Mapping Safety & Ghost Bikes


It’s the second part of our show, recorded live at Edmonton’s MEC Bike Fest. This time, we talk to two people tackling bicycle safety in their own ways: one using open mapping technologies, the other with public memorials. We also hear some of your memories and learn about Bike To The Symphony.

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Open Maps Make Good Neighours

Bike lanes—somewhat unbelievably—have become one of the most divisive issues in Canadian cities. They cost a lot of money, but advocates believe they save lives. How can anyone argue the price on that?

Matthew Dance and Conrad Nobert think part of the problem is data. City planners have it, the rest of us don’t. City planners can see the most dangerous streets on a map and know where bike lanes would help most. Matthew Dance wants to share that map with the world.

Ghost Bikes

Every once in a while, you might see a bicycle painted entirely white—frame, handlebars, wheels, drivetrain—locked up on a streetside lamp post. Here in Edmonton, the ghost bikes are an initiative Edmonton Bicycle Commuter Society. Trevor Chow-Fraser spoke with their executive director, Chris Chan, to learn more about this poignant bicycle safety project.

Bike To The Symphony

Danielle Dolgoy works with the Edmonton Sympony Orchestra and sat down with her co-worker and one of the main organizers, Molly Staley, to talk about Bike To The Symphony. Late Night Gershwin is on June 12, 2015 at the Winspear Centre. The bike ride starts at Roots on Whyte at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 9:30 p.m., with the after party lasting long into the night.

Credit Note

Thank you to foley artists on, including Kikuchiyo, Chemicatz and JamesRODavidson.

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