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Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections

Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections

Study, Design

The City of Winnipeg (the City) is committed to building pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. Through this study, a preliminary design for a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Assiniboine River will be developed to connect Osborne Village to Downtown via McFadyen Park on the north side of the river and Fort Rouge Park on the south side of the river. Considerations for this project include pedestrian and cycling connectivity throughout Osborne Village to Osborne Rapid Transit Station, Norwood Bridge, bike lanes on Nassau Street, and the riverwalk, upgrades to both McFadyen Park and Fort Rouge Park, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and riverbank stabilization.

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We want to hear from you!

Phase 1 engagement is complete. The project team is now incorporating public feedback into the project design. You will have another opportunity to confirm findings and provide feedback on different potential connection routes and bridge structure options in late winter/early spring 2018. A public engagement summary on what we heard during phase 1 will be posted to this site at that time.

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Review the project schedule under the timeline tab of this project site.

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Visit our Warming Hut
The City has partnered with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture’s Warming Hut design team. This year during the international Warming Hut design competition, the student team designed, built, and placed a warming hut (PONTAGON) on the Assiniboine River at the approximate location of the proposed Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge. The structure will provide an opportunity to think about the project on how you see this connection and others in the City bringing people together. The Forks unveiled the Warming Hut on January 26, 2018.

Thank you to the roughly 70 people who stopped in at our pop-up at the Warming Hut and at The Forks on March 1, 2018 .

Phase 1

The input gathered in this phase is being considered as concept options for bridge design and pedestrian and cycling connections are being developed.


Thank you to the 1,034 people who completed our interactive online survey from January 1-31, 2018.

In-person opportunities

Thank you to the 71 people who attended the Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections workshop on January 25, 2018. Results of the workshop are currently being analyzed and will be provided to the project team for incorporation into the project design.

Send a message to the other side of the bridge
Thank you to everyone who stopped by Little Sister Coffee Maker (at A-470 River Ave.) or Fools and Horses (at 379 Broadway) from January 8 – 19, 2018 to fill out a postcard to help start the conversation defining what experience you want for a new Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge. We received 58 completed postcards.

For inquiries please contact or 204-986-4243 .

Next Steps

After the first phase, a public engagement summary will be posted to this site. A second round of engagement will take place. Check back for new opportunities to be announced in winter/spring 2018.

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The City's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) presents a long-term strategy to guide the planning, development, renewal, and maintenance of Winnipeg’s transportation system. In 2015, City Council approved the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS), which provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation for the next 20 years.

The City's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies note that the Red River, Assiniboine River, and the rail corridors create significant barriers within the walking and cycling networks, creating challenges to those navigating Winnipeg on foot or bicycle.

The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies identifies the need for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing between McFadyen and Fort Rouge Parks along with priorities for new cycling routes in Osborne Village. The existing Osborne Street and Donald Street bridges do not provide all ages and abilities cycling connections across the Assiniboine River.

A new bridge will provide a direct, safe and convenient connection for walking and cycling downtown across the river to the Osborne Rapid Transit Station and in the future to the Southwest Transitway multi-use path. It would additionally provide a safe and convenient connection between the north and south sides of the Assiniboine River.

This crossing has the potential to be a landmark structure for Winnipeg. Key drivers include economy, functionality, constructability, architecture, and artistry. The City envisions an elegant and aesthetically pleasing, but cost effective structure. Creating connections between the wider transportation network includes a connection to Assiniboine Avenue on the north side of the river and to the Osborne Street Bus Rapid Transit Station, Nassau Street, and the Norwood Bridge on the south side.

The public engagement and design process will seek feedback on current use, values, and opportunities for improvements while also assessing potential for sharing park amenities through the new bridge connection.

Construction of this project is subject to council approval and funding.


Document Name Date Type
Workshop invitation 2018-01-04 Advertisement
Public workshop news release 2018-01-04 News Release
Coffee shop exchange 2018-01-04 Postcard

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the project?
This preliminary design study will investigate options for a pedestrian and cycling bridge that would fill gaps in the network by connecting McFadyen Park on the north side of the Assiniboine River to Fort Rouge Park south of the river as well as looking at future cycling routes in Osborne Village.
What are the benefits of this project?
Connecting the pedestrian and cycle network on Assiniboine Avenue to future cycling routes in Osborne Village will enhance the vibrancy of both Osborne Village and Downtown. Other benefits of this project include increasing pedestrian and cycling connectivity including to the Osborne Rapid Transit Station, Norwood Bridge, bike lanes on Nassau Street and the Assiniboine riverwalk, upgrades to both McFadyen Park and Fort Rouge Park, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and riverbank stabilization.
Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space?
The City will make every effort to maintain as much on-street parking as possible; however, on-street parking and loading could be impacted.
How much is this study going to cost?
The budget for this study is $400,000.
How is this project being funded?
The project is in the planning stages and any funding to move the project forward to construction would be subject to Council approval.
How will this project maintain and enhance safety?
Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) will be a key consideration for this project.
What types of cycling facilities are you looking at adding in Osborne Village and where could they potentially go?
We are discussing the viability of the proposed cycling routes in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and asking people if there are opportunities/routes we should consider. The consultant will develop three conceptual options, one of which will be chosen as the recommended route. This concept will be further developed to a functional level design.
Why does The City take so long to put in cycling infrastructure?
The City is committed to the process of public engagement and to study in advance of construction. We have to balance the needs of many stakeholders and make sure we listen to the concerns of the public. We can then find solutions, where possible, to support the many ways that people use the streets.
Why are we spending money on bike lanes when you can only use them for six months of the year?
A key direction of the Pedestrian Cycling Strategies is to provide year-round opportunities for people to cycle by prioritizing a winter network. Temperature is not as much a deterrent to winter cycling, but facility conditions are. We are designing our facilities with consideration to efficiency for snow removal. There is much evidence to indicate that a properly maintained cycling network will be used year-round.
Will the bridge be accessible?
Universal Design will be incorporated into the Preliminary Design of the bridge as the intent is to provide a structure to serve all ages and abilities.
What will the bridge look like?
Several options will be developed as part of this study and the preferred option will be chosen based on several factors, including but not limited to: economy, functionality, constructability, architecture, and artistry.
When will the bridge be constructed?
Upon completion of the preliminary study in 2018, further funding, which will be subject to Council approval, will be necessary to carry the project into the detailed design and construction stages at a later date.
What is the connection between this project and Rapid Transit?
Providing a connection from the downtown to rapid transit stations promotes trip chaining, where people can cycle for a portion of their trip and ride transit for another portion of the trip.
Why not just improve the cycling and pedestrian infrastructure on the Osborne Street Bridge?

When the Osborne Street Bridge was rehabilitated in 2011 and 2012, the project team looked at improving pedestrian and cyclist facilities at this location and widened the bridge to the maximum extent possible. However, unfortunately, the City was not able to obtain enough property to widen Osborne Street all the way from the south end of the bridge to Roslyn Road. As a result, at this time, the roadway on the Osborne Village side of the bridge is not wide enough to include a bike lane and accommodate peak hour vehicle traffic demands.

Additionally, building a new bridge between the two parks would have benefits such as the opportunity to share park amenities through the new bridge connection as well as a direct, safe and convenient pedestrian and cycling connections from downtown to the Osborne Rapid Transit Station and in the future to the Southwest Transitway multi-use path.

How can I get involved or learn about the project?
Join our email list to be notified about upcoming engagement activities, look at the "Engage" tab on this website, and follow the City of Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter.
Last update: March 9, 2018