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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    Why is the St. Boniface area being considered?

    2 months ago

    A key direction of the PCS is to develop local bike networks in each neighbourhood that connect to the existing network and to the Downtown.  This project will provide an east-west walking/cycling connection through St. Boniface connecting to the Downtown. This project was approved in the 2019 Pedestrian and Cycling program as part of the Capital Budget.

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    What streets are being considered?

    2 months ago

    We don’t know yet which streets will be chosen, but are exploring a number of options including: 

    • Provencher Boulevard – not preferred due to cost and implications. Please see next FAQ
    • Notre Dame Street
    • Dumoulin Street
    • Avenue de la Cathedrale
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    Why is the project team leaning towards routes other than Provencher Boulevard?

    2 months ago

    Provencher Boulevard’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.

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    What kind of bike infrastructure is being considered as part of this project?

    2 months ago

    We will consider multiple types of bike infrastructure including bike lanes, multi-use pathways, and neighbourhood greenways. Different bike infrastructure may be considered for different route options.

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

    2 months ago

    The Notre Dame Street entrance remains closed at this time due to safety concerns at the rail crossing; however, we continue to work closely with CN to find a solution that allows the crossing to open in a safe manner.

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    Will this project impact Winnipeg Transit routes in the area?

    2 months ago

    Winnipeg Transit currently operates on some of the potential routes through the study area.  Potential impacts to Transit operations will be considered in the development and evaluation of options.

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    Will there be a loss of on-street parking and loading zone spaces as a result of new cycling infrastructure?

    2 months ago

    On-street parking and loading zone spaces are present on a number of the potential routes in the study area.  The possible impacts to on-street parking and loading zone spaces will be considered in the development and evaluation of options.

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    When will the project be built?

    2 months ago

    The intention to enter construction in the second half of 2021/early 2022.

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

    2 months ago

    The City's Council approved Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies commits to providing and maintaining safe walking and cycling facilities year-round.

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    How does this project relate to updates to the Transit Master Plan and Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies?

    2 months ago

    This project is a priority in the existing PCS and the update has no bearing on this project.