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Garneau has been chosen for neighbourhood renewal beginning in spring 2021 with anticipated completion in 2022.

Final Design - Fall 2020

Thank you to everyone who engaged with us virtually during the Community Feedback on Final Design stage of the project as we adjusted our engagement practices as a result of COVID-19. The online survey closed on November 12, 2020. 

The project team will review all of the feedback provided, along with technical information and City policies and programs, for consideration into the final design for the neighbourhood with an anticipated construction start date of spring 2021.

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About the Project

Neighbourhood renewal in Garneau will involve road reconstruction and repaving, as well as replacement of streetlights and reconstruction of sidewalks, curb and gutter. It also includes the opportunity for 2 local improvements, sidewalk renewal and decorative street lights. Arterial roads and alleys are not included in the scope of work.

A series of public events will be scheduled by the project team which will give residents the opportunity to build a project vision and guiding principles together and provide regular feedback on the different stages of the project including design.

Please watch your mailbox for correspondence from Building Great Neighbourhoods about the Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal Project. 

Frequently Asked Questions

With the current fiscal realities for the City, should neighbourhood renewal designs include all the extras?

Funding for the Neighbourhood Renewal program has come through a combination of City-wide property taxes and provincial funding over the past decade. To be approved for construction, the cost for the design must fall within the renewal budget for the neighbourhood. Some elements proposed may not receive funding, however efforts will be made to partner with other City programs and initiatives to leverage additional funding opportunities.

Garneau has waited for its renewal and the roads and sidewalks in this neighbourhood deserve the same support as other neighbourhoods renewed in previous years. The upgrades planned for Garneau are to support the community now and for the next 30-35 years in the future.

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program has been recognized as being the most cost effective way to add missing infrastructure into an area as significant construction work is already underway.

How were decisions made about the proposed bike routes in Garneau?

The Edmonton Southside Bike Network, determines the locations of future bike routes as part of a city-wide Bike Transportation Plan. A north-south connection on 110 Street has been identified for the Garneau neighbourhood as well as east-west connections from 109 Street to 110 Street.

Public input received during the engagement process, along with project technical information, informed the location of the 83 Avenue to 112 Street connector, as well as other connectors between 109 Street and the new 110 Street bike lane.

The type of biking facility for the north-south route and the east-west connectors were determined using public input, city policy and technical considerations.

There is little to no traffic on the street, why can’t people who bike just ride on the road like they do today?

As Edmonton continues to grow, congestion on the streets does too. As part of the City’s Transportation Master Plan, the City is committed to supporting a transportation network that supports all modes of travel. Part of this is the implementation of dedicated bike lanes, which are designed to be all ages and abilities, as well as all seasons. A dedicated bike lane will be cleared in the winter (unlike a shared roadway) to encourage all season use.

Bike lanes and infrastructure is generally built for the “Interested but Concerned” and “Enthused and Confident” groups, with the aim of shifting their attitudes into higher comfort groups with biking. Building safe infrastructure provides options for those who may start to think about biking, or are currently not riding their bike because they do not feel comfortable to do so.

In order to improve the commutes for Edmontonians, our goal is to provide people with a variety of transportation options – including choices for walking, biking, driving and taking transit. The safety of citizens is our priority, no matter what mode of transportation they choose - in any season.

Parking for residents and their visitors is already a huge issue in Garneau and more on-street public parking is being removed for the bike lanes. Aren’t there any design options that would allow parking to be retained?

There is only so much space in the roadway that can be allocated to driving, bikes, parking and sidewalks, and we also heard that trees were really important to residents. Wherever parking has been removed it is because it was not possible to fit all of the elements into the road area without also removing trees.

Why are sidewalks required on both sides of the street? In other neighbourhoods there are sidewalks only on a single side.

The City is committed to providing a safe and integrated mobility network that is not just for people who drive. Sidewalks provide linkages to key destinations  such as schools, businesses, shopping and transit within and between neighbourhoods. 

By providing routes for people to use that are not just a road, there are other potential benefits which include reduced road maintenance (potholes and snow clearing), reduced greenhouse gas emissions, ability to age in place, better public health, safer and more vibrant streets.

The sidewalks also support the City’s The Way We Move goal of making active transportation a preferred choice for more people making it possible for the transportation system to move more people more efficiently in fewer vehicles.

In addition the design adheres to the Complete Streets Guidelines which promote a network that provides travel options for users of all ages and abilities that are safe, universally designed, context sensitive, and operable in all seasons (including winter). These options accommodate the needs of the present and future and contribute to the environmental sustainability and resiliency of the city.

Other neighbourhoods may only have sidewalks on one side of the road due to different and unique technical challenges of the time, and older City Design and Construction Standards. Garneau will be built with the most recent standards, to ensure the infrastructure remains current and relevant for the next 40 years.

Where can E-scooters be used?

E-scooters within the city are currently permitted to travel along bike lanes, shared pathways, shared streets, and roads with a posted speed limit of 50km/hr or less. E-scooters cannot be used on sidewalks, park trails not maintained by the City or vehicle lanes designated for patio use on Jasper Avenue, Old Strathcona, or 124 Street.

Can you just install stop signs rather than construct curb extensions?

Stop signs are installed based on traffic volumes and are not considered traffic calming devices. If a stop sign is installed where there is little or no cross traffic (a reason for people to stop), then compliance becomes an issue and there can be problems with safety such as people running the stop sign.

How does this plan stop speeding and reduce shortcutting through Garneau?

All of these design elements work together to reduce speeding and discourage shortcutting:

  • One-way streets

  • Bike lanes

  • Enhanced crosswalks

  • Curb extensions

  • Narrowing of intersections (111 Street and 81 Avenue)

  • Chicanes (84 Avenue)

These features bring attention to other road usersand make it less convenient for people who drive to shortcut through the neighbourhood.

One of the more aggressive ways to prevent short cutting is road closures, however those also have an impact on area residents. Road closures were not included as it may redirect the traffic to other avenues rather than work to prevent shortcutting.

Will new trees be planted?

The project team has been out in the community on design walks, looking for locations to plant new trees in all areas of the neighbourhood, including gaps in the boulevard. We look for opportunities to plant new boulevards trees and also to diversify the tree canopy with a variety of species.

In July 2020, we shared an Ask a Question tool where you could submit your questions and have them answered by the Project Team. All of those questions have been captured in this Questions Document.

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Project History

Community Feedback on Draft Design - July 2020

Thank you to everyone who engaged with us virtually during the Community Feedback on Draft Design stage of the project as we adjusted our engagement practices as a result of COVID-19.

The online survey and Ask A Question tool closed on July 15, 2020 and we appreciate everyone who took the time to provide their feedback on the Draft Design and Just Bikes Plan. Your input is important as we move toward finalizing the design and the scheduled 2021 construction start date for your Neighbourhood Renewal.

The project team will review all of the feedback provided, along with technical information and City policies and programs, for consideration into the final design. This design will be shared back with you and your neighbours in fall 2020. For information on the Garneau neighbourhood renewal schedule, as well as other information, please see the Garneau Neighbourhood Newsletter June 2020.

Online Engagement

Read the questions posed by neighbours and stakeholders along with responses from the Project Team:

Draft Design Engagement
Just Bikes Engagement

Draft Designs

Biking
Driving
Playing
Walking

Decorative Street Lights

Standard street lights will be replaced as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal process. However, property owners in each neighbourhood undergoing renewal have the opportunity to upgrade to their community’s choice of decorative street lights through a community-initiated local improvement process.

We are checking in to see if you or any of your neighbours are interested in leading the campaign to select a decorative option for street lights. The City can provide support by sharing the options available and assisting with gathering feedback at upcoming community engagements on the options.

Please contact Becky Redford if you are interested to learn more. The decorative option would need to be determined and submitted to the City by Thursday July 2, 2020.

Project Update -November 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal Options and Trade-offs Public Engagement Event on November 30, 2019.

At the event, the project team presented design options, along with associated benefits and trade-offs, that are being considered for the neighbourhood. These include traffic calming, pedestrian sidewalks and crossings, bike facilities, and design options for parks and open spaces.

The feedback gathered will be used as we move toward the development of a draft design for the neighbourhood.

If you were unable to attend the event, we still want to know what you think. Please review the event materials and use our online engagement tool to share your feedback.

Event Materials:
Display Boards
Biking Map
Traffic Map
Walking Map
What We Heard (May to September 2019)
Cost-sharing Opportunities

Project Update - October 2019

Thank you to everyone who shared input and ideas for the Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal online and at our September 14 event. Our online engagement tool is now closed but you can still see the input provided by those who contributed their thoughts. 

September Event Materials:
Project Information Display Boards
Public Engagement Summary
110 Street Bike Facility Map
Biking Map
Walking Map
Driving/Traffic Map

Project Update - July 2019

Read the July issue of the Garneau Community Newsletter to learn more about Neighbourhood Renewal in the area.

See a summary of what we heard and what was discussed at the Community Walk and Ideas Workshop that was held on April 5, 2019.

Visioning and Exploring Opportunities Engagement Summary

Visioning and Local Knowledge Engagement - May 2019

Visioning and Local Knowledge Engagement Summary
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback throughout the initial public engagement activities for the Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal. In November, we started the conversation in your community — we asked you to get involved, share your thoughts, and help shape the future of your community, and you delivered!

See a summary of our engagement activities since November 2018:

Visioning and Local Knowledge Engagement Summary

Project Update - April 2019

Thank you to those who participated in the April 6 community walk to explore topics like traffic, connectivity, open/park space, and placemaking (creating public spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being). The community walk was followed by an ideas workshop where we discussed ideas and options for the future of the Garneau.

Workshop Materials:
Display Boards
Community Walk & Ideas Workshop Presentation

For More Information

Becky Redford

Title Planning and Design Project Manager
Email becky.redford@edmonton.ca

Building Great Neighbourhoods

All additional inquiries or escalations can be directed to the Building Great Neighbourhoods team, or by calling 311.

Email BuildingGreatNeighbourhoods@edmonton.ca

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