Tactical urbanism in Winnipeg, Manitoba: a case study at The Forks
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In the summer of 2016, The Forks North Portage Partnership created a shared-use road using unique pavement markings and traffic calming infrastructure at The Forks on Fort Gibraltar Trail. This intervention was intended to provide cyclists equal right to the road and connect segments of The Forks’ cycle track. The design and implementation processes of the shared-use road contravened conventional planning practices, and were inspired by tactical urbanism – a relatively new approach to city-making emphasizing small-scale interventions. This practicum uses a case study approach to investigate The Forks’ shared-use road and explore tactical urbanism as a planning tool. Key informants and practitioners from Winnipeg’s planning community provide diverse perspectives on how to effectively incorporate tactical urbanism practices. The findings add to the growing library of tactical urbanism literature and provide lessons for future project proponents in the design and implementation of their own tactical interventions in Winnipeg.