Get around sustainably
We are shaping an Edmonton that will meet the needs of our diverse and growing urban and regional population. Our transportation priorities must take into account increasing environmental concerns, as well as the ongoing investment needed to maintain our transportation infrastructure.
The City of Edmonton’s Transportation Master Plan, The Way We Move, aims to encourage Edmontonians to get around in ways that are sustainable in the long term. That means shifting away from single-occupant cars toward cycling, walking, ridesharing or public transit.
Sustainable transportation choices support healthy, vibrant and livable communities.
The City of Edmonton is actively working to create a comprehensive cycling network for Edmontonians. There are already many great mixed-use paths, on-street bike lanes and river valley trails that cyclists can use to get around our city. Riding your bike can often be faster for shorter trips, and you don’t have to find and pay for parking.
Learn more about how to use our bike routes.
Walking is another healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around. It reduces traffic congestion and also helps keep your neighbourhood safe by putting eyes on the street.
Check to see if your neighbourhood has a walking map.
Save money and reduce stress associated with your everyday commute. Ridesharing means prearranging a ride with someone who lives close to your home and works in a similar location. Ridesharing once a week can save you more than 10% of your commuting costs.
You can also create a van pool for kids’ sports and lessons. This will reduce resource use and emissions and give busy parents a break from having to drive kids back and forth.
Transit and LRT
Let someone else do the driving! As Edmonton grows into a larger city, LRT and transit become two very important strategies for dealing with alleviating congestion, improving air quality and getting people around quickly and efficiently.
For more details on these and other tips, check out the Transportation section of the Green Living Guide.