People march on Whyte to raise pedestrian safety awareness
The Reboot Whyte Avenue Committee held their day of action Friday in protest of dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians on Whyte Avenue.
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Edmontonians took to the streets Friday—specifically Whyte Avenue—to protest what they call a shocking trend of pedestrian and cyclist collisions in the area.
The day of action was hosted by the Reboot Whyte Avenue committee, a group of concerned residents who are calling for the city to start a conversation about improving crosswalks and reducing speed on the busy street.
Michael Kalmanovitch lead the “walk, run and skate” portion of the event, which took a group of almost 100 people from Corbet Hall to the Isaak Kornelsen memorial parklet.
Kalmanovitch has been cycling in Edmonton year-round since the ‘80s, and said the car-centric Whyte Avenue is “pathetic” for neglecting active transportation.
He said other people at the event had “different reasons” and opinions on the popular pedestrian corridor’s safety, but the spirit of the event and goals were consistent with all participants.
“Whether they were personally affected or would like to see the reboot happen, or they know someone who was affected, it was generally about the wellbeing of the community,” he said. “There were a variety of reasons but that was an underlying aspect of it that united everybody.”
Last week Mayor Don Iveson told reporters that his expectation is greater consideration be given to pedestrian safety on all of the city’s main thoroughfares. In fact, several crosswalks on both Whyte and Jasper avenue will be updated with new pedestrian-controlled traffic lights before the new year.