Save Edmonton’s Downtown Footbridge is a grassroots group that formed in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of the Cloverdale Footbridge and surrounding area to all Edmontonians.
Save Edmonton’s Downtown Footbridge supports the Southeast (Valley Line) LRT. We disagree with the river crossing portion that involves tearing down the pedestrian bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River from Louise McKinney Park to Cloverdale. Public transit should replace cars, not parks; furthermore, the footbridge is an important pedestrian corridor and public space. According to the City’s own count, on Saturday, May 24, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., 2,290 people used the Cloverdale footbridge. On weekdays, between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., an average of 1,500 people used the footbridge. Considering many people also use the bridge outside those hours, the true number of people who use the footbridge on a given day is even higher. It is obvious the City committed a serious oversight in not considering the use of the Cloverdale footbridge in determining the Southeast LRT route. Edmontonians and tourists alike choose the footbridge not because it is simply a means of crossing the river, but because it is an important social place and offers a peaceful connection with nature.
Save Edmonton’s Downtown Footbridge has come up with an alternative route that would save the footbridge and preserve the surrounding natural areas.