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Edmonton Bike Coalition photo mosaic growing as city hall event nears

Support is continuing to grow for proper bike infrastructure in Edmonton, as 1,100 photos have been submitted to the Edmonton Bike Coalition for their photo mosaic.

The group is advocating for city council to dedicate around $7 million each year, for the next four years to develop safe bike infrastructure. Their photo mosaic, set to be unveiled at city hall on Nov. 20, shows what coalition members think is a strong, but silent majority through photos of Edmontonians.

"We are pleased with the depth of support for this high quality bike infrastructure. In our outreach to people, we discovered it's not only cyclists, but their friends and families. We've also spoken to those who mostly drive who also support it because they want that same kind of predictability of separation between cars and bikes," said Conrad Nobert, member of the coalition.

The first part of the coalition’s ask would see developed bike infrastructure for 102 Avenue and 83 Avenue, the preferred bike routes of Edmontonians as per recent city information. Protected bike infrastructure in the city will also be part of the group’s ask when they present themselves to council during budget discussions.

The city currently has a four-year plan for bike routes in Edmonton, but coalition members want to see city council actually dedicate the money for bike lanes.

"For every person who bikes a lot, there's this whole community around them that cares about their safety and wants them to get around the city using this healthy transportation option," said Nobert.

The photo mosaic unveiling event starts at 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, with the unveiling at 5:30 p.m.

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