November 20, 2015

Left-wing Edmonton city council tears out high-cost bike lanes -- but this story gets even worse

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Edmonton is almost as far north as Moscow. For more than half the year, the temperature is freezing or below.

So you’ve got to be a die-hard eco-freak to think it makes sense to tear out roads, and put in bike lanes in Edmonton. The city proper is nearly 700 square kilometres, and that doesn't include the greater Edmonton metropolitan area.

Bike lanes, when you’ve got a million people driving to work, moms driving minivans with kids, trucks?

So of course Edmonton’s left-wing city council thought it was a great plan.

But it was such a foolish multi-million dollar disaster, they’re now ripping those bike lanes out. That will cost another $650,000 dollars. Taxpayers get ripped off coming and going — but city politicians and unionized city work crews get the big bucks both ways.

But that's not even the end of this story...

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commented 2015-11-22 09:10:20 -0500
No surprise here; Levant’s always had a hate-on for Edmonton!
commented 2015-11-21 22:02:22 -0500
I have spent time in Paris & Germany. Their bike lanes are attached almost totally to pedestrian sidewalks. Actually the traffic act in Alberta states for them to drive on road & obey same rules as cars. In my home province of Manitoba, two wheeled bikes w/o training wheels had to drive on roads or you got tickets. Had no bike trails I ever heard of except in parks.
commented 2015-11-21 18:35:44 -0500
Bob Egli, no, it is not a car driver’s right to be on the roads without bikes. In fact, the various provincial motor vehicle acts specifically acknowledge bicycles as having the right to use the roads as any motor vehicle does.

Cyclists pay road taxes as well. Perhaps not as much as motorists, but they also use proportionally less of the resource in question. All told, cyclists actually probably pay more than their fair share.

Why should a cyclist pay 500 a year for roads and insurance? I pay 550 for my CAR.
commented 2015-11-21 16:36:34 -0500
Andrew Stephson, it is a car driver’s right to be on these roads without bikes, as we pay for them through a gas tax, all other taxes and expensive Vehicle Insurance where (at least in BC,) they take a portion to build and improve roads. Bike users should pay $500. a year for roads and insurance.
commented 2015-11-21 16:00:01 -0500
Bill Collins – I’m hoping that they don’t take our tractors, and decide that we have to go back to farming, like in my Grandfather’s day, with Clydesdales. Though personally, if I had a choice, I would still be living in those pioneer days, but I had best be careful what I wish for because the writing’s on the wall, and they are trying to steal our modern conveniences from us, that are based on fossil fuels, because we are becoming too smart for the communists, and they can’t stand to see anyone doing well, except for themselves.
commented 2015-11-21 12:44:01 -0500
Take a look at Ottawa’s stupidity. Ottawa is the coldest national capital in the world and is adamant about installing new bike lanes throughout the downtown core as they redesign streets for multipurpose usage. The fallacy is the bike lanes get plowed first, while the residential areas have snow removed seldomly, if at all. Canada’s cities are turning into an eco-fascist’s wet dream and the sheep are going to allow it to keep happening. I’m just glad the insanity has not totally expanded to the rural areas yet.
commented 2015-11-21 12:10:50 -0500
I cycle (and walk) a lot in Edmonton—both summer and winter— and I think the city’s stance on bike lanes is crazy.
I believe that cyclists and pedestrians are generally a better fit than having bikes on the roads, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t sufficient people riding to justify the costs of installing dual pathways to formalise this. It would be nice if it were legal to cycle on the sidewalks, provided riders take extra care at junctions, and are sensible in giving priority to people on foot. Serious cyclists travelling at speed could still use the roads if motorists would be more considerate in allowing sufficient space for them.

The trouble these days is that many people seem to need the government to tell them how to behave properly. Good manners, politeness, and common sense are going the way of the dinosaur, and it’s too bad.

Me? I prefer to move a block or two over, and ride my bike on the quieter roads. This is safer for me, and more accommodating to vehicle drivers.
commented 2015-11-21 05:14:38 -0500
“Dig a hole and fill it up” – this is a union’s wet dream.

When the well runs dry and governments start going into default…
commented 2015-11-21 02:25:35 -0500
Andrew did you even read the headline?
commented 2015-11-21 02:25:05 -0500
Andrew Rob Ford did not put them there in the first place, these same clowns pushed for these wastes of money and sorry but they are already considered vehicles , why special lanes?
commented 2015-11-21 02:14:31 -0500
Gee, I managed to ride my bike a mile to and from school along busy public roads from Grades 7-12 in the 1970’s, and would routinely ride miles to get where I needed to go before my first car; no bike lanes required, no accidents. How could I possibly have managed without government intervention? The biking enthusiasts say the costs are minimal — I say there doesn’t have to be a cost at all; a road’s a road, learn the freaking rules and co-exist with the traffic. The number of bikers involved in no way justifies the expense of these trendy experiments, especially as there has been no great stampede of folks away from their cars and onto the bikes. And hey — if we DO keep the Purple Pudge’s bike lanes in full force and vigour, how about demanding all bikes pay for a yearly licence and carry mandatory liability insurance too?
commented 2015-11-21 01:27:02 -0500
Can I interest you in a monorail?
commented 2015-11-21 00:01:28 -0500
Ron Voss – what really makes me sick, is thinking of all the photo shoots, that will have Nenshi basking in the limelight, like he’s some kind of hero. When he isn’t even footing the bill! Those who can least afford it, are the ones being forced to pay for this invasion. We are going billions into debt due to Notley’s stupidity, and now they are going to pile on with all the socialist garbage, by the ton!
commented 2015-11-20 23:49:19 -0500
Ron Voss – trouble is already brewing in Calgary, and we already have loads of unemployed people, hanging out at the food banks, and looking for work. Nenshi, Trudeau, and Notley can pay the freight on this parade, since they are putting an enormous strain on Albertans, at the worst possible time. I’m sure those hotbeds of terrorist training schools, will be sure to invite them in. We will make them feel as welcome, as we would be in their part of the world! They aren’t wanted here, but I’m sure they will have the best of everything, that average Albertans would never receive from our governments.
commented 2015-11-20 22:57:25 -0500
Calgary is doing the same stupidity .
commented 2015-11-20 22:44:29 -0500
Thanks for remembering us here in Edmonton. Liberal stupidity reigns supreme. Can some one check the carbon foot print of that new garbage incineration plant the city counsel was so proud of. If you take into account the manufacturing and transporting all the steel, and the fact that the plant is there forever, whereas a land fill can be covered over and made into a new neighborhood and tax base… I think it actually has a negative impact on the environment.
commented 2015-11-20 22:03:00 -0500
I like having 7 months of winter in Edmonton. It is much faster to travel around then since the roads are all torn up and closed down every summer
commented 2015-11-20 21:25:24 -0500
Picture this. It’s January in Winnipeg, temperatures hover around -35c during the day. Roads are covered in ice, with deep ruts made where the tires of cars and trucks travel. Exhaust fog often obscures your vision for a few seconds when a light turns green, and traction is the lowest it is ever going to be. Well, the City of Winnipeg, and the left wing nut jobs in city council have also decided that not only are there dedicated year round bike lanes, they repainted lines on already narrow roads, creating lanes too narrow for compact cars, much less an average car or truck. During our winter months, these bicycling Bolsheviks wiggle and jiggle down the road, often falling, and yes, we have had casualties in Winnipeg under this scenario. The smart thing, the levelheaded and safe thing to do, would be to put a ban on all non-motorized traffic on city streets during the winter months. But the green freaks who blame every one else for all that goes wrong in their lives, also blame car divers for any mishap that happens with bicycles. Despite the horrible road conditions and danger, these suicidal cycling morons still run red lights, lane split, ignore stop signs, ride in the middle of the road at times, and just plain act like belligerent assholes. Edmonton, is not alone in the idiot department, when it comes to city councils and the two wheeled menace on the roads.
commented 2015-11-20 21:06:15 -0500
Robert Hewgill,

Roads are publicly owned and universally accessible lands intended for travel purposes. That’s all. There is no legislative priority for motor vehicles over other forms of travel, beyond the rules necessary to prevent motorists from wreaking havoc on each other.
commented 2015-11-20 20:28:46 -0500
Andrew Stephenson

The roads are for motor vehicles, not bikes. If you want to ride a bike move to Cuba or some other third world backwater.
commented 2015-11-20 20:13:31 -0500
It costs virtually nothing to install bike lanes when reconstructing roads.

Being below freezing is irrelevant. You can ride a bike most of a year. You’re Canadian, wear a hat and stop whining.

As for spending a million dollars removing bike lanes, Rob Ford did exactly the same thing down east, Sun News praised him for it at the time.
commented 2015-11-20 20:03:51 -0500
This seems to be so typical of ALL governments across this country.
commented 2015-11-20 20:03:12 -0500
DEBORAH GRAUPNER, “I think the reason this bug-eyed mayor wants all those refugees so badly, is because he is hoping that they will keep him at the public trough!” According to Nenshi, Calgary will soon have a specific plan to resettle up to 2,300 Syrian refugees, and he called on city residents to welcome the newcomers “with open arms” once they arrive, because they are “desperate refugees fleeing the exactly same people who perpetrated the kind of violence that we saw in Paris … running away from the same bad guys”.
commented 2015-11-20 19:51:48 -0500
So, after voting $650,000 to remove four bike lanes, Edmonton City Council has voted to investigate spending another $5 million on two new bike lanes. Hard to figure, but maybe GUY FRASER is on to something with his comment: “It is because the mentally deficient Mayor Ivison’s wife likes to ride a bicycle … true story: Go look it up!” Did Ivison and his wife move to a new home in a new residential location in Edmonton?
commented 2015-11-20 19:46:42 -0500
I am SURE these bike lanes in Calgary and in Edmonton is going to take enough cars off the road to off set the ONE BILLION of tonnes of CO2 that China “discovered” it failed to report to anyone. Especially in winter. Ride baby ride. Gives a new meaning to the term “blue balls”! Environmental craziness.
commented 2015-11-20 19:37:43 -0500
I wonder if the Purple Pudge has been giving tips to Ivison? Or do you suppose it was vice versa? Either way we pay for their pipedreams.
commented 2015-11-20 19:02:37 -0500
I continue to boycott Redmonton.
commented 2015-11-20 18:59:37 -0500
It is because the mentally deficient Mayor Ivison’s wife like to ride a bicycle … true story : Go look it up!
The Guy I voted for in the last Mayor race, won as a Conservative in this last National election. I’m sure he will do a great job as an MP but he was the only decent human running for Mayor.
commented 2015-11-20 18:55:47 -0500
Not a problem just wasted more tax money on stupidity. Nothing new here. Who cares what the actual people of the city wanted , those few elitist idiots who never use the lanes are more important.
commented 2015-11-20 18:54:41 -0500
I have still only ever saw one bike in any of these lanes.