November 19, 2021

City looking for feedback on 2021 Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program

Released: 12:18 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is asking residents to provide feedback on their experiences with the Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program through an online survey.

As part of the program, the City created dedicated cycling routes on 17 streets throughout Winnipeg by limiting motor vehicle traffic to one block, either daily or on Sundays and holidays only (depending on route), from May to November. The program was first piloted in 2020 as a response to COVID-19 and the need for safe spaces to recreate while maintaining social distance.

We are now looking to Winnipeggers to help us better understand how community members, residents, and cyclists experienced the Enhanced Sunday Holiday Bike Route Program pilot. We are also looking to gauge whether there is desire to continue any or all of the routes in some capacity beyond 2021 or until full studies can be conducted in each route’s respective area.

Feedback we receive through an online survey will be presented alongside information on costs, usage, and operational considerations in a report to Council in 2022.

For more information and to complete a survey, see: winnipeg.ca/summerbikes.

First responders urge caution around thin ice conditions on waterways

Released: 2:41 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – As temperatures drop and ice begins to form, Winnipeg first responders remind residents to use extreme caution around all Winnipeg waterways, including drainage ditches, culverts, streams, creeks, retention ponds, and rivers.

Ice surfaces are thin and fragile and falling into ice-cold water can be deadly. Parents and teachers are urged to speak to children and students about the dangers of waterways. Dog owners should keep dogs on leashes around the ice to prevent them from chasing geese onto thin ice.

“We are starting to see thin layers of ice forming on the river and ponds, said Assistant Chief Mark Reshaur, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS). “All residents should stay away from these surfaces and their banks as the thickness of the ice is unpredictable.”

“Staying away from the riverbanks, and off of any thin ice, is the only way to prevent the dire consequences of falling through,” said Patrol Sergeant Jason English, River Patrol Supervisor for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). “The WPS considers all frozen bodies of water within the city of Winnipeg to be unsafe for recreational use with the exception of areas that are monitored in accordance with the City’s Frozen Waterways By-Law, such as the Forks Centennial River Trail.”

The public is also reminded that while the WPS River Patrol Unit places “Danger - Thin Ice” signage at specific locations including outfalls, retention ponds and other potentially dangerous areas - ALL ice should be considered unsafe even if warning signage is not present.

Each year, the WFPS responds to approximately 200 water and ice safety calls for service.

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