Two Winnipeg councillors want to reopen the debate over making the city's signature intersection, Portage Avenue and Main Street, pedestrian-friendly once again.

Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) and Dan Vandal (St. Boniface) will ask city staff on Wednesday to look at options for the busy intersection, which has had concrete barriers stopping pedestrians from walking across it for more than 35 years.

"Cities are changing and becoming more focused on people, not just traffic cutting through as fast as possible, especially in the middle of a downtown," Gerbasi told CBC News on Tuesday.

Gerbasi said it is important to look at options now, as the leases for businesses in the mall underneath the intersection expire in 2017.