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Nov

22

2011

Demand more than nothing.

1 comments at 8:15 am posted by Chris C

What can you build over three years with 1.5 million dollars?

  • 18 metres of the 23 Ave interchange
  • 34 kilometres of shared use and on-street bike lanes

What can you build over three years with 0 dollars?

  • Nothing.

Edmonton has already built 76 km of its 489 km bicycle transportation network, with minimal investment. Let Council know that the $0 proposed for active transportation in the 2012-2014 capital budget isn’t enough.

Remind City Hall of its commitments. Speak out for active transportation funding at the public hearing on Wednesday, November 23 at 9:30am at City Hall. It can be as simple and powerful as stating, “Active transportation is a priority for me, and it’s a priority in the City’s vision and strategy documents. Council needs to find a way to fund active transportation.” They’ll appreciate your brevity, and you’ll get your message across.

Can’t make the hearing? Send council a letter today letting them know that active transportation is important to you. It can simply be the two sentences above: Council just needs to hear from citizens that we care about active transportation.

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Quick Facts:

  • 2009: Council approves the Bicycle Transportation Plan, laying out plans for a city-wide network of nearly 500km of bicycle routes.
  • 2009: Council approves Active Transportation Policy C544, stating: The City of Edmonton strives to be pedestrian and bicycle-friendly by providing sidewalks, curb ramps, shared pathways, marked bicycle and shared-use lanes
  • 2009: Council carries a motion directing Administration to prepare the 2012-2022 Capital Priorities Plan with a guideline of 5% of the Transportation Capital Budget toward Active Transportation.
  • 2009: Council approves the Transportation Master Plan, stating: Public transportation and active transportation are the preferred choice for more people, making it possible to move more people more efficiently, reducing pressure on the roadways/need for increased investment, maximizing the effectiveness of financial investments and the efficiency of goods movement.
  • 2010: Council approves the Municipal Development Plan (Bylaw 15100), stating: Ensure that streets, sidewalks and boulevards are designed to perform their diverse roles and to enable safe access for all users.
  • 2011: Council approves The Way We Green approved by Council, stating: Resilient cities and neighbourhoods should prioritize active transportation as the preferred mode of travel and as a defining component of a healthy quality of life.
  • 2011: Council is presented with the proposed 2012-2014 Capital Budget, with $0 recommended toward Active Transportation.

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