A new Winnipeg city bylaw would make driving in any of four bicycle routes illegal for motorists.

Scott Gretsinger bikes along the Wellington Crescent bike route every summer Sunday.

Barricades present indicate it is off-limits to cars.

Dale Melanson

Lyndale resident Dale Melanson (pictured) reads over a letter that was distributed around the neighborhood to alert homeowners of the new bylaw, that would result in $90 fines for motorists caught driving on cycling routes. (Chris Glover/CBC)

Regardless, Gretsinger said motorists are always driving along the route.

"Almost everybody breaks the rule,” he said. “I thought it was totally prohibited."

In reality it isn’t completely restricted, but a proposed bylaw would make driving along the bike route an offence that would result in a $90 fine for drivers.

Wolseley Avenue, Scotia Street and Lyndale Drive are the other bike routes in Winnipeg affected.

Residents on Lyndale like Dale Melanson got a letter about the proposed bylaw. If it comes into effect the barricades would be removed.

"I think they're probably going to pay a little bit less attention until they get caught and fined," said Melanson.

The city spends roughly $35,000 annually hauling out and retrieving those barricades, but with the new bylaw they would only use signs and so wouldn't need to pay for those costs.

City Coun. John Orlikow said Tuesday the bylaw could pass at city hall by the end of the month.

“It’s already taking too long in my opinion, so let’s just get the bylaw done,” said Orlikow.       

Gretsinger wondered whether replacing the barricades with signs would lead to an increased police presence in the area.

"I don't know how often the police or whatever are … going to patrol this area, but it'd be nice to see."

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said the city spends roughly $3,500 annually moving the barricades. In fact, the figure is $35,000 annually.
    Jun 05, 2014 1:22 PM CT