Thank you for your comments. Here are the answers to your questions:
Parking on 80 Avenue
Parking on the southside of 80 Avenue is retained and there are no barriers on the bike lane to prevent people from crossing mid block as they can currently do now. Visitors and residents without on site parking may need to look for available parking on streets close to 80 and 81 Avenue if all the on-street parking on those streets is occupied. If you require accessible parking, please refer to the City webpage on how to apply for a new accessible parking stall.
We recognize that there are varying stages of on site parking along 80 Avenue and 81 Avenue, including newly redeveloped properties, modern garages, concrete/gravel/ grass parking pads and original garages that cannot accommodate modern cars. However, the City does not guarantee parking availability for all on-street parking directly in front of homes and is required to utilize the public road right-of-way in a fair and equitable manner for all users of the roadway.
As for winter concerns for private vehicles, the City does not authorize extension cords across the sidewalk as it can create a tripping hazard and interferes with public access. The use of aerial power sources may be permitted through Bylaw 12846, which regulates the conditions around what installation would be allowed. Residents would request a permit with a waiver from their power supplier accepting liability for power that is not monitored or protected from public access. Without a valid permit, any extension cord used for private vehicles should be kept on private property.
Residential Parking Program
Parking Services is currently undertaking a review of the residential parking program as well as how parking permits are issued and managed throughout the City.
The residential parking program manages the availability of parking by restricting parking to residents or visitors with a pass to certain hours. Although this can prioritize resident parking and deliveries, the program does not eliminate non-resident or public parking and it does not guarantee residents an on-street parking space.
When this review is complete, if required, specific areas in Garneau will be evaluated and discussed with the community as to where resident or visitor parking may be best suited, or where dedicated loading zones should be implemented. More information is anticipated to be shared in the fall with the public.
Proposed Bike Lanes
Biking is an option for some people, but for others, it's their primary mode of transportation, whether by choice or by economic circumstance. The bike lanes are an important part of our city's transportation system that strives to provide access to all Edmontonians, during all seasons.
1 in 6 people who bike in Edmonton do ride in all seasons, based on the eco counter bike counts, and we're hearing more and more stories about people continuing to ride in the winter because the bike lanes are cleared.
The Bike Plan, which is a strategy document that guides how we plan and design for bikes going forward, aspires for Edmonton to be a place where biking is safe and inviting for people of all ages and abilities, for all reasons, in all seasons. That aspiration was developed through extensive engagement and reflects the feedback provided by Edmontonians of varying perspectives including people that bike, walk, roll, take transit and drive. Vibrant communities offer people options, including options for how people move around their community and city.
Planning for Garneau’s Future
Although some elements appear to work fine right now, we also need to consider how Garneau may look and function in the future. Renewal projects only come around every 35-50 years, and we want to ensure that the Garneau we rebuild today preserves the community’s Vision and Guiding Principles long into the future, even as the City changes and grows around it.