Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program

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Sunday/Holiday Bike Routes

The 2022 program featured a speed limit of 30 km/hour on all routes from May through October. All but one route also had additional measures on weekends and in summer months. These included things like additional signage, barricades directing drivers off-route at key locations, and/or turn restrictions.


The 2022 program featured a speed limit of 30 km/hour on all routes from May through October. All but one route also had additional measures on weekends and in summer months. These included things like additional signage, barricades directing drivers off-route at key locations, and/or turn restrictions.


Background

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in April 2020, the City of Winnipeg opened its four annual Sunday/Holiday Active Transportation Routes for daily use between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to accommodate increased outdoor activity while also accommodating social distancing. These routes, which were known as open streets, provided a traffic-calmed environment by restricting vehicle traffic to one block at a time and were used by pedestrians and cyclists. In June 2020, the Public Service expanded the pilot program to include five additional routes and at the same time removed one of the original routes  at the request of its respective area residents. 

In September 2020, Winnipeggers – particularly those who use the open streets and those who live adjacent to them – were asked to provide feedback on the pilot program to help the Public Service better understand their usage, challenges, and future opportunities. 

Based on this feedback and the continued COVID-19 pandemic, City Council approved a second pilot program for 2021 that included 13 additional routes and expanded operating hours for both the new streets and the existing four Sunday/Holiday Bike Routes. These 17 streets were collectively called the Enhanced Summer Bike Route Program. The pilot program ran on these streets from early May through November 5, 2021. 

City Council approved the 2022 Enhanced Summer Bike Route program on April 28, 2022 based on public feedback and traffic/cycling data from the 2021 program, which included 14 of the 17 routes from 2021 and one additional route:

  • Alexander Avenue from Arlington Street to Princess Street
  • Churchill Drive from Hay Street to Jubilee Avenue
  • Egerton Road from Bank Avenue to Morier Avenue
  • Harbison Avenue West from Henderson Highway to the eastern terminus
  • Kildonan Drive from Helmsdale Avenue to Irving Place
  • Kilkenny Drive / Kings Drive from Burgess Avenue to Patricia Avenue
  • Linwood Street from Portage Avenue to Silver Avenue
  • Lyndale Drive from Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street
  • Ravelston Avenue from Wayoata Street to Plessis Road
  • Rover Avenue from Hallet Street to Stephens Street
  • Ruby Street / Banning Street from Palmerston Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
  • Scotia Street from Armstrong Avenue to Anderson Avenue
  • Wellington Crescent from Academy Road to Academy Road/Maryland Street
  • Wolseley Avenue from Raglan Road to Maryland Street
  • Youville Street from Eugenie Street to Haig Avenue
The 2022 program featured a speed limit reduction to 30 km/hour on all routes, plus most routes had additional weekend/summer measures in place. The speed reduction was in place 24/7 from May through October. Additional measures like signage and barricades directing vehicles off-route at key locations were in place on weekends in May, June, September, and October, and daily through July and August. 


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Page last updated: 13 Jan 2023, 03:38 PM