Fall 2021 Supplemental Budget Adjustments – Part 2

On December 14, 2021, Councillor Janz formally proposed an adjustment to the Fall 2021 Supplemental Budget process. This amendment, if approved, would allocate $4.75 million towards Active Transportation Improvements and construction for sidewalk expansions across the City.

Screen capture of the adjustment

You can read more about the proposal here, but we’ve excerpted some important parts below.

We spoke to Council on November 29, 2021, regarding this budgeting process in the Public Hearing. You can read more about this here. We are excited to see that Council members have proposed adjustments related to Recover and other social equity-focused initiatives.

We are excited to see the potential of this investment in our City! This will support the design and eventual construction of many active transportation projects, including;

  • Fixing missing links across the city, and
  • Expanding the mobility lane network in core areas.

Here is a map with some of the key, place-specific projects outlined in the adjustment.

As indicated above, these place-specific projects will be accompanied by fixing additional missing links across the City. We know many exist, as per our 2019 Missing Links project.

We wrote this letter to Council to express our support of these adjustments.

These projects are low cost and high impact. They move us closer to the City we envision in City Plan (Edmonton’s main land use and transportation plan). Moving forward this funding now means we’re best prepared to include these projects within the 2023-2026 budgeting process. It also means that we are better able to apply for Federal Active Transportation Infrastructure grants.

All of this depends on how Councillors vote! We encourage Council to vote in favour of this low-cost and high-impact investment. It reflects our goal of being a city where Edmontonians can get around safely when walking, rolling, or biking.