Friday on 40th Avenue - Bike Lane Conversations


If you live in the communities of Greenfield, Royal Gardens, Aspen Gardens, Rideau Park, or Duggan, or if you use 40th Avenue and 106th Street regularly, I’ve got some wonderful news.

On Friday June 12th, the City will be hosting 40th Avenue and Area Bike Lane Conversations at the Greenfield Community League from 5-8pm. It will be an evening of fun, family friendly activities, with the added bonus of discussion and consultation around the future of 40th Avenue and fixing the current bike lanes.

The City has learned from previous experience with bike lanes, and now we are coming back to discover how the community thinks this type of infrastructure should work. From there, we can set about implementing a community driven plan for bike infrastructure that works for all stakeholders.

If you have thoughts on how transportation for both bikes and cars could be improved in the area of 40th Avenue and 106th Street, come on down! If you like hot dogs from Fat Franks, come on down! And if you like bouncy castles (and who doesn’t really), come on down!

This event will be a wonderful opportunity to share your feedback and enjoy our lovely Edmonton summer all at once. If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please feel free to get in touch with me, and I hope to see you there.

If you are unable to attend, you can email engaging40avenue@edmonton.ca to share your thoughts on current and future planning for the area. There will also be a series of focus groups and other meetings in the community to discuss options over the course of the next few months,

If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on bike lanes in the City or about this new consultation process, please check out my blog post from April here.

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  • commented 2015-06-15 20:27:58 -0600
    Good thing I didn’t go to the meeting: I would have been drowned out by idealogues and dreamers, I’m sure. The only thing that works is a dedicated bike lane: spend some money and build one on 34th Avenue since no one will twin that avenue into a boulevard. Put your dedicated bike lane there.
  • commented 2015-06-15 20:24:50 -0600
    We keep getting nearly run over by kids on bikes on the sidewalk right in front of the bike lanes! What the hell?! It can be summer or spring and they nearly run us over. During 7 months of winter you can count the number of bikes on one hand if you’ve lost all your fingers to frost bite! Give up on the bike lanes on 40th Ave: it doesn’t work. Period. It’s also dangerous for children and schools during the day for both buses and cars to navigate. Face it with a face-plant: it doesn’t work. Go back to the status quo on 40th Avenue.
  • commented 2015-06-11 16:47:45 -0600
    In our Aspen Gardens household we have four people, two cars, and 4 bikes — all frequently found on 40 Ave. Our daughter bikes regularly along 40 Ave & 106 St on her way to/from Strathcona High School. All four of us are fans of the Whitemud library and frequently bike or drive there, always using 40 Ave. We also frequently bike and drive this route for shopping (Southgate, No Frills).

    I want our neighbourhoods to have a safe and legal route for all — including non drivers, children, teens, first time cyclists, old people such as I — to bike from Aspen Gardens to all the area schools, stores, and library. For us, driving or biking, the 40 Ave bike lanes make this road safer and more comfortable.
  • commented 2015-06-11 16:30:51 -0600
    Relating to Tim’s comment, I think the current bike lanes on 40 Ave solve two key problems. First they have led to safer and more law-compliant driving, which I believe has made life more comfortable and safe for pedestrians crossing these streets and people riding & driving along them. Second, they provide necessary connectivity — particularly to schools along these roads. The trail on 34 Ave doesn’t help most kids biking to DS McKenzie, St. Bonifice, Richard Secord, etc. There are at least 6 schools on, or within a block of, 40 Ave. — many with significant bike use now. It also provides key connectivity from Aspen and nearby communities to the Whitemud Library and schools along 106 Street. 43 Ave does not have any dedicated cycling space (does it?), and I am not aware of any trail on 114 Street.
  • commented 2015-06-10 22:26:52 -0600
    " . . . discussion and consultation around the future of 40th Avenue and fixing the current bike lanes." The bike lanes are wonderful. They make a much needed contribution to the creation of community as well as safe cycling. They don’t need “fixing”. Keep them the way they are.
  • commented 2015-06-06 08:33:32 -0600
    As a resident of greenfield and year round commuter I regret not being able to make it to this. I’m off to jasper for a 165k fun race, and wife and other cyclists i know in greenfield are getting to bed early for the start of the MS tour the next day.

    The 40th ave bike lanes were put in place with the best of intentions but they are not the best solution. I believe this is because it is not entirely clear what problem is being solved.
    The problem isn’t east-west connectivity, 34ave and 43ave crossing to Duggan address that.
    The problem isn’t North-south connectivity, there is loads cyclists using 114st and the 119st MUP.

    Sorry I can’t make this event, perhaps have whoever is leading it contact me by Twitter @timbulger

    Cheers
  • commented 2015-06-05 23:39:51 -0600
    Nice idea, but crummy timing — conflicting with one of our city’s most excellent of biking events: Bike to the Symphony.