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Albertan cities are taking steps to clean
up emissions from public transit, and
offer transportation options besides cars.
Image courtesy of Blatchford
Development.

entire fleet to electric by 2033. On top of the smaller carbon
tread print of these buses, they also cost less to fuel (approximately $0.09/km) than traditional buses ($0.45/km).
The City of Edmonton did the same this year, purchasing 40
winter-ready 350km/charge buses. 21 of these have already
been deployed. Meanwhile, anyone who's walked the streets
of the city's downtown core has undoubtedly noticed the escooters scattered around by companies Lime and Bird, offering another option for zipping around certain areas.
Edmonton has also expanded its LRT line over the past decade. Despite the extended timeline of the project, its completion will signify a faster, less traffic-clogged future.
All these additions are ideal, provided they're convenient to
reach and to use. Varghese says one of Blatchford's goals is
to make those options as accessible as possible.
"We want to create this really seamless transportation network, so we want people to walk and bike to the LRT station," she says. "That means making sure that we have fully
separated bike lanes that get you to the LRT station. Once
you're there, there's a place to park your bike, there's maybe
a pump for your tires or fountain to fill up your water bottle.
So [we're] just trying to make that experience as seamless
as possible."
The planners at Blatchford and EchoHaven have been getting a lot of attention from their counterparts in other cities,
as well as the general public. This might mean more communities like them will soon appear.
Lumsden says in the two years he's spent working on the
project, he's spoken with municipal leaders who'll pick his
brain for ideas regarding new spaces for developments.

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"They're always curious to know what we're doing and how
we're doing it."
Taylor, too, has noted much public interest toward his
community.
"There are a lot of people that are quite interested and supportive of what we're doing," he says, "and they're quite interested to come and see it. Most people are amazed that
we've actually been able to do it."
More questions leading to similar communities popping up
would be an optimal outcome for Lumsden. "From a suburban perspective where they're starting brand new communities, we're hoping that they take some of the lessons
learned from us and apply them there," he says.
This interest in cleaner, future technology-driven urban
planning extends past general onlookers and other urban
planners, according to David Dodge. Dodge is the producer
and host of Green Energy Futures, a program documenting
clean energy innovations around the country. From what
Dodge has seen in this series, just about everyone is interested in evolving urban practices.

"If you listen to the media or you follow
Facebook or Twitter," Dodge says, "you
would think that climate change and
the solutions, renewable energy or
sustainable buildings or sustainable
urban design are incredibly divisive
crazy ideas. That's not what I've found."


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