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Public Works

Walk Bike Projects

Downtown Bike Lane System and Street Improvements:

Connecting the Forks to the Exchange District

Study, Design, Construction

Construction of a new, two-way protected bike lane along Garry Street with connections to the Exchange District on Notre Dame Avenue, Princess Street, and Arthur Street will begin this summer with water main renewal work commencing in June 2017. When complete, the new protected bike lane will provide a safe link from the Assiniboine Avenue cycle track to the Exchange District. The two-way bike lane will be physically separated from vehicle traffic, enhancing safety and comfort for all users.

The project includes the complete renewals of Garry Street between Assiniboine Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue between Portage Avenue and Princess Street, as well as the resurfacing of Princess Street between Notre Dame Avenue and William Avenue benefitting motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. New tree plantings, increased bike parking and site amenities throughout the project area will be included. Also included is a pavement reconstruction and streetscaping on Donald Street between Portage Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue.


Timeline

Completing the new downtown bike lane will include a full renewal of Garry Street/Notre Dame Avenue and upgrades on Princess Street and Arthur Street that will be completed in phases. Construction will take place from 2017 through the 2019 construction season.

Construction notices advising of local impacts such as temporary lane closures will be posted in the Project Updates section in advance of each construction phase. Businesses and other area stakeholders will be notified directly in advance of local construction.

Timeline

Timeline

2017 Construction Activities – June through October 2017

  • Watermain renewal:
    • Donald Street – Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue 
    • Princess Street – Notre Dame Avenue to William Avenue
    • Arthur Street- McDermot Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
    • Albert Street – McDermot Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue 
    • Smith Street – Ellice Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
    • Garry Street – Portage Avenue to Graham Avenue
    • Garry Street – Broadway to Assiniboine Avenue
    • Broadway – Smith Street to Garry Street
    • Pioneer Avenue near Main Street
  • Donald Street reconstruction between Portage Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue:
    • Street pavement reconstruction, sidewalk renewal, streetscape enhancements and improved lighting
  • Traffic restrictions:
    • A minimum of one lane of traffic southbound shall be maintained. 
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained to the extent possible, any interruptions to access will be reviewed with the applicable property owner prior to the disruption.
    • There will be no loading zones or on-street parking.
  • Planned halt in construction for Canada Summer Games: Friday, July 28 – Sunday, August 13
  • Construction end: October 2017

2018 and 2019 construction:

Note: All efforts to complete a large portion of the construction in 2018 will be made and updates to the website will be ongoing. Specific timelines for future construction will be provided in early 2018.

  • Includes (see map):
    • Notre Dame Avenue reconstruction, protected bike lanes and streetscaping - Portage Avenue to Princess Street
    • Garry Street reconstruction, protected bike lanes and streetscaping - Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
    • Princess Street resurfacing - William Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
    • Garry Street rehabilitation, protected bike lanes and streetscaping - Portage Avenue to Assiniboine Avenue
    • Notre Dame Avenue protected bike lane - Princess Street to Adelaide Street
    • Arthur Street painted bike lane - Notre Dame Avenue to McDermot Avenue
  • Traffic Restrictions:
    • A minimum of one lane of traffic shall be maintained on Notre Dame Avenue and Garry Street and two lanes of traffic on Princess Street during construction. 
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained to the extent possible, any interruptions to access will be reviewed with the applicable property owner prior to the disruption.
    • There will be no loading zones or on-street parking.
    • Accommodation for cyclists will be made during construction to assure their safe passage through the construction zones
  • Project completion: fall 2019 (date of full project completion)

Project Updates

Construction notices related to work in the project area will be posted here prior to construction. If you have questions about road renewals or want to receive construction notices via email please contact Debbie Hillman at AECOM Canada 204-928-7445 or Debbie.hillman@aecom.com.

Update July 2017:

Downtown infrastructure improvements, including construction of a new downtown protected bike lane, are beginning this summer. For more information, please see the June construction notice.

Update June 2017:

Starting in June 2017, a five month project to replace the aging water mains in the downtown area is underway. For more information and for a list of specific sites that are being renewed, please see the following construction notices:

Construction notices related to work in the project area will be posted here prior to construction. If you have questions about road renewals or want to receive construction notices via email please contact Debbie Hillman at AECOM Canada 204-928-7445 or Debbie.hillman@aecom.com.

Background

The chosen design for the new downtown bike lane is the product of a multi-stage public engagement process that took place in 2015 and 2016. Included in the project are new security bollards for the Winnipeg Police Service Headquarters. An earlier phase of the downtown bike lanes project—a new bike crossing on Main Street to create a cycling link from Assiniboine Avenue to The Forks—was completed in 2016.

The Downtown Bike Lane System reflects the long-term policy framework set out in Winnipeg's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, which were approved by Council in 2015. These strategies guide the study, design and construction of a safe, connected pedestrian and cycling network throughout the City of Winnipeg.

Improving the range of travel options available to Winnipeggers, including options that promote active transportation and healthy living, was a key goal of the 2011 Transportation Master Plan .

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Community consultations begin for three City pedestrian and cycling projects 2015-09-11 News release
Phase 1 – Newspaper Advertisement 2015-10-05 Advertisement
Phase 1 – Invitation 2015-10-06 Community letters
Phase 1 – Open House Storyboards 2015-10-06 Story Boards
Public invited to open houses to provide input on two City pedestrian and cycling projects 2015-10-08 News release
Phase 1 – Survey Summary 2015-12-15 Report
Phase 1 – Stakeholder Meeting Summary 2016-01-09 Report
Phase 1 – Tire Talk Summary 2016-01-09 Report
Phase 1 – Open House Summary 2016-01-09 Report
Phase 1 – Public Engagement Report 2016-01-09 Report
Phase 2 – Newspaper Advertisement 2016-02-24 Advertisement
Phase 2 – Invitation 2016-03-01 Community letters
Phase 2 – Poster 2016-03-01 Advertisement
Phase 2 – Pop-up Materials 2016-03-01 Pop-up materials
Winnipeggers invited to provide feedback on design options for the Downtown Bike Lane System and Downtown Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor 2016-03-11 News release
Phase 2 – Public Engagement Report 2016-06-01 Report
Winnipeggers invited to view and provide feedback on preferred designs for two pedestrian and cycling projects 2016-06-10 News release
Phase 3 – Newspaper Advertisement 2016-06-07 Advertisement
Phase 3 – Invitation 2016-06-07 Community letters
Phase 3 – Pop-up storyboards 2016-06-07 Story Boards
Phase 3 – Public Engagement Report 2016-08-01 Report
Recommended design 2016-08-01 Report
June construction notice 2017-06-19 Community Letters

Engage

Three phases of public engagement, beginning in September 2015, preceded selection of the final project design. View materials and reports from the engagement process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How was the final design for the Downtown Bike Lanes Project chosen?
The final project functional design was selected in 2016 following a detailed study of the project area, including a multi-phase public engagement process in 2015 and 2016. Public input was collected through a public engagement website, stakeholder meetings, community workshops, streetside “tire talks” with cyclists and open houses. Feedback received during this process directly shaped the final design.
How will this project enhance safety?
Separating cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles is the safest way to accommodate each mode of transportation on a busy street. Apart from safe, separated lanes for all users, project improvements include enhanced street crossings, upgraded lighting, trees and street furniture. The City is committed to creating a pedestrian and cycling network that is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
Will the new cycling lanes connect with existing cycling routes?
Yes. When complete, the upgraded cycling lanes along Notre Dame Avenue/Princess Street/Garry Street will intersect with the Assiniboine Avenue cycle track, providing a seamless link through downtown. The new crossing at Main Street (completed in 2016) and an enhanced crossing at Portage Avenue will ensure continuity through downtown and between The Forks and the Exchange District.
How will pedestrians and motorists benefit from this project?
Notre Dame Avenue and Garry Street will be completely renewed and Princess Street resurfaced. The street work will include reconfiguring vehicle lanes and sidewalks to better accommodate all users. Streetscape design will review the inclusion of additional trees, bike racks and other site amenities.
How will the location of improvements like additional trees and bike parking be decided?
The City is currently confirming where underground utilities and other factors may limit where trees and other street furniture can be located. Once this information is known the City will work with area stakeholders to identify specific locations where bike parking and trees are desired and will be most beneficial.
Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space?
Local businesses and other area stakeholders were directly consulted to ensure that improved cycling infrastructure balances the needs of area businesses. The final design maintains as much on-street parking and loading as possible.
I thought this project was supposed to be completed in 2018. Why will it take until 2019 to complete?
As the project design process progressed, it was determined this complex project needs to be undertaken over three construction seasons in order to properly coordinate water main renewals, utility work, road renewals, bike lane construction, as well as streetscaping, lighting, and pedestrian environment enhancements. The City will make every effort to complete this project as soon as possible and is committed to providing timely communication about construction to stakeholders. Prior to any construction taking place, notices will be distributed to those residences/businesses directly affected.
Will construction continue during the Canada Summer Games?
Winnipeg will host the 2017 Canada Summer Games and construction activity will be prohibited on Garry Street, Donald Street and Princess Street between July 28 and August 13, 2017.
How will pedestrians and cyclists be accommodated during construction?
Pedestrian access will be maintained to the extent possible, any interruptions to access will be reviewed with the applicable property owner prior to the disruption. Accommodation for cyclists will be made during construction to assure their safe passage through the construction zones.
What are the City of Winnipeg's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
In July 2015, City Council adopted the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. This document stems from the 2011 Transportation Master Plan. The Strategies provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation in Winnipeg for the next 20 years. Following public engagement in 2013 with more than 3,000 Winnipeggers, the Strategies assist in the prioritization of walking and cycling infrastructure projects city-wide.
How much of the project construction will be completed in 2018? I live/work in the area when will I know if I am going to be affected?
All efforts to complete a large portion of the construction in 2018 will be made and updates to the website will be ongoing. Specific timelines for future construction will be provided in early 2018. To receive notices confirming future construction details and timelines, please sign up for email updates via Debbie.hillman@aecom.com.
Why is it so complicated? Can’t the City put up pre-cast concrete barriers like Calgary and Edmonton and get the bike network built more quickly?
The City has a proposed grid of permanent protected bike lanes in the Downtown core, as approved by Council in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. Progress on the high priority Downtown network is being balanced with other priorities in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies including closing gaps in the city-wide network to connect to the Downtown core and other key destinations. Additionally, many of roads and sidewalks in the Downtown are in poor condition and do not meet current accessibility design standards. In order to create safe, accessible infrastructure for cyclists, pedestrians, and all users of the streets, these roads and sidewalks need to be renewed.
Last update: June 19, 2017