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City creating bylaw to enforce Sunday street closures

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City hall hopes to have a bylaw in place to allow police to enforce the Sunday street closures along bike routes such as Wellington Crescent.

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City hall hopes to have a bylaw in place to allow police to enforce the Sunday street closures along bike routes such as Wellington Crescent.

City hall hopes to have a bylaw in place to allow police to enforce the Sunday street closures along bike routes.

It turns out the prohibition of driving vehicles on Sundays on Wellington Crescent, Scotia Street, Wolseley Avenue and Lyndale Drive couldn’t be enforced.

"There was a challenge at some point that motivated our people to get this done," Justin Swandel, chairman of the committee, said. "There was a technicality that didn’t actually allow it to be enforced."

The public works committee instructed civic administration this morning to draft a bylaw and get approval for proper signs to be posted along the street routes.

The new bylaw will allow motorists to travel a distance of one block on the bike routes on Sundays.

Motorists travelling further will be ticketed – once the bylaw is passed.

The committee was told that posted signs will replace most of the barricades, which will result in a savings.

However, the signs have to be designed and worded and approved by the Highway Traffic Board, before they can be erected and the new bylaw goes into force.

It’s not known if the changes will be ready for the May long weekend, when Sunday street closures go into effect.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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