Inaugural Jane’s Ride coming to Edmonton streets

History, architecture and bikes will be all combined for the city’s first Jane’s Ride on two wheels.

As one of 15 events planned during the weekend starting May 2, the city’s bike tour aims to show the city’s good, bad and ugly bike infrastructure, all while on a bicycle.

“I believe cycling make cities better. Our ride is a combination of urban history, architecture and cycling infrastructure. We hope it’s more of a conversation,” said Derek Yau, who will lead the May 3 event.

Starting at the front steps of the Alberta Legislature building, the tour will visit 13 spots around the city while outlining some of Edmonton’s best and worst bike infrastructure to get people talking and ideas flowing on cycling in the city, according to organizers.

Other Jane’s Walk events around the city include tours in Oliver and Glenora and in the city’s pedway system.

Held in cities around the world, the weekend long celebrations were started after the death of urban planning enthusiast Jane Jacobs led friends to memorialize the efforts and enthusiasm of urban planning Jacobs had, according to the event’s website.

All events in Edmonton are free and cyclists and non-cyclists are welcomed to the May 3 Jane’s Ride starting at 11 a.m.