A cyclist uses a protected bike lane on Maryland Street in Winnipeg in a July photo. The city wants to see similar infrastructure in Osborne Village. (Tyson Koschik/CBC) The wheels on the bikes in a busy Winnipeg commuter corridor will go round and round thanks to two new protected bike lanes coming next summer, the city says.
River and Stradbrook avenues are slated to get the cycling infrastructure as part of a road improvement project, with construction scheduled to start next summer, according to a recently updated City of Winnipeg website .
The bike lanes will make the area more functional for many cyclists from around the city, says one advocate.
"Pretty much anything from the southeast, from St. Boniface, south Osborne, Pembina — it all flows into that area," said Mark Cohoe with Bike Winnipeg.
Osborne Street is considered a mixed-use corridor, according to city planning documents. That means it’s meant to be used by motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
But people like Miles Fisher don’t trust biking in the area.
"Drivers in cars in Winnipeg don’t respect bikers," said the Osborne Village resident. "It’s always been like that."Fisher is skeptical the new bike paths will make a difference. Drivers don’t bother to check when they’re turning off streets in the area, he says — a move that almost got him clipped by a trailer."He just didn’t care. He was on his merry way," he said."So I’d rather stick to the sidewalk, even with protected bike lanes. I feel a little safer on the […]