An Edmonton councillor’s picture of a snowy city road right next to a perfectly clear bike path is setting social media alight.
Coun. Mike Nickel tweeted the photograph with the caption: “In Edmonton, a bike lane receives priority snow removal (followed by a thinking emoji) How do you feel about this?”
Well, Edmonton’s by the hundreds let him know.
“I’m curious, where are all these winter bike riders? I spend 40 hours a week on the road, and I can’t say I’ve seen more than a few each day. Where should I look to see the bike lanes being used in January?” tweeted someone with the handle LazyBusDriver.
“The road isn’t much wider than the bike lane, So the reasoning for just doing 1/2 the road at a time is?” asked Ali Quea.
“Not a fan of this at all. Poor road conditions cause accidents, injuries, and, in the most extreme cases, lives. Roads should receive priority above special lanes used for a hobby,” said Adam Filiatrault.
“I am becoming so sick of this City Administration. They have their priorities all mixed up, without any thought to work that needs to be done. Taxes continue to increase but services get worse it seems. Election can’t come soon enough-need some councillors & Mayor who listens!’ said Jackson.
Others said the path could have been cleared to help people with mobility issues.
“It’s usually the only accessible route to walk on in a neighbourhood after a snowfall, especially for those who use a cane or wheelchair. I’m all good with sharing the lanes with those who are walking or rolling. Clearing them early means everyone is able to safely get around,” said Stephen Raitz.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard