Timeline Of Winnipeg’s Road Safety Strategy

Dec 2016 – March 2019

  • See progress related to the long and winding road in developing a Winnipeg Road Safety Strategy
  • This is why we need STRONG LEADERSHIP to pull ALL stakeholders together to FOCUS
  • ‘One-off’ solutions are only band-aids; Winnipeg needs a COMPREHENSIVE ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY

December 5, 2016 – Initial Motion

Lukes brings motion to Riel Community Committee – which moves on to Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (IRPW):

  • WHEREAS it is projected by 2031 that Winnipeg and the surrounding areas will be approaching one million people;
  • AND WHEREAS a Key Strategic Goal of the 2011 Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan is a safe, efficient and equitable transportation system for people, goods and services;
  • AND WHEREAS a Key Direction of the 2014 Winnipeg Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies is to improve Pedestrian and Cycling Safety;
  • AND WHEREAS overall traffic collisions in Manitoba in 2015 increased compared to 2014 and to the previous five year (2010-2014) annual average;
  • AND WHEREAS the City of Winnipeg does not have a Council approved Road Safety Strategy but follows road safety initiatives in line with Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025;
  • AND WHEREAS in 2015, the Province of Manitoba established a Provincial Road Safety Committee to enhance road safety by fostering coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, promoting road safety in a strategic way, and ensuring road safety issues are identified and prioritized;
  • AND WHEREAS in 2016 the Government of Canada adopted a national Vision Zero Strategy approach to road safety providing a framework intended to influence road safety policy and action at the territorial, provincial and municipal levels.
  • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works recommend the Winnipeg Public Service to consider innovative best practices, strategies, and guidelines of other jurisdictions and develop a Road Safety Strategy aligning with the principles of Vision Zero.

January 10, 2017 – Motion is Changed & Passed at IRPW to: 

  • WHEREAS the government of Canada has a road safety strategy, published in January of 2016 known as Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 – Towards Zero: The Safest Roads in the World (called “Towards Zero”),
  • AND WHEREAS Towards Zero is based on an international best practice called Vision Zero,
  • AND WHEREAS the City of Winnipeg currently utilizes best Canadian practices in road safety taking into consideration Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and Transportation Association of Canada recommendations,
  • AND WHEREAS it would be advisable for the City of Winnipeg to have a Road Safety Strategy,
  • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works direct the Winnipeg Public Service to create a road safety strategy which takes into consideration the principles of “Towards Zero” and report back within 365 days..

365 days later . . . .   

January 9, 2018   

Summary: A Road Safety Strategy did not come forward but instead a Road Safety Administrative Report was presented along with the just released Province of Manitoba Road Safety Plan. IRPW received report as information, and further directed the Winnipeg Public Service to:

  1. Provide quarterly verbal reports, commencing April 2018, on the progress of the road safety strategy.
  2. Include the Road Safety Strategy Administrative Report dated November 30, 2017, with each update, as reference.

April 6, 2018

Summary: Staff is attending meetings

July 2018

Report did not come forward

October 2018

Report was delayed to November

November 11, 2018

Summary: The City is part of a multi-stakeholder panel on road safety that the Province oversees, there is a report for Province-wide changes that is in draft form and is with the Province. This is not the City-directed Road Safety Strategy report.

Another 365 days later . . . . .

March 20, 2019 – Mayor on ‘Up to Speed’ – CBC Interview

  • It appears the Mayor, according to this CBC interview – has now tasked Councillors Sherri Rollins Allard with the road safety portfolio – ?

Audio (4 min) (Thank you to CBC for this audio clip):


April 4th, 2019

Mayor Mixed up over road safety strategy

April 4th, 2019 – Nothing done on road-safety strategy ordered in 2017, councillors told