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The Edmonton Bike Plan will guide how biking fits into our city in the future and will support the City's vision of a connected, accessible city.

The City is deeply committed to building a network for bike travel that complements our other modes of transportation and gives Edmontonians choices about how they can get around. The revised Bike Plan has been developed with extensive consultation over the last few years. But in context of the rapidly changing circumstances that have emerged in 2020, we want to take this opportunity to add some further internal review. As soon as we’ve completed this review, we will repost the Bike Plan to our website.  We look forward to sharing this and will be happy to discuss the plan in detail then.

The COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and the City has reallocated resources to respond. Presentation of the Bike Plan to Urban Planning Committee is currently postponed.

The Bike Plan will be a plan for all Edmontonians. Edmonton can become a place where biking is practical and inviting for people of all ages and abilities and where people can choose to bike for any reason and in any season.

The Bike Plan will lay the foundation for a network that is accessible and predictable for experienced and inexperienced riders alike. It supports active transportation and safe and direct routes for people commuting to work, running errands, accessing the river valley for recreational trips and improved neighbourhood networks to connect people to local destinations.

The Bike Plan is an update to the 2009 Bicycle Transportation Plan and provides strategic direction for how the City plans, designs, implements, operates and maintains bike infrastructure and programs.

The Bike Plan will be based on learnings from the past 10 years, including recent changes to Edmonton’s bike network and the rapid evolution of bike planning best practices. The plan will be informed by extensive engagement with Edmontonians, who shared their rich experiences, their ideas and their vision for the future.

About the Bike Plan

Bike Plan Project Timeline

A quick look at the project timeline for the Edmonton Bike Plan.

Phase 1: Completed

What We Heard - Phase 1: Aspiration and Values

Aspiration

Edmonton: Where people are invited to bike, for all reasons in all seasons.

Invitation acknowledges biking may not be the choice for everybody, and that’s fine! Inviting people to bike is about creating an environment where biking is both an enjoyable and practical option. 

All Reasons recognizes there are lots of reasons to travel by bike, and those reasons are different for each person. It recognizes that people make choices based on where they are biking to, when they are biking, who they are biking with, and their abilities and comfort levels.

All Seasons acknowledges some people continue to ride their bike through the winter so the bike network needs to be designed to be used year round.

Values

The values will help guide the development of the Bike Plan to ensure it reflects what’s important to us. 

Equitable

Biking is a valid and practical option for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and walks of life.

Fun and Functional

Biking creates happier cities to live in. Edmonton puts the fun back in cycling and reignites the joy in adults that was found in childhood cycling.

Urban Spirit

Edmonton is a vibrant city and weaving cycling into our urban design allows people to thrive and enjoy the City. People bike because it is easy and it encourages people to experience and explore Edmonton. 

Cultural Shift

Biking is accepted as a common way for people to move around Edmonton and people that walk, drive, roll and bike appreciate that biking is both fun and functional.

View the project timeline for the Edmonton Bike Plan.

Phase 2: Completed

What We Heard - Phase 2: Preferences + Principles
 

Network Principles, Guide Planning and Design Decisions

Health and Comfort

Providing a bike network grounded in safety gives people a comfortable and secure way of getting around by bike. The network minimizes stress and anxiety about personal safety and security and other health and safety-related issues such as noise, vehicle pollution, headlight dazzle and spray from passing vehicles.

Connectivity 

The cycling network provides access to places where people want to bike without gaps or missing links. The network provides a diverse range of route options and experiences for users and opportunities to link to other modes of transportation.

Directness

The cycling network prioritizes direct and straight routes and minimizes out-of-direction travel and unnecessary stops.

Network Density

Grid size (distance between parallel routes in a network) depends on demand—higher demand areas have higher density.

Attractiveness

The cycling network is composed of routes that are aesthetically attractive, interesting, or pass through sociable places.

Integration

The function, design and use of a bike route is carefully considered so that it provides added value from an economic, social and safety perspective. Bike routes fit into an area’s and/or street’s context and are integrated into the road network in a way that makes sense to people who walk, roll, bike, take transit or drive.

What Does All Ages and Abilities Mean?

During the development of the Bike Plan, input received from Edmontonians, stakeholders, City of Edmonton staff, and partner agencies highlighted the need to provide bicycle infrastructure that is comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Designing for all ages and abilities requires an approach that considers both the safety and comfort of a broad range of potential users.

Elements of bike design for all ages and abilities includes:
  1. Design so that everyone will enjoy biking
  2. Design for interactions with other transportation modes
  3. Design considering all users
  4. Design for effective maintenance
  5. Design intersections with bikes in mind

Sharing Space

Communities are experiencing an evolution in the types of people who use bike routes. Those using bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, and scooters are being joined by those using powered micromobility vehicles such as e-bikes, e-scooters, and power-assisted cargo bikes. Considering how people rolling and walking share space will ensure the safety and comfort of both groups.

Phase 3: Completed

What We Heard - Phase 3: Priorities and Trade-offs (12 MB)

Future Bike Network Map

The future bike network map will guide the expansion of biking in Edmonton by identifying the general location of future bike routes in the city. The future bike network is guided by the network principles and will continue to adapt and expand over time in response to community feedback, empirical evidence and changes to demographics or technology.

Program Areas

The physical bike network is supported by program areas that help make biking an easier, safer and more enjoyable option. The program areas of focus include:

  • Integration with transit
  • Bike Share and Shared Micromobility
  • Wayfinding
  • Lighting
  • Maintenance
  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Laws & Policies
  • End-of-Trip Facilities

Implementation Approach: Spring / Summer 2020

Implementation Approach

The Bike Plan Implementation Approach is a document that will provide further details about how we expand the bike network and implement the programs and actions from the Bike Plan.

The Bike Plan envisions Edmonton’s bike network and programs continuing to grow so biking is practical and inviting for people of all ages and abilities and where people can choose to bike for any reason, and in any season.

Projects and Actions

The Bike Plan identifies projects and actions to be implemented to support our values of biking:

  • Being fun and functional
  • Offering equitable access
  • Supporting a culture shift by being a valued part of Edmonton’s mobility system
  • Contributing to our urban vibrancy

The Bike Plan envisions the next step for biking in Edmonton through the future bike network and actions around each program area. The Bike Plan Implementation Approach will identify specific projects, actions and processes that will advance the implementation of the Bike Plan over the next six years.

Details

The Bike Plan Implementation Approach, which will be addressed under separate cover, provides more detail on:

  • Prioritization
  • Resources and Timelines
  • All-Seasons Network
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Implementation Examples
  • Governance and Decision Making Processes

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