On March 12, The Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul announced plans to
lower speed limits to support safer streets. Slower speeds on local streets
make travel safer for everyone no matter how you get around.
New speed limits will be:
- 20 mph for local residential streets;
- 25 mph for larger, arterial city-owned streets; and
- 30-plus mph for a few city-owned streets.
- Per Minnesota law, cities do not have authority to change speed limits
on county and MnDOT roads. Speed limits on these streets in Minneapolis and
Saint Paul will not change.
- Map (see link) shows what the speed limits will be on individual
Staff from both cities will begin in March to install or change more than
1,000 speed limit signs on city-owned streets in the coming months. New,
lower 25 mph speed limits on individual streets will go into effect as soon
as they are signed.
Once the busier streets are signed, the cities will then install “gateway
signs” at entry points in both cities, indicating the citywide speed limit
is 20 mph unless otherwise posted.
Once the gateway signs are installed, the 20 mph speed limit on local
residential streets will be in effect. The cities will generally not be
posting 20 mph signs on local residential streets. The cities expect the
sign installation to be completed by this fall.
Full details: https://www.visionzerompls.com/speedlimit-s
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Toronto expands bike share network as it looks to give residents more ways
to get around during pandemic
Toronto is adding 1,850 new bicycles and 160 new stations to its existing
bike-sharing network as it continues to look to new ways to help residents
get around during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor John Tory announced the expansion during a news conference in Nathan
Phillips Square on Tuesday morning, noting that the initiative will help
provide more residents “with safe alternatives to get moving” in the era of
The expansion will see the geographic area covered by Bike Share Toronto’s
network double to 200 square kilometres and will also include the creation
of pilot areas in North York and Scarborough that will each feature up to
eight new stations.
The total cost of the overall expansion is $11.25 million with nine million
of that coming from the province as part of a previously announced
“Residents are looking for different and yet safe ways to get around the
city and as we continue to respond to the pandemic and make our plans for
the post-pandemic period residents want to go outside, they want to be
active and they want to have those transportation alternatives. It is our
job to make that happen,” Tory told reporters in making that announcement.
Bike Share Toronto charges members an annual fee and then allows them to
check out bicycles for 30-minute increments from any of its stations.
While the network was largely limited to the downtown core when the city
took over the service from its bankrupt owners back in 2013 it has grown
considerably since then and will now cover 20 of the 25 wards in the city.
It will also feature 6,850 bikes spread across 625 stations. As recently as
2016, there were only about 1,000 bikes spread across 80 stations.
“A big part of expansion is ensuring that all corners of this city will
have access to bike share,” Tory said. “It will mean that people can use
the bikes to come all the way down to the core if they choose to do so or
they can use it as well to get to places within their own neighbourhoods.”
The expansion of Bike Share Toronto comes as the city accelerates work on
40 kilometres of new bikes lanes as part of its wider response to COVID-19.
The city has also been closing select major arteries to vehicular traffic
on the weekends in order to give pedestrians and cyclists more space.
“As the economy starts to reopen and people want to get out to their mom
and pop shops and support their local businesses, active transportation is
going to be a critical way to do that,” Beaches-East York Coun. Brad
Bradford said during Tuesday’s press conference. “This is a 21st century
approach and I think it is the perfect approach for the moment we are in
Gearing up for success
Inmates learn skills in bike shop
A broken bike abandoned at the Brady Road Landfill may look like a piece of
junk, but it could make a big difference in at least one person’s life.
Sheryl Reid-Corrales, Headingley Correctional Centre’s Winding River
Community unit manager, said that bike could become one of the 2,000 bikes
repaired by inmates and donated to The WRENCH (Winnipeg Repair Education
and Cycling Hub) to distribute to community groups serving immigrant and
other Winnipeg residents in need.
“We go and get the bikes from the Brady Road Landfill,” Reid-Corrales said.
By repairing bikes, inmates learn valuable job skills as part of an
addiction program offered at the special unit, which houses up to 150 men.
Winding River is based on the model of Guthrie House Therapeutic Centre at
Nanaimo Correctional Centre in British Columbia, she said. It is a
self-contained unit that offers counselling and behavioural modelling to
keep inmates fighting addictions out of the main prison system.
“We’re an addiction program with a positive environment,” Reid-Corrales
Two correctional officers oversee the bike shop, teaching inmates to repair
bikes. Reid-Corrales said 16 inmates at a time work for a half-day, and the
other part of their day is devoted to counselling and programs supporting
their desire to kick an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.
“It takes a year for them to go through the program,” she said. “Working in
the bike shop is a practice run for when they get out (of prison). In the
bike shop, they are treated like an employee.”
This puts the onus on inmates to show up on time and call in if they are
sick and unable to come to work.
Reid-Corrales said giving inmates personal responsibility for their success
or failure in the bike shop and Winding River program is important.
“They’re learning confidence.”
She said working on bikes, especially children’s bikes, leads inmates to
reflect on their own families and how their actions that brought them into
Headingley Correctional Centre impacted their loved ones and others in the
community. For example, they might have stolen bikes to sell for profit and
“It’s important that they give back to the community,” Reid-Corrales said
The WRENCH recently gave away 320 bikes repaired by Winding River inmates.
Reid-Corrales said the inmates also make bike seats that are available at
The WRENCH’s office at 1057 Logan Ave. in Winnipeg.
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*Extending Winnipeg active transportation routes until fall gains support
but has critics*
Calls to tweak location of routes, change hours and provide better
communications on closures
A push to extend the temporary closure of nine Winnipeg streets to vehicle
traffic got plenty of support Tuesday, while others want city council to
slow down and examine what's already in place.
The nine streets were closed earlier this spring to provide active
transportation options to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicle
traffic is limited to one block from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the routes, seven
days a week.
The temporary closures are set to end on July 6, but on Tuesday, the city's
infrastructure and public works committee heard from several councillors
and a dozen delegations about extending the closures for another two months.
St. Boniface Coun. Matt Allard has a motion that would extend the active
transportation routes until the September long weekend.
"The majority of people I have heard from in my ward supports keeping them
open," Allard said on Tuesday.
Several councillors appeared in front of the committee in full support of
the motion, but others say changes should be made before the life of the
routes is extended.
Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie says he has "no real problem" with the routes,
one of which — Scotia Street — is in his ward.
But he did inject a note of caution about the interaction between
pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on the routes.
"There is tension on all sides," Eadie said, adding the restrictions bring
out the "aggressive nature" in people while attempting to share the road.
Assiniboine may not be right fit for route
The councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood says there was little
advance notice to residents when five more routes were added
in early May to the four that had opened up in April
"There was no information given to residents.… It was just done," Kevin
Klein told the committee.
Assiniboine Avenue from Bedson Street to Westwood Drive, which is in
Klein's ward, was among the routes added in May.
He says there are six bus stops on the street and no proper signage was put
in place to explain the changes to residents.
Klein says perhaps the route could remain closed to vehicles on the
weekends or evenings, but whatever happens with the motion to extend
the routes until the fall, residents and the local councillors should be
Westwood resident Darlene Van Ruiten agreed with Klein on both the concerns
about the bus stops on the route, and the lack of consultation.
"There wasn't any time to speak to residents that this was coming," Van
Ruiten told the committee.
She says the barricades on the street have created a potential danger, as
transit buses attempt to manoeuvre around them.
The Green Action Centre appeared in support of extending the routes beyond
the current nine streets, urging councillors to follow the lead of other
cities around the world.
"Create a pop-up network routes accessible by foot and bikes," urged the
Green Action Centre's Mel Marginet.
After hearing from some councillors and delegations, Allard allowed there
may be a need to tweak some routes.
"I want to acknowledge there have been a number of concerns raised by
residents and councillors," Allard said.
Allard believes the motion going to council has the flexibility in it to
allow area councillors to adapt the routes in each ward.
The infrastructure and public works committee is expected to vote on
Allard's motion later Tuesday. It also has to pass executive policy
committee before a full vote of city council.
Future of city active transportation routes draws debate
Some Winnipeggers fear a route restricting vehicle access to make more room
for pedestrians and cyclists has created new safety concerns.
The city introduced nine active transportation routes as an option for
socially distanced exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic, where vehicle
traffic is limited to one block from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
While that was slated to end July 6, city council is now considering a
motion that would keep the paths open to Sept. 7.
Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) opposed the extension,
however, after the Assiniboine Avenue route (from Bedson Street to Westwood
Drive) triggered complaints.
"There’s buses and there’s a lot of turns and dips on that road, so it’s
difficult to see pedestrians and cyclists," Klein said Tuesday, noting
there are also multiple bus stops along Assiniboine. "It creates a
diversion of traffic that’s not expected in the community."
The councillor said the vehicle restrictions also fuel notable traffic
increases in a nearby back lane, as drivers search for alternative routes.
"Right now, it’s creating division among the street, it’s creating issues.
I don’t want to see a child get hit in the back lane because a ball went
out of their yard (and they weren’t expecting the traffic)," he said.
Klein said some of his constituents do support the AT route. However, he
urged city staff to conduct consultations to determine if other nearby
alternatives may be better suited to active transportation.
He said each ward councillor should be invited to provide input on route
placement before any extension occurs. If that doesn’t happen, council
could also consider restricting the vehicle limits to Saturdays, Sundays
and weekday evening hours.
Darlene Van Ruiten, a resident of the ward, told the committee she’s also
concerned about heavy bus traffic forced to move around the route’s
"The barricade causes this bus, this full-sized bus, to go (switch lanes)
to make those corners… It causes a potential danger to either hit a car or
a child that’s not paying attention," said Van Ruiten.
On Tuesday, the public works committee voted to support the extensions,
which means the AT access for sections of Lyndale Drive, Scotia Street,
Wellington Crescent, Wolseley Avenue, Assiniboine Avenue, Churchill Drive,
Egerton Road, Kildonan Drive and Kilkenny Drive will be extended.
Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface), committee chairman, noted the motion does
call for all councillors to be consulted to see if any changes to the
routes are required.
Allard said that should ensure ward concerns can be addressed without AT
routes getting shut down to do so.
"By design, this motion is meant to include the area councillor," he said,
adding he’s heard plenty of support for the route extension.
By late Tuesday afternoon, more than 8,000 Winnipeggers had signed an
online Winnipeg Trails Association petition to support the extension and
call for more permanent AT routes.
The public works committee also heard clear support from many delegates at
"A small inconvenience for some folks to limit their driving to a block
during designated hours in exchange for all of the benefits of movement and
fresh air is an incredibly simple trade-off for the city to champion," said
Mel Marginet of the Green Action Centre.
Marginet said the routes must be expanded, however, since many Winnipeggers
live too far from the current ones to easily access them.
If council approves the changes as proposed, the city’s public service
would also study the addition of permanent, year-round active