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Cycling (and Walking) in Edmonton - Jerrold and The Every Day Challenge

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Uploaded on Jun 4, 2010

Edmonton has one of the highest car dependence rates in Canada and citizens are spending more time in their cars, driving longer distances. How are we trying to spend less time in our cars? What helps us make different decisions when it comes to deciding how to get around the city? When are we choosing to carpool, take transit, walk or ride a bike? These decisions are part of an every day challenge to shift to more sustainable modes of transportation.

We've begun to ask Edmontonians for their stories about how they choose to travel using more sustainable modes of transportation. Jerrold, who works at the nearby Winspear Centre for Music, home of Edmonton's Symphony Orchestra, was happy to tell us how cycling and walking are year-round options for him. Diagnosed with osteoporosis since his early 20s, Jerrold is under doctor's orders to walk or cycle to help to build his bone density. But what started as activities to improve his health has turned into every day form of transportation that helps save Jerrold time on his daily commute and makes him happy.

What didn't make the cut of this short video is one of the reasons why Jerrold looks forward to his daily walk or bike ride through the river valley... seing his friend the groundhog at the Kinsmen Centre who grows fatter by the day chewing on the fresh spring grass. As Jerrold mentioned, these are the type of things that you miss if you choose to drive through life rather than walk or cycle through it.

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