The streets of Winnipeg are will forever be a bone of contention. Getting to work without weaving around potholes is impossible. The work done to combat this problem comes down to two things: we need to expand the hours committed to roadwork, like other jurisdictions, and the technology of road repair needs to improve.
I worked construction as a younger man. Start time was before sun up because cooler temperatures equal higher productivity. I believe that better working conditions and higher job satisfaction will result in better quality and in turn a greater value for the city. My friends in the Portuguese community, who have connections with this industry have let me know, and I agree with them, a switch to a two shift day: a pre-dawn shift and a later afternoon shift that capitalizes on the cooler temperatures will help ensure that the work is being done quickly and efficiency.
Winter and Winnipeg go hand in hand. Snow is an inevitable part of our existence. Winnipeg relies too much on salting the streets (with little to show for it) and not enough on the actual removal of snow. We need to make better use of our labour force, reduce the damage to our roads, vehicles and infrastructure while reducing the damage to Lake Winnipeg by simply increasing the amount of snow that is mechanical removed from our streets, lanes and sidewalks. The cost in the short term may be slightly higher but the long term effect of not doing the job properly is way more expensive. I believe that a priority system that tracks the use of roads, lanes and sidewalks will help get those throughways cleared quickly and efficiently so that people can get to where they need to be.
DUAL USE RAIL LINES
Winnipeg has a traffic problem. Anyone, who has been caught in a bumper to bumper jam, knows this. There are very few areas of the city you can travel to in a relatively short period of time. During my years patrolling the streets, I have had the opportunity to see the city’s traffic veins from different perspectives. I would love to partner with CN or CP and make use of their railway infrastructure. Conversions could be made to have electrical buses shuttle commuters throughout the city. Some existing lines can be pulled to be used as bike paths or bus roads. These lines go throughout the city and to let them languish unused is a missed opportunity that I would hate to waste. We would be become more efficient, more safe and unclog the major arteries of the city.
BICYCLES AS TRANSPORTATION
This goes hand in hand with the above paragraph:, cyclists don’t feel safe on the streets of Winnipeg and drivers in turn don’t always appreciate having to circumnavigate cyclists. I used to cycle to work for years, before it became too hazardous. I would like to expand our bike routes using existing infrastructure to make better use of their placement.