October 2 - Judy Wasylycia-Leis today committed to support active transportation, using human power to move Winnipeggers through our city in a healthy, productive way.
“When people walk and cycle to their destination they make themselves healthier and reduce wear and tear on our infrastructure," said Wasylycia-Leis. “Active transportation is healthy for our citizens and our city.”
As part of her announcement on active transportation Judy highlighted:
- $20 million of funds earmarked for infrastructure improvements over the next four years to support active transportation from the four year, $400 million plan to fix Winnipeg roads.
- Incorporation of Active Transportation components in new construction.
- More bike lanes, and bike lanes that connect to each other instead of just ending.
- Priority snow clearing of sidewalks to get people moving all year round.
- Plans to accommodate cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users with more time to cross streets at intersections.
- Emphasis on walkable communities and neighbourhoods in any new suburban developments.
Judy noted that in addition to its environmental benefits, active transportation can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, anxiety and depression.
“Winnipeg is on the right path. There is an active transportation coordinator on staff and an active transportation advisory committee. But that is only a beginning, not an end,” said Wasylycia-Leis.