Edmonton opens some streets to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians amid the COVID-19 pandemic – Edmonton

To encourage better physical distancing as temperatures rise, the City of Edmonton has opened some residential streets to vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

On Thursday afternoon, the city of Edmonton extended its local state of emergency for another week. Other measures were also unveiled to ensure physical distancing measures are followed as more people go outside to enjoy the warm spring weather.

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The city will introduce common roads in some densely populated areas that do not have public transport. Common roads are open to everyone who is out and about on foot, by bike or by car.

“These adjustments will help us create safer spaces for outdoor activities as the COVID-19 pandemic changes aspects of our life, exercise and exercise,” said interim city manager Adam Laughlin.

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“No matter what we do when we leave our home, we all have a responsibility to maintain physical distance and contain the spread of COVID-19.”


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The city announced that the speed limit for vehicles on the communal roads will be 20 km / h. The locations are:

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Valid from May 6th:

  • 103 Avenue (111 Street to 125 Street)
  • 125 Street (Jasper Avenue to 103 Avenue)
  • Jasper Avenue (124 Street to 125 Street)

Valid from May 8th:

  • 115 Street (103 Avenue to alley south of 100 Avenue)
  • 114 Street (103 Avenue to 103A Avenue)

In addition, lanes will be closed in select new locations across the city to ensure that Edmontoners who are outdoors can keep a reasonable distance:

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  • Jasper Avenue (121 Street to 124 Street)
  • 102 Avenue (103 Street to 108 Street)

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More enforcement on river valley stairs

The river valley stairs continue to be a problem for city officials when it comes to physical distance. During a council meeting on Thursday, city councils said more enforcement action would be taken and tickets could be distributed to people too close to others.

The problem of too many people on the stairs has been a cause for concern since the end of March.

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Food truck permits

On Thursday, the city of Edmonton said it will continue to issue sales permits to food truck operators. The permits are issued with additional requirements to ensure public health and safety, the city said.

These requirements include:

  • No seating or consumption areas
  • No self-service spices
  • Adequate physical distancing measures for lineups and orders
  • Maintain a distance between food trucks to avoid traffic jams
  • Disinfection measures according to AHS recommendation

Food truck locations will be limited to street parking and parking lots in city parks. Permits will only be given to operators who are considered essential food service according to provincial requirements. Permits are not issued for carts or grocery vendors that normally run on sidewalks.

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