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Public Works

Walk Bike Projects

West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor

Continuing the east/west pedestrian and cycling connection to the Exchange and Downtown

Study and Design

McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue provide important east-west connections between Waterfront Drive and Sherbrook Street. This project will look at options for improving the existing painted bike lanes to protected lanes so that that they are comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.


Project Updates

Starting the week of August 21, 2017 the City of Winnipeg is running a nine-month technical trial of adjustable bike lane curbs on existing bike lanes. The trial will include testing installation methods, monitoring maintenance including snow clearing and spring clean-up, and comfort level of users. The City of Winnipeg is exploring the feasibility of adjustable bike lane curbs. These adjustable bike lane curbs will allow the City to install protected bike lanes, while still being able to adjust the design of the lane if necessary to accommodate feedback from users and other stakeholders, as well as future changes in use of the roadway.

The curbs are currently installed with existing bike lanes at:

  • Sherbrook Street south of Cumberland Avenue
  • Bannatyne Avenue between King Street and Albert Street
We would like to know more about your interaction with these new curbs!

Please fill out this short survey.
We will be collecting feedback from August 21, 2017 to June 1, 2018.

For further information contact pilotproject@winnipeg.ca or contact 311.

Study Area
Map

Engage

This project includes a nine-month technical trial of adjustable bike lane curbs on existing bike lanes. To learn more check out the project updates tab.

To tell us what you think about the adjustable curbs pilot project, please fill out this short survey.
We will be collecting feedback from August 21, 2017 to June 1, 2018.

For further information contact pilotproject@winnipeg.ca or contact 311.

The information gathered throughout the engagement period is currently being analyzed by the project team. A public engagement summary will be available on this project page in early fall.

Previous Engagement

Phase 2

An online survey was available from June 8 – 30, 2017 with a total 243 completed submissions.

Thank you to all who came out during Bike Week pop-up events on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21. Events were held at:

  • Hugh John MacDonald School, 567 Bannatyne Ave.
  • Old Market Square, Exchange District

Over 500 people tried out the pop-up protected bike lanes or discussed improvements with the project team.

Phase 1

An online survey and mapping tool were available from February 1 to 21.

Thank you to all who came out to the Bike to Work Day pop-up events on Friday, February 10. Events were held at:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Bronuts, C-100 King Street;
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Red River College, Loewen Atrium, 160 Princess Street;
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Across the Board Cafe, 211 Bannatyne Avenue;
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Boon Burger Cafe, 141 Bannatyne Avenue.

We had over 440 interactions to discuss the improvements to bike lanes on McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue and gather information about what is important to those who live, work, and spend time in the project area.

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For further information or to provide your feedback you may contact:
John Osler, Public Engagement Lead
204-942-0654
WestAlexCorr@intergroup.ca

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Project Timeline

Timeline

Timeline

Background

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

In 2015, City Council approved the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, which provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation for the next 20 years.

In September 2015, the City of Winnipeg initiated a public engagement process to receive input on the Downtown Bike Lane System and the West Alexander Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor. Feedback received during this process has been incorporated into preferred design options, which include a two-way protected bike lane on Garry St. and a two-way protected bike lane on McDermot Ave. These projects are scheduled to be built in the next few years.

This project is a high priority in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and will improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity to the Exchange District, Downtown, Health Sciences Centre, University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus and neighbourhoods surrounding Sherbrook St.

Given the length of these streets and the anticipated magnitude of costs for permanent implementation, it is anticipated that the bike facility upgrades would have to be implemented in conjunction with street renewal programs over the course of several construction seasons. This project will also study and design adjustable protected bike lanes that could be implemented in the short term. This adjustable infrastructure would allow for on-going monitoring and public feedback of protected bike lanes that would inform the design of the permanent infrastructure to be constructed at the time of the future street renewal.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Phase 1 - Popup Invite 2017-02-01 Community Letter
Phase 1 - Postcard Invite 2017-02-01 Community Letter
Phase 1 - News Release 2017-02-01 News Release
Phase 2 - Invite 2017-06-08 Community Letter
Phase 2 - Poster 2017-06-08 Community Letter
Phase 2 - Workshop Presentation 2017-06-08 Presentation
Phase 2 – Pop-up Materials 2017-06-08 Pop-up Materials
Phase 1- Public Engagement Report 2017-06-08 Report
Public invited to provide feedback on phase two of pedestrian and cycling project connecting West Alexander to East Exchange 2017-06-09 News Release

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are McDermot Avenue/Bannatyne Avenue being considered?
The City's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies have prioritized McDermot Avenue/Bannatyne Avenue as an important connection into the downtown Winnipeg area. This study was approved by Council and is part of the 2016 Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan.
How will this project maintain and enhance safety?
Separating all road users presents the safest way to accommodate all modes of transportation. Enhanced street crossings will be considered along with creating space for streetscape improvements including bike parking, lighting, trees, and street furniture. The City is committed to creating a pedestrian and cycling network that is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space as a result of new cycling infrastructure?
Design options will consider maintaining as much on-street parking and loading as possible. The study will balance the needs of the various means of transportation.
Is angled parking in the Exchange being considered to help increase parking opportunities?
As part of the study we will be considering multiple options to determine how parking can be maximized.
Will vehicular access to private property and businesses be limited by new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure?
Private access would not be closed as a result of this project unless requested by the landowner. In the event vehicles are required to cross a protected cycling lane, signage and surface treatments would promote awareness for both cyclists and vehicles.
Winter lasts about half of the year, so why are we building bike lanes?
The City’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies commits to providing and maintaining safe walking and cycling infrastructure year-round.
Will new cycling lanes connect with existing cycling routes and destinations?
Upgraded cycling routes on McDermot Avenue and/or Bannatyne Avenue would ensure an enhanced connection to existing and future planned infrastructure such as the West Alexander pedestrian and cycling corridor, the Arlington Street/Bridge connection, Downtown Bike Lane System, as well as future studies.
When will permanent facilities on McDermot Avenue/Bannatyne Avenue be constructed?
Given the length of these streets and the anticipated magnitude of costs for permanent implementation, it is anticipated that bike infrastructure upgrades would have to be implemented in conjunction with street renewal programs over the course of several construction seasons. Currently there is no such funding in place.

The project is looking at adjustable bike lanes as a solution that can be implemented in the shorter-term.
What are adjustable protected bike lanes?
Adjustable protected bike lanes are bike lanes that are physically separated from lanes of traffic and pedestrian infrastructure using a variety of options. The layout and installation can be easily modified based on actual performance and on-going public engagement. The implementation can be done reasonably quickly and is cost-effective.
What are the City of Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
On July 15, 2015, the City of Winnipeg Council adopted the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling 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 in 2013 with more than 3,000 Winnipeggers, 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?
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 .
Adjustable bike curb trial
Why is the adjustable bike curb trial being undertaken?
The purpose of the trial is to monitor curb performance through all seasons, monitor users’ comfort levels, assess installation methods, and determine a cost effective durable standard product.
How long will the adjustable bike curb trial continue?
The project will start in August and continue through the winter and spring to determine how the curbs perform in multiple seasons. The City will be monitoring the project and gathering feedback for a period of about nine months.
How can I provide feedback on the adjustable bike lane curbs?
An online survey is available to give feedback on how you feel about the adjustable bike lane curbs. Those wishing to provide feedback can also contact the city via email pilotproject@winnipeg.ca and 311.
Why is the adjustable bike curb trial only being done in two small sections of roadway?
The trial is being undertaken on a limited scale to determine feasibility before possibly making a larger investment and expanding the use of adjustable bike lane curbs.
What is the benefit of an adjustable curb?
Adjustable bike lane curbs are being explored because they will allow the City to implement protected bike lanes with the potential to adjust the design of the lane to accommodate feedback from users and other stakeholders as well as to accommodate changes in land use.
How is an adjustable bike lane curb different from other types of protected bike lanes?
Adjustable methods can be more cost effective and a faster way to create a protected bike lane. Rather than constructing a permanent curb into the road (as with Assiniboine bike lane), the curb is anchored to the road surface using steel pins. This method does not require a complete road renewal to implement as with permanent lanes and can be adjusted more easily.
Will this affect parking or loading zones in the adjustable bike curb trial area?
There is no anticipated impact to parking or loading zones in the trial areas.
What are the costs associated with the trial?
The costs are expected to be about $15,000. There may be additional costs related to maintenance that would also be monitored as part of this trial.
Is this part of the downtown cycling grid?
This pilot project is not related to any particular road network initiative, however the Bannatyne section of this project is located within the downtown cycling grid.
Last update: June 7, 2017