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Active Transportation Network

About Winnipeg’s Active Transportation

What is Active Transportation (AT)?

Active Transportation means using “human power” to get around. Cycling, walking, in-line skating, even cross-country skiing are some examples of how people can get from point A to point B. It can also involve combining modes such as cycling and walking with public transit.

What are the benefits of Active Transportation?

  • Encourages healthy lifestyles by improving physical
    and mental health.
  • Reduces traffic congestion.
  • Saves money on health care.
  • Results in better air quality.
  • Improves road safety for both motorists and cyclists.
  • Helps reduce costs associated with driving
    (fuel, parking, maintenance).

Active Transportation Network

Building a diverse active transportation network involves creating several safe and easy to use pathways and lanes designated for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Some of these include:

  • Multi-use pathways – a physically separated path that is shared between cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Bike paths – a sidewalk level, two-way bike path that is completely separated from motorized traffic and sidewalk traffic by a physical barrier such as a boulevard.
  • Cycle track – a bike lane that is physically separated by a curb or a median from traffic lanes and sidewalks.
  • Bike lane – dedicated road space for cyclists that are separated from vehicular traffic by signs and pavement markings.
  • Diamond lane – reserved lanes that are shared between buses and cyclists.
  • Bicycle boulevard – a shared roadway that has been optimized for bike traffic. These discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic, but typically calms local motor vehicle traffic (most often located on residential streets).

Last update: January 17, 2018