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Edmonton group taking pre-emptive measures to redesign roadways for bikes, pedestrians

A neighbourhood coalition south of the river is pre-empting the city by consulting with residents about their vision for a more walkable, bikable area.

A cyclist pedals through the intersection at 106 Street and 76 Avenue, a key intersection area residents would like to make safer, more walkable and bikable.

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A cyclist pedals through the intersection at 106 Street and 76 Avenue, a key intersection area residents would like to make safer, more walkable and bikable.

A neighbourhood coalition south of the river is pre-empting the city by consulting with residents about their vision for a more walkable, bikable area.

What began as a Queen Alexandra neighbourhood project to collect public opinion before the neighbourhood’s planned renewal ripped up streets is expanding to all neighbourhoods along 106 Street and 76 Avenue.

Renewal will see the streets, curbs, sidewalks and street lighting replaced on those two roads in each neighbourhood.

Queen Alexandra resident Julie Kusiek said it didn’t make sense to plan a redesign of just the portion in her neighbourhood because “there is a sense of continuity.”

Kusiek, a key founder of the “Engage 106/76” group, said the goal is to change the concept for what 106 Street and 76 Avenue will look like when they are rebuilt.

She and neighbours are asking others to “share their experiences with the city around what walkable, bikable, livable streets mean to them.”

“Then the city will work with residents to figure out ways to achieve that,” Kusiek said.

City spokesperson Catherine Kloczkowski said what’s new about the process is the extent to which it’s now community led.

“Design work will be done in response to what this community group has heard from their own community partners,” she said.

The project will include input from Strathcona, Queen Alexandra, Allendale, Pleasantview, Empire Park, McKernan and Belgravia residents.

After planning wraps, the first two communities up for renewal are Queen Alexandra in 2017, and McKernan in 2018; Construction on 106 and 76 will take place on the same schedule in sections, synchronized with each neighbourhood renewal.

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