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*Subject:* HAPPY CITIES – The Shape of Neighbourhoods and Well-being With
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February 25, 2020
*HAPPY CITIES The Shape of Neighbourhoods and Well-being With Hazel Borys*
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*Next Presentation in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Conversations &
Celebrations Series of Free Public Events Celebrating Manitoba’s Ceremonial
Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon invites Manitobans to join her in engaging in
Conversations and Celebrations – a monthly gathering of fascinating and
entertaining people from across this great province. Lt.-Gov. Filmon
developed this initiative to honour the 135th birthday of Government House
during 2018. Based on the overwhelming success of these monthly free
public events, the program continues throughout 2020. *The next event will
be Tuesday, March 10 at Government House. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.*
March’s guest speaker is Hazel Borys, president and CEO of PlaceMakers.
With city planning firms operating in Canada and the United States, Borys
and her team are passionate about advancing the resilience conversation,
and the belief that diverse, character-rich neighbourhoods can actually
make us happier. She guides governments around the world through policy
and land use law reforms – allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact places to
develop by right – and helps developers design and enable liveable,
loveable places. In her presentation, Borys will share some of the
benefits that cities and provinces can enjoy in supporting these sorts of
urban forms, and what Manitobans can do to strengthen our connection to
each other and this place we call home. Members of the Winnipeg Jazz
Orchestra will provide entertainment at the close of the program.
In her role as lieutenant-governor, as well as in her private life,
Lt.-Gov. Filmon embraces the role of community connector. Her vision for
Conversations and Celebrations is to continue to find meaningful ways to
bring Manitobans together to learn, and celebrate unique talents, abilities
and perspectives by embracing the rich diversity of this province and its
“I am thrilled with how Manitobans have embraced this initiative and we
have lots of great presentations planned throughout Manitoba’s 150th
anniversary year,” said Lt.-Gov. Filmon. “People are leaving Government
House at the end of the evening with their hearts and minds full, eyes wide
open to the great things happening in our province and beyond, and inspired
to make a difference.”
Events will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. most often on the second Tuesday of
each month. *Those wishing to attend must register in advance with the
Office of the Lieutenant Governor by calling 204-945-2753. * Registration
is now open. There is no cost to attend.
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Please join Green Action Centre and Bike Winnipeg for a group viewing of
the monthly APBP webinar in the EcoCentre
This will be followed by discussion for those who wish to stay.
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Street Typologies: An organizing framework for more walkable, bikeable
*Wed, Feb 19th, 2:00 PM *
Many cities transportation goals have shifted in recent years – becoming
more multimodal, safety-focused, and equitable. While cities transportation
goals have changed, many still rely on the Federal Functional
Classification System, which prioritizes vehicle mobility and access, as
the main framework for organizing, designing, and managing their streets.
Recognizing this dissonance, cities are developing new street typology
systems that better align their approach to streets with overall
transportation goals. This presentation will share strategies used in Des
Moines, IA and Phoenix, AZ to develop new street typologies that align with
existing and future land use and create more walkable, bikeable streets.
- Alex Hanson, Sam Schwartz Consulting
- Brian Fellows, City of Phoenix
- Jeff Wiggins, City of Des Moines
*Study to probe bus service to bedroom communities*
* Transit expansion outside city explored *
Winnipeg will study the idea of creating new links to bus service for those
commuting into the city, possibly through large park-and-ride locations.
City hall is working on a new transportation master plan and will review
regional transportation as one piece of that effort. It will explore the
ways many neighbouring communities — including Stonewall, Selkirk, St.
Andrews, Springfield, Headingley and Rosser — might benefit from better
links to Winnipeg Transit.
"The question is, when they arrive at the city boundary, is there a way to
shift their mode, get them out of their cars and perhaps on to our transit
system?" said Alex Regiec, city master plan project manager.
In addition to possible park-and-ride sites at the city’s boundaries, a
consultant will be tasked to explore options to create an
inter-governmental regional transportation body, add public transit links
between the city and region, and provide advice on active transportation.
The consultant must also figure out how much that would cost.
Regiec said creating more regional access to Winnipeg Transit could help
the city in a few key ways.
"The benefits of a park-and-ride program… would be to reduce the amount of
single-occupant automobiles on the road, which reduces the wear and tear on
our infrastructure. It also gives people an opportunity to find a more
economical way to travel within the City of Winnipeg, and it’s also a
benefit to our transit system (by) encouraging ridership," he said.
The broader transportation master plan is expected in June 2021, which will
also weigh in on how infrastructure can be added to support cars, buses and
bikes over the next 30 years, as well as the best options to move goods.
Regiec said a series of consultant contracts to support the master plan
will have a combined cost of about $1 million. He said those contracts
should be awarded by early March.
While the review is slated to explore extensions of public transit past the
Perimeter Highway, the project manager for Winnipeg Transit’s master plan
said Transit has not received any formal proposal to do that.
"We don’t have the authority to operate transit outside city limits unless
we were to operate as a contractor to another municipality," said Kevin
Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson said he expects new transportation options
between Winnipeg and his community would be well-used: "I think if a bus
service was predictable, it was efficient, if it was cost-efficient… I
truly believe that it could be successful."
Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) welcomed the effort to explore regional
"When I’m on Pembina Highway and I see a continuous stream of vehicles
coming in (each with) one person, one person, one person — (I think) for
sure there is a way that we can change this... (We) need to start moving in
that direction," she said.
The councillor said she believes partnerships and funding from senior
governments would be required to successfully implement a regional
"This is not something the city can do on its own," Lukes said.
Coun. Scott Gillingham, finance committee chairman, said the review’s cost
estimates will be a key factor to determine what regional transportation
infrastructure the city could actually afford to implement.
A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) finds that, taken
together with public transport, walking and cycling for short city journeys
provide the greatest benefits for both human health and the environment in
The introduction and rapid uptake of app-based vehicle sharing schemes can
also have benefits. However, the report points to studies which show that
their impact on the environment is not always positive. E-scooter sharing
schemes especially appear to attract users that would have otherwise walked
or used public transport.
While the use of shared e-scooters generates few direct environmental
impacts, their green credentials can be questioned by the substantial
negative impacts associated to their materials, their manufacturing and
their frequent collection for recharging purposes.
Similarly, studies show that ride-hailing apps such as Uber or Lyft do
little to reduce emissions or congestion and actually draw people away from
The transport and environment report ‘The first and last mile — the key to
sustainable urban transport
how green and sustainable ‘first and last mile’ transport options such as
bicycles, scooters or other means of short-distance travel can transform
mobility systems in cities.
The report also assesses how innovative urban freight and inner city
delivery services, including the use of delivery drones, can make urban
freight transport more sustainable.
Full article: https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/02/20200204-eea.html
*One less bump on path to traffic-calming measures *
IT could soon be a little easier to get a speed bump or other
traffic-calming measures installed in your neighbourhood.
City council’s public works committee approved a new process on Tuesday,
after being informed the current method has a low success rate. The
proposed policy still requires full council approval.
Under the current system, a Winnipegger must persuade at least 70 per cent
of homeowners affected by the desired speed bump to sign a petition in
support of the change. The new system would reduce that threshold to 25 per
While any proposal would still have to satisfy strict engineering
requirements to get the green light, city transportation manager David
Patman expects the new process will make requests more successful.
“We know traffic calming is one of those issues that’s growing in
importance. More and more people want to look at traffic calming in their
neighbourhoods,” Patman said.
“We still want to see that there’s some buy-in, some local support for a
project before it goes forward but (the 25 per cent requirement is) a lot
less onerous than requiring 70 per cent.”
The new process would allow requests to be made by a citizen, 311 inquiry,
city councillor or staff. The public service would then screen the proposed
site’s speed limits, traffic volume and other factors to ensure they are
conducive to the change.
Projects that pass that hurdle would be prioritized based on a site’s
collision history, traffic volumes and safety concerns.
The top priorities would then proceed to a design and public engagement
process to determine which type of traffic-calming tool could work best.
Finally, a speed bump or other recommended traffic-calming measure could
either be tested as a pilot project or permanently implemented.
That new process is expected to consider a greater variety of options to
slow down traffic, since only speed bumps were considered in the past.
Patman said final traffic-calming solutions could now also include speed
tables, curb extensions, traffic circles, road-narrowing and other road
“Our new process opens up a big menu of different options for traffic
calming,” he said.
Patman said each individual project would still require council approval.
Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface), who chairs the public works committee,
said he hopes council will support the changes.
Allard noted dozens of Winnipeggers did secure 70 per cent of their
neighbours’ signatures to push for a speed bump under the current system
only to learn the proposed site didn’t meet city requirements. For example,
the city would only add speed bumps on residential streets that don’t also
serve as a transit route, a snow route or a residential collector street. A
minimum number of vehicles also needed to be seen exceeding the speed limit
to qualify the site for a speed bump.
As a result, few traffic-calming requests were granted between 2015 and
2018. During that period, 32 of 156 requests for local streets met the 70
per cent petition threshold but none were implemented because the areas
weren’t deemed suitable. For back lanes, 14 requests were filed but only
two were granted.
Allard said he expects simplifying the process could pave the way for more
requests. “I think this is going to result in more demand for traffic
calming in neighbourhoods,” he said.