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Bike Winnipeg’s bike counts from 2007 to 2016 indicate that: On a typical weekday in mid to late spring, an estimated 6,000 cyclists commuted in and out of the downtown area of Winnipeg, and throughout the entire city about 12,600 cyclists commuted on a given day. The total number of individual commuter cyclists in the city would be higher, given that not every cyclist commutes
City Councillors have instructed staff to develop a road safety strategy that aligns with the principles of “Towards Zero”, i.e. the elimination of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. Bike Winnipeg is delighted to see the City take a leadership role on road safety. For the past couple years, we have been asking Winnipeg and Manitoba to adopt this kind of approach, to make our
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BW has recommended to the Government review of the Health Care System that all departments be required to produce health impact assessments for future policies and programs. The government must invest in programs and infrastructure that nudge Manitobans toward healthy outcomes, and refrain from investing in those which do the opposite. In particular, the Government should review the health impact of investments in transportation
BW has been granted intervenor status in the MPI rate hearing before the Public Utilities Board this fall. We intend to argue that MPI should: • Allocate a larger budget to road safety in general • Create programs to change driver behaviours that are dangerous to cyclists • Do a better job of collecting, analysing, and acting on data about accidents which injure or
In recent years, Bike Winnipeg has expressed concern that MPI cyclist safety ad campaigns are not helpful. This spring, Bike Winnipeg has asked MPI to feature a message that teaches drivers how to behave around cyclists on the road, focusing on an issue that creates danger for cyclists. We requested that MPI not use the “two way street” message, because it does not teach
MLA Dave Gaudreau is introducing a private members’ bill for second reading today in the legislature to define safe passing distance as one metre when passing a bicycle. Bike Winnipeg sent him the following letter of support. You can support him by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why safe passing distance is important to you. Bike Winnipeg strongly supports your private member’s bill that would
Bike Winnipeg sent a letter to Mayor and Council this week recommending priorities for cycling infrastructure in the upcoming budget: Based on our experience riding on Winnipeg streets, and talking to many of the people who ride with us, we believe that the City will get the best return on investment by concentrating initial cycling infrastructure investments in: Creating a network of high-quality protected
In December, the Public Utilities Board again turned up the pressure on MPI to improve the effectiveness of its road safety programs. Bike Winnipeg participated in the annual hearing of MPI’s programs and rates, arguing that: Road safety should focus on reducing accidents that cause injuries and deaths, and MPI should develop road safety programs that effectively tell drivers how to steer around cyclists.