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Cycling and Active Transportation in Edmonton

End of May - what a joke.


Administration said it will announce which companies will be permitted to offer e-scooters and e-bikes for Edmonton riders by the end of May. The company or companies the city chooses will be engaged until 2027, an urban planning committee report said. The city said it will install visible parking locations and no-parking zones, and that suppliers can fine users for improper parking. The city is also introducing new compliance fees for suppliers that it said will help deal with improper parking. In 2023, shared e-scooters and e-bikes were available in early April, in early June in 2022, and in late March in 2021. Scooters are already on streets in Spruce Grove and St. Albert.
 
End of May - what a joke.


Administration said it will announce which companies will be permitted to offer e-scooters and e-bikes for Edmonton riders by the end of May. The company or companies the city chooses will be engaged until 2027, an urban planning committee report said. The city said it will install visible parking locations and no-parking zones, and that suppliers can fine users for improper parking. The city is also introducing new compliance fees for suppliers that it said will help deal with improper parking. In 2023, shared e-scooters and e-bikes were available in early April, in early June in 2022, and in late March in 2021. Scooters are already on streets in Spruce Grove and St. Albert.
I posted my frustration with this in 2022 and the fact they're repeating it again is beyond aggravating. The season is 5-6 months long for these e-scooter companies to profitably operate, going from April-October yet the City bureaucratic incompetence has to get in the way and cut 1/3 off the operating season.

Whether one likes the e-scooters or not, it's an ugly example of the City needlessly kneecapping a burgeoning private industry in a manner that is completely avoidable. Even more sad when considering Lime noted Edmonton was one of the top cities in the world for summer 2023 for their operations.
 
If we are a top city, why should we bend over backwards to accommodate these devices that just clutter sidewalks. Why not insist that for a permit to be issued, all scooter corporations must first pre pay their on street parking fees?
 
End of May - what a joke.


Administration said it will announce which companies will be permitted to offer e-scooters and e-bikes for Edmonton riders by the end of May. The company or companies the city chooses will be engaged until 2027, an urban planning committee report said. The city said it will install visible parking locations and no-parking zones, and that suppliers can fine users for improper parking.

Maybe they need a month to install the parking signage? Seems reasonable.

Also since it says the chosen company will be engaged until 2027, I would think that means e-scooters will be out as soon as the snow melts from 2025-2027?
 
Maybe they need a month to install the parking signage? Seems reasonable.

Also since it says the chosen company will be engaged until 2027, I would think that means e-scooters will be out as soon as the snow melts from 2025-2027?
Cause parking just crossed their mind last week? Not like we just had 6 months to sort this out.

This is just a classic example of government sucking and there being no consequences.
 
Premier Smith and Alberta Transportation Minister Devin Dreeshen (who has made negative comments about bike lanes) just made the best case why we need to expand them, although he was talking about trains during today's press conference on Alberta train build out. Same logic applies.

“It’s like a nervous system — they (trains, but could replace with bike lanes) all have to connect together. I think if one is built the rest of the system needs to be built quickly to make sure it is a viable vision,” Dreeshen said.

More passenger rail (bike lanes) will also alleviate congestion on highways (city roads), he added.

From Smith:
“Expanding our roads, freeways, and highways to be six, or eight, or 10 lanes all the way across is not always feasible, nor is it always wise. In addition to our extensive road system, a more densely populated province will need a mobility system that supports our growing population with a fast, safe, and reliable choice of transportation that also meets our goals of reducing emissions,” she said.

 
 
Great pic 🙄

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105 Ave bike lane getting painted today.

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But this has to be a mistake. These uni-directional lanes are already narrow and they installed bollards to cut the 5 and half foot space in half. Somebody with a cargo bike won't even fit through.

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