Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - News -

Down­town bike lanes have di­vided the pub­lic this elec­tion sea­son, to put it mildly.

The down­town bike grid opened to much fan­fare in June, and fea­tures al­most 8 kilo­me­tres of pro­tected bike lanes and shared use paths. Ad­vo­cates say it’s a low-cost way to make the city more cy­clist-friendly. The num­ber of daily users on the grid dou­bled to just un­der 5,000 in the first month alone.

Some busi­ness own­ers have raised con­cerns about park­ing, but oth­ers feel it’s good ad­ver­tis­ing. Si­mone Kousol-Graham, who works at Lat­i­tude 53, told Metro over the sum­mer they’ve seen more cy­clists check­ing out the gallery —“It’s been pretty good.”

Coun­cil can­di­dates have been sim­i­larly split. Some say te grid has added vi­brancy to the core, while oth­ers crit­i­cize the $7.5-mil­lion cost.

Re­gard­less, bike in­fra­struc­ture will pop up on coun­cil agen­das for some time to come, es­pe­cially as con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on two pro­tected bike lanes. Sec­tions on both the 82 Av­enue and the 102 Av­enue lane are now open.

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