On July 12, 2016, Councillor Scott Mckeen presented a motion at City Council, “That Administration, in partnership with Stantec, provide an updated report on a minimum grid for physically separated bike lane infrastructure in the City of Edmonton's core and the report should include the potential use of relatively inexpensive (within existing resources) temporary infrastructure (example: bollards, mobile concrete curbs), as can be found in the City of Calgary's pilot project.”
The report went to Council September, 2016 and included three choices, and an estimated cost and completion of implementation. The report passed unanimously with the first choice, implementing the Downtown Bike Network by June/July, 2017.
Bike locations were identified in the Bicycle Transportation Plan, and in June 2014, Edmonton City Council approved the 2014-2018 Bike Infrastructure Plan. This plan identified the need to build high quality bike lanes in core areas of the city, including downtown. This type of infrastructure provides a safe environment for cyclists to be separated from other modes of transportation, and encourages more cycling while supporting a healthy and economically-friendly lifestyle.
Edmonton City Council approved the Bicycle Transportation Plan in 2009, which called for the installation of close to 500 km of on-street cycling facilities within the next 10 to 20 years.