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20 Street S.W. bikeway

What's New

The new bike lanes are open and the pedestrian improvements are complete. Thank you for your patience during construction!

Temporary conditions are in place between 32 Avenue S.W. and 33 Avenue S.W. during The Odeon construction.

Check out the 20 Street S.W. How-to Guide for tips and safety information to help all road users #movetogether.

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Project overview

This fall, The City took advantage of scheduled paving on 20 Street S.W. to improve the road design. The 20 Street S.W. Improvement Project is one of several The City is working on to improve safety, connectivity and livability in communities across Calgary.

Bicycle Facilities

The 4.5 km bikeway on 20 Street S.W. connects people who bicycle from the existing pedestrian bridge over Glenmore Trail and the reservoir through Marda Loop to the inner city.

The bikeway consists of bicycle lanes between 26 Avenue S.W. and 54 Avenue S.W., and neighbourhood greenways on the north and south ends.

This project connects to the bicycle lane and sidewalk improvements happening on Richmond Road S.W., between 17 Avenue S.W. and 20 Avenue S.W.

Pedestrian and traffic flow improvements

Several pedestrian improvements were installed on 20 Street S.W.: new wheelchair ramps, sections of new sidewalk, curb extensions and pedestrian refuge islands.

Dedicated turn lanes were also added at 33 Avenue S.W. and 34 Avenue S.W. for the highest volume movements at those intersections to improve traffic flow.

Left image: Bike lanes and pedestrian improvements at 20 St. and 42 Ave. S.W., Right image: New school bus loading zone and sidewalk in front of Dr. Oakley School

Temporary conditions

During The Odeon construction, temporary conditions are in place between 33 Avenue S.W. and 32 Avenue S.W. to help bicycles and vehicles share the road safely along the block.

On-street parking was removed on both sides of the street along this block to fit the mobility improvements. View the final design for this block below.

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People cycling have the same rights and responsibilities as people driving and must obey the rules of the road.

When driving:

  • Shoulder check before turning
  • Parking your car in a bicycle lane is illegal and may result in a fine.
  • When opening your car door, check for people cycling. Open your door only when clear.
  • Yield to people cycling in the bike lane or walking on the sidewalk when pulling away from the curb or using a driveway.

When walking:

  • Yield to people cycling when accessing a parked vehicle next to the bicycle lanes.

When cycling:

  • Obey traffic signals and follow bike signage.
  • Yield to people walking in crosswalks.
  • People cycling must use hand signals to indicate turns to other road users.


Please view the improvement plans in the slideshow below for details about the intersections along 20 Street S.W.

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Parking changes

On-street parking on 20 Street S.W. between 26 Avenue S.W. and 54 Avenue S.W. has been consolidated to one side of the street to fit the mobility improvements.

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Parking in bicycle lanes is prohibited

Bicycle lanes are dedicated and marked on-street traffic lanes for the exclusive use of people cycling, as defined by Calgary Traffic Bylaw.

The project team carefully considered several factors when deciding how to balance the needs of all stakeholders and people traveling on 20 Street S.W. The City understands parking loss is difficult and decisions about changes to roadways in established neighbourhoods often involve challenging trade-offs.

Several factors were considered when deciding to consolidate parking:

  • Stakeholder input
  • Parking study results
  • Grades (keeping parking on the uphill side to avoid the possibility of cyclists travelling downhill at high speeds getting “doored”)
  • Orientation of homes (keeping parking on the sides where homes front 20 Street S.W. rather than flank whenever possible)
  • Minimizing parking transitions between the east and west sides of the road; more transitions result in additional parking loss

Parking study results

As part of the technical analysis to develop possible bikeway options, The City of Calgary conducted a parking use study on May 1, 2015 between 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The parking study included 20 Street S.W. between 19 Avenue S.W. and Langriville Drive S.W., as well as intersecting streets at 32 Avenue S.W., 34 Avenue S.W. and 35 Avenue S.W.

Parking use patterns based on the 2015 study data are illustrated by block for maximum daily occupancy and average daily occupancy.

The maximum daily on-street parking use was below 50% for most of the corridor in residential areas. The average daily on-street parking use was below 50% for most of the street along residential areas. On-street parking use around the Marda Loop BRZ was higher, with average daily use of 65% or greater.

Public engagement and communications

Stakeholder meetings

The first stakeholder meeting was held on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Marda Loop Community Association. Attendees represented adjacent residents, Community Associations, Bike Calgary and the Taxi and Limousine Advisory Council.

Meeting attendees heard a presentation about why a bike lane is proposed in this area, the existing conditions for all road users (pedestrians, cyclists, transit customers and motorists) and some of the challenges and opportunities for the proposed bike lanes. The project team also put forward some ideas about how the proposed bike lanes might be configured. The group discussed the possibilities and identified concerns and possible solutions.

The second stakeholder meeting was held on November 26, 2015. There were 13 attendees representing the Richmond/Knob Hill Community Association, Marda Loop BRZ, Bike Calgary, Ward 11 and local business owners, operators and landowners.

Meeting attendees heard a presentation about the recommendations and then discussed concerns and improvements. Please view the meeting summary for details about what we heard.

Public open house and online feedback

More than 100 people attended the open house on September 10, 2015 and nearly 400 respondents completed a feedback form to provide input about the proposed plans. View a summary of the input.

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