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Proposed 102 Avenue bike lanes up in the air, despite City of Edmonton consultations

City officials plan to continue consultation on the proposed bike lane on 102 Avenue, despite serious concerns over whether the lanes can safely fit with the proposed LRT tracks on the same street.

Plans for the Valley Line LRT and new bike lanes are moving ahead, but Lindsay Yarmon, a spokesperson for the city's LRT design and construction branch said “no decision has been made” on whether there will or will not be bike lanes along 102 Avenue.

“The 102 Avenue corridor is extremely narrow and we're collaborating amongst departments to determine the best use of that area for the greatest benefit of Edmontonians. Accessibility for all transportation modes is a key consideration. Discussions are ongoing,” she wrote in an email to Metro.

The current preliminary design for the Valley Line LRT shows both bike lanes and car traffic running parallel to the transit line but that might not be the case once the final design for the LRT route is released.

According to Catherine Kloczkowski, who speaks for the transportation department,  members of the public were told that the bike lanes between 97 Street and 107 Street are “set” “because it’s part of the LRT line.”

She added that the LRT design for that area will soon be going into detailed engineering and that discussions on “how to do this properly for safety reasons" are ongoing.

President of Oliver Community League Jarrett Campbell said whether a good or bad decision on bike lanes is made in the future, people need to know.

“I have no confirmation on whether or not bike lanes have been removed but if that’s the case, this is a decision that shouldn’t be made behind closed doors. It should be made in the open,” he said.

Nearby Downtown Edmonton Community League president Chris Buyze echoed Campbell's statement, saying the city should be more clear and upfront about its plans.

“Assuming transportation is thinking of taking bike lanes off 102 Ave, it makes little sense to us. To me, it’s a breach of trust with the public.”

City officials say design work is still ongoing and that once a decision is made, it will be made public.

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