The City of Edmonton wants to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on city streets by 2032, and starting this spring, it will be asking community members to help make that happen.
The Street Labs program aims to introduce temporary measures in an attempt to make residential streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. It is the latest initiative under Vision Zero, the city's long-term traffic safety plan. Neighbourhood residents will come up with their own ideas, and city officials will provide materials, funds, and guidance.
In a meeting with city council’s urban planning committee on March 2, Jessica Lamarre, Edmonton's traffic safety director, said that officials will start soliciting ideas for Street Labs this spring.
"We'll be ready to go ... for the public to start telling us that they're interested in participating and for us to support some co-creation of plans in their areas, to get pieces on the street for the summer," she said.
No precise date was given for when the program will be introduced.
Lamarre gave examples of what the measures might be, including barriers for shared streets, curb extensions to slow car traffic, and paint or signs that draw more attention to crosswalks. However, she emphasized the point is for individual communities to come up with their own solutions, since they may have different needs when it comes to traffic safety.