Improving Active Transportation in University Heights/Fort Richmond

active transportation

This summary is a brief overview/history of community engagement efforts and initiatives focused on improving the Active Transportation infrastructure and enhancing safety in the communities of University Heights and Fort Richmond:


  • 2005   Construction of Sentier Cloutier Trail enabling safe connectivity between Fort Richmond and St. Norbert
  • 2007   Active Transportation upgrades incorporated into Fort Garry Bridge Rehabilitation Project
  • 2008   Construction of Bishop Grandin West Trail on berm between Fort Garry Bridge and Pembina Highway
  • 2009–2011   Green Communities Canada conducted a 2-year pilot project with Dalhousie, Ryerson and Ecole St. Avila Schools. This initiative was part of the Children’s Mobility, Health and Happiness: A Canadian School Travel Planning Model project. The national project was funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada and focused on engaging more children to use a form of active transportation to get to and from school.  Partners in this 2-year project included:
    • Green Action Centre
    • City of Winnipeg
    • Province of Manitoba
    • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
    • Pembina Trails School Division Trustees and Administration
    • University of Manitoba
    • Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
    • Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)
  • 2011   Results from Green Communities Canada’s 2-year Canadian School Travel Planning Model project:
  • 2011   Secured local Active Transportation representation on Event Day Stadium Advisory Committee at Investors Group Field
  • 2012  Bike, Walk & Roll, a 2012 project launched by Winnipeg Trails Association, focused on improving active transportation, connectivity and education in the Fort Richmond area and leveraging community engagement from the Canadian School Travel Planning initiative. Through leadership and partnerships, six significant pieces of active transportation infrastructure were built, a detailed walking and cycling map*  was produced, and an increase in the snow removal budget** around schools was approved by City Council.  Projects under the Bike, Walk & Roll initiative included:
    • 2013 (1) Construction of Alex Bridge Park Pathway linking 3030 Pembina to Ryerson School
    • 2013 (2) Construction of pathways linking Dalhousie and Acadia Schools and the community
    • 2013 *Production of Winnipeg’s first in-depth community Walking and Cycling Map for Fort Richmond, University Heights and U of M
    • 2014 (3) Construction/extension of Pembina bike lanes (Dalhousie to Killarney)
    • 2014 (4) Construction of multi-use pathway alongside Kings Drive (north park entrance to Parkwood)
    • 2014 (5) Construction of Active Transportation corridor under South Perimeter at Pembina
    • 2014 (6) Upgrades to sidewalks and pathways under Fort Garry Bridge to D’Arcy Drive
    • 2014  **Secured increased funding in City budget for enhanced snow removal around schools See Map
    • 2014  Province approves, City installs 30KM zones around schools in Winnipeg
    • 2014  City of Winnipeg announces funding of $500,000 to improve Active Transportation corridors for elementary schools See Press Release
    • 2015 Construction of Speed Tables on Dalhousie Avenue at Ryerson School
    • 2015 Construction of lighted crosswalk at Dalhousie and Purdue

Consultations On Improving Active Transportation Around Ecole St. Avila School

  • February, 2014   City of Winnipeg consultation with Patricia Avenue residents
  • March, 2014   Green Action Centre consultations with Ecole St. Avila School Safety Committee
  • February, 2016   Ecole St. Avila School Safety Committee Update/Consultation
  • February, 2016   Patricia Avenue residents update/consultation – sidewalk design initially presented
  • March, 2016        Patricia Avenue residents update/consultation – sidewalk design discussed in more detail; reviewed Option A and Option B.  Residents in attendance unanimously supported the removal of no trees and the Option A sidewalk alignment. Residents also requested that safety studies be conducted for the “curve area” of Patricia Avenue.  Refer to map below (click on image to increase size).

Patricia Ave Sidewalk Connectivity






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