Winnipeg City Council has approved a revised bike route plan for this season, which will allow vehicular traffic on 15 designated routes at reduced speed limits.
Signage introducing a 30 km/h speed limit on bike routes will be installed in the first three weeks of May, the city said in a news release on Friday.
The adjusted speed limit will be in effect on routes 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the time the signals are installed till 31 October.
During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city launched the “open roads” project in spring 2020. It expanded on existing Sunday and holiday restrictions, which limit motor vehicle traffic on a handful of roads during certain hours to prioritize active transportation.
The 2020 program initially allowed both pedestrians and cyclists to use designated routes. However, the city’s Public Works Department said last year that allowing pedestrians on the road would be a violation of Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act.
Under the programme, in previous years, motor vehicles were allowed to travel only for a block during stipulated hours on the routes.
This season, the one-block limit for vehicles has been replaced by a reduction in speed limits for most designated routes.
Pedestrians will once again be prohibited from using the roads this year unless a footpath exists, in which case they can walk along the side of the road, facing traffic, more than two No.
Friday’s news release said some additional site-specific measures, such as barricades, turn requirements and traffic restrictions, will be added to this year’s routes after the city’s spring cleaning is completed.
Additionally, the two routes – Scotia Street and Wolseley Avenue – will maintain a one-block limit on vehicular traffic during certain times.
Those measures will take effect daily in July and August and only on weekends for May, June, September and October.
The following roads will be part of the 2022 Open Roads programme:
- Lindell Drive from Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street.
- Wellington Crescent from Academy Road to Guelph Street.
- Wolseley Avenue from Raglan Road to Maryland Street.
- Churchill Drive from Hay Street to Jubilee Avenue.
- Egerton Road from Bank Avenue to Morrier Avenue.
- Kildonan Drive from Helmsdale Avenue to Irving Place.
- Kilkenny Drive from Burgess Avenue to King’s Drive, and King’s Drive between Kilkenny Drive and Patricia Avenue.
- Alexander Avenue from Arlington Street to Princes Street.
- Revelston Avenue from Viyota to Plessis Road.
- Linwood Street from Portage Avenue to Silver Avenue.
- Herbison Avenue to the east end from West Henderson Highway.
- Euville Street from Eugenie Street to Haig Avenue.
- Rover Avenue from Hallett Street to Stephens Street.
- Scotia Street from Armstrong Avenue to Anderson Avenue.
- Banning Street from Wolseley Avenue to Portage Avenue to Ruby Street / Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue.