A few clouds

Winnipeg, MB

24°c A few clouds

Full Forecast

Editorials

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Path to nowhere

Posted: 07/12/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

Advertisement

  • Print

Winnipeg was one of the last major urban centres to catch on to the idea of calming circles to slow down traffic, to give way to cyclists and pedestrians on streets. And the recent decision at city hall to cancel the contract for a bike/walking strategy shows why -- and why active transportation will not be central to the transportation system any time soon.

Coun. Dan Vandal, chairman of the public works committee, says it was decided that the $400,000 would be better spent on paying for the cycling and walking routes already slated for development. That is short-sighted; it puts money into individual projects before setting out the foundation for a city-wide active-transportation system.

Truly usable routes for buses, cycling and walking must work in harmony and offer a real alternative to vehicles. A robust, co-ordinated and safe system encourages commuters to leave the car at home.

Investing in a strategy backed by vision and serious commitment would indicate Winnipeg's city council understands the broad social and health benefits of a city designed for people, not cars.

The $400,000 might add a kilometre or two to bike paths. Cancelling the strategy pushes back the real goal for years. Council needs to revisit this decision.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2013 A10

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.