Getting Around in the City
An earlier blog entry noted how we have created five broad and interconnected categories: How We Grow, Getting Around in the City, Health and Safety, Quality of Life, and Civic Engagement and Governance, and right now we want to focus in on getting around in the city.
This summer, members of the OurWinnipeg review team attended festivals and community events, asking people share their vision for Winnipeg. Everywhere we went, we heard that people want a reliable transportation network, regardless of whether they travel by foot, car, bus, or bicycle. We also learned that transportation network planning and maintenance is a key concern. In fact, just over half of the people we spoke with said something about this topic! So it is clear that transportation networks are a key piece of city building, which must be carefully planned for and designed.
Ensuring neighbourhoods are designed so pedestrians can walk or bike to destinations like schools and grocery stores is one thing that the City can do to help people get from one place to another relatively quickly. Allowing for higher density development that includes and can support amenities like shops and services is another way. But of course we are still largely dependent on motor vehicles. The City recently established a real-time Transportation Management Centre, and continues to work on rapid transit. In addition, more driving technologies (driverless cars, electric vehicles) seem to be just around the corner!
So how can this review help the City of Winnipeg make (or improve) policies to help people get to their destinations? We want your feedback. This two-page summary will give you some background information. After you read it, please fill out this questionnaire to let us know what your vision is for getting around in Winnipeg.
Want to find out more?
- Check out this page to read more about the other topics we will discuss during the review, as well as the overarching sustainability ‘lenses’ related to environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic prosperity that will be applied in this review.
- Visit this page for more ways to get involved.
- Check out our refreshed City Planning and Design webpage at winnipeg.ca.