Winterpeg, Winter Cycling! Developing Winnipeg’s First Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. Brian Patterson MCIP, RPP Urban Systems Ltd. Agenda. A bit about Winnipeg Study process and purpose What we heard Where do we go from here. About Winnipeg. Cycling in Winnipeg Today. 2%. 6%. 15%.
Brian Patterson MCIP, RPP
Urban Systems Ltd.
Winnipeg has one of the leading cycling mode shares among Canadian prairie cities
Winnipeg has the second fastest growing cycling mode share in Canada, and Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Winnipeg
The highest potential for increasing cycling is in the Downtown core and several inner city neighbourhoods
Phase 1: Launching
This initial stage sought out to learn about the current state of walking and cycling in Winnipeg and to identify key stakeholders and groups that would be instrumental to the process – including appointing a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to provide input throughout the life of the project. This phase involved collecting key information – such as local pedestrian and cyclist travel behaviours, existing infrastructure, programs and policy.
Phase 3: Develop the Plans & Strategies
Having compiled and processed input received from the public, City staff, and stakeholders, we have developed future network plans for walking and cycling, as well as a number of recommended actions for policies, standards, programs, and partnerships. The recommended actions encompass a full range of engineering, encouragement, and education measures.
Phase 2: Create the Vision
This phase involved developing a vision, goals and strategic directions to guide the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. Extensive public engagement and consultation took place during this phase to inform the vision and directions, and to gather critical feedback on walking and cycling issues & opportunities in Winnipeg today.
Phase 4: Final Strategies
The final phase involves developing an affordable and manageable approach to implement the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies in the short to long –term. The final Strategies will be presented as two coherent documents, one dedicated to walking and the other to cycling.
Nearly two third (63%) of Winnipeggers are interested in cycling, including over a third who are “interested but concerned”
Nearly a quarter (23%) of Winnipeggers cycle to or from work or school at least once a month in non-snow months, dropping to 6% in snow months
Almost half of Winnipeggers want to cycle more often.
Young adults are most likely to want to cycle more
Only 10% of Winnipeggers feel comfortable cycling in major roads with high traffic speeds and volumes; 38% feel comfortable on busy roads with bike lanes
Lack of bicycle lanes and feeling uncomfortable cycling on busy streets was overwhelmingly the main barrier to cycling in Winnipeg
Nearly half of telephone survey respondents said they would cycle more or much more if physically separated bicycle lanes were provided on major streets
The most important improvements identified by on-line survey respondents were infrastructure, followed by snow removal
More education & awareness (376)
Pathways and trails (589)
Separated bicycle lanes (271)
More bike lanes (544)
Improved network connectivity (119)
Facility design / connectivity (120) Winnipeg?
What could the City do to improve cycling in Winnipeg?
Separated bicycle lanes (215)
Secure Bicycle Parking
More bicycle lanes (332)
Educational programs / campaigns (223)
More pathways and trails (250)