Bike Lanes 2013: The Saga Continues

One of Edmonton's best pieces of bike infrastructure, the multi-use trail between 109 and 110 street

Wednesday's (March 13, 2013) Transportation meeting was a success for those who care about cycling in Edmonton. Even though they delayed the lanes on 76 and 121 Avenue, I think we have to take the long view on this one. City council is very conservative, and the bike plan represents a big change (we were way behind the rest of the world in implementing a smoking bylaw, for example, something that now looks totally obvious in hindsight).  read more... »

Edmonton doctors support bike infrastructure

Edmonton doctors support bike infrastructure

EDMONTON –  A group of local Edmonton physicians including Edmonton’s Lead Medical Officer of Health Dr. Christopher Sikora is calling on Edmonton city council to prioritize the implementation of safer cycling infrastructure in Edmonton.

On Wednesday, March 13 Dr. Darren Markland will submit a letter signed by 15 local physicians and speak to the Transportation Infrastructure Committee in regards to the mayor’s request for a report from city administration on the consultation process and impacts of the 2013 bike lanes.

“Not only is it important to get Edmontonians on their bikes and moving in the midst of a Canada wide obesity crisis but all too often the deaths and injuries of cyclists could be avoided by implementing quality bike infrastructure that makes it safer for everyone to ride.”

Dr. Markland is an intensive care physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital . He will be presenting his letter on behalf of his colleagues and will be available to speak afterwards.

The letter can be found here.

Submission to council: bike infrastructure

March 13, 2013

Dear city council,

Let me introduce my family: Conrad (myself), Rechel, and our two kids Jacob and Luc. We recently built a new house in Strathcona Centre Community, and we are committed to our wonderful neighbourhood and city.

When Rechel and I first married in 1999, we lived the sedentary lives of office workers, driving to work and to most other places too. We realized that our habits weren’t healthy, so we decided to make some changes.

Since then, our family has participated in active transportation. We walk or bike almost everywhere. In fact, four years ago we went car-free. We love being outside and experiencing the city up close.

Our family is happy, healthy and active. However, we don’t feel that the city is doing enough to keep us safe on our bikes. Last year, Isaak Kornelsen died only a few blocks from our house. In my opinion his death was due to a lack of bicycle infrastructure.

Please keep us and our children safe on the road by building a high-quality bike infrastructure network. Bike infrastructure saves lives, and it promotes an activity that saves Edmonton money and keeps Edmontonians healthy.


Conrad Nobert

Net Zero Hero: A New Project, Summer 2013

Net Zero Hero

 Going up right here in Mill Creek. Good luck Paul!