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Sidewalks a mess? Cycling scary? CAA wants to know

CAA’s Worst Roads campaign for 2018 has expanded and wants Manitobans to vote for the worst stretch of local sidewalk or unfriendly bike corridor too

CAA wants to hear about your worst road — and now for the first time it’s interested in subpar sidewalks and bad bike paths too.

It’s all part of its annual spring campaign — coinciding with pothole season — to highlight the state of Manitoba’s transportation infrastructure.

“A number of the worst roads from past years have been repaired, which tells us our efforts to keep road conditions top of mind for government are working,” said CAA Manitoba president Mike Mager in a news release.

“But as our communities grow, our commuting choices can and will change. Prioritizing connectivity for commuters is key, and implementing safe, eco-friendly infrastructure like transit and cycling lanes will ultimately help reduce wear and tear on our infrastructure and taxpayers’ pocketbooks.”

Last week representatives from Bike Winnipeg and the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres joined with CAA Manitoba to encourage all road users to focus their Worst Roads campaign votes on the safety and infrastructure challenges they face on their commute.

Connie Newman, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres, said the need for smooth transportation corridors is especially important to older people and people with mobility challenges.

“Our population is aging, and older Manitobans are relying on transit more than ever before. We encourage everyone who walks and uses transit to get around to cast a vote for the section of the street and sidewalk that gives them grief,” Newman said.

Mark Cohoe, executive director of Bike Winnipeg said many roads and intersections remain “unfriendly” to people on foot or bike.

“That’s where CAA’s Worst Roads campaign comes in – cyclists can have their voice heard on infrastructure safety by nominating the roads and rides that trouble them.”

Voting runs until midnight on April 18, 2018. Manitobans can nominate their Worst Road online at caamanitoba.com/worstroads and use the prompts to select their worst road, sidewalk or bike corridor.

Voters can identify themselves as pedestrians, cyclists, or drivers and pinpoint a particular stretch of the street for safety reasons, congestion and crumbling infrastructure.

The results will be made public in April and forwarded to government leaders for review.

Tweeting about the campaign? Tag @CAAManitoba and include the hashtag #MBWorstRoads.

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