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Facility Type Definitions

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This map outlines formal and informal cycling routes based on Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies existing and proposed network as well as on local knowledge and experience for informal routes suggestions. Be prepared to make your own evaluation of traffic and road conditions, and plan routes appropriate to your riding skills. Cyclists assume full responsibility for their own safety.

Off-Street Paths

Multi-use Paths (paved and unpaved)

Multi-use paths are shared pedestrian and cyclist routes that are physically separated from motor vehicles. These paths can be paved or unpaved surfaces and may be subject to seasonal flooding on low lying routes. Remember, cyclists yield to pedestrians on multi-use paths.

Spur Route

Short paths, park paths or short-cuts of various surfaces and widths. Includes sidewalks that are used to access local destinations. Depending on wheel size, cyclist may need to dismount on sidewalk short-cuts.

On-Street Bikeways

Protected Bicycle Lanes

Protected bicycle lanes are located within the road right-of-way, but are physically separated from motor vehicle travel lanes by concrete curbs, planters, vehicle parking etc.

Buffered Bicycle Lanes

Buffered bicycle lanes provide more protected space for cycling than painted bicycle lanes, typically through a painted buffer on one or both sides of the bicycle lane.

Painted Bicycle Lanes

Cycling routes on the roadway designated by painted lines, road markings and signage.

Neighbourhood Greenways

Routes on streets which typically include a range of treatments to achieve lower vehicle speeds and volumes. Treatments range from signage, bike signals and pavement markings to varying degrees of traffic calming (speed humps, traffic diverters, traffic circles, etc.).

Informal On-Street Routes

The informal routes were developed using local knowledge and experience. Street conditions may vary depending on the time of day, day of the week, and the seasons. While cycling is allowed on all Winnipeg streets, users may find these routes more comfortable.


User suggested routes shared with vehicles typically on neighbourhood streets with lower vehicle numbers.

"Medium stress"

User suggested routes shared with vehicles typically on major streets where no alternative connection is considered suitable. Recommended for experienced cyclists.


Note: Sharrows (painted bicycle symbol only) are shown on this map as informal facilities.

Area of Caution

Denotes a difficult area or intersection on the formal and informal network. Locations were identified using local knowledge and experience. Other unmarked situations may present difficulty to some cyclists.

Last update: April 23, 2018

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