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. This summer, five of them are getting a (trial) speed reduction makeover.

The Neighbourhood Greenway Reduced

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. This summer, five of them are getting a (trial) speed reduction makeover.

The Neighbourhood Greenway Reduced Speed Pilot will evaluate the impact reduced speeds and additional traffic calming treatments have on improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians along the following existing neighbourhood greenways:

The pilot is planned to be in place for one year at each location. Learn more about the proposed changes below.

We want to hear what residents along and nearby the planned pilot locations have to say about the current greenways, the reduced speed pilot plan, and what impact the proposed pilot may have on their travel choices. We will report back in June/July on what we heard and will then announce implementation plans.


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 five greenways (all of which already have some existing traffic calming treatments and enhanced pedestrian crossings) for the pilot program.

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.

  • 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.