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Gerbasi says cancelling study without consulting public works committee “baffling”

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Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry Coun. Jenny Gerbasi invoked some famous words after the city cancelled a study related to pedestrian and cyclist safety.

"We have a problem, Houston," Gerbasi told the Sou’wester.

Her remarks came following the city’s cancellation of a study to develop the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies of Winnipeg, stating it will instead focus on other projects.

A release issued by the city July 9 stated it will be suspending the study, though it did not state why it was being suspended, and when contacted city communications said the public works department had no further comment.

Gerbasi, who sits on the public works committee, said she did not find out about the cancellation until she happened to ask how it was coming along.

"It’s baffling," said Gerbasi. "This didn’t go through a proper committee process. Where the public works committee decided this or we’ll do that. There was no discussion.

"If I hadn’t dug around to find out we wouldn’t have known, and I’m on the public works committee."

Gerbasi will be bringing a motion forward this September to reconsider cancelling the study.

The money for the now-suspended $400,000 consulting study will instead be spent on projects currently in progress, said Gerbasi.
Gerbasi said going forward without planning and studies is short sighted.

"You look at what other cities do and some of them have cycling and pedestrian (strategies), detailed strategies since the ’90s," said Gerbasi. "We’re already behind other cities in so many ways and this is just going to set us back more."

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