The City of Edmonton is making additional changes to manage the spread of COVID-19 in the city, including the use of pedestrian crosswalks and roadways.
According to a release, effective Thursday, April 9, the city will adjust push buttons at pedestrian crossings, and allocate some roadways for shared use to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, and encourage physical distancing.
“Pedestrian signals will become automatic at 56 intersections located in high pedestrian areas and around hospitals to eliminate the need to push buttons at these crossings,” said the release.
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“The City will post signage to promote the change in these areas. The audible signal for the visually impaired will continue to be activated by pushing the button.”
Two roads in busy and densely populated areas will be adjusted, the city says, in order to provide more space to pedestrians and cyclists.
According to the city, on Victoria Promenade (100 Avenue) from 116 Street to 121 Street, the bike lane will be expanded and converted to a shared-use space for people walking and biking.
On Saskatchewan Drive, from 105 Street to 109 Street, traffic will be reduced to a single lane with the north lane converted to a shared-use space for people walking and biking.
“These changes will allow for Edmontonians to follow physical distancing requirements while safely enjoying the outdoors,” said the release.
Crews will remove snow and sweep these lanes before they open to shared use.
“We all have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. By working together to stay apart, whether we’re shopping for essential items or getting exercise outdoors, we can all help to protect our community’s health and safety,” said Darryl Mullen, acting director of Traffic Operations.
“We know it’s important for Edmontonians to get outside during this time and these adjustments will help them do that while maintaining safe physical distance.”