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November 21, 2013

Budget 2014: Active Transportation corridors planned for elementary schools in south Winnipeg to improve safe cycling and pedestrian access

$1.75 million total funding being earmarked for Active Transportation across the city

Released: 10:47 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg is proposing to double its investment in Active Transportation Corridors in 2014, to help build safe pedestrian and cycling facilities near elementary schools in south Winnipeg.

Since 2010 the City, along with the Green Action Centre and the Winnipeg Trails Association, has been conducting a comprehensive consultation program called “Bike Walk & Roll” in Fort Richmond, aimed at identifying projects to improve Active Transportation in this neighborhood.

“Creating safer ways for children to travel to and from school is vital. Building more dedicated pedestrian corridors like this one at Dalhousie School in south Winnipeg is another step in ensuring that children and families have convenient and safer pedestrian and cycling access within their communities,” said Mayor Sam Katz.

The 2014 Preliminary Capital Budget calls for investments in Active Transportation Corridors to increase from $500,000 to $1 million in 2014.

“This additional funding will make a very significant positive impact on the quality of life of residents of the neighborhood,” said Councillor Justin Swandel, St. Norbert Ward and Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. “We will continue to work with the community to identify which projects are the highest priority.”

Other projects planned for south Winnipeg in 2014 include:

  • A raised crosswalk in front of Ryerson School
  • A sidewalk on Ryerson Avenue between Ryerson School and Rice Road
  • A sidewalk on Patricia Avenue between Ecole St. Avila School and Kilkenny Drive
  • A sidewalk and/or a multi-use pathway on Kilkenny Drive between Vassar Park and King’s Park. 

Remaining funds will be spent on other projects throughout the city once the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy consultation has been completed, which is expected sometime in February.

In addition, the 2014 Budget also proposes that a further $500,000 will be spent on recreational walkways and pathways plus $250,000 will go toward new regional sidewalks, for total investments of $1.75 million.

Since 2008 the City of Winnipeg and its partners have invested over $80 million dollars into Active Transportation.

The 2014 Budget builds onthe City’s long-term Transportation Master Plan and OurWinnipeg to improve the quality of life for all citizens by fostering a transportation system that supports active, accessible and healthy lifestyle options, renewing our infrastructure, focusing on core services, and building communities through parks and recreation.

Investing in citizens’ priorities ensures that Winnipeg continues to be a great place to live, work and play, now and in the future.

Staff of City contact centres honoured

311 Contact Centre recognized for excellence in training and development; Handi-Transit / 311 / Utility Billing staff recognized

Released: 3:32 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg was well represented when over 100 customer contact centres representing about 12,000 employees in Manitoba gathered to celebrate the achievements of their staff and programs at the Manitoba Excellence in Contact Centre Achievements (MECCA) Awards event, which was held on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

The City is a member of the Manitoba Customer Contact Centre Association (MCCA) through its 311 Contact Centre, Water and Waste Department Utility Billing Centre, and Handi-Transit Service Centre, which received important awards for excellence.

“I am very proud of our contact centre employees who work hard to assist our citizens, day in and day out, and I’m pleased to see them recognized for their excellent work," said Mayor Sam Katz.People Awards were presented to recognize dedication to customer service by leaders and service representatives:

Leader/Supervisor of the Year Awards were presented to the following nominees:

  • Gilbert Caners, Handi-Transit Service Centre
  • Rosalyn Gregorio, 311 Contact Centre

Representative of the Year Awards were presented to the following nominees:

  • Ryan Block, 311 Contact Centre
  • Lina Yanno, Handi-Transit Service Centre
  • Jessica Wachal, Utility Billing Centre

In addition to the People Awards, MECCA’s Organization Award for Training and Development (Small Centres category - under 99 seats), was presented to Sheri Thompson, Recruitment, Training and Coaching Coordinator, 311 Contact Centre by the MCCA judging committee.

The 311 Contact Centre receives about 1.7 million calls per year. Since opening in January 2009, the Centre has received over nine million calls, responded to approximately 240,000 email inquiries, and received more than 2,500 self-service requests submitted by citizens through 311 online or the recently-launched 311 mobile app.

The Utility Billing Centre manages customer inquiries from 197,650 account holders regarding water, sewer, and waste diversion fees.

Handi-Transit provides door-to-door transportation for people who are unable to regularly use the fixed-route Winnipeg Transit system. Handi-Transit's customer service representatives answer over 31,000 calls per month.

One eastbound lane and two westbound lanes expected to be restored for morning rush hour on November 22, 2013

Grant Avenue from the traffic signals at the Kenaston Village Mall/Superstore east of Kenaston Boulevard to Centennial Street

Released: 3:47 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - One eastbound lane and two westbound lanes are expected to be restored for the morning rush hour on Friday, November 22, 2013, on Grant Avenue, from the traffic signals at the Kenaston Village Mall/Superstore east of Kenaston Boulevard to Centennial Street.

Traffic was reduced to one westbound lane starting at 9:00 a.m. today to allow for water main repair work to get underway. Access to the businesses on the north and south side of Grant Avenue, as well as one lane of westbound traffic, will be maintained throughout the repair.

Visit winnipegtransit.com for information on Transit re-routes or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca

Last update: 21.11.2013

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