"Around Edmonton" Driving in Edmonton Tip by VTShounen

Driving in Edmonton, Edmonton: 9 reviews and 4 photos

Edmonton is car friendly - too much at the expense of pedestrians and public transit users. Though residents complain of 'traffic congestion', they obviously have no idea what a real traffic jam is like in a real city. The Whitemud Drive is the closest stretch of pavement we have to a freeway in this city. It is only a true freeway in certain areas.

Edmonton Transit (www.takeets.com) operates a relatively efficient and reliable service throughout the city, including an LRT (light rail transit) line running from University to the northeast, with the southern section underground (and therefore sheltered from the weather). The only complaint is that the service to areas outside of central Edmonton is not as frequent as we would like. And for a city whose attractions are scattered throughout, this is not a good thing. However, with proper planning, it is quite possible to get around the city with transit. I managed for years before I got my car! Their website is comprehensive, with route maps and brochures. Or they can be found in many locations throughout the city (Airport, City Hall, libraries, their main office above Churchill Station - underground at 99 St between 102 and 103 Ave).

Taxis are inespensive, especially if there are more than one person. It is not as easy to flag down cabs as it is in more densely populated cities, so the custom is to telephone for a pick-up.

There are some areas that make for a nice walk. Many buildings in downtown are connected by the PedWay system (underground and above ground connections) so that one does not have to endure the prevailing weather conditions. A map of downtown (with PedWay layout) is available throughout downtown. The University and surrounding communities are a nice walking area. Not far away is Whyte Avenue/Old Strathcona, the number 1 pedestrian area in the city. Oliver, Chinatown, Little Italy, among others are also worth checking out bipedally. Watch for my tips on neighbourhoods to find out more.

Mode: AROUND
Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 29, 2002
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