A vibrant city contains a healthy mix of transportation options. This is particularly true of a city centre, the hub of an intricate network of roads, LRT tracks, walking trails and bike lanes, which allow us to move safely and efficiently.
With more than $3 billion in forecasted growth coming into the core in coming years, it is vital that our transportation networks keep pace and grow. As your Councillor, my priorities will be:
Commuter routes and community streets cannot be allowed to fall into disrepair as witnessed in recent years. This is the message I’ve received on countless door steps.
The lesson? We have to budget properly for road repair and maintenance, period. Potholes aren’t just a nuisance. Potholes are symbolic of civic investment and impact everything from car suspensions to civic pride.
We need a new approach. We need to challenge current strategies and look for better solutions – including sponsoring research through the Engineering Services Quality Assurance Lab, that look for new solutions.
We spend a lot of money on our roads. We must get value for the money we spend. But we also must ensure the city centre is high on the civic priority list for investment and maintenance.
The city centre is the heart and soul of Edmonton. It helps define Edmonton to Edmontonians, as well as to visitors.
We strut our stuff in Ward 6. So I will continuously remind council of the importance of keeping Ward 6 neighbourhoods in top shape.
Extending the LRT network is a must. Edmonton’s hub-and-spoke network brings people efficiently in and out of the core. LRT extensions are extremely expensive. Thus, we must make astute choices in our investments.
We must choose routes that not only move people effectively, but enhance – not disrupt – the communities they cross.
We must build and LRT system for the ages — one that will enhance communities, not just cut lines through them.
We need streets that are safe, comfortable and attractive, be they downtown, 124 street, Little Italy, Chinatown or in the historic communities circling the urban core.
When we talk about vibrant cities, we’re almost always talking about public space — streets and squares where people stroll and gather.
We need to create much more of this experience in Edmonton. Streetscape enhancements, lighting, public washrooms, public art, pocket parks and common seating are needed to get us out and strolling.
I support the commitment to proper, well-designed bike lanes. For a bike culture to be transformative it needs to broaden it’s appeal to a wide range of citizens. And it needs to fit better – we need separated lanes to move cyclists safely through some of our busiest neighbourhoods. Bike lanes will only reach their potential when an extensive network is built to allow enthusiasts, commuters and hobbyists to travel easily and safely.
World cities are way ahead of Edmonton in this regard. I support the ten-year bike plan and its $10 million in annual investment to build a legitimate cycling network.
The investment amounts to less than one per cent of the city’s overall spending on transportation. The emerging generation of bright minds — dubbed the creative class — demands that Edmonton truly welcome biking to the mix.
Most of the neighbourhoods in Ward 6 are tranquil. Some are not.
People who move into Oliver and Downtown, for example, buy into the idea of a some background babble. You don’t move into Downtown and Oliver hoping for pastoral tranquility.
But some sources of noise are gratuitous. Like any other kind of disorder, noise pollution negatively impacts the lives of residents while also turning off visitors.
The city passed noise limits for motorcycles a few years back. That is not good enough. First, it is unfair to pick out one type of vehicle over another. Secondly, cars with little or no noise suppression are more common today
The city must pick up its game in enforcement of nuisance vehicles.