"The Road Safety Strategic Action Plan is driven by data and public
feedback and will serve as a roadmap for implementing both short-term
solutions and long-term investments over the next 3-5 years and beyond."
Word on the street
THE following have been identified as locations where some form of crossing
control is warranted. A pedestrian corridor has overhead flashing beacons,
a pedestrian half signal involves erecting a traffic light and an RRFB is a
rectangular rapid flashing beacon.
● Burrows Avenue at Lawrence Street (pedestrian corridor)
● Corydon Avenue at Edgeland Boulevard (pedestrian corridor)
● Dakota Street at Dakota Community Centre (pedestrian half signal)
● Des Meurons Street at Horace Street (RRFB)
● Devonshire Drive at Tommy Douglas Drive (RRFB)
● Gateway Road at Furniture Park (RRFB)
● Grant Avenue at Lilac Street (pedestrian half signal)
● Lakewood Boulevard at Meadowbrook Road (RRFB)
● Lindenwood Drive E near Lindenwood Drive W (RRFB)
● Lindenwood Drive W at Wallingford Crescent (pedestrian corridor)
● Logan Avenue at Winks Street (pedestrian half signal)
● Main Street at Church Avenue (south side) (pedestrian half signal)
● McGillivray Boulevard at Front Street (pedestrian half signal)
● Pembina Highway at Newdale Avenue (pedestrian half signal)
● Portage Avenue at Rita Street (pedestrian half signal)
● Regent Avenue West at Winona Street (pedestrian corridor)
● River Avenue at Scott Street (RRFB)
● River Avenue at Lewis Street (RRFB)
● Roblin Boulevard at Municipal Road (pedestrian half signal)
● Roblin Boulevard at the zoo entrance (pedestrian half signal)
● Rorie Street at McDermot Avenue (RRFB)
● St. Mary’s Road at Crystal Avenue (traffic signal)
● St. Mary’s Road at Hastings Boulevard (pedestrian half signal)
● St. Mary’s Road South at St. Vital Trail (pedestrian half signal)
● Stradbrook Avenue at Scott Street (RRFB)
● Wellington Crescent at Kingsway (RRFB)
● Wellington Crescent (southbound) between River and Stradbrook avenues
● Wellington Crescent northbound exit to Stradbrook Avenue (RRFB)
City identifies 28 sites for crosswalks
NEARLY $3 million for new crosswalks will be considered in the city’s 2022
Municipal traffic experts have identified 28 locations that meet the
criteria for some form of pedestrian crossing control, with an early
combined cost estimate of about $2.8 million, says a report by city
bureaucrats. The report cautions a detailed design hasn’t been done at each
The city currently adds an average of four crossings per year at the
highest need locations, due to city staff and budget limits, the report
Council’s public works chairperson said the devices are key to improving
road safety, since uncontrolled busy crossings could raise the risk of
“There is a big shortfall in terms of the warranted but unfunded
(crosswalks)… In practice, what tends to happen where you don’t have a
crosswalk where it’s warranted, is you have a high level of people driving
cars on that street and you have a high level of pedestrians crossing that
street in uncontrolled circumstances,” said Coun. Matt Allard.
The public works committee recently referred the potential cost for the
warranted, but not yet funded, crosswalks to the 2022 budget process.
Installing more of the devices could help Winnipeggers feel safe walking to
more destinations, which could help entice them to choose foot travel more
often, said Allard.
“The lowest hanging fruit for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is (for)
people to (shift modes of transportation). You need to build the facilities
that make it easier to choose active transportation (such as) properly
administered pedestrian corridors,” he said.
The report concludes that crosswalks are warranted at points along
Wellington Crescent, St. Mary’s Road, Lakewood Boulevard and Burrows
Avenue, among many other locations. The list is based on pedestrian and
vehicle volumes, along with each site’s proximity to other traffic controls
and pedestrian crossings.
Immediate construction may not make sense at some of the sites, however,
which may be altered by upcoming bicycle networks or Winnipeg Transit stop
changes, the report warns. Crosswalk additions could also be cheaper if
they’re timed to coincide with adjacent road upgrades, it notes.
Michel Durand-Wood, a volunteer with Safe Speeds Winnipeg, said he’s glad
to see the city pay attention to pedestrian access but believes the effort
can’t be limited to crosswalks.
“I think crosswalks are better than nothing. But if we were addressing the
actual issue, crosswalks would be less necessary... If traffic speeds are
low enough, then we don’t need (these) expensive crosswalk structures in a
lot of those places,” said Durand-Wood.
Safe Speeds advocates for lower speed limits on residential streets and
other routes where pedestrians and vehicles share the road.
Durand-Wood said it would be “disingenuous” to suggest the city can’t
afford to add the crosswalks, since it devoted $152 million to road renewal
“We can move some money around pretty easily, depending what our priorities
are,” he said.
The city report notes another 70 potential crossing locations are still
being studied, though it’s too early to say if they warrant pedestrian
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September 22, 2021
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Date: Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 9:34 AM
Subject: City of Winnipeg Bike Maps Now Available
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My name is Erik Dickson. I am the Livable Streets Specialist at the City of
Winnipeg. I work in the Active Transportation Branch at Public Works. The
City has recently released an updated Bike Map (Version 7). Please see the
news release here as well as links to the online PDF version of the map:
Print maps are now available in both English and French and are free. In
the past the City has greatly valued the partnership with local community
bike shops and advocates to assist in delivery of Bike Maps to the general
public. If you are interested in obtaining Bike Maps to hand out to
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City considers test of reduced-speed neighbourhoods
WINNIPEG has 30 km/h zones and streets, but that reduced speed could soon
apply to entire neighbourhoods.
City bureaucrats have recommended some communities switch to the lower
speed limit in a new pilot project.
Council had directed city staff to look into making 15 roads — one in each
ward — 30 km/h zones. A new report from the public service suggests
implementing the change in entire neighbourhoods instead. “With
30-kilometre zones surrounded by 50-kilometre zones or even higher
speeds... (drivers) will avoid those streets and go to other streets that
might not have been designed for that level of traffic,” said Coun. Matt
Allard, council’s public works chairman.
That’s one of the reasons the change has been suggested, he said.
“With a neighbourhood-based approach, you wouldn’t get that problem because
everyone in the neighbourhood would be going (30 km/h).”
Allard believed four neighbourhoods would be affected, but city staff
hadn’t named specific communities.
A downside to the proposed change is the amount of signage, Allard said.
“If you wanted to reduce the speed from the default 50, you’d have to put
up a sign at every block,” he said. “That’s quite costly.”
Council has asked the province to approve boundary signage, where speed
limit signs would be erected at community entry points instead of on each
street, but there has been no response, Allard said.
The city turned four neighbourhood greenways into 30 km/h zones as part of
its pilot project in July. Machray Avenue, Powers Street, Eugenie Street
and Warsaw Avenue are affected.
The city’s public works committee will debate the issue on Wednesday.
Coun. Shawn Nason (Transcona) wants to see a city-wide approach or nothing
“I think we’re making streets less safe, because people are going to be
trying to figure out, ‘Am I in a 30 zone? Forty zone?’” he said.
Fifty-kilometre zones are unsafe on roads with no sidewalk, he noted.
“We need to work with the province and determine if this is going to be a
citywide mandate,” he said. “These block pilots that (have) been proposed
are just a slippery way to try to mandate it in... without proper education
Todd Dube, leader of traffic advocacy group Wise Up Winnipeg, said the
slower speed areas aren’t “necessary or effective.”
“The rhetoric of ‘slow down and save the kids’ really is simply the front
line of what becomes an abusive enforcement revenue program, as we’ve seen
in the City of Winnipeg for decades,” Dube said.
City staff has also suggested erecting speed-reader boards at the 10
photo-enforced locations that have the highest number of infractions.
The boards show motorists’ speeds on an LED screen. The city is borrowing
four boards from Manitoba Public Insurance for three years and will install
them this fall.
Grant Avenue, west of Thurso Street, topped the list for number of
infractions in 2020, with 11,654 tickets. Eastbound Talbot Avenue, near
Watt Street, was second with 4,816 tickets issued.
“Speed boards are extremely effective,” Dube said.
Each one costs about $5,000, plus $1,000 in annual maintenance and
operating fees, the city report says. Installation adds another $1,300 to
$10,000, depending on the post used and placement.
Reduced speeds create more time to think
WHETHER 30 km/h is fast or slow depends on an individual’s mode of
transportation. Most of us who are not named Andre De Grasse can’t run that
fast for a sustained period. Cyclists can maintain a speed of 30 km/h if
the rider is in good physical condition. Motorized vehicles can easily go
30 km/h: in fact, the problem in Winnipeg is getting vehicles to go so slow.
Like it or not — many vehicle drivers emphatically do not — a speed limit
of 30 km/h is becoming more common on the streets of Winnipeg. A one-year
pilot project began July 26 on four city streets, dropping the limit from
50 km/h to 30 km/h and adding speed humps to give forgetful drivers a
jarring reminder of the slow-down zones.
Also, the 30 km/h limit at school zones throughout the city resumed on
Wednesday in preparation for the upcoming home-school-home migration of
children who sometimes forget to look both ways before they cross.
Drivers can fume that 30 km/h is frustratingly sluggish, in light of the
considerable horsepower they are able to employ with a tap of their
accelerator foot. Some also allege the low limits are less about safety and
more about a cash grab accessed through speeding tickets issued by the city.
Such laments are largely in vain, however, and certainly can’t be heard by
the technological photo-radar devices that monitor school zones and issue
tickets under the Highway Traffic Act, typically $250 for the owner of a
vehicle caught doing 50 km/h.
If receiving the fine notices in the mail irritates drivers to a degree
sufficient to prompt them to express their disdain for 30-km/h zones to
their city councillors or the Winnipeg Police Service, they certainly have
every right to complain. But again, they’re likely wasting their breath.
Winnipeg’s elected representatives and city planners are all-in committed
to a traffic program called Towards Zero, which has been adopted by other
cities including Edmonton with considerable success at making roads safer.
The goal, sometimes stated as “no loss of life is acceptable,” is to
eliminate all injuries and fatalities on Winnipeg roads, a philosophy that
will help guide the new Transportation Master Plan the city is developing
over the next three years.
Another embodiment of the safe-roads philosophy that now dominates
city-hall traffic planning is the temporary Open Streets project that
closed portions of 14 streets to vehicle traffic, giving the open pavement
While drivers can grumble when their route is diverted several blocks by a
section of Open Streets, or sigh with frustration when they get a ticket
for driving more than 30 km/h in reduced speed areas, no one can argue with
the motivation of the city to make streets safer for pedestrians and
cyclists. Manitoba Public Insurance statistics show that between 2012 and
2019, an average of 260 pedestrians and cyclists were injured or killed
annually in vehicle accidents in Manitoba.
Perhaps those statistics will be helpful to consider for drivers who, when
their progress is slowed to 30 km/h, will find themselves with more time to
ponder such matters. If the annual traffic toll of 260 pedestrians and
cyclists were allowed to continue unabated, the victims could someday
include a family member or friend of any of us. Such an outlook makes it
easier to drive as if the child crossing at the upcoming school zone is one
of our own.