St.Boniface to Downtown Walk Bike Project

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Introduction

The City of Winnipeg (the City) strives to build pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. This study will identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity between the Esplanade Riel Footbridge / Provencher Bridge and the multi-use path on Archibald Street south of Nairn Avenue.


Background

The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS) were approved by City Council in 2015 and provide the long-term vision for providing accessible, convenient and safe walking and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. The PCS also assist in the prioritization of active transportation infrastructure projects

Introduction

The City of Winnipeg (the City) strives to build pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. This study will identify options to improve travel choices, accessibility and connectivity between the Esplanade Riel Footbridge / Provencher Bridge and the multi-use path on Archibald Street south of Nairn Avenue.


Background

The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (PCS) were approved by City Council in 2015 and provide the long-term vision for providing accessible, convenient and safe walking and cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. The PCS also assist in the prioritization of active transportation infrastructure projects throughout the city. The Transportation Master Plan is currently in the process of reviewing and updating which includes an update to the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. Both of these studies will recognize the St. Boniface to Downtown.

A key direction of the PCS is to develop local bike networks that connect each neighbourhood to the existing network and also to Downtown.

This preliminary design study will develop options for east-west connections from the Esplanade Riel Footbridge and Provencher Bridge to the Archibald Street underpass multi-use path (located approximately 300m south of Nairn Avenue). The preliminary design study will also include connections to the Southeast Corridor. Tache Promenade and Notre Dame Street pedestrian bridge over the Seine River. This route will consider the needs of all road users, create a comfortable and attractive route, and accommodate users of all ages and abilities.

One obvious option for alignment is Provencher Boulevard; however, the street’s limited right-of-way, current traffic volumes, and high on-street parking utilization would require major reconstruction work to add the bike lane. While funding is identified for building pedestrian and cycling infrastructure through the area, the project would not be able to immediately proceed to construction if the study explored and subsequently selected Provencher Boulevard as the preferred alignment. Adjustments required to accommodate a new bike lane along Provencher Boulevard are out of scope and budget of this project; if Provencher is recommended as the preferred alignment the project would be added to and prioritized against a list of other unfunded active transportation projects. Based on this, the City is exploring feasibility of other alignments such as Notre Dame Street, Dumoulin Street, Avenue de la Cathedrale, which would better align with available funding and could be constructed upon completion of this study. Our exploration isn’t limited to these areas though – we are looking to the community and those who travel through the area to help us identify the best route.

Starting in the summer of 2020, the project team will seek input from residents and stakeholders within the project area to help determine where the bike route should go and other important considerations in the design process. All options will be evaluated through technical criteria and input received through the public engagement program to determine a preferred design.

Currently there is no construction estimate. The current budget for this project (including the study) is $940,000 with the intent to enter construction in the second half of 2021/early 2022.


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St. Boniface to Downtown Walk Bike Project - mapping tool

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We are asking those who know the area best to share information that will help us develop options for future engagement on the future of an east-west walking/cycling connection through the St. Boniface neighbourhood. We want you to identify key locations to consider in relation to six topics: key destinations will tell us to where walk bike improvement should connect; safety issues will tell us areas where the design will need to focus on improving safety; important parking will tell us areas you want parking protected; preferred cycling routes will tell us what routes you want to take; and areas of concern will tell us about important issues to highlight for overall project consideration. 

To use the tool:

  1. Select a pin based on the kind of comment you would like to provide by clicking on the “+” sign from the menu on the left.
  2. Leave a comment to further explain your pin.
  3. Use the dropdown menu to confirm the transportation type. Example: car, commercial vehicle, bike, or all.

If you haven’t yet, please visit the survey tab to tell us more.

If you have any difficulties or require an alternate format to participate, please contact stbtodowntown@winnipeg.ca or 204-986-4243.

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Study Area

Proposed Alignment Option

Alignment Option - Not preferred due to cost and implications

Proposed Southeast Corridor Study 

CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.