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Winnipeg aims to expand back-in, angled parking areas in the Exchange​

A City of Winnipeg pilot project along Bannatyne Avenue in the Exchange District has been so successful, it may become permanent.
A City of Winnipeg pilot project along Bannatyne Avenue in the Exchange District has been so successful, it may become permanent. City of Winnipeg website

Winnipeg public service officials want to make the back-in, angled parking spots along Bannatyne permanent.

The pilot project began in July 2017, and added an additional 10 spaces over a two block stretch of road by nixing the old parallel parking format.

The city is hoping to give the congruent blocks of McDermot the same treatment given the trial run’s success.

If the request goes forward, McDermot would become a one-way street eastbound between Rorie and Waterfront, and would add nine more parking spots.

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In a statement, local councillor Mike Pagtakhan said he supports further parking being converted to this format.

“With the ever-increasing popularity of the Exchange District as a shopping, dining and entertainment destination for Winnipeggers from across the city, making the most of parking in the area is crucial to its continued success,” the Point Douglas Ward Councillor said.

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“The new back-in, angled parking on Bannatyne is a better fit for residents, businesses, and visitors alike, and we would like to thank the businesses and residents of the Exchange District for their patience, participation, and feedback as this recent pilot helped us to improve parking in the area.”

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Officials said the change hasn’t slowed traffic in the area and provides a more effective use of space — especially given the upcoming loss of parking spaces as bike lanes are added along both McDermot and Bannatyne this summer.

The city is also adding more parking in the Exchange District by adjusting its loading zones to provide 33 additional daytime spaces and four evening spaces.

The potential to add further angled parking is up for debate next Tuesday at city hall’s Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.