To provide more space for Winnipeggers to get outside and more safely walk and cycle while respecting physical distancing this summer, the City of Winnipeg opened a total of 10 streets from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, while restricting vehicles to one block on those specific routes. At this time, the City plans to end Open Streets on September 7th. But they want to hear what you think.
How was your experience with the Open Streets? Would you like to see an extension or see more of them? Or perhaps a different schedule? Now is the time to share your thoughts as the City’s survey also closes September 7th.
Green Action Centre thinks the 2020 Open Streets program has been a positive step forward during the pandemic and an improvement that should continue, especially with more people driving now due to COVID-19. We loved seeing the tons of people on the Open Streets and the number of families with little ones enjoying the chance to bike or pedal their scooter down a quiet street. Let’s keep Open Streets going!
In fact, we’d like to see Open Streets:
- in more neighbourhoods, especially in those where residents have to continue to go to work in spite of COVID-19;
- more connected to each other and/or the AT network; and
- include more routes that can be used for commuting.