Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Great idea, sure Winnipeg will get it...

... in 2150.



Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.


Now, it's good to see that bike infrastructure is on the upswing here. Thanks to tireless advocacy from Bike to the Future (now Bike Winnipeg) the Peg's meagre bikeways have expanded, including the very nice Assiniboine Avenue cycle track. Before much of the track was chopped off to provide parking for construction vehicles it served as a key part of many Winnipeg cyclists' trips. It still does, but in a much shorter section, which leads to awkward left turns onto the non-bikeway/motor vehicle side of Assiniboine Avenue.

The Disraeli Pedestrian Bridge and Pembina's buffered bike lanes add some connectivity to our bikeway network, but there's few places where with enough cycle tracks to necessitate protected intersections. Unless there's another round of $20 million Federal stimulus funds for Active Transporation and a mad rush to build them (which does lead to some hiccups with public consultation) it will be a very long time before the Peg's bikeways near the quality of Minneapolis's, let alone those of cities in the Netherlands.

3 comments:

  1. Cycling is an activity its not a viable mode of transportation for the masses. Not in this City, not in this weather.

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    1. Other subzero cities - such as Minneapolis - host a significant amount of commuter cyclists. Harsh winters and bike riding aren't mutually exclusive.

      In recent years, even given the lack of bikeways relative to other major cities, Winnipeg's bike ridership has gone up.

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    2. Still doesn't make it viable for most. By the way, how did the city do for clearing paths over the winter ? Looked to me like anyone using biking as a mode of transport would have been sht out of luck.,

      Ridership gone up - indeed , this year I saw 5 on the roads, 3 looked pretty miserable, 2 were decked out in full glory with balloon tires and handlebar mitts.

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