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Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project

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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

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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Preliminary Design

The following design options being considered to improve travel choices, accessibility, and connectivity from Omand Park through the Wolseley Neighbourhood to Osborne Street. We want to learn about what is important to you as we move forward with proposed design options for the project.

If you would like to provide your perspectives on design options and treatments being considered, please visit the Engage tab.

West Segment (Raglan to Furby) Option 1
Neighbourhood greenways on Westminster Ave. and Wolseley Ave.

West Segment (Raglan to Furby) Option 1

Key features:

  • Neighbourhood greenway provides traffic calmed streets, safe and comfortable for cycling and walking
  • Geometric and crossing improvements to improve pedestrian safety
  • Speed humps to slow down motor vehicle traffic
  • Traffic diversions to eliminate short cutting traffic
  • Strategic one-way traffic modification at Preston Avenue between Home Street and Arlington Street, and Wolseley Avenue between Maryland Street and Walnut Street

Aspects of design:

  • Enhanced pedestrian environment
  • Opportunity for landscaping improvements
  • Significantly reduced traffic volumes and speeds creates an enhanced cycling environment
  • Parking maintained throughout
  • Limits access/egress for residents
  • #10 transit route shift from Evanson Street to Home Street required between Westminster Avenue and Wolseley Avenue
  • May not improve cyclist comfort and safety at Westminster Avenue and Maryland Street

West Segment (Raglan to Furby) Option 2
Protected bicycle lanes on Westminster Ave., neighbourhood greenway on Wolseley Ave.

West Segment (Raglan to Furby) Option 2

Key features:

  • Maintains neighbourhood greenway along Wolseley Avenue as shown in Option 1
  • Protected uni-directional bicycle lanes on Westminster Avenue from Sherbrook Street to Aubrey Street
  • Geometric and crossing improvements to improve pedestrian safety
  • Speed humps to slow down motor vehicle traffic along Wolseley Avenue and Clifton Street
  • Traffic diversion on Wolseley Avenue to eliminate short-cutting traffic

Aspects of design:

  • Fully protected cycling infrastructure on Westminster Avenue
  • Limits traffic diversion required
  • Narrowing of travel lanes will slow traffic
  • Transit route modification not required
  • Requires all parking to be removed on Westminster Avenue from Sherbrook Street to Aubrey Street
  • Requires traffic calming on Wolseley Avenue to connect to Raglan Road to the west

East Segment (Furby to Osborne) Option 1
One-way vehicle traffic, protected bicycle lanes

East Segment (Furby to Osborne) Option 1

Key features:

  • 2.0m protected bicycle lanes allow people cycling to pass comfortably
  • Change to one-way vehicle traffic operation eastbound on Westminster Avenue east of Langside Street, northbound on Young Street from Westminster Avenue to Balmoral Street, and northbound on Balmoral Street from Young Street to Granite Way
  • Change Langside Street to one-way southbound vehicle traffic operation from Broadway to Westminster
  • Change Granite Way to one-way westbound vehicle traffic from Osborne Street to Balmoral Street to accommodate bi-directional protected bicycle lanes on the south side of the street and on-street parking
  • Move on-street parking on Granite Way to the north side of the street
  • Protected bicycle lanes for reduced conflict between vehicles and bikes

Aspects of design:

  • Cycling infrastructure meets minimum design criteria for width
  • Reduced roadway volumes
  • One-way operation is safer because it has fewer conflict points at intersections
  • Opportunity to retain eight existing parking spaces on Balmoral Street and shifts parking to the north side of Granite Way
  • Protected bicycle lanes provide physical separation minimizing conflicts between bikes and motor vehicles
  • One-way vehicle travel (vehicle speeds could increase)
  • Limits access/egress for residents and businesses
  • #10 transit route modified to travel northbound on Balmoral Street and southbound on Langside Street

East Segment (Furby to Osborne) Option 2
Two-way vehicle traffic, raised and protected bicycle lanes

>East Segment (Furby to Osborne) Option 2

Key features:

  • Maintains two-way traffic operations on Westminster Avenue east of Langside Street, Young Street from Westminster Avenue to Balmoral Street, and Balmoral Street from Young Street to Granite Way.
  • Change Granite Way to one-way westbound for vehicle traffic as described in Option 1
  • Remove 8 parking spaces on Balmoral Street between Young Street and Granite Way to accommodate raised bicycle lanes
  • Shifts parking to the north side of Granite Way
  • Narrow bicycle lanes

Aspects of design:

  • Grade separated cycling infrastructure to provide vertical separation for reduced conflict between vehicles and bikes
  • Grade separated cycling infrastructure has a high cost and potential impacts on drainage and may have significant implementation challenges
  • Grade separated cycling infrastructure with narrow width is not wide enough for cyclists passing and may present safety issues with the addition of vertical separation. This design may not be comfortable for all cyclists.
  • Maintains two-way vehicle operation
  • Constrained street width requires narrow raised bicycle lanes and narrow vehicle travel lanes
  • Limited boulevard space to widen, further investigation required to determine tree root impact with widening
  • No parking or loading maintained on Westminster Avenue east of Langside Street, Young Street from Westminster Avenue to Balmoral Street, and Balmoral Street from Young Street to Granite Way
  • Raised bicycle lanes need to transition to street level at intersections and driveways increasing the chance of conflicts
  • Cyclists have many grade changes at driveway and intersection approaches along Westminster Avenue east of Langside Street, Young Street from Westminster Avenue to Balmoral Street, and Balmoral Street from Young Street to Granite Way

East Segment (Furby to Osborne) Option 3
Two-way vehicle traffic, at-grade painted bicycle lane

East Segment (Furby to Osborne) Option 3

Key features:

  • Maintains two-way traffic operations on Westminster Avenue east of Langside Street, Young Street from Westminster Avenue to Balmoral Street, and Balmoral Street from Young Street to Granite Way.
  • Change Granite Way to one-way westbound for vehicle traffic as described in Option 1
  • Remove 8 parking spaces on Balmoral Street between Young Street and Granite Way to accommodate painted bicycle lanes
  • Shifts parking to the north side of Granite Way
  • Narrow bicycle lanes with no physical protection

Aspects of design:

  • Constrained street width restricts ability to achieve desirable widths, resulting in narrow bicycle lanes and narrow vehicle travel lanes
  • Established trees in the boulevard limit the ability to add pavement width, further investigation required to determine tree root impact with widening
  • Painted cycling infrastructure does not provide physical separation between vehicles and bikes
  • Painted bicycle lanes can be installed quickly and at significantly lower cost with fewer implementation challenges than raised bicycle lanes (Option 2)
  • Painted bicycle lanes are not considered comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
  • Maintains two-way vehicle operation
  • No parking or loading maintained on Westminster Avenue east of Langside Street, Young Street from Westminster Avenue to Balmoral Street, and Balmoral Street from Young Street to Granite Way

Engage

Phase 2

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 is currently analyzing all feedback received to make design refinements. We will reach out again in late 2019 with more information on a proposed design and how your input was used. 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 204-942-0654.

Phase 3

Phase 3 will focus on sharing the final design recommendation and highlighting where public input influenced the design of the project.

Engagement in Phase 3 will include:

  • Open House event

For inquiries or for those who require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please contact John Osler, Public Engagement Lead at wolseleydowntown@intergroup.ca or 204-942-0654.

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School Travel Planning

Results from the School Travel Planning activities are available in the Phase 1 public engagement summary and report under the documents tab.

School Travel Planning and Engagement began in November 2018 at three schools within the study area: Wolseley School, Mulvey School, and Laura Secord School. The goal of School Travel Planning is to encourage more students and parents to walk, scooter, and cycle to school, enhance school and traffic safety in the area, and improve overall options for people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle in the community.

These three schools collected data on how their students travelled to and from school, participated in classroom hands up surveys to determine transportation mode share, completed family take home surveys, took part in school-based events and guided bike rides and walks, and participated in collaborative design workshops.

Thank you to all of the families who took time to fill out the first school travel planning survey. A total of 285 completed surveys were received.

The data and feedback from the schools was integrated into the overall Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project, and was closely considered when developing the preliminary design options.

Throughout the Phase 2 public engagement school-based events including Parent Advisory Committee meetings will be held to gather input on design options and alternatives.

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

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Timeline

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Timeline

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.

It's anticipated that the preliminary design will be presented to Council for its consideration of the project and budget in summer 2019.

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

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. 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.
Will I be able to drive on the affected streets?
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.
What kind of bike infrastructure is being considered as part of this project?
At this stage, no specific design features have been determined. Designing a bike lane takes several things into consideration, including:
  • National and international design standards
  • Transit requirements
  • Traffic volumes
  • Parking and loading
  • Accessibility
  • Maintenance and snow removal
  • Fire and paramedic services
  • Waste collection

Public feedback is also an important consideration in the design process.

Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space as a result of new cycling infrastructure?
At this stage, no specific design features have been determined. The City will seek to maintain as much on-street parking and loading as possible, balanced with the need to ensure the safety of other users of the route.
Wolseley Avenue from Raglan Road to Maryland Street is currently a Sunday/holiday bicycle route; could this project remove that designation?
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.
When will the project be built?
It's anticipated that the preliminary design will be presented to Council for its consideration of the project and budget in summer 2019. Construction will not occur before Council approval.
How much will this project cost?
The City is currently undertaking the Wolseley to Downtown WalkBike Project to identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity. Project cost has yet to be determined.
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, cyclist and vehicles is the safest way to accommodate each mode of transportation. A high proportion of children within the study area walk and cycle to school. This, along with public feedback, will be an important consideration in the design.
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.

Maps

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Study area

Last update: June 25, 2019