Shared Streets and Lane Closures to return to Edmonton this spring

The pandemic-era program to devote a portion of roadway space as safe, physically distanced space to walk, bike and roll along—known as Shared Streets—is returning to Edmonton this spring. 

The City has said the Shared Streets locations will be similar to those used last year. The City will engage with community stakeholders and consider how the streets were used last year in coming up with the list of this year’s locations. 

Some 19 kilometres of Edmonton’s roadway network were designated as Shared Streets last year.

In addition to Shared Streets, Saskatchewan Drive and Victoria Promenade were among the high-population locations where bollards and pylons were set up to repurpose street space to give people more room to maintain a safe physical distance in 2020. 

University of Alberta research finding about physical distancing effects on Saskatchewan Drive, included in embedded City of Edmonton video below.

Here’s a look back at Shared Streets 2020, including some interesting research from the University of Alberta that showed its effectiveness.

Editor’s note: The Northern Alberta Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (NACITE) named the Shared Streets and Lane Closures project its Transportation Project of the Year in 2020.