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.
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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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.
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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.
Please review the video tour for an overview of design highlights. Further design details are available below.
If you would like to provide your perspectives on design options and treatments being considered, please visit the Engage tab.
WHAT WE HEARD: EAST
We presented three options for the east area during Phase 2 engagement. Winnipeggers supported one-way vehicle traffic and protected bicycle lanes but were concerned about parking loss and conversion from two-way to one-way streets. The recommended modified design focuses on maintaining the most important safety elements while also minimizing areas of concern.
|Supported elements||Application in recommended design|
|Protected bicycle lanes and more dedicated bicycle infrastructure||Continuous protected bicycle lanes in the east segment allow people of all ages and abilities to comfortably cycle through the area.
The design includes uni-directional bicycle lanes on Westminster/Young/Balmoral Street from Langside Street to Granite Way and bi-directional protected bicycle lanes on the south side of Granite Way between Balmoral Street and Osborne Street.
|Reduced short-cutting traffic volumes||One-way vehicle access restriction for eastbound motor vehicles traveling on Westminster Avenue, Young Street, and Balmoral Street will reduce short-cutting.|
|Pedestrian safety and crossing improvements||Geometric improvements including curb extensions at the intersection of Balmoral Street and Granite Way will reduce crossing distances for pedestrians, provide a protected intersection for people cycling, and enhance sightlines for motorists.|
|Unsupported elements||Application in recommended design|
|Removal of parking||Parking loss was minimized by transitioning the bidirectional protected bicycle lanes on Granite Way into the boulevard at sidewalk grade and by adding parking pockets for on-street parking and loading.|
|One-way street||The number of one-way streets has been reduced to maintain access and circulation to key destinations to accommodate protected bicycle lanes between Langside Street and Granite Way. The design has removed other one-way street conversions proposed in Phase 2.|
WHAT WE HEARD: CENTRAL
The proposed design in the central segment needed to connect the designs selected for the east and west segments, while also balancing the needs of adjacent property owners, residents and businesses. Feedback received during Phase 1 noted a variety of safety concerns on Westminster Avenue around the Sherbrook Street and Maryland Street intersections.
|What we heard||Application in recommended design|
|Right turning conflicts between motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists||No right turns on red lights at intersections of Westminster Avenue and Maryland Street, and Westminster Street and Sherbrook Street.
One-way access restriction for eastbound motor vehicles on Wolseley Avenue from Maryland Street to Chestnut Street eliminates right turn conflicts at the southwest corner of the intersection in front of Mulvey School.
|Improve connections to existing bicycle facilities on Maryland Street and Sherbrook Street||Two-stage left turn boxes accommodate transitions from protected bicycle lanes on Westminster Avenue. Contraflow bicycle lane provides connection for eastbound bicyclists connecting to the southbound bicycle facilities on Maryland Street.|
|Westminster Avenue between Maryland Street and Sherbrook Street is very busy and lacks clear lane definition for motorists and people cycling.||Raised protected bike lanes define space for people cycling through grade separation.|
|Parking in front of Westminster United Church is very important||Combination of bike lane and parking bays to reduce the amount of stalls lost. Removal of bus stop to add more on-street parking.|
WHAT WE HEARD: WEST
We presented two options for the west area during Phase 2 engagement. Because participants supported some elements of each option, we developed a hybrid design that incorporates the best elements while mitigating the biggest concerns.
|Supported elements||Application in proposed design|
|Protected bicycle lanes and more dedicated bicycle infrastructure||Protected bicycle lanes proposed east of Chestnut Street to provide physically separated bicycle facilities through the busiest section of the west segment and to provide a connection to the protected bicycle lanes in the central segment.|
|Reduced short-cutting traffic, volumes, traffic diversions||Complete vehicle access restriction at Wolseley Avenue and Sherburn Street. One-way eastbound access restriction on Wolseley Avenue (between Maryland Street and Chestnut Street), and Westminster Avenue (between Chestnut Street and Canora Street). Access restriction is critical to reduce shortcutting traffic and overall vehicle volumes along this segment. Proposed directional vehicle access restriction at Westminster and Arlington was replaced with one-way vehicle access restriction for eastbound motor vehicles on Westminster from Canora to Chestnut to maintain westbound access but reduce short-cutting traffic.|
|Speed humps||Speed humps have been used throughout the design to slow vehicle travel speed and reduce shortcutting. Speed tables have replaced speed humps on Westminster Avenue and Wolseley Avenue to align with the preferred treatment on collector streets.|
|Traffic calming||Design elements such as speed humps and tables, curb extensions, vehicle access restrictions, and raised crosswalks are included throughout the west segment to create a roadway with a 30km/h design speed.|
|Parking maintained||Minimal parking changes are required for the preferred design west of Chestnut Street. All on-street parking maintained along Westminster Avenue west of Chestnut Street.|
|Unsupported elements||Application in proposed design|
|Transit re-routing on Home Street||The preferred design accommodates the proposed transit routes from the Transit Master Plan and does not require relocating a transit route onto Home Street or any other streets in the neighbourhood.|
|Protected bicycle lanes and designated cycling infrastructure||Protected bicycle lanes and designated cycling infrastructure The preferred design focuses on reducing traffic volumes and speeds to create a bicycle facility that is comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to share the road with vehicles, while maintaining on-street parking.|
|One-way||One-way access restriction on both Wolseley Avenue from Chestnut Street to Maryland Street and Preston Avenue from Arlington Street to Home Street are important to reduce short-cutting traffic. Additionally, the one-way access restriction on Wolseley Avenue improves the safety of children accessing Mulvey School. With limited support the implementation is recommended as a pilot project along with monitoring. Access restriction was relocated from Walnut Street to Chestnut Street due to identified concerns with short-cutting traffic on Dundurn Street.|
|Removal of parking||The protected bike lane is transitioned into the boulevard to accommodate parking pockets and retain as many parking and loading spaces as possible. Additional parking pockets are not feasible due to the Manitoba Hydro utility poles and mature street trees.|
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. We will use what we heard at the event, the results of the online survey, and what we've heard in conversations with stakeholders over Phase 3 to refine the design and mitigate critical impacts.
We started engagement on this project in late 2018 and are now sharing the recommended designs. The designs take into consideration technical requirements and best practices, Phase 1 stakeholder priorities (including safety, bike network connections, and cycling comfort) and feedback on preliminary designs presented during Phase 2. The public engagement summary and report from Phase 2 are now available under the documents tab. Phase 3 closed on February 9, 2020 and provided an opportunity for us to share and explain the recommended designs, highlight where public input has influenced design, provide clarity on rationale and constraints, and hear how implementation might affect you.
Thank you to the more than 320 people who joined the project team at the open house event on January 29, 2020. We will use what we heard at the event, the results of the online survey, and what we've heard in conversations with key stakeholders over Phase 3 to refine the design and mitigate critical impacts.
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.
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 2 – Results
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
- 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 reportunder the documents tab.
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For inquiries or for those who require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please contact WolseleyDowntown@intergroup.ca or 204-942-0654.
School Travel Planning (STPE)
In Phase 2 of STPE activities, STPE resource team members (staff from Manitoba Public Insurance, Winnipeg Police Service, the City's Transportation Division, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and the Winnipeg School Division), the principals at the three schools, as well as representatives on each school's STPE working group were given the opportunity to provide input on the feedback and comments the project team received in Phase 1 of the STPE process. In addition, the STPE working group (23 parents of children attending the three STPE schools) were given the opportunity to provide input on the feedback and comments the project team received in Phase 1 of the STPE process.
The STPE input gathered in Phase 2 influenced the project design process and the development of the recommended designs. A summary of the STPE activities from Phase 2 of the public engagement program are now available as a public engagement report under the documents tab.
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 2020.
|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|
|Phase 3 - News release||2020-01-07||News release|
Frequently Asked Questions
- Neighbourhood greenway – A safe and comfortable east-west connection to Downtown for people of all ages and abilities facilitated by speed humps, curb extensions, access restrictions, and a number of conversions to one-way streets.
- Physical separation and routing changes - Installation of a number of one-way protected bike lanes, as well as minimal conversion from two-way to one-way vehicle traffic.
- Two-way protected bike lanes - Two-way protected bike lines on the south side of Granite Way from Balmoral Street to Osborne Street.
- 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.