Cyclists who frequently travel down Pembina Highway will have a safer ride thanks to new buffered bike lanes.
The city and province partnered to fund the lanes, which stretch from Plaza Drive to Chevrier Boulevard and line both the east and west side of the busy thoroughfare.
“With the addition of Pembina Highway to the city’s active transportation network, Winnipeg now has 392 kilometres of multi-use pathways and bike lanes,” Mayor Sam Katz said on Friday during an official roadside opening. “This expanding network makes cycling an attractive option for transportation, recreation or fitness.”
Katz was joined by avid cyclist Anders Swanson and Fort Garry-Riverview MLA James Allum to officially declare the lanes open.
The lanes provide a connection to Crescent Drive and other various areas in south Winnipeg, including the University of Manitoba and a connection to the Bishop Grandin Greenway.
The wider reserved lanes come at a cost of $4 million. The city provided $3.5 million as part of their investment to make Winnipeg more bike-friendly.