In 2013, the City of Winnipeg began developing its first Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. We were the prime consultant that led this complex, international multi-firm team and worked closely with the City to develop a comprehensive strategy to provide more transportation choices and to promote walking and cycling for people of all ages and abilities. The plan included a comprehensive public engagement program, and we have received input from nearly 3,000 Winnipeggers. Our communications and engagement included working with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee representing 15 different sectors in the community, a full-day stakeholder workshop with nearly 100 attendees, a representative random-dial telephone survey of 600 Winnipeggers, an on-line survey which received over 1,600 responses, and a series of three open houses in April 2014 to present the draft plan, which were attended by over 500 Winnipeggers. The plan was promoted using a customized project ‘brand’ or visual identity and was promoted through the City’s website and social media.
The strategies were also developed based on technical analyses, including walking and cycling potential analysis, bicycle network gap analysis, sidewalk coverage analysis, equity analysis, and collision analysis. Based on the communications and engagement program and the technical analysis, we have developed a comprehensive plan with six strategic directions: improve connectivity, improve safety and accessibility, improve maintenance, improve vibrancy, improve convenience, and increase awareness. The long-term plan includes a total of $334 million in improvements, which will be prioritized in an implementation strategy to identify short, medium and long-term priorities. The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies are currently being finalized and are anticipated to be presented to City Council.
City of Winnipeg, Manitoba