Last July, without any warning or public consultation, the City of Winnipeg announced that it had cancelled the contract to develop pedestrian and cycling strategies that were meant to define and direct the future growth of our city’s pedestrian and cycling networks.
Bike Winnipeg urges the City to reverse the decision by the public works department to abandon the pedestrian and cycling strategy and immediately recommit to the creation of pedestrian and cycling strategies as recommended in the City of Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan, adopted in November 2011.
City of Winnipeg Councillors Jenny Gerbasi and John Orlikow have put forward a motion asking that the City revisit its decision to cancel the bicycle and pedestrian strategies that will be heard at the public works committee meeting scheduled for September 10, 2013. Bike Winnipeg will be presenting before this committee in arguing for the city to overturn its previous decision and restart the development of pedestrian and cycling strategies for the City of Winnipeg.
We ask that Bike Winnipeg members and all other concerned members of the public reach out to their city Councillors and demand that they City of Winnipeg immediately recommit to the creation of pedestrian and cycling strategies as recommended in the City of Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan, adopted in November 2011.
Contacting your Councillor can be as simple as picking up the phone, or sending en email, and if enough people speak up, we can change this unfortunate decision.
You can view a listing of current city Councillors and their contact information here.
Better yet, if you can spare some extra time, you can register to address the committee in person and present your views on the decision to cancel the contract that was awarded to create a comprehensive Active Transportation (AT) Strategy. If you can’t be there in person, you can also send in submissions.
When: Tuesday, September 10th at 9:00 AM
Where: Council Building, 510 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Register/info: Visa Hutter, firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be updating this page as we continue our efforts to restart the bicycle and pedestrian strategy process. Please revisit this site for further resources and information to help you advocate for the creation of a Winnipeg bicycle strategy.
The creation of a Winnipeg Bicycle Strategy would accomplish the following:
Dead end bicycle lane on the Osborne Bridge