The recent City Plan talks about automobile levers as a way to deal with traffic. So what are these automobile levers? Well a report earlier this year (CR_7477) highlighted exactly was automobile levers are. Here are exact quotes from the document:
- “Double the costs associated with operating a car”
- “Road Pricing”
- “Congestion Charges”
- “Fuel Taxes”
- “Vehicle Registration Costs”
- “Permanently banning certain motor vehicle traffic”
- “Reduced parking supply / parking pricing”
This is pretty scary stuff if you rely on a private vehicle in Edmonton, which is the majority of us.
There are emerging technologies which help to reduce our carbon footprint, which I am personally excited about, but in a period of economic challenge should we be focusing on ideas which will make the cost of goods more expensive and chase business opportunity from our city?
The City of Edmonton spends a significant amount of resources, including personnel and financial, focusing on removing lanes of traffic and installing dedicated bike lanes. Earlier this year, I talked about how bike lanes receive priority 1 snow clearing, ahead of other major arterial roads. As a winter city, we must ask the question: does this make sense? This photo, that someone sent in to me, went viral:
Over the last few years, some bike lanes were removed, because they weren’t being used. The lanes on 95ave (west) and the 97 street (south) were removed. This is why it is important to measure what we do. I’m sure there were more appropriate places for bike lanes, but members of council let ideology get in the way of data-driven decision making.