Edmonton Notes for 2/2/2014

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

No more bike lanes for you!

When it comes to bike lanes, enough Edmontonians have screamed “not in my backyard” that the City is now looking to delay further bike lane construction. This just after Council asked for more proof that shifting our city’s transportation modes is actually happening. Don’t hold your breath Councillors!

You know what other cities are doing? Building bike infrastructure. Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles were among the large American cities that pushed ahead with bicycle-related initiatives in 2013.

Headlines

Child Intervention Roundtable. Jan. 29, 2014
“A child intervention roundtable held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton January 28 and 29 brought experts, policy makers and stakeholders together to discuss the best practices in reviewing all child deaths in Alberta, and striking a balance between transparency and privacy.”

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4 thoughts on “Edmonton Notes for 2/2/2014

  1. RE: Bike lanes

    The problem is that the city isn’t actually building anything, they’re just painting infrastructure on and calling it a day. Real bike infrastructure looks like the multi-use trail that they recently finished building next to 34th Ave. Painting lanes on the road and calling it a day is a poor way of doing it.

    1. It’s a poor substitute but often it’s the only way to put a bike lane through an area where there isn’t enough road right of way to do a multi use path. I suppose you could divert the lanes far out of the way so they go completely unused but that is seen as a less than smart use of tax money.

      As an aside, I think Edmonton has both population density and climate barriers that Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles don’t, and which make the economic argument a lot harder to justify. I’m not sure it’s straight-up NIMBYism as you seem to suggest.

  2. Re Commonwealth, I’m not sure the city had confirmed its participation in the Women’s World Cup at the time the other work was being planned.

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