A portion of the neighborhood renovation in Edmonton’s Garneau neighborhood was completed in mid-November, but now drivers have parked on the new two-way elevated bike lane at 88 Avenue between 109 Street and 110 Street.
Residents who live on 88 Avenue said it has been a problem primarily on the weekends.
“These are a lot of cars. A big mess,” said Kaz Paszkiewicz.
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He and Brenda Wegmann have lived in their home on 88 Avenue for 45 years.
Wegmann said it’s hard to tell that there is even a bike lane in front of his house.
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“I myself do not know what it is for. I’m glad they overhauled things and it looks better, but we need posters, ”Wegmann said. “He needs something. Maybe a yellow painted line or something to indicate and then sign. “
“It is really dangerous because a person can be walking and suddenly a car can come. We need signage and pretty fast. “
On Monday, a Global News team saw workers covering old green card parking signs along the street. The signs indicated that the parking ban was in effect Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Francois Denis is a barista at Eleanor & Laurent on 88 Avenue. He said the problem became more troublesome after it snowed.
“Once the snow has covered it and there are no signs stating that they are not supposed to park there, people are parking there. At best, there is very little parking in this neighborhood, ”Denis said.
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“Some customers asked me, ‘Why are there people parking there?’ Can I park there? I said ‘That depends on the city. I can’t really enforce anything. ‘
In a statement from an Edmonton city branch manager, Craig Walbaum said the contractor will add temporary no-parking signs along the bike lane on Tuesday.
“We understand that people may be parking in the newly constructed elevated bike lane, as there are currently no signage indicating that they should not do so, which can be confusing,” Walbaum said by email.
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Walbaum did not indicate when the permanent signs will be installed.
“As a councilman, I have been working with the administration and my neighbors in the Community League to get action on these and other concerns resulting from the neighborhood renewal,” said area city councilman Michael Janz by email.
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