Cycling Advocacy for Our Area

It is our hope and Dream to see more people use thier bikes to commute, shop and play in Leduc County. This page is dedicated to help  in this way.

Plan to Use your Bike more in 2011!

We want to foster a Cycling centric infrastructure in the Leduc/ Nisku area for transportation to the work place, shopping  and rec areas. For economic and health and recreational reasons.

Commuters are facing a lot of change:

– owning and operating a vehicle is getting more expensive (over $600 /year /vehicle)
– Commutes are getting longer and more frustrating,
– People are looking at  alternatives to driving to work and shop with cycling rising as very popular alternate:
Vancouver, Toronto, Portland, London, NY, Minneapolis, as examples

We have a a great location to promote more cycling in the area.

– We live in a cycling advantageous area – its relatively flat!
–  Small enough to cycle any where in Leduc within 15 minutes
– the beginnings of a cycling transportation system with over 60 km of MUPs etc. now.
– cycling makes major impacts on health and the environment.
– cycling  centric infrastructure lasts longer and is easy to maintain.

3 Foundations for Cycling Transportation in the Leduc / Nisku area

1) Destination Corridors MUPs, Sharrows, shared cycling Boulevards, etc. that actually Go and
feed to destinations:

shopping, recreation, medical and the workplace. If the MUP etc
actually feeds to a destination then they will be used more frequently.
– better if they are as free flowing as possible. Frequent stops are frustrating and less efficient for the cyclist

2) Safe corridors – Remove the FEAR,

if the routes are felt that they are safe then commuters will use them
–  better maintenance bike lanes/ curbs / shoulders frequent cleaning of the curb, bike ways, as pushed aside road
materials (sand, gravel, glass) make it treacherous when riding on busy streets
– More MUPs, Road/cycling sharing signs, Sharrows, 3 meter laws, Green Boulevards , etc.
– Slower speed limits at destination points shopping and rec  areas
Lower speeds on feeder and residential areas, ie:  20 mph or 30 kph – Starting in Briton they have shown
that 20mph is safer, quieter and more congenial to the residents and doesn’t have a significant impact on
increasing commuting time
– Ramps on curbs or stairs and high traffic destinations locations so cyclist/ commuters  do not have to stop then
lift or carry their bike, carts, strollers,  etc.
– Cycling aware intersections, bike intersection boxes
– Get Drivers, and bureaucrats, etc to realize that Cyclists have the same right and responsibilities on all Alberta
roads and not to be pushed off and force to ride on Mups or side streets
– Synchronized lights for bikers at 20 kph

If you build it they will use it
– Cycling training in schools
– cyclist awareness training for vehicle drivers signs etc
– All major public destinations should have safe access: ramps, marked Sharrows,  etc..
ie: Access to Leduc Alliance church from east (add ramp/crosswalk from MUP to Church)
– Connectors from communities to major feeder MUPS and shared Roadways (Sharrow routes)
– Sparrow Drive is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians going from the shops to McDonalds etc as
they wait to get maintenance done on vehicles etc. There is no shoulder or MUPS for quite
a ways north of McDonalds

3) Secure storage and parking

– Convent and secure parking posts – good commuting bikes are
expensive – committers want to make sure they can leave their bikes secure – a greater need
of cycle parking at destinations. Need more bike stands, lock up, posts or even gated parking
for high density locations, i.e., REC Center more posts outside restaurants, shopping etc.

– a vision and ideal to shoot for:  streetfilms.org
– cycling Copenhagen through North American eyes
http://vimeo.com/13499122
– City of Edmonton new cycling video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1JklH_Yy9k

– Portland’s Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways
http://vimeo.com/16552771

Some interesting Facts:

40% of all urban travel in the US happens within 2 miles, and 90% of that is by car.
Fight climate change simply by riding your bike. Sure, we appreciate that long ago the automobile
changed the way the world works; but like anything, it’s best in moderation.
The 2 mile Challenge:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJxfb8V3Jcw

A great popular resource on the urban cycling trends can be found and read at:
http://momentumplanet.com/magazine

20 is plenty: a case for 20 mph zones:
http://www.streetfilms.org/no-need-for-speed-20s-plenty-for-us/

Final Thought:

We can develop a healthier and safer cycling environment if we have the will and political back up

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