Edmonton pilot project ramps up to make Whyte Avenue more accessible

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It’s one of Edmonton’s most popular districts and now Whyte Avenue is about to become more accessible.

A new pilot project called Incline to Include will see brightly coloured, temporary ramps installed outside a number of storefronts along Whyte Avenue.

Because some of the buildings are older, they aren’t the most accessible to those who use wheelchairs and walkers or push a stroller. This pilot project aims to change that.

The project was spurred by a collaboration between CityLab, the Old Strathcona Business Association and the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

“Ramps were a simple solution along the avenue to ensure this unique and vibrant attraction in Edmonton can be shared with all residents and visitors to our city,’ Zachary Weeks, a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, said.

A total of seven ramps will be placed outside businesses that have space to accommodate them. The project runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 and the public is asked to weigh in on what they think of the idea by using the hashtag #inclinetoinclude on social media or via email.

“We want people to let us know what they think about the ramps and about universal accessibility in Old Strathcona in general,” City of Edmonton senior planner Hani Quan said.

Once the pilot project wraps up, the feedback will be used for future accessibility opportunities along Whyte Avenue.