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Bike corrals a permanent fixture this winter in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona area

Shannon Cuciz/ Global News

The City of Edmonton is ensuring that convenient and secure bike parking is a year-round activity with five permanent bike corrals spread out across Old Strathcona. The corrals can accommodate up to 16 bikes in the same space taken up by one vehicle.

The move aims to encourage cycling, especially in high traffic areas, and to promote the activity year-round by creating a friendly environment for cyclists.

“We hope that by now making these corrals available during all seasons, we help to encourage year-round cycling while supporting our Winter City initiatives,” Dylan Mullan, Acting Director of Traffic Operations, said.

Bike corral in Old Strathcona, July 5, 2013. Global News

According to Mullan, the need for corrals are especially important in the winter when there is snow on the ground.

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Previously, the six corrals located in Old Strathcona were seasonal. Due to the popularity of cycling amongst Edmontonians, the city in collaboration with the Old Strathcona Business Association, arranged to keep five of the six corrals out permanently.

The five corrals will be located at:

  • Whyte Avenue and 104 Street (Starbucks)
  • 104 Street south of 83 Avenue (Next Act Pub)
  • 105 Street north of Whyte Avenue (Chapters)
  • 88 Avenue west of 109 Street (The Sugarbowl)
  • 81 Avenue west of Gateway Boulevard (Situation Brewing)

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Cyclists are important for businesses located in the area, the Old Strathcona Business Association says, and the year-round bike infrastructure is an important step to provide more connectivity and options for cyclists.

“The cycling community is a big supporter of our area and businesses, and now cyclists can access dedicated bike parking on a more permanent basis,” Murray Davison, Executive Director of the Old Strathcona Business Association, said.

“With the 83 Avenue cycle track on the way, this type of continued investment in our business community by the City of Edmonton is greatly appreciated and warranted.”

The corrals will be converted to a “windrow free zone” to alleviate the impacts of plowing, and the city said snow accumulation will be addressed on an as-needed basis.

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