City Blazes New Trails for Street Vendors
August 09, 2013
The City of Edmonton has revised policies that allow food trucks and street vendors more flexibility in where they park and the hours they operate.
Changes in policy are part of an ongoing process of dialogue between 70-plus street vendors and the City, and Street Vending Coordinator Kathy Stanley says all vendors are welcome to participate in creating a unique opportunity to provide the service they think is best for Edmontonians.
“The changes mean we will see more vendors in all areas of the city, not just in the downtown core,” says Stanley. “Edmontonians already have some of the best options in the country, and now they will be able to enjoy the food truck experience close to their own front door.”
Another sign of success for Edmonton’s policies is that vendors from other municipalities around the province are travelling here to make the most of the City’s relatively open and welcoming approach to the street food scene.
Food vendors now have greater clarity around hours of operation. In locations other than city parks, Edmontonians can buy food from vendors until 3am, while in parks, closing time is 11pm or the stated closing time of the park. Vendors may also move into areas away from downtown, near sports fields or recreation centres where hungry crowds await. There was no rule against this in the past, but the revisions clarify the opportunities.
“Edmonton really is blazing new trails with its street vending policies,” says Stanley. “It continues the City’s drive to create more livable and walkable neighbourhoods. We look forward to continuing this dialogue, and encourage anyone interested to visit edmonton.ca/streetvending.”
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