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Adjustable Bike Lane Curbs

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Starting the week of August 21, 2017 the City of Winnipeg is running a nine-month technical trial of adjustable bike lane curbs on existing bike lanes. The trial will include testing installation methods, monitoring maintenance including snow clearing and spring clean-up, and comfort level of users. The City of Winnipeg is exploring the feasibility of adjustable bike lane curbs. These adjustable bike lane curbs will allow the City to install protected bike lanes, while still being able to adjust the design of the lane if necessary to accommodate feedback from users and other stakeholders, as well as future changes in use of the roadway.

The curbs are currently installed with existing bike lanes at:

  • Sherbrook Street south of Cumberland Avenue;
  • Bannatyne Avenue between King Street and Albert Street.

Engage

We would like to know more about your interaction with these new curbs!

Please fill out this short survey.
We will be collecting feedback from August 21, 2017 to June 1, 2018.

For further information contact pilotproject@winnipeg.ca or contact 311.

Background

The City is evaluating two types of adjustable curbs as part of this pilot project to observe which perform better.

Precast curb with “U” shaped drainage channels

TYPE #1 – Precast curb with "U" shaped drainage channels

This type of adjustable curb is constructed with drainage channels to allow rain water to easily pass through to curb inlets and catch basins for drainage. This type of curb sections can be butted tightly together for a uniform look which aids in resisting lateral forces, from errant vehicles or snow clearing equipment.

Solid precast curb

TYPE #2 – Solid precast curb

This type of adjustable curb is constructed as a solid section with no drainage channels. These solid sections of curb are installed with three inch spaces in between to allow for rain water to drain to curb inlets and catch basins.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the adjustable bike curb trial being undertaken?
The purpose of the trial is to monitor curb performance through all seasons, monitor users’ comfort levels, assess installation methods, and determine a cost effective durable standard product.
How long will the adjustable bike curb trial continue?
The project will start in August and continue through the winter and spring to determine how the curbs perform in multiple seasons. The City will be monitoring the project and gathering feedback for a period of about nine months.
How can I provide feedback on the adjustable bike lane curbs?
An online survey is available to give feedback on how you feel about the adjustable bike lane curbs. Those wishing to provide feedback can also contact the city via email pilotproject@winnipeg.ca and 311.
Why is the adjustable bike curb trial only being done in two small sections of roadway?
The trial is being undertaken on a limited scale to determine feasibility before possibly making a larger investment and expanding the use of adjustable bike lane curbs.
What is the benefit of an adjustable curb?
Adjustable bike lane curbs are being explored because they will allow the City to implement protected bike lanes with the potential to adjust the design of the lane to accommodate feedback from users and other stakeholders as well as to accommodate changes in land use.
How is an adjustable bike lane curb different from other types of protected bike lanes?
Adjustable methods can be more cost effective and a faster way to create a protected bike lane. Rather than constructing a permanent curb into the road (as with Assiniboine bike lane), the curb is anchored to the road surface using steel pins. This method does not require a complete road renewal to implement as with permanent lanes and can be adjusted more easily.
Will this affect parking or loading zones in the adjustable bike curb trial area?
There is no anticipated impact to parking or loading zones in the trial areas.
What are the costs associated with the trial?
The costs are expected to be about $15,000. There may be additional costs related to maintenance that would also be monitored as part of this trial.

Study Area Maps


Adjustable Bike Lane Curbs

Area map

Last update: August 23, 2017