Two-hour street parking coming to Lord Roberts?
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This article was published 11/05/2022 (389 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The City of Winnipeg is looking to curb non-resident parking in Lord Roberts.
A one-year trial of two-hour parking is being proposed for all streets in Lord Roberts north of Kylemore Avenue to improve parking availability in the neighbourhood. The restrictions would apply 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Residents can be exempted by applying for a residential parking permit at a cost of $25 per year.
The proposed trial is part of the Lord Roberts community traffic study, which began in 2018 and identified on-street parking availability as a key concern, particularly in the northeast section of the neighbourhood. Reports from the public engagement phases of the study show that residents take issue with the overuse of street parking by Winnipeg Transit employees.
When asked if the time-limited parking trial is primarily meant to address this situation, the city stated in an email that “the presence of the Winnipeg Transit garage is one factor that may drive demand for parking in Lord Roberts, but the area also includes other businesses and community facilities whose visitors utilize nearby parking.”
However, Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) indicated in an email that Transit employees’ overuse of street parking is the main impetus for the proposed trial. Rollins said she finds it ironic that “one part of the city public service is literally having to study the traffic impacts of another city department” and that ward residents have expressed frustration with this perceived dysfunction.
Time-limited parking is currently in place on the streets nearest the transit garage. The proposed trial would expand the area covered by the restrictions and lengthen the hours they apply to address peak periods of non-resident parking.
The issue does not seem to be a lack of available lot parking for Transit employees. According to Rollins, “they have parking and it’s heavily subsidized, unlike their other public service counterparts.” She stated that she continues to work with Transit to help them understand their impact on the neighbourhood, both positive and negative, and has even asked for the support of ATU, the union representing transit workers.
The parking trial would begin this summer, pending feedback from residents north of Kylemore. According to the city, further engagement and data collection would take place during the trial to determine whether the solution should be implemented long-term, or if additional changes are needed.
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South Osborne community correspondent
Tracy Groenewegen is a community correspondent for South Osborne. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org