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Edmonton has 'ignored human toll' of Whyte Avenue collisions for too long: group

A group of Edmontonians are planning a day of action to oppose a car-centric design on Whyte Avenue, and hope to force the city to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

A screenshot from rebootwhyte.info where Conrad Nobert will release "shocking" collision statistics.

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A screenshot from rebootwhyte.info where Conrad Nobert will release "shocking" collision statistics.

Conrad Nobert loves Whyte Avenue, but said he’s tired of Edmonton’s “most vibrant pedestrian area killing and seriously injuring people every month.”

So Norbert filed a freedom of information and privacy request with the city in the spring to find the total number of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists on Whyte Avenue.

He was “shocked” by the results, which he’ll release later this month. And that’s why he got group of vocal area residents together to host a day of action on August 28.

At 7 a.m., the group #RebootWhyte will release the data to its website rebootwhyte.info along with an interactive map. At 5:30 p.m., they hope to be joined by as many Edmontonians as possible for a walk, bike and skate from Corbet Hall to the Isaak Kornelsen Memorial parklet.

Norbet chose the day because it’s the three-year anniversary since Kornelsen was killed, while riding his bike on Whyte.

At 6:30 p.m., there will be a moment of silence for the “victims of Whyte Avenue” at the memorial.

His hope is that the day will force “city council into taking responsibility for this area.”

“The three kilometres from 96 Street to 112 Street are a system designed to injure and kill people, and we don’t think it is acceptable for the city to ignore something that’s hurting people.”

Norbet thinks “rebooting” Whyte could be a low-cost endeavour, and he wants it to be on the city’s agenda.

“We are talking about City Council taking responsibility for this area and doing the right thing,” he said.

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