Municipal Election Questionnaire 2018

Municipal Election 2018

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  • The City of Winnipeg has a long list of potential crosswalk upgrades representing locations where numerous people would like to cross the street and feel safer on foot. As the Public Works department notes however, "[t]here are limited resources for installing pedestrian corridors and traffic control signals" and "as a result, warranted locations must be prioritized relative to each other". Despite each candidate location representing invaluable and ultimately life-saving safety improvements for hundreds of potential daily trips, such crossings are "scored" on cost. Additionally, requests are often turned down on the basis of motor vehicle traffic flow, even though pedestrian permeability (the ability to move within a neighbourhood) in the surrounding area is greatly affected and machines are traditionally guests in an urban environment. Winnipeg's dedicated program for doing this currently only has the capacity to "approximately 3 to 5 locations each year".

    We consider fast-tracking to be tripling the current capacity, therefore you may answer as though the estimated cost would be to install 10 additional high-quality pedestrian crossings per year. At $200K each that would be $2Million.

    Other factors for consideration: Note that a single pedestrian fatality "costs" more than $1Million in insurance and lost earnings.

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  • Parking minimums induce demand or parking, suppress development, discourage developers from innovation and meeting new transportation demands needs and overall foster car culture. Learn more: &
  • The City of Winnipeg currently has $100,000 "available annually in the Capital Program for Regional Accessibility Improvements. This program is used in conjunction with the Regional Street Sidewalk and Curb Renewal Programs to improve accessibility". The City of Winnipeg also dedicates $425K yo