#irideYEG – Joe Lizotte

Joe_L_TCardWhat is your commute like?

20 km – a mixture of side streets, multi-use trails, and roads.

What are some of your favourite things about Edmonton?

The summer festival season. The vibrant arts community.

How long have you been cycling? What got you started?

Since I was six years old. I enjoyed the freedom that cycling gave me. Cycling was the best way to get to school, then to university, and now to work.

What do you like about biking in Edmonton?

We have an amazing river valley. .

What’s your favourite place to ride for fun?

The river valley trails.

What challenges do you face as a cyclist in Edmonton?

 Finding safe routes to get around.

What would you like to see for bike infrastructure in Edmonton?

Separated lanes on a few key routes (eg. 102 Avenue) and painted lanes on others that feed into them. As use grows, more separated lanes would be warranted. .

How safe do you feel on your commute?

Mostly safe, except for the downtown part of my ride, where I have to choose between busy roads or sidewalks.

Does your family bike?

Yes. We enjoy cycling for recreation.

What are your thoughts on winter biking?

This was my first year winter commuting. It went fairly well, except that I had to use sidewalks for most of the ride. The roads just aren’t safe.
It felt great to be out in the cool weather.

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