Because the majority of the money for these projects came from federal infrastructure funds, the construction needed to be completed this fiscal year.
At the time, the move was widely applauded. However, as the projects went forward, and several streets were changed with new bike lanes and roundabouts, public opposition grew. From its start with affected residents compplaining of insufficient consultation, opposition has exploded to businesses bringing lawsuits against the city and the issue of Active Transportation becoming a major - if not defining - issue of the upcoming municipal election.
Active Transportation - Canada has published a number of the newspaper articles related to this issue, but the number of these exploded in recent weeks as the election approached.So instead, please find a list of many of the recent items that have appeared in Winnipeg papers. Those interested in how their community might respond to rapid improvements in its AT infrastrucutre might benefit from reviewing the Winnipeg example.
We should be clear in our understanding of this issue, with AT we are talking about changing the design and function of our cities. Such change will not occur easily, and without opposition. The current struggles in Winnipeg constitute a valuable lesson for us all in Canada.
I would enjoy hearing comments on this topic from the AT-Canada subscriber community.