Letter to city council re: dedicated bike lane on 102 Avenue, between 110 Street and 124 Street

I just emailed the following note to councillors@edmonton.ca:

Dear City Council,

I belong to a car-free family of four that includes my two sons (ages five and seven) and my wife. Our bicycles are our primary means of transportation, and we therefore really appreciate it when Edmonton adds bicycle infrastructure.

One particular avenue that is in dire need of a dedicated bike lane is 102 Avenue, between 110 Street and 124 Street. We use the route often to access the West End and the Mountain Equipment Co-op from our south side home.

Please support Edmonton’s bicycling community by installing a dedicated bike lane on 102 Avenue, between 110 Street and 124 Street.

Sincerely,

Conrad Nobert

Edmonton To Add Three New Bike Routes This Summer

I’m very encouraged by what the city is doing in terms of bicycle infrastructure. From a recent community league email:

This summer, the City will install 20 km of dedicated bicycle lanes and sharrow markings. The project is all part of a larger plan to create an integrated bicycle network, as envisioned in the City’s Bicycle Transportation Plan.

As part of this 2011 program, on-street bike routes will be provided at:

  • 76 Avenue (Gateway Boulevard to Saskatchewan Drive)
  • 106 Street (51 Avenue to Saskatchewan Drive)
  • Saddleback Road
  • 97 Street (34 Avenue to 83 Avenue).

City staff will share the details of these bicycle routes with residents as part of an information session that will take place at Southgate Centre. As part of this information session, residents will have the opportunity to review the routes in more detail and ask questions to City staff.  Details of this information session are as follows:

Date: June 4, 2011

Location and Time: Southgate Centre (5015 111 Street) – 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This pdf file has a lot more detail.

A Net Zero Energy Year : April 2011

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Energy use, MCNZH, April 2011. Negative numbers represent export of electricity.

Our Net Zero Energy Year finally turned around in April. We stopped heating the house pretty much as of March 31, and it’s been generally sunny ever since.

Here are the numbers for Oct 18, 2010 – April 30, 2011 (all units in kWh of electricity):

Consumption: 7643

Production: 2785

Net Consumption: –4858

We’re in the hole overall, but April was a net positive month. We exported 550 kWh to the grid!

First Garden Harvest, 2011

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By the time I usually think of harvesting dandelions, they have already turned bitter for the year. Not this year! A couple of days ago I pulled and cut the leaves from some dandelions in the yard, and mixed them with some fresh chives to make an excellent salad. It’s time to start thinking about fresh food from our yards. Spring has arrived. And eat those dandelion leaves while you can.