Council approves on-demand accessible vehicles for hire pilot
New service to provide universal access point for customers booking accessible on-demand transportation
Released: 9:16 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Yesterday, Council approved a new three-year pilot to improve accessible vehicle for hire access for Winnipeggers through a new on-demand service known as Winnipeg Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, or Winnipeg WAV.
Winnipeg WAV will provide a universal access point for users of on-demand accessible transportation service to request a trip. The service also aims to improve wait-times for passengers by increasing the industry’s accessible vehicle capacity and expanding service hours.
“We continue to hear from stakeholders that wait times for accessible on-demand transportation in Winnipeg are too long,” said Councillor Matt Allard, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. “Through the Winnipeg WAV pilot, I’m hopeful we’ll be able to improve service for the many people who rely on accessible on-demand transportation, while also removing some of the barriers for industry to provide that service.”
By participating in the pilot, accessible vehicle drivers and owners can earn financial incentives (up to $2,250/year for drivers and up to $2,500/year for owners). These incentives are meant to assist owners with the additional costs associated with purchasing and maintaining accessible vehicles and for drivers in operating an accessible vehicle. Incentives will be based on customer service metrics, including number of trips provided through Winnipeg WAV, customer service rating, trip acceptance rates, expanded hours of service, and passing inspections.
The budget for the pilot is $1.8 million, and is being funded entirely through the existing accessibility surcharge on vehicle for hire trips.
Winnipeg WAV is scheduled to launch in fall 2021. For more information, please visit: winnipeg.ca/vehiclesforhire.
City marks Wildfire Community Preparedness Day by encouraging residents to help reduce the risk of wildland fires
Released: 9:46 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Tomorrow, May 1, 2021, is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is encouraging residents to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfires in our community.
Wildfires in Winnipeg are typically wind-driven ground fires involving grass, brush, and dead plant matter which can spread quickly. In a typical year, WFPS responds to approximately 200 of these types of fires within City limits. This number increases when conditions are drier than normal. These fires often spread quickly and can threaten property, or in some cases, cause extensive damage to properties.
“As the weather warms up, the risk of wildland fires increases,” said Assistant Chief Mark Reshaur, WFPS. “While the mid-April snowstorm helped with dry conditions, we still expect these dangerous fires to be an issue this spring. WFPS strongly encourages property owners near wildland areas to properly maintain their yards in order to mitigate their risk.”
Protecting your property:
- Thin and prune vegetation, cleaning up brush, leaves, grass and debris.
- Plant fire-resistant plants and shrubs. Avoid combustible plants and trees (such as cedar and pine) that accumulate dry dead material or have papery bark.
- Water plants and vegetation in the area surrounding your home, particularly during dry conditions.
- Store firewood at least 10 meters away from structures.
- Position your approved fire pits/receptacles in an open area away from overhanging trees and 10 feet away from combustible materials.
The WFPS also urges residents to take the necessary steps to prevent wildland fires.
- Do not dispose of cigarette butts in any sort of vegetation (including grass), in planter pots, or from vehicle windows.
- Do not burn yard waste, garbage, or scrap material on your property. Doing so within City limits is prohibited and can result in a fine.
- Only burn clean, dry, untreated wood in residential fire pits.
- Only use Neighbourhood Liveability By-Law compliant outdoor fire receptacles such as fire pits, fire places and outdoor BBQs. Fire pits must be enclosed on all sides and have a spark arrestor.
- Always have a means to extinguish the fire readily available.
- Remember – fires cannot be started, even with a proper fire permit, if wind speeds and/or gusts exceed 25 km/h.
If you are planning a fire, not within an approved fire pit, you must apply for a permit with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.
In recent years, the WFPS has acquired specialized equipment to combat wildfires, including the WFPS Bison, compressed air-foam snuffers, pumper tankers for water supply, and quads to access otherwise difficult to reach locations rapidly.
City of Winnipeg reschedules registration date for spring swimming lessons
Released: 12:42 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Registration for Spring Leisure Guide swimming lessons, which was previously postponed, will now begin on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8 a.m. for Winnipeg residents.
Swimming lessons will resume beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021.
Residents can register online, by calling 311, or in-person at 395 Main St., Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers wishing to register in person are reminded that they are required to wear a face mask and must maintain physical distancing.
For more information on Leisure Guide programming, see: winnipeg.ca/leisureguide.
For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Church Avenue
Released: 1:17 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 9:59 a.m. on April 30, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half storey house in the 400 block of Church Street.
Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the house and an offensive attack was launched. Firefighters used a Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST), an aerosol device that reduces temperatures, which allows safer access for firefighters. The fire under control at 11:22 a.m.
All occupants safely self-evacuated from the home before crews arrived. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house suffered significant water, smoke and fire damage. Neighbouring homes also suffered heat damage.
Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST)
The WFPS is undertaking a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The FST can reduce temperatures and disrupt fire spread in a confined space, resulting in safer conditions for occupants and firefighters and reducing water use and overall damage.
A user activates the tool manually by pulling a pin that activates an electronic ignition system. The FST generates an aerosol mist that expands to flood the space, suppressing flames within seconds.
Additions to Sunday/holiday bike routes coming soon
Council approves 13 new streets, expanded hours
Enhanced Summer Bike Program routes to open throughout early May
Released: 3:01 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The much-anticipated Enhanced Summer Bike Program (formerly Open Streets) is coming soon to a neighbourhood near almost all Winnipeggers.
City Council yesterday voted in favour of implementing 13 additional routes and expanding operating hours for both the new streets and the City’s four existing Sunday/holiday bike routes.
City crews will begin implementing the program on Monday, May 3, 2021 and will open one route at a time as quickly as possible. The list of open routes will be updated at winnipeg.ca/summerbikes as routes become operational. We anticipate all routes will be open by mid-May, with the exception of Youville Street which will be delayed by reconstruction on Des Meurons Street.
The new routes are as follows:
Open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days per week
- Lyndale Drive – Cromwell St to Gauvin St
- Wellington Cres – Academy Rd to Guelph St
- Wolseley Ave – Raglan Rd to Maryland St
- Churchill Drive between Hay Street and Jubilee Avenue
- Egerton Road between Bank Avenue and Morier Avenue
- Kildonan Drive between Helmsdale Avenue and Irving Place
- Kilkenny Drive between Burgess Avenue and Kings Drive / Kings Drive between Kilkenny Drive and Patricia Avenue
- Alexander Avenue – Arlington Street to Princess Street
- Ravelston Avenue – Wayoata to Brewster Street
- Linwood Street – Portage Avenue to Silver Avenue
- Harbison Avenue West – Henderson Highway to eastern terminus
- Rose Lake Court surrounding Rose Lake Green
- Youville Street – Eugenie Street to Haig Avenue (after the reconstruction of Des Meurons Street expected to be completed by Fall 2021)
Open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., weekends and holidays only
- Rover Avenue between Hallet Street and Stephens Street
- Scotia Street – Armstrong Ave to Anderson Ave
- Assiniboine Avenue – Parkside Drive to Ferry Road
- Wellington Avenue – Maryland Street to Strathcona Street
Once the routes are operational, motor vehicle traffic on the streets will be limited to one block, with the exception of Lyndale Drive between Lawndale Avenue and Highfield Street, where residents of the bays are allowed to use the route to access their properties.
The City would like to remind residents that these routes are intended to be used solely by cyclists. In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, pedestrians are not permitted on the roadway when a reasonably passable sidewalk is present.
Routes are not “open” to cyclists until the City has installed proper signage and barricades. Until these are in place, cyclists and motorists should continue to share the road under normal operational conditions.
The City is collecting email addresses of those who live along the new Sunday/Holiday Bike Routes to assist us in any future feedback collection. If you are willing to be contacted, please visit the project engagement page and fill in the form located at the top right corner (under the heading “Stay informed”).
Information on the program, including operational routes with available dates and times, will regularly be updated online at winnipeg.ca/summerbikes.
Section of westbound Munroe Avenue to close beginning on Monday until September 17
Released: 3:27 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Westbound Munroe Avenue, between Henderson Highway and Watt Street, will be closed for a road reconstruction project starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 3, and lasting until 6 p.m. on Friday, September 17. One lane of eastbound traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project.
Motorists should allow for additional travel time and use alternate routes to reach their destinations.
For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.
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