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Public Works

Walk Bike Projects

West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor

Continuing the east/west pedestrian and cycling connection to the Exchange and Downtown

Study and Design

McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue provide important east-west connections between Waterfront Drive and Sherbrook Street. This project will look at options for improving the existing painted bike lanes to protected lanes so that that they are comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.


We want to hear from you!

We want to learn from you about what is important to you as we move forward with the project. This will occur initially to identify strengths, barriers and issues around mobility and traffic safety in the neighbourhood. Once options have been developed, we will share them with you and request your feedback.

The project team has been meeting with community members and schools to gather information and knowledge about the area.

An online survey and mapping tool were available from February 1 to 21.

Thank you to all who came out to the Bike to Work Day pop-up events on Friday, February 10. Events were held at:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Bronuts, C-100 King Street;
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Red River College, Loewen Atrium, 160 Princess Street;
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Across the Board Cafe, 211 Bannatyne Avenue;
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Boon Burger Cafe, 141 Bannatyne Avenue.

We had over 440 interactions to discuss the improvements to bike lanes on McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue and gather information about what is important to those who live, work, and spend time in the project area.

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We will come back with options of what the bike lanes may look like in June 2017.

For further information or to provide your feedback you may contact:
John Osler, Public Engagement Lead

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Project Timeline




In November 2011, City of Winnipeg Council approved the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). A key goal of the TMP is to expand the range of travel options that are available to residents, workers, and visitors, as well as to ensure that people are not dependent on one single mode of transportation. The TMP also calls for the development of the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies.

In 2015, City Council approved the Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, which provide a long-range policy framework for active modes of transportation for the next 20 years.

In September 2015, the City of Winnipeg initiated a public engagement process to receive input on the Downtown Bike Lane System and the West Alexander Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor. Feedback received during this process has been incorporated into preferred design options, which include a two-way protected bike lane on Garry St. and a two-way protected bike lane on McDermot Ave. These projects are scheduled to be built in the next few years.

This project is a high priority in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies and will improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity to the Exchange District, Downtown, Health Sciences Centre, University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus and neighbourhoods surrounding Sherbrook St.

Given the length of these streets and the anticipated magnitude of costs for permanent implementation, it is anticipated that the bike facility upgrades would have to be implemented in conjunction with street renewal programs over the course of several construction seasons. This project will also study and design adjustable protected bike lanes that could be implemented in the short term. This adjustable infrastructure would allow for on-going monitoring and public feedback of protected bike lanes that would inform the design of the permanent infrastructure to be constructed at the time of the future street renewal.


Document Name Date Type
Phase 1 - Popup Invite 2017-02-01 Community Letter
Phase 1 - Postcard Invite 2017-02-01 Community Letter
Phase 1 - News Release 2017-02-01 News Release

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are McDermot Avenue/Bannatyne Avenue being considered?
The City's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies have prioritized McDermot Avenue/Bannatyne Avenue as an important connection into the downtown Winnipeg area. This study was approved by Council and is part of the 2016 Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan.
How will this project maintain and enhance safety?
Separating all road users presents the safest way to accommodate all modes of transportation. Enhanced street crossings will be considered along with creating space for streetscape improvements including bike parking, 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 there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone space as a result of new cycling infrastructure?
Design options will consider maintaining as much on-street parking and loading as possible. The study will balance the needs of the various means of transportation.
Is angled parking in the Exchange being considered to help increase parking opportunities?
As part of the study we will be considering multiple options to determine how parking can be maximized.
Will vehicular access to private property and businesses be limited by new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure?
Private access would not be closed as a result of this project unless requested by the landowner. In the event vehicles are required to cross a protected cycling lane, signage and surface treatments would promote awareness for both cyclists and vehicles.
Winter lasts about half of the year, so why are we building bike lanes?
The City’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies commits to providing and maintaining safe walking and cycling infrastructure year-round.
Will new cycling lanes connect with existing cycling routes and destinations?
Upgraded cycling routes on McDermot Avenue and/or Bannatyne Avenue would ensure an enhanced connection to existing and future planned infrastructure such as the West Alexander pedestrian and cycling corridor, the Arlington Street/Bridge connection, Downtown Bike Lane System, as well as future studies.
When will permanent facilities on McDermot Avenue/Bannatyne Avenue be constructed?
Given the length of these streets and the anticipated magnitude of costs for permanent implementation, it is anticipated that bike infrastructure upgrades would have to be implemented in conjunction with street renewal programs over the course of several construction seasons. Currently there is no such funding in place.

The project is looking at adjustable bike lanes as a solution that can be implemented in the shorter-term.
What are adjustable protected bike lanes?
Adjustable protected bike lanes are bike lanes that are physically separated from lanes of traffic and pedestrian infrastructure using a variety of options. The layout and installation can be easily modified based on actual performance and on-going public engagement. The implementation can be done reasonably quickly and is cost-effective.
What are the City of Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
On July 15, 2015, the City of Winnipeg 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 will assist in the prioritization of walking and cycling infrastructure projects city-wide based on further in-depth engagement with neighbourhood and local stakeholders on a per project basis.
How can I stay involved in 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: April 27, 2017