Why are you considering an active transportation corridor through the St. Boniface area?

    A key direction of the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS) is to develop local bike networks in each neighbourhood that connect to the existing network and to the Downtown. This project would provide an east-west walking and biking connection from east Winnipeg through St. Boniface to Downtown. Work on the project was approved in the 2019 Pedestrian and Cycling program as part of the Capital Budget.

    On what street will you put the active transportation corridor?

    As part of Phase 2 engagement, we are asking for feedback on three possible routing options west of the Seine River: 

    • Option A: Provencher Boulevard 
    • Option B: Notre Dame Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue
    • Option C: Dumoulin Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue

    We are recommending a single design east of the Seine River: a route moving along Nadeau Street, Notre Dame Street, La Fleche Street, and La Verendrye Street connecting Thibault Street to Archibald Street. 

    Why during Phase 1 engagement did the project team indicate they would prefer routes other than Provencher Boulevard?

    While Provencher Boulevard was identified in Phase 1 as an obvious option for a bike route, it poses some unique challenges that must be considered as part of Phase 2 engagement. 

    First, because this alignment would require a major reconstruction of the street due to its current traffic volumes, limited right-of-way space, and high on-street parking utilization, it would require a greater financial investment than is currently available for construction. Second, while Phase 1 engagement told us this route is preferred by many cyclists, it raised concern for many area businesses due to the potential loss of parking it would require.

    Based on these factors, we are also exploring other routes such as Notre Dame Street, Dumoulin Street, and de la Cathedrale Avenue, which would better align with available funding and could be constructed upon completion of this study. If Provencher Boulevard were to be the preferred route, the project would be added to and prioritized against a list of other unfunded active transportation projects.

    What did Phase 1 participants say about routing along Provencher Boulevard?

    Most Phase 1 participants who identified as cyclists noted they would prefer bike infrastructure be installed on Provencher Boulevard versus other routes, so long as proper connections and infrastructure were included in the project. Some businesses on Provencher noted concern over the design due to the potential loss of parking.  

    Since Phase 1, the project team has explored Provencher Boulevard, Notre Dame Street, Dumoulin Street, and de la Cathedrale Avenue as potential routes west of the Seine River. East of the Seine River, Nadeau Street, La Verendrye Street, Notre Dame Street, and La Fleche Street have been identified as a connection to Archibald.  

    If Provencher were to be determined to be the preferred route, the project would be added to and prioritized against a list of other unfunded active transportation projects.

    What kind of bike infrastructure are you considering as part of this project?

    We have considered multiple types of bike infrastructure including neighbourhood greenways, painted bike lanes, protected bike lanes and multi-use paths. Different bike infrastructure has been considered for the different route options.

    Are you exploring a connection through Lagimodiere-Gaboury Park? What is happening with the current closure at the Notre Dame Street entrance?

    Yes: all route options provide a connection to Lagimodiere-Gaboury Park. The Notre Dame Street entrance remains closed at this time due to safety concerns at the rail crossing; however, the required rail signals have been installed and we anticipate the crossing will be open by Fall 2022.

    Will this project affect Winnipeg Transit routes in the area?

    Winnipeg Transit currently operates on some of the potential routes through the study area. The project will not impact Transit operations in the area; however, if Provencher is the recommended route, the preliminary design process will review transit stop locations to ensure alignment with the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan. This may include the relocation or improvement of stops as directed by the plan.

    Would there be a loss of on-street parking and/or loading zones as a result of whatever route ends up being recommended?

    On-street parking and loading zones are present on a number of the potential routes through the study area, and loss of these spaces is one consideration in our evaluation. Each route was designed with a trade-off in mind, to minimize the loss of on-street parking and loading zones while also maintaining a safe space for road users. Potential loss of parking and loading associated with each route is as follows: 

    Option A: Provencher Boulevard: Loss of approximately eight on-street parking spaces on the north side of the street between the railway tracks and bridge. This is to accommodate two travel lanes and a bike lane within the existing road right-of-way. In addition, one on-street parking stall may be lost near the access to the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre on Provencher Boulevard to open up sight lines at a potential conflict point. 

    Option B: Notre Dame Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue and Option C: Dumoulin Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue: Loss of approximately 27 on-street parking spaces and two loading zones (approximately four loading spaces) on the north side of de la Cathedrale Avenue between Tache Avenue and Aulneau Street. The reallocation of this parking lane would be required to create space for the bike infrastructure.

    Will there be impacts to trees as a result of new cycling infrastructure?

    Option A: Provencher Boulevard. With this option, approximately eight trees currently located in the median adjacent to left-turn lanes would require removal. The City would further investigate to determine whether additional tree losses could occur from potential root damage caused when narrowing the median. The City would also assess locations where trees can be added as part of this project so there is no net loss of tree canopy.

    Option B: Notre Dame Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue and Option C: Dumoulin Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue. With this option, approximately two trees currently located near the intersection of St. Jean Baptiste Street and de la Cathedrale Avenue may need removal due to the location of the multi-use path. 

    When would the project be built?

    The timeline for construction is unknown as it depends on the recommended route option. Options B and C could be constructed soon after the study is complete because the funds are available for these lower cost options. Option A: Provencher has the highest cost, as it requires major reconstruction, and would need to wait until sufficient funds are available. If Option A was determined to be the preferred route, the project would be added to and prioritized against a list of other unfunded active transportation projects.

    Winnipeg is a winter city; why are we putting in bike lanes?

    The City’s Council-approved Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies commits to providing and maintaining safe walking and cycling facilities year-round. Winter maintenance and operation, including snow storage, were considerations in the development of options. Each of the potential route options are suitable for all-seasons use. If Option A: Provencher is identified as the preferred route, snow storage or removal may be required. If either Option B or C is identified as the preferred west route, enhanced winter maintenance would be required. The east route would also require enhanced winter maintenance.