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BRRRING BRRRING BIKE SHARE 

A free talk on best practices for bike share permits in Edmonton
University of Alberta Urban and Regional Planning students Kaelin Koufogiannakis and Stephen Raitz researched best practices for bike share permits (within an Edmonton context) and will present their findings and recommendations.

Thursday, May 30
7-9pm
Roundhouse 



It's free.

 
The development of this study was initiated by Downtown Business Association and Old Strathcona Business Association.
RSVP to Brrring Brrring Bike Share
This Contraflow event is made possible through the generous support of: 
 


CITY SIDEWALK REPORT
Municipal plans for sidewalk creation and maintainence 

The City Sidewalks Report is coming back to Urban Planning Committee at the City of Edmonton on June 11, 2019. We're looking forward to what actions and funding are recommended by city administration.

Bolstered by the learnings from our Missing Links project, we know it's vital that sidewalks be available and well-maintained - as they are truly the entry point into experiencing this city.

When there is a lack of sidewalks - there is a lack of connection.  

We plan on continuing to encourage city council to address these missing links. Although some are being added through neighbourhood renewal, we believe the city needs to fill in these gaps all across the city, not just one neighbourhood at a time.

The cost is low and the impact is high: safe, accessible connections across the city

 


VOLUNTEER FOR OPEN STREETS 
Help Paths for People turn Jasper Avenue into a paved park

We're looking for folks to help us power our first-ever street party, Open Streets on August 25, 2019.

The one-day event will open Edmonton’s iconic Jasper Avenue to walking, biking and rolling AND we need people to help keep the special event safe, fun and clean.

Sign-up if you'd like to be a part of realizing the large-scale street party celebrating:
  • civic pride 
  • wellness
  • local business
  • sustainability
  • community
Become an Open Streets Volunteer



AROUND EDMONTON

Developments in active transportation across the city

Lowering Speed Limits

After several hours of debate on Tuesday, May 14, Edmonton City Council voted to draft fresh bylaws — essentially sending the issue back to the administrative drawing board.  

Councillors are asking for a two-tiered approach:
  • 40 km/h on local and collector residential roads city-wide
  • 30 km/h on local and collector residential roads in core neighbourhoods
The push to go to 30 km/h in core neighbourhoods came from a group of citizens calling for a YEGcorezone.

The draft bylaws will go to a public hearing in January 2020 before council can approve the changes. 

 
Read about the process
Read P4P position on #YEGcorezone
Voices for Traffic Safety YEG further explanation
Housing for Health Project 

The Housing for Health project was introduced earlier this week. It's being led by University of Alberta medical researcher Karen Lee.  

The goal is to build an urban village that’s dense enough so that amenities are nearby to keep residents active, and local businesses viable to serve those apartments.  

The $4.4-million, five-year project will see two sites, one each in Edmonton and Whitecourt. The money comes from a federal grant through the Public Health Agency of Canada.

More information on Housing for Health
Old Strathcona Neighbourhood Renewal begins 

The work begins this spring and will continue throughout the summer and fall. After that it will pick up again in 2020 and conclude in 2021.

The construction will start in central and west Strathcona. All roads, sidewalks and street lights will be replaced between 107 and 101 Streets, from 82 Avenue to 87 Avenue. 

Details on Old Strathcona neighbourhood renewal


WHAT WE'RE READING

Local, national and international articles on active transportation

Committee endorses plan to eliminate Edmonton's minimum parking requirements
Edmonton Journal 

Forget diet and exercise - for better health, we need better cities
QZ

New downtown green space to open this fall
CBC Edmonton

Ridership jumped 400% when Seattle protected a bike lane
Streetsblog USA

If you build them, they will come: record year for cycle counters
The Guardian 

Developer's attempt to do a land swap for Oliver Park parcel fails
Edmonton Journal


What happens to traffic when you tear down a freeway?
Grist
Transit raises property values, lowers poverty
Streetsblog USA

Guilty until proven helmeted
Outside Magazine

What's going on with High Level Line?
High Level Line

Calgary councillor says cyclists should be able to yield at stop signs
Calgary Herald

Climate emergency demands less traffic, more walkable cities
National Observer

Barcelona’s superblocks are a new model for “post-car” urban living
Vox

City scraps plan to put a bike lane on busy 109 Street
Star Edmonton



 



OPPORTUNITIES

Active-transportation-related events, resources and research 


Bike Repair 101

A hands-on intro to bike maintenance, you will gain confidence and save money by doing simple repairs yourself as well as preventing expensive parts from wearing out. Bring your bicycle so you can learn techniques specific to your components, or you can work on one of Bike Edmonton's bikes. 

Friday, May 17
6:30-9:30pm
Bike Edmonton North Community Workshop


$30 + gst

 
Sign-up for Bike Repair 101

Bridging the Gap: High Level Line + Prairie Sky Gondola

Two ambitious proposals are now seeking to bridge this divide from Downtown to Old Strathcona: in the east, a privately-funded gondola linking the two banks with the Rossdale area and powerplant; on the west edge, a re-imagining of the High Level Bridge as a corridor for multi-modal transportation and greenery.

Beyond transportation, what impact could these projects have for the neighbourhoods they would connect? Can they be catalysts for investment and redevelopment? A development industry panel weighs in.

Tuesday, May 21
11:30am-1pm  
Stantec Tower


$25 - $30 
RSVP to Bridging the Gap event

Oliver Bike Club

All ages and experience levels welcome to join the neighbourhood bike ride on Wednesdays this spring/summer. 

Wednesdays
6pm
Meet at Oliver Park parking lot


It's free. 
Learn more about Oliver Bike Club

YEGarden Suites Tour

Take a trip around Edmonton visiting a diverse selection of Garden Suites.

On this YEGarden Suite Tour you will be able to visit 5-6 different Garden Suites on a self-guided tour. At each suite, you can have discussions with Garden Suite owners or builders, to learn from their experience building a suite in Edmonton.

Saturday, June 1
10am-3pm
Various locations


$15 / person
Sign-up for YEGarden Suite Tour

Doughnut Cycle Crawl

Led by Food Bike Tour and in honour of National Doughnut Day, this two-hour guided tour will cycle to various donut shops across the city.

Enjoy the ride and the eats!

Sunday, June 9
10am + 12pm
Various locations

 
Participate in the Doughnut Cycle Crawl
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