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No magic needed for bike safety, says video

Paths for People begins pitch for protected lanes ahead of council vote

A still from a new video series from Paths for People.

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A still from a new video series from Paths for People.

Making people feel safe on their bikes doesn’t require magic, argues the first installment of a new video series from cycling advocacy group Paths for People.

Released Monday, the first video features an SUV-driving guy struggling (and failing) to entertain the neighbourhood kids with a magic trick.

The two bike-straddling kids are not impressed.

“Sorry man, but who believes in magic nowadays anyways? We only believe in testable science.”

So begins their pitch for more bike lanes. Studies show that protected bike lanes reduce injury risk for people on bikes by up to 90 per cent, they say.

The videos are being released a month before bike infrastructure lands back on the agenda at city hall.

Engineering giant Stantec, which designed Calgary’s cycle track, is currently working on a possible network of paths here. Paths for People proposed a "minimum grid" last year based on online feedback from Edmontonians.

Its design will be made public in mid-September, then voted on by the Urban Planning Committee on Sept. 28 before going to city council on Oct. 11.

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