An active city
is a vibrant city
Walk, run or cycle on Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Network.
This expansive system covers all areas of our city, with multi-use paths, bike boulevards and pedestrian corridors designed to get you to your destination safely.
A vibrant city
Modern cities around the world are improving their “walkability.” Residents who can walk to work, the grocery store and entertainment are happier, healthier and more invested in their city. Check out the Maps page to learn where you can get your City of Winnipeg Cycling Map and discover your active route to work.
Employees who get active on the way to work contribute to a happier, healthier work environment. Even just 20 minutes of exercise a day can reduce stress, improve physical well-being and energize you for the day. Active workplaces are also more productive with fewer sick days.
Building a city thatís safe for children and youth is safe for everyone, regardless of how they get around. Evidence shows that kids who walk or cycle to school are more ready to learn and feel better about themselves and their neighbourhoods. Active children are also healthier, and are more likely to stay active as they get older.
Quick, safe routes
This website contains all the information you need to plan your active route to work or recreation. Check out Routes & Maps and view a selection of our city's growing AT network. Make sure to brush up on safe commuting tips before you hit the paths.
Benefits to Schools & Communities
Establishing priority routes for children to walk and cycle to school safely creates many benefits for the schools and surrounding communities.
Why encourage active transportation in schools and communities?
- Increased physical activity
- More eyes on the street results in a safer neighbourhoods
- More time for social interaction
- Saves money from less car use
- Reduced traffic congestion with fewer cars
- Action on climate change through reduced vehicle emissions
- Safer, calmer streets around schools and neighbourhoods
For more information on helping your school establish priority routes visit http://greenactioncentre.ca/program/asrts/.
Benefits to businesses & homeowners
There are many benefits to companies to encourage the use of active forms of transportation by their employees, and to accommodate and attract customers who arrive at their business by bike or on foot.
The City of Winnipeg’s $20.4 million Active Transportation program for 2010 will undoubtedly lead to more Winnipeggers walking and cycling to work, school, shopping and other destinations.
Why encourage your employees to walk or bike to work?
- Increase productivity
- Reduce absenteeism1
- Improve job satisfaction and morale
- Reduce on-site parking costs and/or free up parking for customers
- Help meet corporate social responsibility objectives, including environmental management systems and standards such as ISO 14001
- Potentially reduce injury rates, workers compensation costs, and claims against group benefit plans with healthier and more physically fit employees
1 A U.K. study (2007) commissioned by Transport for London found that an increase in physical activity of more than one hour per week would lead to a measurable reduction in levels of absenteeism. Importantly, the evidence review highlighted active travel as being potentially more cost effective than other approaches to increasing employee physical activity levels. SOURCE: www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/Physical-activity-absenteeism-and-productivity-summary.pdf
Why accommodate and market to customers arriving on foot or by bike?
- Reduce parking demand
- Increase site density without additional parking
- Reduce parking costs2
- Provide a positive experience to and loyalty from customers arriving on foot or by bike
- Create a strategic marketing advantage
2 A bicycle parking space costs an average of 80 times less to install than a space for a car. About a dozen bicycles can be stored in the amount of space occupied by a single car. SOURCE: www.velo.qc.ca/documents/OVB08_Employeur_e.pdf
Did you know about...
...Downtown Winnipeg Biz bike rack program
The Downtown BIZ wants to install bike racks downtown to make it easier for visitors, workers and residents to find bike parking. They will subsidize 50% of the cost of a bike rack and will handle the installation. This is a first come first serve opportunity, as there is a limit to the number of racks being subsidized.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Stephanie Voyce 204-958-4621 / firstname.lastname@example.org
...Commuter Friendly Workplace Awards
These awards recognize Manitoba companies who walk the talk by encouraging and supporting green commuting by employees year round. Launched in 2009, the first recipients were MTS Allstream (gold) and Transport Canada Prairie and Northern Region (silver) with honourable mentions for Dillon Consulting and Hornby Management.
CHECK OUT THE WORKPLACE COMMUTER OPTIONS PROGRAM AT
...Residential property values:
Homebuyers ranked walking and biking paths 3rd out of 39 attributes to select a home, according to a 1994 study by American Lives.
SOURCE: “The Economic and Social Benefits of Off-Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities”, National Bicycle and Pedestrian Clearinghouse, No. 2, Sept. 1995.
Housing values are positively and significantly correlated with walkability in almost all metropolitan markets. On average, home buyers attach greater value to walkable homes relative to other housing units in the same metropolitan area, controlling for other observable characteristics. These results provide a strong basis for concluding that improved walkability produces real economic value for city residents.
SOURCE: “Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Home Values in the U.S.”, Joe Cortright, Impresa, Inc., for CEOS for Cities, August 2009. http://blog.walkscore.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/WalkingTheWalk_CEOsforCities.pdf
Accommodating active transportation has been shown to increase property values. Properties near trails and neighbourhoods with pedestrian friendly features such as narrow streets, sidewalks, curb bulges and traffic circles are proving to be popular with buyers and will command higher prices.
SOURCE: Campbell, R. and M. Wittgens, Better Environmentally Sound Trasportation. 2004. The Business Case for Active Transportation: The Economic Benefits of Walking and Cycling. Go for Green, p.32
A 1999 study of four new pedestrian-friendly communities determined that homebuyers were willing to pay a $20,000 premium for homes in them compared to similar houses in surrounding areas.
SOURCE: Centre for Livable Communities, “The Economic Benefits of Walkable Communities” www.lgc.org/freepub/community_design/factsheets/walk_to_ money.html
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