Please Slow Down Campaign
The success of the June 2018 Please Slow Down campaign demonstrated that residential speeding is an ongoing concern for many Winnipeg residents.
At the May 19th, 2019 meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (SPC-IRPW), the SPC-IRPW directed the Winnipeg Public Service to:
- Approve an ongoing allotment of up to 100 “Please Slow Down” campaign lawn signs to each member of Council for the 2020 year, to be funded from the Road Safety budget and
- to report back on the efficacy of the “Please Slow Down” campaign sign program to the Standing Committee at its April, 2021 meeting.
In collaboration with the Public Works Department, the Winnipeg Committee for Safety (WCFS) once again contributed Please Slow Down signs to each Councillor for distribution throughout their wards.
What first began as a small pilot project in 2018 has evolved into ongoing conversations and public engagement about residential speeds and the need for safer streets for communities across Winnipeg.
If you would like a Please Slow Down sign, please contact your Councillor’s Office. Contact information can be found here: https://winnipeg.ca/council/default.stm
French versions of the Please Slow Down lawn signs may be made upon request.
In 2017, 158 service requests were made to 311 for speed limit concerns or traffic calming mechanisms. Recognizing that residential speeding is a concern for many citizens across Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Committee for Safety (WCFS) has launched the Please Slow Down campaign. The aim of this pilot project is to provide friendly reminders to drivers to slow their speeds on residential streets.
Please Slow Down lawn signs are provided to each City Councillor to distribute throughout their respective wards. Interested citizens are encouraged to contact their Councillor’s office to make arrangements. It will be up to each Councillor’s discretion how they would like to distribute the signs.
Important to note:
- A very limited quantity of Please Slow Down signs are available. Signs will be distributed on a first- come, first-served basis. Signs are 18” X 24”.
- Signs have been sponsored by the WCFS and will be available at no cost. Once received, the condition of the sign is the responsibility of the homeowner. Signs can be used year after year.
- Signs must be placed on a homeowner’s lawn. Placing signs on boulevards will violate City of Winnipeg by-laws and will result in signs being removed.
- Citizens are advised that placing Please Slow Down signs on the same side of the street where vehicles are parked will obstruct their view.
The WCFS wishes to thank all interested citizens for their participation in the Please Slow Down campaign and for their efforts in making our communities safer for all.
UN Safe Cities Initiative – Winnipeg Safe City
September 30, 2016 - Province, City announce new initiatives to support safer public spaces for women and girls.
- Winnipeg Safe City website
- Winnipeg Safe City Scoping Study: English | French
- Follow Winnipeg Safe City on Twitter
On December 10, 2013, Winnipeg was the first city in North America to join the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative. The Winnipeg Safe City work involves collaborative research and advisory, program and policy-related efforts to end violence against women in public spaces.
The City of Winnipeg is proud to partner with the Province of Manitoba on this exciting and important initiative. In an effort to foster collaboration and work towards common goals, we encourage input from concerned citizens and community groups whose aim is to promote safety for women and girls in public spaces.
Working for a city free from violence against women and girls.
Community safety is a key component in positioning Winnipeg for the sustainable growth which is key to our future competitiveness. Through SpeakUpWinnipeg, the Winnipeg Committee for Safety acts as an expert resource and trusted advisor in the development of the 25-year vision for the city. This plan is required by the City of Winnipeg Charter that requires the City to adopt, via by-law, a development plan that sets out long-term plans and policies. The development plan guides and informs more detailed planning on specific topics or for specific areas, and WCFS is proud to have helped in making safety an important consideration.
In March 2008, City of Winnipeg Council approved LiveSAFE – An Interconnected Crime Prevention Policy. This policy statement recognized that successful crime prevention interventions involve all sectors within the community, including levels of government the private and non-profit sectors, community groups and citizens. The intent of the LiveSAFE in Winnipeg policy is to find a balanced approach to crime prevention that includes policing as well as a preventive approach, in order to address the root causes of crime in our community. The Winnipeg Committee for Safety has and continues to serve in an advisory role to LiveSAFE, ensuring that community groups and citizens are an integral part of implementing the program.
A Safer Workplace
In partnership with the Manitoba Federation of Labour Occupational Health Centre the Committee helped to develop the workshop and help reduce the number of Manitobans injured in incidents of violence at the workplace – currently an estimated 200 per year. This year, the workshop was once again run at full capacity. Participants gained knowledge in the areas of hazard identification and risk assessment, particularly in relation to assaults and attacks.
The Violence and Disorderly Conduct Sub-Committee developed plans and programs targeted at proactively reducing violence in the community, workplace and home.