Warsaw to see speed reduction on greenway
A stretch of Warsaw Avenue will see vehicle speed limits drop to 30 km/h this summer in a speed reduction trial.
Winnipeg currently has 11 neighbourhood greenways, which are on-street routes designed to safely move cyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicles. Greenways typically include measures such as pavement markings, bike signals and signs.
The City of Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Greenway Reduced Speed Pilot program includes a survey of residents regarding the measures, which is open until May 14.
According to the city’s website on the project, to make greenways more comfortable for cyclists, the best practice is to reduce vehicle speeds to 30 km/h. The pilot will evaluate the impact of reduced speeds and additional traffic calming treatments might have on improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians along five existing neighbourhood greenways.
The pilot is planned to start this summer and run for approximately one year. On Warsaw, the speed limit will change from Thurso Avenue to Pembina Highway. Planned traffic calming treatments include installing speed humps.
Warsaw Avenue is part of an existing east-west neighbourhood greenway route in the River Heights–Fort Garry and Fort Rouge–East Fort Garry wards. The route parallels Corydon Avenue and connects to an existing neighbourhood greenway on Nassau Street North and protected bike lanes on Pembina Highway. This route serves as an important cycling connector from southwest Winnipeg to Osborne Village and the downtown.
To take the survey, see winnipeg.surveymonkey.com/r/GTDBGYZ
For more information, see engage.winnipeg.ca/neighbourhood-greenway-reduced-speed-pilot
Enhanced summer cycling routes approved by council
Last spring, the City of Winnipeg opened up 10 sections of local streets for active transportation, restricting vehicle access to one block between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
The popular initiative gave pedestrians and cyclists a chance to get outside and get some excercise or socialize at a safe social distance. Many people and grassroots groups like Bike Winnipeg, the Green Action Centre, and more were keen to get the initiative going again this spring.
However, City staff found that the iniative could be interpreted to run contrary to the provincial Highway Traffic Act, which prohibits pedestrians from walking on roadways where a “reasonably passable” sidewalk is present.
While propopoents of the Open Streets project had hoped to convince council to find a way to allow for pedestrians to use the routes without fear of being ticketed, city council has decided to move foward with the project, designating 17 routes this year as “enhanced summer cycling routes.”
The project was approved by the executive policy committee on April 21. City council voted on the matter on April 29, approving the initiative in a 15 to 1 vote.
The enhanced summer cycling routes, which will be in place seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., starting May 3 through November 5, are:
• Lyndale Drive: Cromwell to Gauvin streets;
• Scotia Street: Anderson (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong avenues (weekends, holidays only);
• Wellington Crescent: Academy Road to Guelph Street;
• Wolseley Avenue: Raglan Road to Maryland Street;
• Churchill Drive: Hay Street to Jubilee Avenue;
• Egerton Road: Bank to Morier avenues;
• Kildonan Drive: Helmsdale Avenue to Irving Place;
• Kilkenny Drive/Kings Drive: Burgess to Patricia avenues;
• Rover Avenue — Hallet to Stephens streets (weekends, holidays only);
• Alexander Avenue: Arlington to Princess streets;
• Ravelston Avenue: Wayoata to Brewster streets;
• Linwood Street: Portage to Silver avenues;
• Harbison Avenue West: Henderson Highway to its eastern end
• Rose Lake Court surrounding Rose Lake Green;
• Assiniboine Avenue: Ferry to Winston roads;
• Wellington Avenue: Maryland to Strathcona streets (Sundays, holidays only); and
• Youville Street: Eugenie Street to Haig Avenue (Sunday, holidays only, once construction of Desmeurons Street is completed).