Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Great idea, sure Winnipeg will get it...
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.