Bikes Corralled in Old Strathcona
August 16, 2012
The City of Edmonton has introduced 4 new on-street bike parking corrals as part of a 3-month pilot project in Old Strathcona. Each bike corral features 2 racks that can accommodate up to 16 bikes in the same space as 1 car or truck.
“This is a great opportunity to make cycling an attractive transportation alternative,” says Councillor Ben Henderson. “With the Fringe rolling out, the time is right to showcase how cycle-friendly our city can be.”
Old Strathcona’s biggest summer attraction, the Fringe Theatre Festival, draws vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic to the already busy Whyte Avenue area. The bike corral pilot will help clear parked bikes from sidewalks, easing congestion for pedestrians and improving outdoor seating for area businesses. The pilot is designed to create a more bike-friendly environment along Whyte Avenue.
Murray Davison, president of the Old Strathcona Business Association (OSBA), says he is excited about the bike corral pilot project and its potential results.
“As part of our continuing efforts to revitalize our community, the safety of Old Strathcona’s resident cyclists and guests is very important to us,” says Davison. “This pilot project is a step in the right direction.”
The City is seeking public feedback about the pilot throughout its 3-month run. Citizens are invited to call 780-944-5600 or visit www.edmonton.ca/bikeparking to offer feedback.
The bike corral pilot is the first project of its kind in Edmonton. It is expected to run until November 2012.
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