Localized traffic studies

The City is now accepting requests for traffic calming reviews under the new process.

To get started in your community, please submit a request to 311 either by phone or at 311@winnipeg.ca.

View current residential traffic study projects

Program overview

Step 1: Initiate Request

This step can be completed at any time throughout the year. It takes approximately 1-3 months from start to finish.

  • An individual or group contacts 311 to request a traffic calming review of a local or collector street or lane in a residential neighbourhood.
  • The City reviews the request to confirm it fits within this program. This means confirming it is a local or collector street or lane within a residential neighbourhood, and also that it has not been studied within the past five years (unless there has been significant development or road work in the area). The City will also review whether there are documented future plans for the location to determine whether it suitable to proceed through this program.
  • If the street fits within this program, the City contacts the requester with next steps.

Step 2: Petition

This step can be completed at any time throughout the year. It takes approximately 1-3 months from start to finish.

  • The requestor receives a petition from the City, which identifies affected residents.
  • Petition responses are provided directly to 311 by residents. One signature per property is permitted.
  • Petition responses must be returned within 30 days.
  • 25 per cent support is required to proceed to next steps.
  • The City reviews the petition responses to ensure required support has been provided.
  • The City shares the petition results with the respective area councillor and asks for their concurrence to proceed.

Step 3: Engineering Assessment

This step takes approximately 6-12 months from start to finish.

  • The City undertakes an engineering assessment to determine whether the street is a candidate for traffic calming. The assessment includes collecting and analyzing traffic data, like speeds and volumes, and conducting site visits to observe conditions.
  • If the street is deemed a candidate, it proceeds to Step 4.
  • If the street is not a candidate, the City will inform the requester and area councillor and close the file.

Step 4: Prioritization

Once a street is deemed a candidate it should be given a priority rating within 1-3 months.

  • The City uses points-based prioritization system to compare candidate locations against each other. This step is important in ensuring limited budget and resources go toward the highest priority locations.
  • The prioritization system considers many factors, such as speeds, traffic volumes, land use (like the presence of nearby schools), equity (based on the socioeconomic condition of a neighbourhood), presence of pedestrian infrastructure and bicycle infrastructure, and collision history.
  • The prioritization list is reviewed once per year, and a few high prioritize sites are selected to proceed to design, engagement and installation.
  • The number of sites that move on depends on available budget and resources. Based on previous years, we anticipate 3 -5 locations each year moving forward to next steps.

Step 5: Design & Engagement

This step is expected to take 4-8 months.

  • The City prepares design options for the high-priority streets. A variety of traffic calming measures are considered during the design phase, and the type of design selected depends on the context of the given street.
  • The City then takes the options to the community for feedback. Participants are engaged to provide input on the designs.
  • Engineers finalize the design and the project proceeds to next steps.

Step 6: Installation

The intent is to install treatments that have gone through design and engagement within the same calendar year or during the following construction season. This step will take 3-24 months.

  • The final preferred traffic calming design is installed.
  • On a case-by-case basis, the City may explore installing treatments on a trial basis using non-permanent modular elements to pilot solutions at low-cost; the pilot would be in place for a number of months. If the solution is shown to be successful through measured traffic studies, it would be replaced at a later date with a more permanent installation as budget allows. If it is not successful, it could be readily removed and the materials repurposed elsewhere.
  • Depending on the scope of the project and available resources, the City may collect traffic data one year after installation to evaluate effectiveness.

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