Edmonton is a city about people. During this fall's budget debate, Thrive Edmonton wants our City Council to keep the people in mind above all else.
Council needs to think about who benefits from changes to the budget.
Changes to the budget, whether an increase or decrease, have an impact on you and other residents.
Thrive Edmonton is also an invitation to the people of Edmonton. An invitation to reflect on some of the really great things the City of Edmonton does, and share those stories with others. It’s a movement to work together, instead of against one another’s interests. It includes business, artists, parents, community organizers, educators, and all income levels.
We are a city of almost a million people and it only makes sense our needs may differ. It’s time to put partisanship aside and share the things about Edmonton that make our lives better, so that collectively this city and the people in it can thrive.
I have two young girls who are both at the stage of learning to ride their bikes. The bike lanes within Strathcona have completely changes their confidence levels of riding on the roads and they are more safe. Being able to actively transport to other communities and to and from Garneau school has supported happiness and overall wellness. The bike lanes also create a more social community. People have increased communication and care for each other when on bikes. This work fits into the City of Edmonton Live Active Strategy that is making Edmonton a healthy city.
Being able to walk for miles along city walking trails has given me the connection I need with those I love. The conversations I have been able to have with friends have created life long connections that we would otherwise have been able to have. As a free form of entertainment and fitness it helps us get out from our cramped homes to get some sun and allows us to get to other amenities without worrying about kids along busy road ways. For me the trails have fought loneliness and given me connection to my community.
Oh, so many wonderful things about Edmonton: the river valley, the trails, the festivals, the beautiful public buildings, the libraries, the bike paths and lanes, my community and all of the good people in it, This Old Edmonton House classes, the Senior Centres, the 105 St. bridge, the shiny, sparkling silver balls on Whitemud Drive. I love that I can go to the Kinsmen Sports Centre and take a yoga class, lift weights, walk around the track and more, and that I can even use my Community League Membership card to reduce the admission fee - yay!