Edmonton to remove shared-use physical distancing paths in the city

Photo via City of Edmonton

On Thursday, the City of Edmonton announced that the shared streets and lane closures to help with physical distancing will close on September 29th. The roads were originally partially closed earlier this summer, in an attempt to make Edmonton more accessible during the pandemic.

Basically, the city is stopping the program to accommodate increased traffic for commuters. With kids back in school and a gradual return to work, congestion has once again become an issue. Personally, we weren’t too worried about Edmonton’s sidewalks crawling this winter, anyway.

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On the plus side, Edmonton will most likely bring the shared-use paths back for 2021. Of course, that depends on what Canada looks like next summer, but if we’re still dealing with the pandemic it’s a solid bet.

Lane closures will be the first things removed this weekend. Then, the shared-street routes will be gone by the end of October. So, you’ve still got some time to get out and enjoy the fall weather around the city.

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