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Walk, bike, drive, or live near one of the Open Streets? Let us know what you think of the initiative

Residents are asked to complete an online survey by September 7

August 17, 2020

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Some fresh air and physical activity are useful ways to help with mental and physical well-being, and that is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to assist with social distancing requirements, there are now 10 temporary Open Streets we’ve made available for residents to use.

Open Streets, previously referred to as Enhanced Sunday/Holiday Bicycle Routes, are residential streets with motor vehicle traffic limited to one block on these routes between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week.

“Open Streets allow pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the road as a recreational route while maintaining social distancing,” said Chris Baker, Winnipeg’s Senior Active Transportation Planner.

Of the 10 current Open Streets, the first four below are Sunday/Holiday Bicycle Routes enhanced to seven days a week. The others are residential streets chosen because they have few cross streets and are known to be frequently used for recreational purposes.

  • Lyndale Drive – Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street
  • Scotia Street – Anderson Avenue (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong Avenue
  • Wellington Crescent – Academy Road (at Wellington Crescent) to Guelph Street
  • Wolseley Avenue – Raglan Road to Maryland Street
  • Churchill Drive – Hay Street to Jubilee Avenue
  • Egerton Road – Bank Avenue to Morier Avenue
  • Kildonan Drive – Helmsdale Avenue to Rossmere Crescent & Larchdale Crescent to Irving Place
  • Kilkenny Drive – Burgess Avenue to Patricia Avenue and Kings Drive
  • Rover Avenue - Hallet Street to Stephens Street
  • Vialoux Drive – Alcrest Drive to Wexford Street

The above Open Streets have been approved by City Council until September 7, 2020; however we want to hear from residents about what they think of them.

“We’re evaluating options for the potential extension of the Open Streets,” said Baker. “We know these routes aren’t experienced the same way by everyone and want to hear from residents that live along or near Open Streets, and people who use the routes about their experience with them.”

A survey is now available until September 7, 2020. The feedback gathered will help inform recommendations on the potential implementation of Open Streets in the future for Council’s consideration.

“This information will be valuable in determining potential locations and the times Open Streets may be implemented.” said Baker.

He added that if these routes were to become more permanent, additional safety and beautification enhancements, such as planters and more attractive barriers, may be considered.


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