Riverbank restaurants, bike paths among promises on mayoral campaign trail
There was also a vow to bargain in good faith with city's unions
Winnipeggers were promised riverbank development and bike paths Thursday, and for those Winnipeggers who work for the city, good faith bargaining.
Brian Bowman says if he's elected, he wants to see Winnipeg's riverbank property developed.
Standing in Stephen Juba Park with the Red River in the background, Bowman said about half of the 240 kilometres of riverbank is privately owned, but the city owns the other half.
Bowman said the Red and Assiniboine rivers are assets that the city has ignored, and he wants to change that by encouraging more people to use the rivers, developing commercial opportunities and generating economic activity.
"This is why Winnipeg is here. It's because of these rivers and right now, too often people see the rivers as an obstacle to be driven over, rather than an asset that can help contribute to our economic growth and development,"
Bowman said his 'Smart River Growth Strategy' will build up infrastructure like docks and access points so people can use the river for recreational activities like canoeing or kayaking as well.
And he said he will press the premier to keep water levels low by using the floodway. Bowman said that's a promise Greg Selinger made five years ago.
Bike paths to get boost
Mayoral hopeful Judy Wasylycia-Leis is promising money for more active transportation if she wins the race Oct. 22.
Standing on a bike path near Sterling Lyon Parkway, Wasylycia-Leis committed $20 million over four years for bike paths and other active transportation routes.
She said the bike path is a good start but is a good example of how far the city has yet to go.
"It still requires active Winnipeggers to walk or cycle through busy intersections, without sidewalks or dedicated paths," she said. "It's obviously still very incomplete."
Wasylycia-Leis says the money she's pledging won't complete all the paths the city needs, but should help complete what's already there.
Winnipeg as employer should set an example
David Sanders promised the 9,000 people who work for the city of Winnipeg that if he is elected mayor, he will bargain in good faith.
Sanders said the city's way of managing vacancies is actually a hiring freeze, and it's contributed to some of the challenges facing the city, such as increased workloads and fewer employees.
He said he would take a more co-operative approach when it comes to bargaining.