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Wolseley to West Alexander Corridor

Connecting Palmerston Avenue to the West Alexander Corridor

Study, Design

This project will look at options to encourage walking and cycling for people of all ages and abilities through the creation of a neighbourhood greenway along Ruby Street and Banning Street to link the Wolseley and West Alexander neighbourhoods. Ruby Street and Banning Street provide an important north-south connection between Palmerston Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue and beyond.


Engage

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.

Thank you to all who attended pop-up events from April 19 to 28. The project team had approximately 316 interactions with people at the events and received valuable feedback from participants.

As well, 87 parents and children took part in a project-related Flaming Cheetah's ride on May 3, and 25 people participated in a project-related Jane's Walk on May 6. An online survey and mapping tool were available from April 7 to May 19. Over 300 surveys were collected online.

Contact information:

For further information, to provide your feedback or to join our mailing list contact:

Kristin Drewes, Public Engagement Lead
Phone: 204-942-0654
Email: WolseleyWestAlex@intergroup.ca

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School Travel Planning

Since February School Travel Planning has been taking place with Greenway School, General Wolfe School, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, which is occurring along with this study. The goal of School Travel Planning is to encourage walking and cycling to school, enhance school and traffic safety in the area, and improve overall options for people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle. The three schools have been working to gather data in order to learn more about the transportation issues in their school communities. The next step is to bring all of the stakeholders together for a school walkabout to see things first hand, and to discuss some goals and recommendations at the schools.

If you are a parent and would like to attend, please join us! RSVP if you would like to join one of the following walkabout events:

  • General Wolfe School: Thursday, June 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Daniel McIntyre Collegiate: Friday, June 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Greenway School: Wednesday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

If you would like to get more involved at the school level to support this initiative, please contact your school principal.

Project Timeline

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Timeline

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Phase 1 – Popup Invite 2017-04-05 Community Letter
Phase 1 – Postcard Invite 2017-04-05 Community Letter

Phase 1 – News Release

2017-04-07 News Release

Background

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

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 Wolseley to West Alexander Corridor is a high priority in the PCS. It will create an important cycling network connection in the area, providing access to numerous schools, community amenities and businesses. This study will be the basis for including cycling infrastructure in future street renewal programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the Ruby Street/Banning Street corridor being considered?
The City's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies have prioritized Ruby Street/Banning Street as an important connection to allow people of all ages and abilities to safely bike or walk north/south from the West Alexander to Wolseley neighbourhoods. The project will also look at ways to encourage and increase the number of students walking and biking to and from school. This study was approved by City Council and is part of the 2016 Pedestrian and Cycling Action Plan.
Are you looking to put in protected bike lanes along this route?
This project will look at options to create a neighbourhood greenway along Ruby Street and Banning Street, which would not include protected bike lanes.
What is a neighbourhood greenway?
Neighbourhood greenways are routes on streets with low vehicle speeds and volumes, which include a range of treatments to slow down traffic and improve safety for walking, biking and driving. Treatments range from signage, bike signals and pavement markings to varying degrees of traffic calming (speed humps, traffic diverters, traffic circles, etc.).
Winter lasts about half of the year, so why are we building bike infrastructure?
The City’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies commits to providing and maintaining safe walking and cycling facilities year-round.
Why isn’t the City considering developing cycling infrastructure along Arlington Street instead?
One goal of the project is to provide infrastructure that will support, encourage and increase the number of students walking or biking to school. Banning and Ruby Streets have a number of schools, and placing a facility along the route will support practices such as Active & Safe Routes to School that encourages people to actively commute to schools.
How will this project maintain and enhance safety?
Ruby Street and Banning Street are both residential streets with relatively low traffic volumes and speeds. There is an opportunity to add components such as signage, pavement markings, traffic calming measures, and specialized treatments to discourage through-trips by motorists. 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 minimize the impact to on-street parking and loading as much as possible. Parking implications will be studied and presented to the public as the project progresses.
Are traffic circles going to be built as part of this project?
Traffic circles are just one of many traffic calming measures that will be considered. Community input is a key component of the project and will be part of any design recommendations that are being developed.
When will the neighbourhood greenway be constructed?
The first step is to complete the study, which will provide an estimate for future budget considerations.
Will new cycling routes connect with existing cycling routes and destinations?
The creation of a neighbourhood greenway is intended to enhance connections to existing and future planned infrastructure, such as the West Alexander Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor, West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor, CPR Yards Crossing on Arlington Street and routes along Wolseley and Westminster Avenues.
What are the City of Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?
On July 15, 2015, the 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 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 .

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Last update: March 20, 2017