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.