
What are the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies for the City of Winnipeg, originating in 2011 from the Transportation Master Plan, provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation in Winnipeg for the next 20 years. Following consultation in 2013 with more than 3,000 Winnipeggers, the proposed strategies will assist in the prioritization of active transportation infrastructure projects city-wide based on further in-depth engagement with neighbourhood and local stakeholders on a per project basis.
What is the Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan?
The Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan outlines the Public Service’s annual recommendations for spending the yearly capital budgets associated with walking and cycling.
How will people be consulted about these types of projects in the short, medium and long-term?
The new Office of Public Engagement will oversee all public engagement processes to ensure we better inform and engage citizens on City projects.
How will the Strategies affect me?
The strategies provide guiding principles and suggest treatments for the accommodations for pedestrians and/or cyclists as required. Over the next 20 years, public engagement will occur directly with citizens, neighbourhoods, and businesses before any AT construction begins. That way, people participate in the planning and have a say.
Will the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies lead to construction?
On their own they will not lead to construction as it is a vision and planning document to set the foundation for encouraging walking and cycling in Winnipeg. The Strategies recommend the City engage in Neighbourhood- Based Public Consultation. At the conclusion of successful consultations, detailed input and technical work will take place that will lead to construction projects.
Is the Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan the only means to implement the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
No. There will be many opportunities for the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies to be implemented through existing road renewal programs, development projects, major capital projects and other initiatives.
Also, to help implement the plan, the City should seek strategic partnerships from other levels of government, the development industry, and integration of cycling and pedestrian improvements with other plans and projects.
Will parking spaces be lost in the downtown because of plans to add parking protected bike lanes?
We are not adding new facilities. We are proposing to upgrade the existing cycling facilities within the downtown. It is too early to be able to determine the potential loss of parking. A comprehensive public engagement strategy will be conducted to understand the needs and the wants of the residents and business to mitigate their concerns about parking.
Is anything changing with the City’s snow clearing policy regarding sidewalks?
The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies do not recommend changes to the City’s snow clearing policy regarding sidewalks. The Strategies recommend a number of ideas that the City may consider in the future to improve snow clearing on sidewalks. The Strategies make it very clear that much study and community engagement must occur before any changes are considered by Council.
Does the Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan require Council Approval?
The Public Works Department annually presents a listing of recommended Pedestrian and Cycling projects for approval by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.
Why do we need this Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan?
The City needs to develop this yearly Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan to identify upcoming projects and initiatives as part of its efforts to implement the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and keep it as a living document on an annual basis.
What projects are being recommended in the 2015 Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan?
- The construction of a sidewalk on the north side of Sargent Ave. between Milt Stegal Dr. to Strathcona St.
- The construction of a sidewalk on the east side of Donan St. between Murray Ave. and Park Manor Blvd.
- Public Education and Awareness
- The Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) has recommended that funding be set aside to enable decision makers the opportunity to attend important conferences related to the encouragement of pedestrian and cycling activities. This will allow decision makers to ensure that Winnipeg is using best practices in its pedestrian and cycling programs.
- Updated Winnipeg Cycling Map
- The Forks to the Assiniboine Cycle Track Connection
- Downtown Protected Bike Lane System (Fort/Garry Functional Design)
- McDermot Neighbourhood Greenway Functional Design
- The Chancellor Matheson Pathway from Investors Group Field to Pembina Highway
- Waverley Multi-Use Pathway between Bishop Grandin Blvd. and Scurfield Blvd.
- Northwest Hydro Corridor Pathway (Phase I)
The public service is seeking Council approval for the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies - a long term policy document that will serve as a roadmap to support and encourage Winnipeg to walk and cycle more often.
The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies will provide direction for potential civic investments in infrastructure and support programs over the short, medium, and long-term, to help make walking and cycling in Winnipeg safe, convenient, attractive, and accessible.
Why did we do these Strategies?
Council mandated this project through the Transportation Master Plan in 2011. Throughout the development of the Strategies, there has been a significant level of interest from the public. It is evident that providing safe, convenient, accessible and well maintained pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is important to most Winnipeggers.
What is the benefit of the Strategies, and for whom?
This project will improve the quality of life for all Winnipeggers. The City needs a roadmap to prioritize infrastructure programs and policy to support a growing and dynamic City in which most people are either currently walking or cycling, or want to do more.
Encouraging walking and cycling creates countless community benefits. Providing greater access and options for walking, cycling and transit will lead to improved health, increased personal mobility, more liveable and socially active communities, and reduce the footprint on the environment and the climate.
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