Downtown Edmonton Bike lanes possible by 2017 for $7.5 million
Engineering firm designs grid to cover downtown.
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A 'minimum grid' of bike lanes across the downtown could be installed by next year at a cost of no more than $7.5 million, according to a report going to city
The proposal for a minimum basic grid would see lanes along 104 Avenue, 102
The report says they could be installed in 2017.
The report comes from engineering firm Stantec, who approached the city earlier this year, offering to identify a minimum basic grid.
The company got involved in part because they wanted their employees to be able to cycle to their new tower downtown.
Edmonton has plans for permanent bike lanes in the core, but due to the Valley Line LRT their construction is projected to stretch into the 2020's.
Stantec pegs the cost of the full network at a top price of $6.6 million, which would separate the lanes with small curbs and planters.
The city has added additional costs for
Conrad Nobert, with Paths for People, said even at the city’s higher cost the project is good value.
“The dollar amount is relatively low, but more importantly it could be allocated within the existing capital budget,” he said.
“They would be doing it all at once, so seven kilometers of these protected bike paths would all go in,” he said.
“It’s not a small part of your route.”