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East Fort Garry Walk Bike Project

Study

The East Fort Garry Walk Bike Project is looking at recommendations to improve the livability, safety, and walkability of the neighbourhood by identifying priorities for future improvements to the pedestrian and cycling network so that people of all ages and abilities are comfortable walking and cycling in East Fort Garry. The improvements will help create linkages within the neighbourhood, to key destinations and to current and future cycling infrastructure. The project will also help identify ways to increase the number of students, teachers, administration staff, and parents who commute to and from school using active transportation in the area.


Engage

The goal of the public engagement is to collect feedback throughout the design process to help determine the following:

  • Type of infrastructure;
  • Location of infrastructure;
  • Network connections;
  • Intersection, roadway and sidewalk upgrades (type and location).

Thank you to everyone who came out to a public workshop on October 3, 2017 at the Fort Garry Community Centre. We have over 60 participants involved in the discussion. An online survey was also available on this page until October 18, 2017 and received a total of 262 completed submissions. Check back to this site for future in-person engagement opportunities.

For those who require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please contact 204-944-9907 or mkrauss@htfc.mb.ca.

Previous Engagement

In 2014, the Green Action Centre in partnership with the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Civil Engineering was engaged by the City of Winnipeg to conduct a neighbourhood scan of East Fort Garry.  Specifically the project was to:

  • Identify individuals, groups that are stakeholders in the community;
  • Identify stakeholder interests and issues associated with walking, cycling and active travel as it relates to the neighbourhood;
  • Identify expectations and opportunities within existing social networks for communicating and engaging with the community.

Information was collected over a period of October 2014 – March 2105 through online surveys, public meetings, and telephone and email communication with individuals.  Participation in the online survey totaled 61 respondents, and 42 community members attended one of two public meetings.

The study found 49% of respondents walk or cycle a lot and would like to do more, while 26% of respondents do not walk or cycle but would like to do more. The top active transportation issues identified in the East Fort Garry neighbourhood were:

  • Lack of infrastructure – sidewalks and bike/multi-use paths lacking on South Drive, North Drive and Oakenwald Avenue;
  • Poor connectivity of sidewalks at school areas, community centres and recreation facilities;
  • Safety – due to poor lighting and lack of sidewalks;
  • Greater connectivity to the many beautiful neighbhourhoods spaces and amenities with pedestrian and cycling facilities;
  • High traffic volumes in the area and the need for a traffic study.

It was determined that a second stage of engagement was needed to develop a neighbourhood pedestrian and cycling strategy for East Fort Garry. The full East Fort Garry Active Transportation Neighbourhood Scan is available under the documents tab.  

Contact

For further information about this project, please contact:

HTFC Planning and Design, Public Engagement, Phone: 204-944-9907, Email: info@htfc.mb.ca

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School Travel Planning

As part of this project, school travel plans will be developed for four schools in the East Fort Garry neighbourhood (École Viscount Alexander, Oakenwald School, Vincent Massey Collegiate and École Crane). The goal of school travel planning is to encourage walking and cycling to school, enhance school and traffic safety in the area, and improve overall options for people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle.

A variety of stakeholders will be engaged on a school walkabout in October 2017, to see the barriers in the community and to discuss potential school transportation goals and solutions.

The data and feedback from the schools will be integrated into the school travel plan and the East Fort Garry Walk Bike Study, and will be considered when developing priorities for future improvements in the neighbourhood.

In the spring, each school will be presented with a final travel plan to support them in their priorities and to encourage active transportation in their communities.

Project Timeline

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Timeline

Documents

Document Name Date Type
East Fort Garry Active Transportation Neighbourhood Scan 2015-03-30 Report

Background

In November 2011, City Council approved the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). A key underlying goal of the TMP is to expand the range of travel options that are available to residents, workers and visitors, and to ensure that people are not dependent on one single mode of transportation. The TMP also called for the development of the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies.

In 2013, the Wildwood Park Background Study was conducted. This study explored the history of the neighbourhood, and the importance of the preservation of the greenspaces and neighbourhood character.

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.

Active School Travel Engineering Plans were developed for École Crane and Oakenwald School in 2014, as part of a University of Manitoba Faculty of Civil Engineering course curriculum. These plans identified engineering and non-engineering countermeasures to promote walking and cycling in the vicinity of the schools.

On May 18, 2016 City of Winnipeg Council approved the 2016 Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan that authorizes the Public Service to proceed with this project.

The East Fort Garry Walk Bike Project is a follow up and continuation of the East Fort Garry Active Transportation Neighbourhood Scan prepared by Green Action Centre. This project will help identify priorities for future improvements to the pedestrian and cycling network within the neighbourhood and to the citywide network. The study will be the basis for the inclusion of cycling infrastructure in immediate and future street renewal programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does this study differ from the 2014 East Fort Garry Active Transportation Neighbourhood Scan?
This study builds upon the data collected during the Neighbourhood Scan prepared by the Green Action Centre. We will review and confirm previous recommendations with the public to ensure that they are still relevant to the current and future needs of the neighbourhood. The development of new and updated school travel plans for four (4) area schools - École Viscount Alexander; Oakenwald School; École Crane; and Vincent Massey Collegiate - will run concurrently to the East Fort Garry Walk Bike Study research, and will enrich the data collection and form part of the analysis and public input into the greater neighbourhood study. The end goal of the East Fort Garry Walk Bike Study is to develop a complete plan for future improvements to the pedestrian and cycling network in the area so that people of all ages and abilities can safely walk and bike in East Fort Garry.
Are you putting in new sidewalks or bike lanes?
We are studying all potential priorities and recommendations that will allow people of all ages and abilities to walk or bike through the East Fort Garry neighbourhood and beyond.
When will these projects be constructed?
Currently, no funding has been identified for this project; however, the first step is to complete the study which will help to identify, formalize, and prioritize future improvements.
How will this impact parking?
Land-use and parking varies within the study area. Parking implications will be studied and presented to the public as the project progresses.
What are the City of Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
On July 15, 2015, City Council adopted the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (the Strategies). This document stems from the 2011 Transportation Master Plan. The Strategies provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation in Winnipeg for the next 20 years. Following public engagement with more than 3,000 Winnipeggers in 2013, the Strategies will assist in the prioritization of walking and cycling infrastructure projects city-wide based on further in-depth engagement with neighbourhood and local stakeholders on a per project basis.
How can I stay involved in the project?
Contact info@htfc.mb.ca 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 .

Maps

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Last update: September 5, 2017