Recently, Edmonton recovered from a false start by removing a poorly designed bike lane from a street, much to the delight of anti-laners everywhere who could now point knowingly to how bike lanes were failing “everywhere”. At the time, that city said they’d come back with a better plan. And they did.
Last week Edmonton city council voted unanimously to follow Calgary’s successful lead and implement a downtown grid of protected bike lanes. The plan leans not only on Calgary’s success, but also the known factor that building bike lanes one segment at a time does little to spur the uptake needed, and that a fully-connected network delivers. The plan also relies on being able to modify the grid with experience, solving problems in real time, instead of putting years of planning into trying to address all potential concerns up front. This is truly a plan which leans on global best practices and aims to take Edmonton directly from “not have” to “front runner”. Read more here.