Site Accessibility Information Access Key 1 to Skip to Top Navigation Access Key 2 to Skip to the Three One One link Access Key 3 to Skip to City of Winnipeg Main Menu Access Key 4 to Skip to Left Navigation Menu Access Key 5 to Skip to Content area Access Key 6 to Skip to Right Sidebar content area Access Key 7 to Skip to Footer Links
City of Winnipeg
|  Link to the City of Winnipeg French websiteFrançais  |
Until Election Day
on October 24
Citizens Information Service

Public Works

Walk Bike Projects

Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension to St. Matthews Avenue

study, design, construction

The Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension project closes the gap in the active transportation network between the Yellow Ribbon Greenway and the St. Matthews Avenue cycling corridor. The Yellow Ribbon Greenway is an off-road pedestrian and cycling facility that connects the Sturgeon Creek Greenway to Silver Avenue. Buffered bike lanes are being constructed on St. Matthews Avenue between Century Street and Ferry Road which will enhance the cycling corridor on St. Matthews Avenue from Ferry Road to Downtown. We are looking to discuss the proposed solution on how to close a small gap in the active transportation network between the Yellow Ribbon Greenway and the St. Matthews Avenue cycling corridor from Silver Avenue to Ferry Road.

Go to Public Engagement Projects Listing.


Engage

After evaluating two possible design directions to close the gap in the active transportation network between the Yellow Ribbon Trail and buffered bike lanes on St. Matthews Avenue, the project team has recommended a route using existing infrastructure along Silver Avenue and a new off-street pathway running alongside the back lane on Ferry Road. We want to share our evaluation process and refine elements of this new cycling path.

Thank you to the roughly twenty people who joined us on March 6, 2018 to discuss the project at the Bord-Aire Community Centre for a public open house. A total of ten paper surveys were collected. An online survey received two submissions. It was available on this site until March 13, 2018.

If you any questions or require alternate formats or ASL interpretation to participate, please contact Stephanie Whitehouse at 204-986-4966 or email SWhitehouse@winnipeg.ca.

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for the City of Winnipeg public engagement newsletter.

Timeline

timeline

Timeline

Background

The Yellow Ribbon is a 5.5km multi-use asphalt path that runs between Hamilton Avenue and Silver Avenue. The path provides connectivity between several neighbourhoods, parks as well as to the Living Prairie Museum. For cyclist commuters, it provides an important east west connection to St. Matthews Avenue and toward Polo Park, the University of Winnipeg, and the City Centre.

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 PCS identify the need to connect the Yellow Ribbon Greenway to St. Matthews Avenue. Once completed, the buffered bike lanes on St. Matthews Avenue will provide an important east-west connection to and from key destinations such as the Polo Park commercial area, The University of Winnipeg, and Downtown. This route will also provide connectivity to many neighbourhoods, recreational paths, schools, and parks.

The Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension to St. Matthews Avenue project will connect the Yellow Ribbon Trail to the buffered bike lanes on St. Matthews Avenue between Ferry Road and Century Street that are currently under construction, anticipated to be completed in summer 2018. St Matthews Avenue currently has painted bike lanes from Century Street to Empress Street, and at additional locations along the route to Maryland Street.

In December 2017, Council approved the Pedestrian and Cycling Program in the 2018 Capital Budget.  The budget includes funds for the Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension to St. Matthews Avenue.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Information session boards 2018-02-20 Boards
News release 2018-02-22 News release
Postcard 2018-02-20 Community invitation
Canstar advertisement 2018-02-20 Advertisements

FAQ

Open all | Close all

What is the benefit of this project?
The Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension project closes the gap between the Yellow Ribbon Greenway and the St. Matthews Avenue cycling corridor.
How much will it cost?
The estimated cost for this project is $650,000.
How is the project being funded?
This project is being funded with the 2018 Pedestrian and Cycling Program of the capital budget.
When will it be built?
This new path will be constructed in summer 2018.
What impact will it have to the surrounding community gardens and St. James Memorial Sports Park?
The new path will have minimal impact to both the community gardens and St. James Memorial Sports Park. The path will have minimal impact during construction, however, several trees will need to be pruned or removed in order to facilitate the installation of the path. Any tree removals that are required will be compensated for and new trees planted in the vicinity of the project area.
What is the connection between the Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension to St. Matthews Avenue project and new buffered bike lanes being added to St. Matthews Avenue?
The St. Matthews Avenue buffered bike lanes are being constructed in conjunction with road renewal. The Yellow Ribbon Greenway Extension to St. Matthews Avenue project will complete the connection to the Yellow Ribbon Greenway, and includes adding signals at St. Matthews Avenue and Ferry Road to provide an improved crossing.
Why was Option 2 selected over option 1 even though it is a less direct route?

Option 2 was selected because it is cost effective, can be constructed within budget in 2018, can incorporate lighting and provides improved connectivity to the community south of Silver Avenue. The additional travel time of Option 2 is also minimal (approximately 60 additional seconds based on the average speed of a cyclist).

In addition, the City's Transportation Master Plan proposes an extension of Silver Avenue from Sturgeon Road to St. Matthews Avenue as a long-term goal. The proposed road alignment runs along option 1's multi-use path. While there are no imminent plans to extend Silver Avenue, the Option 1 path would need to be removed and rebuilt if this project were to proceed in the future.

What were the lighting possibilities for the proposed options?
Option 2 will incorporate lighting at the recommended levels for paths. Since there are lighting level restrictions in the vicinity of airports, it is likely that lighting for option 1 would not be possible or would be deficient due to the path's proximity to the airport.
How can I receive updates on this project?
If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for the City of Winnipeg public engagement newsletter.

Maps

map

Map

Last update: March 15, 2018