Don Iveson talks intersection safety, street racing on Edmonton AM

Mayor Don Iveson dropped into the Edmonton AM studio Monday morning for his monthly phone-in segment.
Mayor Don Iveson joined Mark Connolly in studio Monday morning for the monthly mayor call-in. 20:47

Mayor Don Iveson dropped into the Edmonton AM studio Monday morning for his monthly phone-in segment.

Iveson spoke about intersection safety, development in the downtown core, even crows and magpies during his sit-down with CBC’s Mark Connolly.

Last week, Iveson asked for a safety review after a 19-year-old woman was hit by a car crossing Jasper Avenue at 119th Street.

On Monday, he said that intersection will be closely reviewed, but said the incident also highlights the larger issue of intersection safety city-wide.

“I think that our transportation engineers do their very best to try to balance all of the different users of an intersection, but in certain parts of the city that are incredibly busy pedestrian areas and Oliver is one of them,” he said.

“Their default assumption is we have to balance between everybody but if that's starting to cost us safety in measurable terms, then I think we have to take a second look at it. I think we have to make pedestrian safety a higher priority a priority in the pedestrian districts.”

In some cases, it might mean removing a crosswalk, he added.

Other questions raised included street racing, birds

 A question about street racing in Edmonton temporarily silenced Iveson after a caller seemed to suggest limited opportunity for racers may have contributed to the Saturday morning collision on Wayne Gretzky Drive.

When asked if the city would consider supporting a private racing organization or opening the streets to racing drivers, Iveson seemed skeptical.

“I know that police have been involved with safe driving campaigns and they have a sort of stock car thing they drive around and take around as part of an awareness campaign. I think that someone would have to write a proposal and someone would have to articulate all the benefits – the same way for anything else we would fund.”

 Iveson also addressed questions about neighbourhood infill, Jasper Avenue litter, heavy equipment on the roads during rush hour and treating wading pool water.

However, when asked if the city was planning on doing anything to control the crow and magpie populations, Iveson seemed a bit flummoxed.

“I think it’s just – we live in nature still and we’ve tried to eradicate a good chunk of it by building a city but it’s still around us and sometime you just got to close the window at four in the morning.”

You can also listen in to the full call-in here:  


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