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Princess Protected Bike Lane

Study, Design

Winnipeg's Exchange District continues to grow, including redevelopment plans for the Market Lands, Red River College, and Chinatown. Growth along Princess Street between William Avenue to Higgins Avenue will lead to increased pressure to improve access and mobility for all modes of transportation to and within the area. In anticipation of these changes in the area, this project will develop a design for a protected bike lane that connects to the bike lane being constructed south of William Avenue, improving the existing painted bike lane, and allowing people of all ages and abilities to walk or bike along the corridor.


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Background

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 called 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. These strategies serve as a roadmap for civic investments into infrastructure and active transportation support programs in order to make walking and cycling safer, more convenient, accessible, and attractive to residents.

In 2018, a parking protected bike lane will be built on Princess Street from Notre Dame Avenue to William Avenue and will connect to this project.

Engage

We are currently gathering preliminary information and knowledge of the area by talking with stakeholders who live and work on Princess Street.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 the bike lane connect with existing cycling routes?

Yes. When complete, the upgraded cycling lane along Princess Street will intersect with the Downtown Streets network, which leads to the Assiniboine Avenue bike lane and beyond, providing a seamless link through downtown.

It will also connect to the West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor that will be constructed in summer 2018, which will extend from Waterfront Drive all the way to Arlington Street through the West Alexander Corridor

If Princess Street is one-way southbound for motorists how can I ride my bike northbound?
The study team recognizes this and will be looking at options for accommodating cyclists using protected infrastructure northwards along Princess Street or King Street.
Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone spaces?
The design will maintain as much on-street parking and loading as possible. The City understands that parking is important to businesses and residents. Local businesses and other area stakeholders will be directly consulted to ensure that improved bike lane balances the needs of area businesses.
How will the location of bike parking be decided?
The City will work with area stakeholders to determine specific locations with a high demand for bike parking.
What is the Downtown Streets project?
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 is underway and is expected to be completed in 2019. Downtown Bike Lane System and Street Improvements
What is the West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor project?
The West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor project includes the construction of one-way protected bike lanes on both McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue between Waterfront Drive and Furby Street.
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.
When will this project be built?
The first step is to complete the study, which will provide an estimate for future budget considerations.
How can I get involved?
To find out how you can get involved, please visit the Engage tab.
Last update: May 25, 2018