A Reduced Residential Speed Limit Is A Good Idea, And It’s Not About Us Versus Them

With the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues proposing to reduce the speed limit on residential roads from the current 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr, speed limits are, not surprisingly, back in the news in this city. In the last couple of days David Staples has written about the propped change and the Edmonton Journal has published an editorial on the subject as well. This comes on the heels of a local doctor bringing the issue…

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Dealing With Limited Parking In Downtown Neighborhoods

There have been a couple of stories in the local news recently about residents of neighbourhoods in and around downtown having issues with the availability of on-street parking in their neighbourhoods. The problem arises when those who don’t live in the neighborhood choose to park there, maybe to visit a business on a nearby street, in other cases to avoid paying higher parking costs closer to downtown, leaving fewer spots behind for the people who…

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On Lower Speed Speed Limits, Safety, and the Entitlement of Pedestrians

Don’t read the comments. Those are words to live by, and generally, I do a pretty decent job of doing just that. Whether it’s the comments on a story that I agree with, or a story that I don’t, I’ve found, like I’m sure many others have as well, that it’s often better to just avoid the crazy that inhabits the comment section and move on to something else. Sometimes though, for reasons that I…

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Talking About the Photo Radar

For the last few months photo radar has been a recurring topic in Edmonton. This is something I haven’t touched on here, not because I don’t have an opinion, I most certainly do, but because every time I’ve sat down and tried to write something about it I’ve become frustrated by the sheer volume of misinformation that exists on the subject. That frustration translates into a final product that I’m not happy about, and so…

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Edmonton’s Lego Bike Videos Win Award

Are you familiar with the bike videos that the City of Edmonton made last year? The ones with Lego characters explaining to both drivers and cyclists how to handle the cycling infrastructure that has been recently developed by the city. If not, you have to check them out, they’re fantastic. I’ve included my personal favourite – Coaching Corners – above. Because of these videos the City of Edmonton was awarded the Transportation Safety Council award…

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Drinking Beer in the Middle of the High Level

If you follow me on Twitter, wading through a lot of nonsense, you’ve probably figured out that I like to discuss the Oilers and sports in general, beer, and transportation. Usually in that order, and rarely do they overlap. Theoretically sports and beer go together quite well, but have you had a beer at a sporting event in Edmonton lately? It’s hardly worth getting excited about; hopefully that changes when the Oilers new downtown arena,…

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Proposed 102 Avenue Bike Lanes a Thing of the Past?

As I sat down at my desk and logged onto my computer this morning I was greeted with a story in The Metro about the bike lanes on 102 Avenue which were supposedly going to be part of the 102 Avenue streetscape following construction of the Valley Line LRT. I say supposedly because what have long assumed to be a given now may no longer happen. As of now nothing regarding the bike lanes has been finalized, but…

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Roundabouts Are Great But They Are Not Traffic Circles

When it comes to intersection design, I’m a big fan of roundabouts. If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably come across more than a few tweets touting the benefits of roundabouts. From time to time I do radio interviews which are supposedly going to be about the Oilers, and even then I manage to squeeze in some talk about roundabouts. For an intersection requiring more traffic control than a two-way stop a roundabout is…

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Taking A Walk Down Jasper Avenue

Both my office and my favourite pub are located on Jasper Avenue. And because I really like beer I find myself walking the nine blocks between the two probably at least once a week. Because of the rehabilitation work that was being completed on Jasper Avenue and below street level on Central Station there was an element of surprise to the walk for more than a year. Which side would be open? Would I have…

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