In listening parties and on doorsteps, I've heard your visions for transit and transportation in Ward 11.
You want Edmonton to be a city where people can move around affordably, with ease and safety. You want to see the City of Edmonton taking a lead to create a healthier, safer and environmentally-friendly transportation system. You believe Edmontonians must be engaged in conversation about our transportation choices.
How are things living up to your visions? As you and I see it right now, transit services are not meeting the needs of Edmontonians. We have limited transit routes, schedules are difficult, and bus tickets are expensive. Those who have to drive just to catch a bus are met with limited parking at transit hubs.
If you don't want to drive, there aren't a lot of options. A car-centric development culture has hindered investment in other transportation options. Bike lanes are few and many are unsafe—for cyclists and drivers alike. Pedestrians, on the other hand, often cannot find walkable, safe sidewalks in their own neighbourhoods.
How we'll fix transit
The City of Edmonton is already moving forward on innovative transit programs. The PATH (Providing Accessible Transit Here) program, which just launched in May, gives homeless and at-risk individuals access to transit — a helpful step toward consistent employment. And this fall, low income residents will have access to a discounted bus pass — something I see as essential. A new Transit Strategy was approved on July 5, 2017. It will introduce measures to ensure transit efficiency. But this also means cutting back or cancelling certain routes, which could significantly impact Ward 11.
If elected as your Ward 11 Councillor, I will work with you to bring your innovative ideas to life. Together, we can start planning streets around pedestrians: we will have wider sidewalks and safer crosswalks. We will also review transit routes to meet Ward 11's growing population. Crucially for many families, we will ensure transit schedules meet the specific needs of shift workers.
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I have learned a lot from these conversations, but there are many more people who I haven’t yet heard from. In the coming weeks and months I will be hosting more listening parties. If you would like to attend one, sign up for our email list to receive news about attending one. Or volunteer to host one.
I will also be going door-to-door throughout Ward 11, and I look forward to meeting even more of my neighbours and continuing to learn about what matters most to you. I welcome your help if you would like to join my team by volunteering or donating.
If you see me or my campaign team in your neighbourhood, come and say hello. I’d love to meet you and discuss how we can work together to make Ward 11 a place you delight to live.