What We Do

2018

A City For Life

Paths for People is organizing and hosting A City for Life on April 14th. We want to continue the conversation about Edmonton’s transformation into a walking and biking city. To inspire us on how to do this, we’ve brought in the former commissioner of transportation from New York, Janette Sadik-Khan! Starting with a bike tour of Edmonton, followed by a workshop with a cross-section of Edmonton’s leaders in governance, health, public policy, community and education. A City for Life will close with an open to the public, free keynote address by Ms. Sadik-Khan at Metro Cinema. Status: Ongoing.

Edmonton Southside Bike Grid

Awareness campaign and University/Old Strathcona/Garneau stakeholder outreach. Status: Ongoing.

2017

Edmonton Downtown Bike Grid

Stakeholder outreach and sharing stories about its success. Status: Ongoing.

Paths to School

Partnering with a local school to increase walking and biking rates for students. Status: Ongoing.

Cyclovia (Open Streets)

Cyclovia or Open Streets is a series of regular events where a route of urban streets is temporarily closed to cars and open to humans—walking, riding bicycles, scootering, dancing, and socializing. Think city streets becoming city parks for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Over 100 communities in North America celebrate Open Streets as an innovative way to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals. Paths for People is working with the City of Edmonton on a plan to hold three Open Streets events, likely on a Sunday in each of May, June, and July. The route would be around 6 km of city streets, connecting some of Edmonton’s vibrant neighborhoods and cool street life along some of our city’s iconic streets. Status: Ongoing.

2016

Edmonton Downtown Bike Grid

Paths for People conceptualized and initiated this project, based on Calgary’s downtown pilot project, during the summer of 2016 (details here), and city council voted to fund and install the bike grid on October 11, 2016! Status: Complete.

In order to support the downtown bike grid, Paths for People we gathered letters from downtown organizations and created a four-video series about the grid.

A City For Life

Paths for People organized and hosted A City for Life, held April 15 and 16. It was an event to kick start Edmonton’s transformation into a walking and biking city, and it featured renowned urbanist Gil Penalosa, who gave a public talk on Friday and addressed a workshop of Edmonton decision makers and thought leaders on Saturday. Attendees included Mayor Don Iveson, Councillors Knack, McKeen, Henderson and Walters, MLA David Shepherd, City of Edmonton Chief Planner Peter Ohm, General Manager Integrated Infrastructure Services Adam Laughlin, Architect Vivian Manasc, and author Todd Babiak, among others. Status: Complete.

Advocacy

Paths for People has become a go-to resource for the city and the media as a stakeholder in Edmonton’s active transportation community. In 2016, Paths for People engaged with the city on such projects as Imagine Jasper Avenue, Envision 109, the High Level Bridge Barriers, and Neighbourhood Renewal. Status: Ongoing.

2015

Engage 106-76

Members of Paths for People are active participants in this project to create safe, comfortable bike/walk corridors along 106 Street and 76 Avenue south of the river. Status: Ongoing.

#RebootWhyte

Between 2004-2014, almost 200 people were hit on Whyte Avenue. The #rebootwhyte campaign challenges the City to create a street design that balances safety and convenience for everyone using the road, consistent with its own Complete Street Guidelines. The campaign included over 100 people ‘borrowing’ some space from cars to bike, skate, walk from Corbett Hall down Whyte Avenue to the Isaak Kornelsen Memorial Parklet that had been erected at 102 Street to honour the victims of Whyte Avenue with a moment of silence. Status: Ongoing.

MacEwan University bike route

Edmonton Bike Coalition approached MacEwan University with a suggestion to designate and mark specific sidewalks on the campus exclusively for bicycle use. The University has begun work on the project, and Paths for People will be following up with them in 2016. Status: Ongoing.

2014

83 Avenue Bike Route

Paths for People members provided significant feedback to the 83 Avenue bike route, identifying 83 Ave as the preferred east-west route paralleling Whyte Avenue, connecting the University and Mill Creek Ravine. We recommended that curb extensions be installed along the route at the intersections to make crossing safer for people on foot, and also advocated for traffic calming measures along the corridor. The bike route is scheduled to be built in 2016 and 2017, and it will provide many benefits for people living along the route as well as people moving actively along and across it. Status: Ongoing.

2014 Capital Budget Vote

Edmonton Bike Coalition’s (now Paths for People), ‘I Bike’ photomosaic campaign gathered photos of over 1100 supporters in just over a month to send a strong message to Edmonton decision makers about the importance of funding high quality bike routes in central Edmonton. The campaign significantly changed the conversation around active funding priorities. Partially as a result of the campaign, Edmonton City Council unanimously approved $8.8 million to fund the 102nd Avenue route and to further allocate $20 million for active transportation initiatives. Status: Complete.

Maps

We like to use maps to help people visualize Edmonton and collect data.

  • Collision Map (2004-2015 collisions between cars and people walking or biking, in which the medical system was involved)

Policy Reports