Horse lanes in Strathcona County neighhhhhbourhoods

April 1, 2017

Horse lanes in Strathcona County neighhhhhbourhoods

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Strathcona County plans to pilot horse lanes on select Strathcona County roads, as part of its campaign to highlight the benefits of being a specialized municipality.

“More horse hooves mean a reduced carbon footprint,” says Ward 42 Councillor Phil E. Paddock. “This aligns with our environmental sustainability framework and strengthens our urban rural balance. There may even be opportunities to use bio-waste as an energy resource.”

With over 6,200 horses (Horse Count 2011), Strathcona County has the second highest number of horses of any municipality in Alberta and has one of the highest per capita in Canada. Horses and horse-related industries provide millions of dollars to the County’s economy.  

 “Increasing transportation mode choice is one of the guiding principles identified for the County’s transportation master plan,” says equine transportation planning engineer Colt Sadler. “In addition to public transit, bicycle transportation and pedestrian transportation, horses are among the most feasible alternative modes of transportation for the County.”

“I believe horse lanes are a perfect solution to the daily commute,” says rural resident C. Biscuit. “I look forward to riding to work on those fresh summer days, and hope to see horses included as having the right of way at traffic lights.”

The County is also working on a cost study of required hitching posts and street cleaning resources to support County-wide horse lanes.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 587-336-6136