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Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study

The City of Winnipeg is initiating a community traffic study in Lord Roberts. The City recognizes the ongoing traffic issues in the Lord Roberts neighbourhood and is working collaboratively with the community to identify solutions. The purpose of the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study is to identify community traffic concerns, validate those concerns with real data, and develop and implement solutions to improve transportation in Lord Roberts.


Updates

April 2020 – The data collected in the area and public feedback told us about the highest priority traffic issues in Lord Roberts. Both the Public Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee weighed in on the draft priorities in fall 2019 to develop a list of four key priority areas that will be used to develop potential solutions. The priority areas are a result of your highest priorities.

In the next phase of the study, the technical team will work on developing options to improve traffic in each of the priority areas and will ask for your feedback to refine solutions.

July 3, 2019 - The public engagement summary from Phase 2 (Identifying Issues) is now available in the Documents tab. The technical team is currently implementing a data collection plan to measure the traffic issues in the neighbourhood identified in this phase of engagement. Later this summer, the Public Advisory Committee will have their second meeting to discuss feedback and next steps. Those who signed up for updates will be kept apprised of data collection outcomes and how to get involved in Phase 3, Developing Solutions.

May 16, 2019 - Thank you to over 30 residents who attended the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study workshop on April 29. We heard from over 400 participants online from April 15 to May 15, 2019. Your feedback on what the traffic study should accomplish and current traffic issues will help to develop a plan for collecting data on traffic in the area.

April 15, 2019 – You're invited to provide input on your experiences with traffic in the Lord Roberts neighbourhood. The feedback received by the project team will help determine what the community values most to identify possible solutions to improve transportation in the area. We want to hear from you! See the engage tab to learn more about a survey and workshop.

January 2019 – Thank you to those who applied to be on the Public Advisory Committee. Advisory Committee members have been selected and invited to their first meeting to review and revise the terms of reference and determine the PAC's goals and objectives. We are currently in the "identifying issues" phase of the project.

November 2018 – Sign up for project updates to stay up to date on the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study. Apply to be on the project advisory committee if you would like the opportunity to work collaboratively with your neighbours and the City to identify issues and solutions throughout the study. Apply before January 2, 2019. More information on the Advisory Committee tab.

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Engage

Let's work together to identify traffic issues and solutions in Lord Roberts.

Community involvement is a key component to this project. Feedback from stakeholders and area residents will help identify issues and formulate solution to improve traffic in the Lord Roberts neighbourhood.

Phase 2 Engagement

Thank you to those who participated in Phase 2 engagement. A summary of the feedback received is now available.

Feedback on what the traffic study should accomplish and current traffic issues helped to develop a plan for collecting data on traffic in the area. Information on the data collected and how to get involved in Phase 3, Developing Solutions, will be available in the coming months.

Engagement Plan

Phase 1 Initiation

A public advisory committee (PAC) will be developed to work with members of the community to identify traffic issues and solutions with those living and working in the community and the project team responsible for designing and implementing traffic solutions.

A technical advisory committee (TAC) will also be formed in this phase. The project team lead and public engagement lead will act as links between the advisory committees.

For more information about the PAC and to submit an application for consideration, visit the advisory committee tab.

PAC meeting 1 – The first PAC meeting will be held to discuss what will be included in the study and to determine the PAC's goals and objectives.

A public workshop and online survey will also be held to gather residents' feedback on traffic concerns and what they value most in their community.

PAC meeting 2 – Another PAC meeting will be held to discuss the key issues from the workshop and survey and discuss the highest priority traffic issues in the neighbourhood.

In this phase, the TAC will meet to discuss the plan for the engineering study and the project team will collect data on the traffic in the neighbourhood.

The technical support team will analyze potential solutions and budget those solutions in order to present feasible options in this phase.

PAC meeting 3 – Meet with the PAC to discuss options for trial implementation. This phase may also include gathering public feedback on recommended options.

The PAC will be included in decisions around how and what to consult the broader community on.

In phase 4, solutions will be tested on a trial basis, and public feedback and data will be essential to determining if the solutions we are testing are working. The community will be involved in a community walking tour and an ongoing feedback survey.

PAC meeting 4 – the PAC will meet to discuss the trial and public feedback and provide input on the permanent implementation of solutions.

The TAC will also meet to discuss the trial results.

PAC meeting 5 – The proposed permanent traffic plan will be discussed at the final PAC meeting.

Permanent implementation is expected in the fall of 2021. Approval from the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works is required for solutions that fall outside the scope of the City's Traffic Engineering Improvement Program. After traffic solutions have been permanently implemented, ongoing monitoring and evaluation will take place and the team will continue to monitor feedback. If the PAC continues to meet, they can pass their feedback along to the team.

Call 204-986-4243 or email lordrobertstraffic@winnipeg.ca if you have questions or feedback to provide.

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for the City of Winnipeg public engagement newsletter.

Priority Areas

After a series of in-depth public engagement opportunities, technical analysis, and both technical and public advisory committee consultations, the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study has identified its four priority areas. These priorities will guide the scope of work in the next phase of the study, which is about developing solutions.

The priority areas for the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study are:

  • Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • School area safety
  • On-street parking
  • Other safety improvements

The project team will look at existing City policies, guidelines, and strategies (such as the City of Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, as well as existing infrastructure and planned capital projects in the area) and will assess areas that present opportunities for impactful improvements, then present potential solutions to the public for feedback.

Preferred solutions will be prioritized and implemented, subject to approvals and budget availability. Solutions that cannot be implemented as part of this study will be forwarded on for consideration in broader City initiatives, such as the Transportation Master Plan, or as part of future road renewals.

Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure

Improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure within Lord Roberts and at key connections into and out of the neighbourhood is a community priority.

During Phase 1 public engagement we heard that pedestrian and cyclist safety should be the top priority of the study.

In the next phase, we will explore opportunities to improve pedestrian and cycling such as:

  • Implementing new neighbourhood greenways, where cyclists and motorists share the road on a traffic-calmed street.
    • The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, as well as speed data and traffic volume data collected as part of this study, suggest that neighbourhood greenways may be an appropriate treatment for some streets in Lord Roberts.
  • Improving pedestrian and cycling connections across Osborne Street and Jubilee Avenue to identify required upgrades at existing traffic signals and pedestrian corridors, as well as any new crossings warranted to provide improved access to adjacent neighbourhoods and bicycle routes.
  • Improving existing pedestrian infrastructure within the neighbourhood by completing gaps in the sidewalk network.
    • Site visits identified streets with missing sections of sidewalk, which create accessibility and connectivity concerns.
  • Improving existing cycling infrastructure within the neighbourhood, by focusing on the multiuse path that parallels the Southwest Transitway and how it connects to the neighbourhood.
    • The public considers this multi-use path a positive aspect of the neighbourhood, but has some safety concerns with how the multi-use path connects at some intersections and lanes in Lord Roberts.

Some concerns raised during public engagement are considered outside the scope of this study, for example: facilitating a new active transportation crossing across the CN railway adjacent to Pembina Highway. These types of suggestions will be forwarded on for consideration in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and the Transportation Master Plan.

School Area Safety

Improving safety around the Lord Roberts School is a community priority.

During Phase 1 public engagement we heard from residents, parents, staff at the Lord Roberts Community Centre, and the administration of Lord Roberts School about traffic congestion concerns during pick up and drop off times, and safety concerns for children who walk and bike to school.

In the next phase of the study, opportunities to improve school area safety will be explored, such as:

  • Traffic improvements during pick-up and drop-off times to help ease congestion and ensure students can load and unload safely.
  • Implementing new school crosswalks where warranted, to help raise the visibility of students and patrols.
  • Assessing whether traffic calming measures are warranted on Cockburn Avenue and within the Reduced Speed School Zone to further reduce vehicle speeds.
  • Reviewing the boundaries of the existing Reduced Speed School Zones to determine if the current limits are appropriate for the school’s operations.

On-Street Parking

Improving on-street parking is a community priority.

During Phase 1 public engagement we heard that the availability of on-street parking is a concern in the community. Parking concerns were concentrated in the northeast section of the neighbourhood, on local streets adjacent to Osborne Street, and near the Southwest Transit Way Jubilee Station.

In the next phase of the study, opportunities to improve on-street parking will be explored, such as:

  • Expanding time limited parking regulations on some streets.
    • Parking data shows that streets with time-limited parking regulations have higher turnover and lower utilization throughout the day. Time-limited parking may be a feasible alternative for additional streets in Lord Roberts.
  • Piloting different types of residential parking permits through collaboration with the Winnipeg Parking Authority.
    • The current Residential Parking Permit program applies to streets with time limited parking only. Section 63.1(1) of the Winnipeg Parking By-law No. 113/2017 allows Council to institute pilot projects of less than one year related to parking offences and fines.
  • Additional measures to reinforce appropriate parking setbacks at intersections, as vehicles parked too close to intersections can create sightline and safety concerns.
  • Additional consultation to better understand parking needs, including the needs of residents, businesses, and Winnipeg Transit.

Other Safety Improvements

Improving safety for all road users is a community priority. Safety is a theme in all of the priority areas. This additional area captures some safety topics that didn’t quite fit within the other priorities.

During Phase 1 public engagement we heard that improving safety is the most important goal of the study. Safety concerns were concentrated along Osborne Street, particularly at the intersection with Morley Avenue.

Opportunities for other safety improvements will be explored, such as:

  • Safety reviews at intersections where data indicates there is a potential for improvement. Solutions to improve safety may include changing geometry, signal timing, or signage.
  • Improving how heavy vehicle construction traffic is managed on residential streets.
    • The public expressed safety concerns associated with heavy vehicles using residential streets to access local construction sites. Although heavy vehicle traffic is a reality when construction is occurring, opportunities to better manage this traffic will be explored in consultation with the public.

Some items raised during public engagement are considered outside the scope of this study, such as modifying transit routes. Feedback from the public regarding transit routing and operations has been passed onto Winnipeg Transit for consideration in the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan.

Timeline

Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study timeline

Timeline

Background

On June 15, 2018, the South Osborne Residents Group (SORG) submitted a request in writing to the City of Winnipeg Transportation Division for a Lord Roberts neighbourhood traffic plan. Some of the traffic concerns shared by the SORG in Lord Roberts included:

  • Increased traffic volumes from new developments in the area
  • On-street parking utilization and availability
  • Cut-through traffic
  • Transit operations
  • Speed

The Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study will trial an approach to community traffic management that is collaborative, evidenced-based, and informed by best practices and technical standards. Lessons learned from the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study approach will be carried forward to future studies and used to inform an update to the City’s community traffic management process.

The purpose of the Lord Roberts Community Traffic Study is to identify community traffic concerns, validate those concerns with real data, and develop and implement solutions to improve transportation in Lord Roberts.

  • The study is a collaborative effort between community members, the City of Winnipeg, and other stakeholders identified throughout the process.
  • Traffic concerns and solutions are identified through public engagement and substantiated with data collection and transportation engineering studies.
  • The study considers traffic concerns of all road users.
  • Traffic calming measures may be installed temporarily and monitored and evaluated prior to permanent installations.
  • Public engagement, data collection, analysis, and implementation of traffic calming measures are implemented within available budgetary resources.
  • The study focuses on non-regional streets within the Lord Roberts neighbourhood boundary. Issues on regional streets within the neighbourhood boundary that contribute to concerns on the non-regional streets may be identified through the study, however, improvements to the regional street network may need to be addressed through separate initiatives.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Postcard Phase 1 2018-11-27 Community invitation
Public Advisory Committee draft terms of reference 2018-11-27 Terms of reference
Poster Phase 2 2019-04-15 Advertisement
Canstar ad Phase 2 2019-04-15 Advertisement
Postcard Phase 2 2019-04-15 Advertisement
News release Phase 2 2019-04-15 News release
Public Advisory Committee updated terms of reference 2019-04-15 Terms of reference
Phase 2 public engagement summary appendices 2019-07-03 Report
Phase 2 public engagement summary 2019-07-03 Report
Priority areas for developing potential solutions 2020-04-15 Report
Draft Priority Areas and Feedback 2020-04-15 Report
PAC meeting #3 notes 2020-04-15 Notes
PAC meeting #2 notes 2020-04-15 Notes
PAC meeting #1 notes 2020-04-15 Notes
Technical Summary Report 2020-04-15 Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the City conducting a community traffic study in Lord Roberts?

The City recognizes the ongoing traffic issues in the Lord Roberts neighbourhood and will work collaboratively with the community to identify solutions. Some of the ongoing issues already identified by community members include increased traffic from new development, on-street parking, cut-through traffic, transit operations, and speeding.

Lord Roberts community members have already identified areas of concern, so why are you studying them further?

The Lord Roberts neighbourhood has undergone changes in the past decade and we want to bring the community together to identify issues and explore all different types of solutions. This collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach will allow for the best solutions to come forward for implementation.

What is the study focused on? Will regional streets be considered as part of the study?

The study focuses on non-regional streets within the Lord Roberts neighbourhood boundary. Osborne Street and Jubilee Avenue are not included in the scope of this study. Issues on regional streets within the neighbourhood boundary that contribute to concerns on the non-regional streets may be identified through the study; however, improvements to the regional street network may need to be addressed through separate initiatives.

How much will the study cost?

The cost of trial and permanent traffic calming measures is not yet known. Traffic calming measures will be implemented within available budgets. During the study, costs will also include printing, mailing, and advertising.

When will implementation of solutions occur?

Trial implementation of proposed solutions is expected to occur in 2020. Permanent implementation is expected in the fall of 2021. Approval from the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works is required for solutions that fall outside the scope of the City’s Traffic Engineering Improvement Program.

Will pedestrians and cyclist issues be included as part of the study?

Active transportation experts will be part of the technical advisory committee. Traffic issues related to pedestrians and cyclist safety will be considered as part of this study. Pedestrian and cycling concerns that fall outside the scope of this study will be passed onto the Active Transportation branch.

Will Transit issues be included as part of the study?

Transit experts are part of the technical advisory committee and traffic issues related to transit will be considered as part of this study. Transit concerns that fall outside the scope of this study will be passed onto Winnipeg Transit.

Will parking issues be included as part of the study?

Parking experts are part of the technical advisory committee and traffic issues related to parking will be considered as part of this study. Parking concerns that fall outside the scope of this study will be passed onto the Winnipeg Parking Authority.

How do I get involved?

Visit the Engage tab to learn more.

When will community traffic studies be conducted in other neighbourhoods?

Lessons learned from the Lord Roberts study approach will be carried forward to future studies and will be used to inform an update to the City’s current community traffic management practices. Following the update and lessons learned, community traffic studies in other neighbourhoods will be explored.

Maps

Lord Roberts Community Study area map

Project Advisory Committees

Project Advisory Committees

In the fall of 2019, both the PAC and TAC provided feedback on the draft priority areas developed from public feedback and data collected.

See priority areas for developing potential solutions

See responses to draft priority areas

Public Advisory Committee (PAC)

Public Advisory Committee Members

Name Representing
Melanie Jichuk Resident
Glenn Friesen Resident
Jennifer Larsen Resident
Adam Kinakin Resident
Ryan Segal Resident
Janis Urniezius Local Business
Bill Crossman Local Business
Leslie MacGillivray Lord Roberts Community School
Anne Lindsey Lord Roberts Community Centre
Maria Swanson Fort Rouge Leisure Centre
Bev Pike South Osborne Residents Group
Amanda Younka Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

PAC Meeting 3 – during the third PAC meeting, those who were not available for PAC meeting 2 attended the first hour to receive the overview of data collected. All PAC members were invited to attend the second hour for the priority areas discussion. See meeting notes.

PAC Meeting 2 – during the second PAC meeting, the PAC received an overview of the feedback collected from the community and the data collected through the data collection plan. The PAC also reviewed the draft priority areas. Due to time constraints, the group agreed to send feedback over email and the City planned to schedule another PAC meeting to allow further discussion on priorities. See meeting notes.

PAC Meeting 1 – during the first PAC meeting, the PAC received an overview of the study plan, discussed how the PAC would function, advised on next steps and promotion, and revised the draft Terms of Reference. See the revised terms of reference. See meeting notes.

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) represents a diversity of views in the Lord Roberts Community. The PAC will consist of:

  • Up to 5 community members (chosen at random) and
  • Up to 7 stakeholder representatives
    • 1 representing the South Osborne Residents Group (SORG)
    • 2 representing local businesses
    • 1 representing a school in the community, and
    • 1 representing a community centre, and
    • Up to 2 from other stakeholder groups in the area.

The draft terms of reference for the PAC can be found here: Terms of Reference
The draft terms of reference will be finalized by the PAC once the group is formed.

Are you interested in joining the PAC? Email lordrobertstraffic@winnipeg.ca to let us know.
All those interested in joining the PAC are asked to email lordrobertstraffic@winnipeg.ca and provide your name, email address, address, reason for interest in joining the PAC, and connection to the neighbourhood.

Those interested in applying to be on the PAC must provide their information before January 2, 2019.
After the application deadline, PAC members will be chosen and contacted with details of the first meeting.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The following civic departments and branches are part of the Technical Advisory Committee:

  • Planning, Property & Development
  • Public Works, including:
    • Transportation Facilities Planning
    • Active Transportation
    • Traffic Assessment
    • Transportation Systems Planning
    • Traffic Management
    • Streets Maintenance
  • Winnipeg Transit
  • Winnipeg Parking Authority
  • Winnipeg Police Services

Last update: April 21, 2020
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