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Mayor Brian Bowman and his executive policy committee have given the green light to the city’s 20-year pedestrian and cycling strategy.

The sole vote against the $334 million strategy was North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty, who was one of the councillors who helped release a radio ad decrying the strategy.

Browaty said he would not support the 364-page strategy until amendments were made to maps in his ward and until they removed a recommendation to have Winnipeggers shovel the snow on their sidewalks.

However, the mayor came out strongly in favour of the strategy, imploring EPC members to understand the facts.

He noted that if council passes this strategy, residents will not have to shovel city sidewalks.

"Anything else is simply not accurate," Bowman said.

He also noted that no money will be spent until council approves the city’s annual active transportation plan, and the strategy is only a guideline.

"No shovel hits the ground until council approves the annual action plan," Bowman told EPC.

The strategy will be voted on by council next Wednesday.

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