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Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections

Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections

Study

The City of Winnipeg (the City) is committed to building pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. Through this study, a preliminary design for a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Assiniboine River will be developed to connect Osborne Village to Downtown via McFadyen Park on the north side of the river and Fort Rouge Park on the south side of the river. Considerations for this project include pedestrian and cycling connectivity throughout Osborne Village to Osborne Rapid Transit Station, Norwood Bridge, bike lanes on Nassau Street, and the riverwalk, upgrades to both McFadyen Park and Fort Rouge Park, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and riverbank stabilization.

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We want to hear from you!

We are currently gathering public input on the Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections project. There are several different ways for you to provide feedback both online and in-person. The input gathered will help shape the design of both the bridge and pedestrian and cycling connections.

Online

Please read through the project background and take a few minutes to fill out an interactive online survey. This survey will be open until January 31, 2018.

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In-person opportunities

Send a message to the other side of the bridge
Drop by Little Sister Coffee Maker (at A-470 River Ave.) or Fools and Horses (at 379 Broadway) to fill out a postcard and help start the conversation to define what experience you want for a new Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge. Postcards can be submitted at these locations from January 8 – 19, 2018. In late January the two submission boxes will be swapped and your drawings of bridge concepts and ideas about connections will be shared. You can view the postcard here.

Workshop
Please join us at a workshop to share your opinions. At this time, we’re looking to better understand how you might use a new pedestrian and cycling bridge, what experience you want and ways a bridge can best suit the surrounding communities. Participants will also be asked to discuss current use and values surrounding park amenities in Fort Rouge Park and McFadyen Park and the feasibility of future bike lanes through Osborne Village.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Augustine United Church, Guild Hall, 444 River Ave.
Format: Presentation at 6 p.m., followed by small group discussions

If you would like to attend the workshop, please RSVP here by January 22, 2018.
Or
Phone: 204-986-4243
Email: City-Engage@winnipeg.ca

For inquiries or for those who require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please contact City-Engage@winnipeg.ca or 204-986-4243 by January 22, 2018.

Visit our Warming Hut
The City has partnered with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture’s Warming Hut design team. This year during the international Warming Hut design competition, the student team will design, build, and place a warming hut on the Assiniboine River at the approximate location of the proposed Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge. The structure will provide an opportunity to think about the project and provide feedback for how you see this connection and others in the City bringing people together. Stay tuned for more information on when the Warming Hut will be opened on the frozen ice.

Next Steps

After the first phase, a public engagement summary will be posted to this site. A second round of engagement will take place to help confirm findings and receive feedback on different potential connection routes and bridge structure options. Check back for new opportunities to be announced in winter/spring 2018.

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Timeline

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Timeline

Background

The City's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) presents a long-term strategy to guide the planning, development, renewal, and maintenance of Winnipeg’s transportation system. In 2015, City Council approved the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS), which provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation for the next 20 years.

The City's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies note that the Red River, Assiniboine River, and the rail corridors create significant barriers within the walking and cycling networks, creating challenges to those navigating Winnipeg on foot or bicycle.

The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies identifies the need for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing between McFadyen and Fort Rouge Parks along with priorities for new cycling routes in Osborne Village. The existing Osborne Street and Donald Street bridges do not provide all ages and abilities cycling connections across the Assiniboine River.

A new bridge will provide a direct, safe and convenient connection for walking and cycling downtown across the river to the Osborne Rapid Transit Station and in the future to the Southwest Transitway multi-use path. It would additionally provide a safe and convenient connection between the north and south sides of the Assiniboine River.

This crossing has the potential to be a landmark structure for Winnipeg. Key drivers include economy, functionality, constructability, architecture, and artistry. The City envisions an elegant and aesthetically pleasing, but cost effective structure. Creating connections between the wider transportation network includes a connection to Assiniboine Avenue on the north side of the river and to the Osborne Street Bus Rapid Transit Station, Nassau Street, and the Norwood Bridge on the south side.

The public engagement and design process will seek feedback on current use, values, and opportunities for improvements while also assessing potential for sharing park amenities through the new bridge connection.

Construction of this project is subject to council approval and funding.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Workshop invitation 2018-01-04 Advertisement
Public workshop news release 2018-01-04 News Release
Coffee shop exchange 2018-01-04 Postcard

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the project?
This preliminary design study will investigate options for a pedestrian and cycling bridge that would fill gaps in the network by connecting McFadyen Park on the north side of the Assiniboine River to Fort Rouge Park south of the river as well as looking at future cycling routes in Osborne Village.
What are the benefits of this project?
Connecting the pedestrian and cycle network on Assiniboine Avenue to future cycling routes in Osborne Village will enhance the vibrancy of both Osborne Village and Downtown. Other benefits of this project include increasing pedestrian and cycling connectivity including to the Osborne Rapid Transit Station, Norwood Bridge, bike lanes on Nassau Street and the Assiniboine riverwalk, upgrades to both McFadyen Park and Fort Rouge Park, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and riverbank stabilization.
Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space?
The City will make every effort to maintain as much on-street parking as possible; however, on-street parking and loading could be impacted.
How much is this study going to cost?
The budget for this study is $400,000.
How is this project being funded?
The project is in the planning stages and any funding to move the project forward to construction would be subject to Council approval.
How will this project maintain and enhance safety?
Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) will be a key consideration for this project.
What types of cycling facilities are you looking at adding in Osborne Village and where could they potentially go?
We are discussing the viability of the proposed cycling routes in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and asking people if there are opportunities/routes we should consider. The consultant will develop three conceptual options, one of which will be chosen as the recommended route. This concept will be further developed to a functional level design. n.
Why does The City take so long to put in cycling infrastructure?
The City is committed to the process of public engagement and to study in advance of construction. We have to balance the needs of many stakeholders and make sure we listen to the concerns of the public. We can then find solutions, where possible, to support the many ways that people use the streets.
Why are we spending money on bike lanes when you can only use them for six months of the year?
A key direction of the Pedestrian Cycling Strategies is to provide year-round opportunities for people to cycle by prioritizing a winter network. Temperature is not as much a deterrent to winter cycling, but facility conditions are. We are designing our facilities with consideration to efficiency for snow removal. There is much evidence to indicate that a properly maintained cycling network will be used year-round.
Will the bridge be accessible?
Universal Design will be incorporated into the Preliminary Design of the bridge as the intent is to provide a structure to serve all ages and abilities.
What will the bridge look like?
Several options will be developed as part of this study and the preferred option will be chosen based on several factors, including but not limited to: economy, functionality, constructability, architecture, and artistry.
When will the bridge be constructed?
Upon completion of the preliminary study in 2018, further funding, which will be subject to Council approval, will be necessary to carry the project into the detailed design and construction stages at a later date.
What is the connection between this project and Rapid Transit?
Providing a connection from the downtown to rapid transit stations promotes trip chaining, where people can cycle for a portion of their trip and ride transit for another portion of the trip.
How can I get involved or learn about the project?
Join our email list to be notified about upcoming engagement activities, look at the "Engage" tab on this website, and follow the City of Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter.
Last update: January 4, 2018