Community voices matter. We have heard loud and clear that people support the idea of a bike network but want more say in how their community contributes to it. This isn’t an either/or proposition. By asking citizens for meaningful input, we can build a better bike network. We can begin to make Edmonton a bike friendly city, and we can ensure that communities and citizens have a say in designing a network they will use and be proud of.
If we’re going to build infrastructure that works for communities - starting with core communities like Old Strathcona and downtown - we need to listen to those communities. Bike lanes in Ward 10 were met with concern and confusion because we didn’t take the time to listen to communities. If we had, we’d have known that putting a bike lane on 40 Avenue - a road already strained by multiple school pickup zones - would increase congestion.
I’m committed to building the rest of the bike network, starting with high-quality bike routes on 83 Avenue and 102 Avenue. If any of this is to succeed, we need to learn from our mistakes. We need to welcome community voices, not ignore them. My office will host a public meeting to start engagement on some of the ways we can relocate, redesign, or otherwise fix the Ward 10 bike lanes. I’m also going to make a motion at today’s Transportation Committee to ask the Administration for a report on alternative routes and better public engagement and education. I’m excited about the future of bicycle infrastructure in Edmonton.
Michael’s Motion on Bike Lanes
That Administration provide a report to Transportation Committee by the
end of June, 2014, outlining the following information:
1. A proposed 2014-2018 implementation plan for new bike lane infrastructure, including recommendations for an enhanced public engagement strategy and recommendations for enhanced public education programs.
2. An assessment of the selected routes (106 Street, 40th Avenue, and 95th Avenue), that provides options to better meet the needs of both neighbourhoods and cyclists, including:
a. Recommendations and costs for alternative routes, including consideration of external factors such as scheduled neighbourhood renewal
b. Recommendations to address safety and operational concerns for both motorists and cyclists.
3. An assessment of other routes in the city that have been underused, including recommendations and costs for improved routes and/or removal of little or unused routes.