As a cyclist or as a pedestrian, what sort of services and infrastructure would you like to see provided by the City of Winnipeg? That’s the question being asked by the city as it continues to develop Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies.
So far, this comprehensive public engagement process has demonstrated a need for these Strategies to enhance walking and cycling as safe, viable and attractive transportation choices.
With the completion of a city-wide telephone survey and a voluntary online survey, the City has received input from more than 2,200 Winnipeggers to help identify the walking and cycling needs and desires of citizens. A targeted stakeholder workshop was also completed, with representation from the education, tourism, development, health, environment, accessibility, and business communities, as well as inner city and suburban organizations, and new Canadians.
“What we have heard through the engagement process is that improving sidewalks and connections for pedestrians and developing a sustainable and well-connected bicycle network are at the top of the average citizen’s priorities for Active Transportation”, said Kevin Nixon, the City’s Active Transportation Coordinator.
“We are very happy with the progress to date and look forward to the upcoming Open House where we will present the draft recommendations that will shape the future of walking and cycling in Winnipeg for years to come.”
A public open house will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 12th, 2014 between 11am and 4pm at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People located at 2 Forks Market Road. The team will present the draft city-wide bicycle and pedestrian network as well as draft recommendations for new City policies related to Active Transportation.
Additional open houses will be held on Tuesday April 15th, 2014 between 3pm and 8pm at the Sinclair Park Community Centre located at 490 Sinclair Street and at the Manitoba Hydro Place Atrium located at 360 Portage Avenue for those unable to attend the Saturday open house.
The public can continue to participate in this project by visiting the website http://walkbike.winnipeg.ca, by emailing the city at firstname.lastname@example.org and by staying updated about this project by signing up for the SpeakUpWinnipeg mailing list.