Keep Portage and Main pedestrian-free. At least, that’s the opinion of most CAA Manitoba members.
More than 70 per cent of the 1500 members surveyed said they don’t think putting in pedestrian crossings at the iconic intersection should be a priority for the city.
They cite pedestrian safety and traffic congestion as the top reasons.
Downtown BIZ president Stefano Grande leans the other way saying as the downtown grows, so too does the need for people to be able to easily walk around.
“We have an emerging neighbourhood, in our downtown. Thousands of people are living in this area now. There’s more and more development activity,” Grande tells 680 CJOB.
Mayor Brian Bowman wants to have Portage and Main open to pedestrians by next year’s Canada Summer Games.