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I took a walk around Portage+Main today! I know lots of Winnipeggers experience it from their cars, so join me as I go on an adventure!

1st thing spotted while approaching on NW corner, full bike rack. 21% of 'peggers currently bike regularly. #portageandmain
My quest: make it across the intersection to the BMO building! It's so pretty. I've lived here for 17 yrs, just realized I'd never actually been there. So, you know, there's a hint that something's not working.
Starting the clock! ⏱️
3/ Ok, so 1st thing to note, you can't "just go one extra block" around, when that block doesn't actually connect. Here's Lombard, but I can't reach it from here on the W side of Main.
I see you over there Lombard!
To my left, you'll see a surface parking lot behind a falling down fence. I know, you're saying "it's the heart of the continent, but does it have to be SOOOO fancy?" You can always find parking, b/c these lots are half to totally empty basically always. #portageandmain
5/ Crossed at McDermot! Heading back S towards the BMO building. I know, you can barely see it, glad I'm able bodied, bit of a hike!
6/ There you are pretty BMO building! Ding dang, still can't get there, heading over to east to make the crossing. Need to walk in front of the Fairmont.
7/ Spotted, more surface parking right off the intersection. Now, I should keep walking E to technically cross safely at Westbrook. BUT, as other twitterers have noted, if there's no cars, you CAN technically dart across the road.
I know: "wow, so as long as I don't inconvenience a driver AT ALL, I can avoid the 4 block round trip walk?" Winnipeg, you sure know how to make a gal feel special!
Spotted, MORE surface parking! Think of the 💰 we're not making having actual businesses there! #portageandmain
I you decide to not be like the guy I saw with two full bags of groceries who dashed across the street by the Fairmont to catch his bus but a car was a block away so he got honked at, you can cross Portage E here.
Woops, lost count? 10/ I did it!! Hooray! Deducting for time spent snapping 📸, total walk time was 12 minutes.
11/ Going back to the start of this adventure, in 17 years of living in Winnipeg, spending MUCH time living, working and playing downtown, I have NEVER actually been on this block before. Note: the stairs to the underground here are ... gross.
12/ Restart the clock! We're now going from this point and back to the NW corner! ⏱️
Notice distinct lack of street life. No shops, no restaurants, nothing but that sound of rushing traffic. 👂
#noisepollution #portageandmain
Here we are at the "pedestrian crossing" at Pioneer and Main! For those who haven't had this #blessed experience, note that you can only actually cross at one point. (see 🚷on the left). Be in the right spot at the right time or you will be stranded here fools! 🤡#portageandmain
14/ And remember, never cut in front of a car or you'll get the honk, but on the one bit of safe crossing between you and the moon, the 🏃‍♀️lane might be blocked by 🚙. These "real taxpayers" are the ones that matter!
Not pictured, blocked by this van, is a fellow with a cane who hopped that curb b/c traffic was streaming by in front. Being a ped in Winnipeg is not for chumps. You gotta be ready to duck, jump and weave, kids! DON'T EXPECT THIS CITY TO TAKE CARE OF YOU!
I'm almost back, now heading up Main towards Portage, with the sweet sweet crumbling barricades reminding me that I gotta take the stairs!
Back at the corner of Fort and Portage! Total time in this direction, 8 minutes.
Note: max increased ⏱️for SOME drivers during rush hour will be 8 min. Most will have NO delay, average delay is 30 sec or 50 sec for am or pm RUSH HOUR.
Fair enough, I could take the underground. It's confusing & not always open, and those crossings take me about 4-6 minutes. When you're ♿️& need these stupid lifts everywhere, it takes 15 min to cross. I've done it with a wagon of stuff, it totally sucks!
End/ So that was my adventure! I hope you had fun on this journey around P+M, and I hope you'll join me in bringing life back to this famed intersection at the heart of the continent. VOTE OPEN!
#portageandmain @VoteOpenWpg

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