Manitoba

Winnipeg councillor hopes to combine bike trails, riverbank erosion projects

Brian Mayes is hoping that his peers will consider a new proposal to have bike paths along the city's rivers, in an effort to maintain the riverbanks and prevent erosion.

Mayes has three specific bike paths in mind in his proposal going before committee Monday

A sunny, warm weekend is ahead for Winnipeg and the rest of southern Manitoba. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

One Winnipeg city councillor is hoping that his peers will consider a new proposal to have bike paths along the city's rivers, in an effort to maintain the riverbanks and prevent erosion.

Brian Mayes, city councillor for the St. Vital ward, has written a motion going before the Downtown Committee Monday that he think will allow the city to combine some alternative transportation projects with the millions of dollars already spent on riverbank erosion each year.

"My goal is to see if we can do more of these projects. Try and speed up the work because we've got a big problem here and we aren't getting ahead of the curve here, because there is still a big list of projects every year," Mayes said.

Mayes is eyeing three specific bike paths that, with a little planning he said, could also serve to stabilize the river banks.

"I don't pretend to tell any councillor where they should spend money on bike trails in their ward, that's their discretion, but I do think we should look at this and say, 'hey, this is a big problem with the river banks. Can we get a bit creative here and do something to help out?'"

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