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Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project

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.

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Updates

May 2021 - Construction on the east segment of the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project will begin in June, 2021. The east segment area includes the following streets: Westminster Ave from Walnut St to Young St, Young St from Westminster Av to Balmoral St, Balmoral St from Young St to Granite Way and Granite Way from Balmoral St to Osborne St.

This construction will implement work identified through public engagement and community consultations: a bidirectional bike path that connects the West Broadway neighbourhood to Downtown.

The connection will include both a segment of paved path on the boulevard and segments of new protected on-street bike lanes. To support the needs of residents and businesses in the area, we will also construct new loading and parking bays, and complete various sidewalk rehabilitations, street pavement repairs, curb repairs, and underground infrastructure repairs. To improve the overall safety and rideability of the road, we will also conduct numerous geometric improvements and install a raised crossing at Osborne Street North.

Construction will have an impact on traffic, parking and access. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction and the parking will be removed from the project area as required. Access to back lanes and approaches will be maintained, however temporary closures may be required.

If you are business with access, delivery, or loading requirements that we should be aware of, please contact us to discuss your needs.

We also ask those with accessibility concerns, planned special events, known underground appurtenances (such as sprinklers or lighting cables within three metres of the street property line), or any questions or concerns to contact Thomas Findlay: thomas.findlay@aecom.com. AECOM is the City's contract administrator for the project.

Learn more by reading the construction notice.

June 2020 – View the Recommended design. 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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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 undertook the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project to identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity through the area. The study area runs east-west through Wolseley Avenue/Westminster Avenue, Balmoral Street, and Granite Way.

Through three phases of public engagement the City learned that parts of the proposed design worked for the community as a whole, while others didn’t. In early 2020 we chose to break construction into two phases to accommodate further study needs in the west segment.

View the Recommended design. 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.

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.

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
Pre-construction notice 2021-05-25 Community letter
Design document 2021-05-19 Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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East Segment Construction FAQ

Is Winnipeg Transit Route 10 being moved because of this project?

Route 10 St. Boniface-Wolseley underwent a route change in April, 2021. The change, which was approved by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure and Public Works on January 14, 2021, aligns with the Draft Winnipeg Transit Master Plan. The new route will see the bus operate on Broadway, Sherbrook and Maryland Streets and Wolseley Avenue, and all residents impacted by this change will be within a 400-metres' walk to a bus stop.

The change was made ahead of others in the Transit Master Plan to coincide with construction on the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project; the route was not changed solely because of the project.

Will the proposed Wolseley Walk/Bike Project impact traffic operations along Westminster?

Signal timing at Westminster Ave and Sherbrook St / Maryland St will be monitored and adjusted to provide the safest possible environment for both cyclists and cars.

While this will impact how intersections operate for cars, this is viewed as an acceptable compromise to ensure cyclists of all ages and abilities are safely accommodated.

What are the impacts to parking?

The design includes the creation of six new parking and loading bays to both preserve as much on-street parking as possible and ensure loading space is available for all buildings along the corridor.

There are approximately 458 on-street parking spaces within a five-minute walk (400m radius from) the intersection of Maryland Street and Westminster Avenue.

Why isn't the Phase 3 design available?

The design for the area west of Chestnut (the west segment) was not included in the design that is proceeding to construction in 2021. The west segment design that was presented for engagement in January 2020 is no longer being considered.

Before we move forward on Phase 3, we need to conduct traffic modeling that will inform further discussions and decisions about the west side of the project area. Because traffic modeling data must be based on typical traffic patterns, we are unable to gather the data while the pandemic is affecting traffic volumes. Further public engagement and design work in the West Segment will not proceed until traffic modeling and analysis is complete.

Will the proposed Wolseley Walk/Bike facility affect vehicle access through the neighbourhood?
Traffic volumes and speeds along this corridor require cyclists to be separated from vehicle traffic. The design will accommodate safe and efficient flow of both motor vehicles and bikes, striking a balance for all road users. The construction on Westminster Ave includes protected bike lanes and is between Walnut Ave and Young St and will maintain two-way vehicular traffic.
How did the City notify residents about this project and about the final design and construction?

The City conducted a robust public engagement program that included stringent reporting back to the community.

Notification for phase 1 of the project is listed in the phase 1 public engagement summary.
Notification for phase 2 is listed in the Phase 2 public engagement summary.
Notification for phase 3 is listed in the Phase 3 public engagement summary.

Following posting of the Recommended Design on the webpage, a notification email was distributed on June 23, 2020 to all project subscribers (741 recipients) which included information on the recommended design and the anticipated construction timeline.

 On June 23, 2020, notification about the East Segment design was sent to:

  • Adjacent residents by hand delivery
  • Adjacent businesses by hand delivery
  • Those who attended an east segment stakeholder meeting in January 2020 by email

An advanced construction notice has been delivered to residents and businesses fronting the project area. This notice is now online and has been emailed to the project stakeholder list. Another notice will be delivered approximately one week before construction begins. 

How is the Open Streets project and consultation related to this one?

The Open Streets program was independent of the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project. The construction work on Westminster Ave will maintain two-way vehicular traffic for the majority of the construction. If road closures are required these will only be short term directional closures. This may result short, periodic increases in traffic volumes on the most easterly block of Wolseley Ave while the Enhanced Summer Cycling Route is in operation. Also, upon completion of the bike lanes on Westminster Ave users will be able to connect to the Enhanced Summer Cycling Route on Wolseley Ave via Walnut St.

Feedback on the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project can be found on the project website under the documents tab. Those who identified as living on an Open Street were categorized and compared with the actual number of residents on the street. Respondents who identified as living on the Open Street were asked to provide their street address, and these addresses were confirmed to provide the results for on-street residents.

Multiple responses were accepted from a single address, to respect the different experiences of separate occupants. Some respondents identified as living on an Open Street but provided an address outside of the Open Street limits. In these cases, their responses were grouped with the adjacent residents’ responses. In calculating the residential street response rate, multiple submissions from a single address only counted towards that address as one household.

Why don't the Open Streets street-by-street survey results match the total survey respondents?

The feedback received through the Open Streets program was independent of the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project. Feedback on the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project can be found on the project website under the documents tab.

The Open Streets survey resulted in a different total then the number of survey respondents because respondents were given the chance to 'select all that apply' and provide feedback on more than one street.

open streets survey
Did the City really use the feedback received?

Throughout the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project, the team sought public feedback to move from understanding values to informing concepts and ultimately to finalizing design. A summary of feedback and how it was considered at each stage is available in the documents tab of the webpage.

Community concerns have been important to refining the project's direction while still balancing the needs of all road users and the direction from Council to proceed with a walk bike project to connect Wolseley to Downtown for people of all ages and abilities.

In Phase 3 (January 6 – February 9, 2020), we asked for feedback to help refine the project design and identify barriers to the way Winnipeggers currently use the neighbourhood. We heard from a wide range of citizens through over 1,100 online surveys, several neighbourhood and stakeholder discussions, and the in-person open house. The Phase 3 public engagement summary is available here.

In Phase 3, we heard the community felt some parts of the design balance safety and needs, and that others were concerning – particularly one-way streets and their potential to increase traffic along some residential streets.

In response to Phase 3 feedback, the East Segment design was updated to maintain two-way vehicle traffic with a singular protected bidirectional bike lane on the east side of Balmoral Street and Young Street (from Granite Way to Westminster Avenue).

Further design refinements were made outside Westminster United Church to resolve access and loading concerns for the Church and its user groups. Based on meetings and the detailed information on event loading needs, changes were made to the design and were shared with the Church in late May 2020. These changes include:

  • Parking/loading stalls retained adjacent to the Church, large enough to accommodate large delivery vehicles or school buses .
  • Accessible loading zones adjacent to the building entrance, those with mobility concerns who require drop-off near the church will actually have closer access to the building.
  • Raised bike lanes to accommodate passengers exiting vehicles and buses, (to remove tripping hazard).
  • Removal of the barrier between the bike lane and road to allow the continued loading of deliveries off of Westminster.

The West Segment project design remains on hold until traffic patterns normalize (post COVID-19) and advanced traffic modeling can be conducted.

The current road feels safe enough; why change it?

While some cyclists choose to ride on the road now, the intent of the project is to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity for people of all ages and abilities. To achieve this, the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) recommends separating bicycles from vehicles with a protected bike lane or path on streets with motor vehicle speeds between 30 km/h and 50 km/h and over 4,000 vehicles per day. This project is implementing the appropriate bicycle facility for these streets.

Beyond that, participants in Phase 1 engagement identified safety as the number one issue in the project area. This is summarized in the below images.

Safety issues

All priorities

Study-related FAQ

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.
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 West segment 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.
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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