When it comes to how Edmontonians get around the city, Emily Grisé says there will always be a need for compromise.
"There just isn't enough space on our streets to have it all," she told participants at Taproot's fourth People's Agenda listening session on April 1. "That means we have to start thinking about how we're allocating our street space."
Grisé is an associate professor at the University of Alberta's School of Urban and Regional Planning, where she researches and teaches issues of land use and transportation planning. She has also collaborated with a number of public and private transit agencies to help design transportation services across Canada.
Grisé was the featured speaker at the listening session, which asked more than 20 Edmonton residents to discuss concerns about transportation in the city. The event was prompted by Taproot's People's Agenda, a document that’s being compiled based on responses to this question: What key issue do you want the candidates to talk about as they compete for votes in the 2021 municipal election, and why?
Overall, participants said they want the next city's next municipal government to allocate space to many diverse forms of transit, which would allow people to choose the options that work best for them at any given moment.