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Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project

Study, Design

The City of Winnipeg (the City) is committed to building pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. The City is currently undertaking the Wolseley to Downtown Corridor Project to identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity.

The study area runs east-west through Wolseley Avenue/Westminster Avenue, Balmoral Street, and Granite Way. As part of the study, the project team will seek input from various stakeholders in the project area in the coming months to help determine the specific alignment and other important considerations in the design process.

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Updates

June 2020 – Updates to the project design in the East and Central Segments are now complete and can be viewed under the Recommended Design tab. Changes presented in the design are based on input received during Phase 3 public engagement. Review the public engagement summary and public engagement report under the documents tab.

The West Segment project design remains on hold until traffic patterns normalize (post COVID-19) and advanced traffic modeling can be conducted. Traffic patterns will likely be assessed in September 2020.

The first phase of implementation will include construction of the East and Central Segments. The functional design contract will be issued in late 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in 2021.

March 2020 – Next steps for the west segment of the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project depend on conducting advanced traffic modeling scenarios throughout the Wolseley neighbourhood with more accurate traffic data. Collecting data for traffic modeling depends on normal traffic behaviours. Data collection was scheduled to begin late March, but as citizens take precautions recommended by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, traffic volumes and patterns are not normal and data collection for modeling has been postponed.

We are currently evaluating options for public engagement for all projects. Public engagement in the West Segment will not proceed until traffic modeling and analysis is complete.

February 2020 – Thank you to everyone who has taken time to provide feedback. In Phase 3 (January 6 – February 9, 2020) we asked you to help us refine the project design and identify barriers to the way you currently use the neighbourhood. We heard from a wide range of citizens; receiving over 1,100 online surveys, participating in several neighbourhood and stakeholder discussions and talking to more than 320 people at the in-person open house.

We hear you. You told us some parts of the design for the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike balance the safety and needs of all road users, and that other parts leave you concerned – particularly one-way streets and their potential to increase traffic and decrease safety along some residential streets.

This spring, we will have an updated project design based on your input, including a plan to conduct additional traffic modeling scenarios throughout the Wolseley neighbourhood. The City will conduct further meetings and provide further communications before completing the project design. Please ensure you have subscribed to the project update list.

January 2020 – Phase 3 has begun. Please review the Recommended Design tab and view the engage tab to share your input on the recommended designs through an online survey or learn more about an upcoming in-person open house. Results from Phase 2 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement summary and public engagement report under the documents tab.

November 2019 – On November 21, 2019, members of the project team were on Westminster Avenue between Chestnut Street to Langside Street in the central segment of the project area to discuss proposed design elements with residents and businesses. Phase 3 of the project will launch early in January 2020 and will focus on sharing the recommended final design. Opportunities for engagement will include an open house and online survey.

September 2019 – The project team is currently refining pedestrian and cycling improvements for the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project. As a result of detailed discussion with civic departments, public feedback, and further technical assessment the proposed movement of bus transit to Home Street was not selected for further investigation within the scope of the current project. A letter to residents is available under the documents tab.

May 2019 – Phase 2 has begun. Share your input on design options and alternatives through an online survey or in-person at a pop-up, guided walk/bike tour or workshop event. See the engage tab for survey link and in-person event details.

March 2019 – Development of preliminary options is currently underway. The timeline of this project has shifted, with the phase 2 of the public engagement program planned to begin this spring and will ask for your input on design options and alternatives.

January 2019 – Results from Phase 1 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement summary and report under the documents tab.

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Recommended Design

Recommended design for the Wolseley to Downtown Project has been developed to offer improved safety, travel choices, accessibility, and connectivity from the Omand's Creek pathway, the protected bicycle lane on Assiniboine Avenue and Sherbrook Street, the bike lane on Maryland Street, and the planned neighbourhood greenway on Ruby Street. The study area runs east-west through Wolseley Avenue/Westminster Avenue, Balmoral Street, and Granite Way.

The first phase of implementation will include construction of the East and Central Segments; the West Segment will be delayed until traffic modelling is complete. The functional design contract for Phase 1 will be issued in late 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in 2021.

East – Updated recommended design

Granite Way (Balmoral Street to Osborne Street)

Granite Way

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Balmoral Street - Young Street - Westminster Avenue (Granite Way to Langside Street)

Balmoral

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Design refinements:
  • Maintained two-way traffic maintained
  • Added a two-way protected bike lane on the east side of Balmoral Street – Young Street (Granite Way to Westminster Avenue)
  • Added a pedestrian crossing at the north leg of the Young and Westminster intersection
  • Removed six loading stalls on Westminster adjacent Balmoral Hall school
  • Replaced cast-in-place curbs with adjustable curbs for bike lane separation
  • Reduced the Bicycle lane width from 1.8m to 1.5m
  • See engage tab to review Phase 3 feedback and rational for design updates

Design details at intersection of Granite Way and Balmoral Street

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Design details at intersection of Young Street and Westminster Avenue


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Central – Updated recommended design
Westminster Avenue (Langside Street to Chestnut Street)

Updated Central section

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Design notes:
  • Protected uni-directional bike lanes through each intersection. Single bi-directional bike infrastructure through the intersections is not recommended as it adds complexities with signal phasing, resulting in increased driver and cyclists work load, confusion, increased safety risks, and travel time delay. 
  • Net loss of 34 parking spaces and two loading spaces:
    • Removal of seven parking spaces and two loading spaces on Westminster Avenue between Furby Street and Langside Street
    • Removal of 11 parking spaces between Maryland Street and Furby Street
    • Removal of 16 parking spaces between Chestnut Street and Maryland Street.

See engage tab to review Phase 3 feedback and rational for design updates

West

Next steps for the West Segment depend on developing advanced traffic modeling scenarios throughout the Wolseley neighbourhood. This data must be based on typical traffic patterns, which have been impacted by COVID-19. This modelling is tentatively scheduled to move forward in September 2020.

Further public engagement in the West Segment will not proceed until traffic modeling and analysis is complete.

While the new Central Segment design includes unidirectional bike lanes on either side of Westminster Avenue from Chestnut Street to Langside Street, the design does not commit future bike lane design to Westminster Avenue or Wolseley Avenue through the Wolseley neighbourhood. The intent of further traffic modelling is to formulate a design where traffic volumes and speeds are low and a protected bike lane is not needed.

An archived version of this tab prior to June 2020 is available here.

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Phase 3 - Results

Results from Phase 3 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement summary and report under the documents tab.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during Phase 3. Input received during Phase 3 was used to refine the design and mitigate critical impacts. We hear you. You told us some parts of the design for the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike balance the safety and needs of all road users, and that other parts leave you concerned – particularly one-way streets and their potential to increase traffic and decrease safety along some residential streets.

From January 6 – February 9, 2020 a total of 1,112 online surveys were completed. Thank you to the more than 320 people who joined the project team at the open house event on January 29, 2020.

Engagement opportunities included:

  • Online video tour and survey
  • Public open house
  • Stakeholder outreach discussions

Subscribe under the updates tab to receive emails at key project milestones. For inquiries or for those who require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please contact WolseleyDowntown@intergroup.ca or 204-986 4243.

 

Phase 1 - Results

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during Phase 1. A total of 844 surveys were completed and the project team recorded 613 in-person interactions at project pop-ups between November 23 – 25, 2018.

Results from Phase 1 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement summary and report under the documents tab.

The purpose of Phase 1 of public engagement was to help identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility, and connectivity in the study area. Residents and stakeholders were asked to identify values, strengths, issues, and barriers to active transportation within the study area, specifically related to mobility and safety. This input from Phase 1 will directly influence the design process and the development of alternatives.

Engagement in Phase 1 included:

  • Stakeholder outreach discussions
  • Pop-up events
  • Online survey

Phase 1 - Online Survey Results

Phase 1 infographic 1 Phase 1 infographic 2 Phase 1 infographic 3

Phase 2 – Results

Results from Phase 2 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement summary and report under the documents tab.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during Phase 2. We're happy so many Winnipeggers provided their perspectives on preliminary design options and treatments. Preliminary design options took into consideration Phase 1 stakeholder priorities including safety, bike network connections, and cycling comfort.

Engagement opportunities included:

  • Stakeholder outreach discussions
  • Workshop
  • Pop-up events
  • Guided walk/bike tour
  • Online survey

From May 30 – June 23, 2019 a total of 883 online surveys were completed. Thank you to the 296 people who joined the project team at an in-person event between June 11 and June 13. Participation was spread across a stakeholder meeting (6 participants), public workshop (97 participants), pop-ups at Tall Grass Prairie (45 participants), outside the gates of Balmoral Hall School (64 participants), Mulvey School Field (71 participants), and a guided walk/bike tour (13 participants).

The project team analyzed all feedback received to make design refinements based on both technical components and stakeholder feedback. Results from Phase 2 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement report under the documents tab.

Background

The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS) were approved by City Council in 2015 and provide the long-term vision for providing accessible, convenient and safe walking and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. The PCS also assist in the prioritization of active transportation infrastructure projects throughout the city. A key direction of the PCS is to develop local bike networks for each neighbourhood that connect to the existing network and to the Downtown.

The Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project was identified as an important part of the network in the PCS and when completed will provide connections to the Omand's Creek pathway, the protected bicycle lane on Assiniboine Avenue and Sherbrook Street, the bike lane on Maryland Street, and the planned neighbourhood greenway on Ruby Street.

The City is currently undertaking the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project to identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity. The study area runs east-west through Wolseley Avenue/Westminster Avenue, Balmoral Street, and Granite Way. As part of the study, the project team will seek input from various stakeholders in the project area in the coming months to help determine the specific alignment and other important considerations in the design process.

Starting in November of 2018, school travel planning will take place at three schools along the study corridor: Wolseley School, Mulvey School, and Laura School. These three schools will collect data on how their students travel to and from school, including in-classroom hand-up surveys to determine transportation mode share and family take home surveys, undertake events and guided bike rides and walks, and will participate in collaborative design workshops.

A variety of stakeholders will be engaged on a school walkabout to examine the barriers to active transportation in the community, and to discuss potential school transportation goals, barriers, and solutions. Students will also be engaged through participation in several classroom presentations, as well as photovoice workshops that visually document their perspectives along the corridor.

This data and feedback from the schools will be integrated into the overall Wolseley to Downtown Project, and will be closely considered when developing the corridor design.

Additional public engagement sessions will be held to gather input from area residents.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Phase 1 – Poster 2018-11-09 Poster
Phase 1 – Postcard 2018-11-09 Postcard
Phase 1 – Public Engagement Report 2019-01-28 Report
Phase 1 – Public Engagement Summary 2019-01-28 Report
No Movement of Bus Transit To Home Street 2019-09-03 Letter
Notice to central segment 2019-11-21 Letter
Phase 3 – Open house boards 2020-01-06 Information boards
Phase 3 – Postcard 2020-01-06 Advertisement
Phase 3 – Poster 2020-01-06 Advertisement
Phase 2 – Public Engagement Report 2020-01-06 Report
Phase 2 – Public Engagement Summary 2020-01-06 Report
Phase 2 – Preliminary Design 2020-01-06 From web
East Section 2020-01-06 Map
Central Section 2020-01-06 Map
West Section 2020-01-06 Map
Phase 3 - News release 2020-01-07 News release
Phase 3 – Public Engagement Report 2020-06-23 Report
Phase 3- Public Engagement Report Appendices  2020-06-23 Report
Phase 3 – Public Engagement Summary 2020-06-23 Report
Updated East Section Granite Way (Balmoral Street to Osborne Street) 2020-06-23 Map

Updated East Section Westminster Avenue (Langside Street to Chestnut Street)

2020-06-23 Map

Updated Central Section Westminster Avenue (Langside Street to Chestnut Street)

2020-06-23 Map

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the Wolseley to Downtown WalkBike Project being considered?
The Wolseley to Downtown connection was identified as an important part of the network and will provide connections to the Omand's Creek pathway, the protected bike lane on Assiniboine Avenue and Sherbrook Street, the bike lane on Maryland Street, and the planned neighbourhood greenway on Ruby and Banning Streets.
What is the project area, what streets may be impacted?
The study area runs east-west through Wolseley Avenue/Westminster Avenue, Balmoral Street, and Granite Way. The recommended design proposes various adjustments to a number of streets throughout the study area, these streets include: Wolseley Avenue, Westminster Avenue, Portage Avenue, Clifton Street, Dominion Street, Palmerston Avenue, Preston Avenue, Ethelbert Street, Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, Young Street, Balmoral Street, and Granite Way.
What kind of bike infrastructure is being considered as part of this project?
The recommended design for phase 1 of implementation (Chesnut Street to Osborne Street) proposes a bi-directional protected bike lane on Granite Waye and Balmoral Avenue and uni-directional protected bike lanes on Westminster Avenue.
What kind of changes are being proposed to Winnipeg Transit routes in the area?
Routing changes are being proposed to two (2) routes; 10 St. Boniface/Wolseley; and 71 Arlington. Detailed maps showing a comparison between the current and proposed transit routes can be found in the open house boards. The proposed routing changes in Wolseley and West Broadway are in line with concepts proposed by the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan (WTMP). For more information and to provide input on the WTMP go to: winnipeg.ca/transitmasterplan.
Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space as a result of new cycling infrastructure?
Parking and loading adjustments have been recommended throughout the design. Minimizing parking and loading impacts near businesses and adding new spaces where possible will ensure easy access and address stakeholder needs.
Wolseley Avenue from Raglan Road to Maryland Street is currently a Sunday/holiday bicycle route; could this project remove that designation?
The recommended design does not include any adjustments to the Sunday/holiday bicycle route on Wolseley Avenue from Raglan Road to Maryland Street.
When will the project be built?
The first phase of implementation will include construction of the East and Central Segments; the West Segment will be delayed until traffic modelling is complete. The functional design contract for Phase 1 will be issued in late 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in 2021.
How much will this project cost?
The Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project will provide a design solution that improves travel choices, accessibility, and connectivity. The final cost for construction will be determined once final design is completed. The preliminary design estimate (class 3) for phase 1 is $1,080,000.
Winter lasts about half a year. Why are we putting in bike lanes?
The City's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies commits to providing and maintaining safe walking and cycling facilities year-round.
How will this project maintain and enhance safety?
Separating pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles is the safest way to accommodate each mode of transportation. Key ingredients of the recommend design concepts include:
  • School safety – Improving safety around schools throughout the study area will encourage walking and cycling to school. Adding new parking and loading spaces will balance the needs of those who drive to school with those who want to feel safe walking and cycling.
  • Reduced traffic speed – Traffic calming features will reduce vehicle speeds.
  • Pedestrian safety improvements – New curb extensions and crosswalks, as well as improvements at intersections, will improve pedestrian safety.
  • Reduce short-cutting traffic – Implementing traffic calming measures and restricting vehicle access at key locations will reduce short-cutting while minimizing local traffic impacts. 
  • Preserve boulevard trees and neighbourhood character – Opportunity for landscaping within Parklet areas
  • Placemaking opportunities - Closing strategic streets to reduce short-cutting traffic will result in additional space that can be used to create dynamic public spaces for community members to meet.
  • All ages and abilities cycling facilities – The east-west connection to downtown will provide a comfortable and safe experience for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Minimize parking impacts - Minimizing parking and loading impacts near businesses and adding new spaces where possible will ensure easy access and address stakeholder needs.
Why is design and construction proceeding in the east and central segments?
This project was scoped with the intention of moving forward with construction upon its completion. The approved 2020 Capital budget includes funding for construction in both 2020 and 2021.
What are the City of Winnipeg's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS) were approved by City Council in 2015 and provide the long-term vision for providing accessible, convenient and safe walking and cycling facilities for people of all ages and abilities. The PCS also assist in the prioritization of active transportation infrastructure projects throughout the city.

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Last update: June 23, 2020

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