Cycling through the city: Tips for exploring Winnipeg by bike
June 3, 2022
Bike rides are a great way to spend time outside and enjoy the many trails and active transportation paths that Winnipeg has to offer. They’re also great for the environment — according to Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan, greenhouse gas emissions from other modes of transportation make up over half of the city’s total carbon footprint.
By 2030, we aim to have at least 14 percent of all transportation in Winnipeg be walking or cycling. With that goal in mind, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you head out on your next bicycle trip:
Enhanced bike routes
Select streets throughout Winnipeg are open to cyclists as part of the Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program. This year’s program features a blanket speed limit reduction to 30 km/hour on all routes, plus additional weekend/summer measures specific to each street. These changes were developed based on usage data and feedback from both cyclists and area residents. The reduced speeds will be in place 24/7 through October 31, 2022.
Please remember, these routes are to be used solely by cyclists. In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, pedestrians are not permitted on the roadway when a reasonably passable sidewalk is present. Motor vehicle traffic on the streets is limited to one block.
Map your route
Before you head out, make sure to use the Winnipeg Cycling Map to help you plan your route. It outlines the different types of bike lanes, on-street routes, and multi-use paths throughout the city. It was also recently updated to include informal routes based on suggestions from local cyclists. As a reminder, street conditions may vary depending on the time of day, day of the week, and the season. Be prepared to make your own evaluation of traffic and road conditions, and plan routes appropriate to your riding skills.
We recover up to 1,000 bikes each year and less than 10 percent get returned because we are unable to trace the owner.
The best way to protect your bicycle is with a good lock and to register it through our Online Bike Registry for a small fee. If your stolen bicycle is located, you will be notified and arrangements can be made for you to get it back.
Bike repair stations
If you need to do any minor maintenance while on the road, the Charleswood and Sir William Stephenson Winnipeg Public Library locations have bike repair stations located outside the branches. They include a pump, repair stand, and basic tools so you can make minor fixes and get back on your bike.
Originally posted on June 7, 2021