Neighbourhood Greenway Reduced Speed Pilot

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Neighbourhood greenways are on-street routes designated to comfortably and safely move both cyclists and pedestrians and motor vehicles. Greenways typically include a range of treatments from low-impact things like signage, bike signals, and pavement markings to varying degrees of traffic calming including a best-practice speed limit of 30 km/h.

Winnipeg currently has 11 greenways, all of which operate with a speed limit of 50 km/h. We are currently piloting reduced speeds and traffic calming on four existing greenways to evaluate the impact on conditions for cyclists.

Neighbourhood greenways are on-street routes designated to comfortably and safely move both cyclists and pedestrians and motor vehicles. Greenways typically include a range of treatments from low-impact things like signage, bike signals, and pavement markings to varying degrees of traffic calming including a best-practice speed limit of 30 km/h.

Winnipeg currently has 11 greenways, all of which operate with a speed limit of 50 km/h. We are currently piloting reduced speeds and traffic calming on four existing greenways to evaluate the impact on conditions for cyclists.

The pilot will to be in place for one year at each location.

We will be collecting traffic data throughout the pilot and, in Summer 2022, will ask area residents and users of the greenways to tell us about their experiences with the pilot program. We will use this information to make recommendations on the future of reduced speed greenways.


Background

In 2020, the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works directed the City to pilot reduced speeds on five existing neighbourhood greenways. Working with area Councillors, the City selected four greenways (all of which already have some existing traffic calming treatments and enhanced pedestrian crossings) for the pilot program. (A fifth street was initially proposed as part of the pilot, but was removed.)

The speed limit will be lowered on each of the five planned pilot locations, and each will also receive a variety of new traffic calming interventions ranging from new signage and barricades to speed humps and enhanced pedestrian crossings.

Technical guidance and case studies from other cities tell us that these measures should reduce vehicle speeds and volumes, increasing safety and comfort for cyclists and creating a more desirable environment for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Case study: In the early 2000’s, the City of Portland set out to ensure at least 80 percent of their residents had access to a neighbourhood greenway within a half-mile of home by 2015 (watch the project video that explains their plans and progress). As their greenway network grew, the Portland Bureau of Transportation saw a number of benefits for their community – including some they didn’t anticipate. As expected, vehicle volumes along the greenways lessened and bike volumes exponentially increased. But the changes didn’t stop there. Schools started reporting more kids riding bikes to class more often, and also saw younger kids learning to ride a bike earlier. Today, Portland has a robust greenway network that is growing year over year.


While the pilot program may slightly increase travel time for some, the intent is for these streets to shift to serving local-only motor vehicle traffic and increased cycling and pedestrian through traffic. We also recognize traffic may slightly increase on surrounding streets, but other cities’ experiences and technical data tell us the increase should be minor, which would mean an acceptable trade-off for increasing safety and vitality of these important route types.

  • July 26, 2021 - Update

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    The pilot is on now, on the following routes:

    • Machray Avenue from Fife Street to Main Street
    • Powers Street from Dufferin Avenue to Partridge Avenue
    • Eugenie Street from St. Mary’s Road to Youville Street
    • Warsaw Avenue from Thurso Street to Pembina Highway


    It will be in place for a minimum of one year. We will loop back to residents along the route and all modes of road users in summer 2022 to learn about their experiences with and feedback on the pilot program.

    This input, along with traffic data to be collected throughout the pilot, will help us make recommendations on the future of reduced speed greenways throughout Winnipeg.

  • July 8, 2021 - Update

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    The Neighbourhood Greenway Reduced Speed Pilot will begin next week.

    Crews will be installing signage and traffic calming measures, including speed humps, between July 12 and 24. We are installing the program on Machray Avenue and Powers Street the week of July 12, and Eugenie Avenue and Warsaw Avenue the week of July 19.

    Residents along the routes should have received notification of the upcoming changes by mail.

    Please watch for speed limit and educational signage along the routes. Once you see these, the pilot is officially “open” on that street.

    Please visit the Design Details tab to view the changes we will be implementing.

    Be sure to stay informed by subscribing to project updates.


  • June 23, 2021 – Update

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    A public engagement summary with details on feedback from each street is now available under the documents tab.

    A proposed change to the Speed Limit By-law allowing the four streets (Eugenie Street from St. Mary’s Road to Youville Street, Warsaw Avenue from Thurso Street to Pembina Highway, Machray Avenue from Fife Street to Main Street, and Powers Street from Dufferin Avenue to Partridge Avenue) to reduce speed limits from 50 km/h to 30 km/h will be considered by City Council on June 24, 2021. If the change is approved, implementation and installation of traffic calming measures and speed limit signage is anticipated to begin in mid- July.

    The pilots would be in place until July 2022. During that time, the pilot streets would be monitored for vehicle and cycling volumes as well as vehicle speeds, and the City would ask for feedback in spring 2022 to follow-up on pre-engagement questions and better understand views on the pilot program.

  • June 7, 2021 – Update

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    Based on the public engagement findings and discussions with area councillors a report on the Neighbourhood Greenways Pilot Project will be presented at the June 10 meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (External link). The report recommends the project proceed on four of the five proposed streets and that the speed limit bylaw be amended to reduce the existing 50 km/h speed limit to 30 km/h on those streets. Roch Street between Poplar Avenue and Leighton Avenue has been removed from the program. To appear as a delegation, please contact the City Clerk’s office. A public engagement summary with details on feedback from each street will be posted later this month.

  • May 17, 2021- Survey closed

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    Thank you to everyone who has taken time to provide feedback. We heard from a wide range of citizens; receiving 567 completed online surveys and 28 phone calls for more information. Using the feedback received through this engagement process the Public Service will work with the area Councillor to review community input, and confirm the pilot locations. Input and technical data collected before and after the pilot will help evaluate locations and considerations for further use and guidelines. We will report back in June/July on what we heard and will announce the implementation plans this summer.

  • April 23, 2021 – Update

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    The Neighbourhood Greenway Reduced Speed Pilot is notifying residents and gathering early feedback before installing the pilot treatments and speed limit reduction.

    Do you use, live on or live near one of the identified streets? We want to hear feedback so we can better understand local perceptions of the greenways prior to implementing the pilot.

    Please visit the Design Details tab to view the planned street designs.

    Share your feedback through an online survey. This survey will be collecting feedback until Friday, May 14, 2021.

    Be sure to stay informed by subscribing to project updates.

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