The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) would
like to invite you to join us for a webinar entitled: “Through Road/Main
Street Interventions: Towards a More Balanced Coexistence Between Road
Traffic and Life in Small Municipalities”.
This webinar will take place on January 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00
For more details and to register, please click on the link below:
If you feel that this activity is of interest to your networks and
partners, don’t hesitate to share this announcement!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Marianne
Jacques at: marianne.jacques(a)inspq.qc.ca
Agente de développement des réseaux
Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publiques et la santé
Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)
190 Crémazie Est, Montréal, Québec
Téléphone: 514-864-1600, poste 3613
Bike Winnipeg's 2015 Bicycle Count Report is now available here
There is strong evidence that even the limited construction of new cycling
infrastructure that has occurred since 2009 has had a positive impact on
the numbers of cyclists in Winnipeg. This year’s bike counts and analysis
suggest that there has been substantial growth in cycling but that this
growth has stalled.
In 2015 the City adopted a new pedestrian and cycling strategy with more
ambitious goals. If this results in a more substantial investment in
cycling infrastructure we can expect to see increased cycling levels in the
A big thanks to Bike Winnipeg director Jeremy Hull who organizes the yearly
counts and produces this detailed report for us. Thanks as well to the many
volunteers who donate their time to undertake the actual counts. This year
we had 86 counts at 25 different locations.
Here is the 2016 webinar schedule from the Association of Pedestrian and
Bicycle Professionals (APBP). Note that the webinars take place on the 3rd
Wednesday of the month, except December, from 2-3pm local time.
Once again, Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg will be hosting group
viewings of these webinars in the EcoCentre boardroom. We welcome you to
join us to watch the webinars together and discuss local applications of
what we've learned.
All About Guidance # 2 - Using Guidance Effectively
Planning for Facility Maintenance and Management Costs
Understanding the Funding Process
Shared and Separated Off-street Paths
Aspects of Equity
Economic Impacts of Street Design Decisions
Performance Measures to Evaluate new and Established Practices
Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts
Pedestrians and Bicyclists in a Suburban Context
Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Transitions Between Bikeway Facilities
Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis
Details on the January 20th webinar will be circulated next week.
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[Here is today's editorial followed by the initial article.]
One-metre rule for bikes: it’s a start
Good on Premier Greg Selinger for getting behind a backbencher’s bill to
impose a rule that vehicles leave one metre for cyclists on the road
But it is just a start for the provincial government — and it should get
the support of all parties — that has been relatively uninterested in
promoting cycling for commuters.
At present, the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) requires motorists to be prudent,
but doesn’t set out a distance they must keep from cyclists. That leaves
too much discretion for some drivers. Some don’t realize how vulnerable
cyclists feel on the road; others don’t care.
A rule that requires motorists to leave three feet of grace for cyclists
would compel drivers to be more watchful. The HTA requires cyclists to keep
as close to the right curb as practicable (which recognizes they are slower
and don’t have to impede traffic). But the rule is meaningless when the
road, curbside, is so pocked and cracked it is dangerous to ride on.
Riding in the centre of the lane disrupts motorists. It’s irritating if it
goes on for more than a minute, because urban speed limits are geared for
vehicles and to expedite traffic.
Cyclists, too, forget or ignore their duties under the HTA, stoking
resentment and outright hostility between commuters. And this is going to
increase as more Manitobans, particularly Winnipeggers, commute by bike.
That puts a lot of pressure on municipalities, which shoulder the burden of
designing streets and infrastructure to make way for cyclists and
pedestrians. But cities alone cannot afford the cost of shifting
infrastructure, in a reasonable timeline, to accommodate cyclists safely.
The one-metre rule, if it passes, will show just how much work needs to be
done. It will reveal how ill-suited the streets are now to melding bicycles
and cars, especially in winter. Narrowed (by snow or potholes), single
lanes of opposing traffic will see cyclists holding up traffic on busy
Separated bike lanes are the safest and are shown to encourage commuters to
leave the car at home. While they don’t have to be expensive — cement
planters can work in place of a fixed curb between the bike and the car —
separated lanes do need changes to road design, especially at intersections
and bus stops. They have to be continuous, and connected to routes into the
This requires planning, preferably on a regional basis. It requires
commitment by governments that make moving people into alternative modes of
transportation a priority. The Selinger government has been lazy on that
point. Some of its infrastructure programs mention active transportation,
but there is little dedicated funding for municipalities that face tearing
up asphalt to lay down new track.
And it’s doubly overwhelming for winter cities, where even pedestrians are
discouraged because sidewalks aren’t plowed regularly.
Other jurisdictions are spending the time, money and effort to push walking
and cycling. New York is one example, reworking in a short time its busy
streets into a can-do model for cyclists, but not without conflict and
acrimony. Closer to home, Minneapolis has invested huge sums to start the
shift from a car culture. Across the sea, more cities are taxing motorists
more aggressively, some to provide financial incentives to cyclists.
Meanwhile, Manitoba has the second-lowest fuel tax in Canada, and Alberta
is about to close the gap.
There’s no shortage of ideas and evidence of what works. Mr. Selinger’s
green plan does not put enough muscle behind pushing the transportation
sector — a big driver of greenhouse-gas emissions — to be greener. It can’t
meet its goals on GHG cuts unless a lot of cars get off fossil fuels and
more commuters get out of cars. There are proven ways to do that. Manitoba
needs a provincial government to help adopt them.
*Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial
board composed of Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien, Shannon Sampert, and
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Proposed one-metre rule for cars and cyclists 'a great idea:' Manitoba
WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is throwing his support behind a
proposed new rule of the road affecting motorists and cyclists.
Selinger says a call to force drivers to move over at least one metre when
passing a cyclist is "a great idea" that he would like to see become law.
"Safety for active transportation makes sense. It's part of having a more
livable city," Selinger said in a recent interview.
"It's in the interests of both parties to have a respectful understanding
of what the zones of safety are."
Ontario recently passed a one-metre law and one of Selinger's backbenchers,
Dave Gaudreau, wants Manitoba to follow suit.
Gaudreau has put forward a private member's bill in the legislature and
Selinger said he'd like to see it become law.
However, the bill is one of many currently on the agenda and the
legislature is scheduled to sit for only 12 days before the campaign begins
for the April 19 election.
Whether there is enough time to pass the bill will depend partly on the
opposition, Selinger said.
Manitoba's Highway Traffic Act currently requires motorists only to keep "a
safe distance" when passing cyclists.
Gaudreau has said specifying a one-metre rule will make things more clear
and ensure cyclists are given ample room.
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