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Hibernating for winter, bike corrals will return to Edmonton streets next spring

Old Strathcona and the 124th Street shopping district received new bike corrals in July 2013. Mike Simpson, Global News

EDMONTON- With snow expected to fall in the Capital Region over the weekend, the City of Edmonton is bringing in its on-street bike corrals for the winter months.

But cyclists need not worry – due to the popularity of the on-street bike parking pilot program, the corrals will be returning next spring.

“On-street bike corrals improve the walking environment on busy sidewalks and promote cycling to high traffic areas. The pilot was designed to create a more bike-friendly environment and to encourage the use of sustainable transportation when travelling to these areas,” the City said in a media release Friday.

In July, five on-street bike corrals were placed in two of Edmonton’s busiest outdoor shopping districts. Four corrals were set up in Old Strathcona; a fifth was set up on 124th Street. The corrals are installed in the curbside lane of the street and can accommodate up to 16 bikes in the same space as one vehicle.

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The City is asking for feedback on the pilot program through an online survey. So far, the City says 92 per cent of people surveyed support on-street bike corrals.

The following specific results were provided by the City of Edmonton:

  •  92 per cent of people surveyed support on-street bike corrals
  •  Over 80 per cent of people preferred bike corrals to single bike racks on the sidewalk
  •  Over 89 per cent of people surveyed supported exchanging bike parking for motor vehicle parking in high traffic areas
  •  89 per cent of bike corrals users found the racks accessible and easy to use

As a result, city planners will re-install bike corrals in the same five locations next spring.

The online survey is open until Oct. 31. The results will be analyzed and new locations will be planned for spring 2014.

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