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5 Avenue N.W. Bikeway - 10 Street to 14 Street N.W.

What's New

  • The new bike lanes are open!
  • Construction at 10 Street N.W. is expected to be complete by the end of August.
  • Parking changes are now in effect. Driving and parking in the bicycle lanes is prohibited.
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Project update

Construction is nearly complete

New bike lanes have been constructed on 5 Avenue N.W., between 10 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W., to connect to the existing bike lanes on 10 Street N.W. and on 6 Avenue N.W. A new crosswalk and two curb extensions have been installed along the corridor to improve pedestrian safety and comfort and calm traffic.

Image 1) New conflict markings at 14 Street N.W., Image 2) New bicycle lanes approaching 10 Street N.W.

Construction to build the new multi-use pathway at 10 Street N.W. is expected to be complete by the end of August.

Temporary shared lanes between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W.

During Ezra on Riley Park construction, the westbound bicycle lane will transition into a shared lane between 11a Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W. Signage is in place to help bicycles and vehicles share the road safely along the block until Ezra construction is complete. A curb extension on the northeast corner of 5 Avenue N.W. and 12 Street N.W. will be constructed once Ezra construction is complete.

A marked shared lane is identified by pavement markings and signs.

Improvement Plan

Public input, technical analysis and budget were all factors in determining the roadway design that has been installed. Please review the improvement plan for details about the new road design.

5th Ave NW Bikeway Roll Plot

Why were bicycle lanes chosen instead of separated facilities?

The project team did consider parking-protected bike lanes, but 5 Avenue N.W. was not wide enough to provide buffers on either side of the bike lane. It was preferred to keep the lanes next to vehicles, where people cycling could swerve to avoid an open door if necessary.

Additionally, City of Calgary Bylaw requires a vehicle to park with the right-hand wheels not more than 500 millimetres from the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. To meet this bylaw, a parking curb (similar to what is seen on the downtown cycle tracks) would be required and 5 Avenue N.W. is not wide enough to accommodate this.

Parking changes

Parking on 5 Avenue N.W., between 12 Street and 10 Street N.W. has been consolidated to the south side of the road to fit the mobility improvements. Parking has been retained on the north side of the street between 12 Street N.W. and 13 Street N.W. to accommodate access to the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association. The end result is a mix of parking between the north and south sides.

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 5 Avenue N.W. The City understands parking loss is difficult and decisions about changes to roadways in established neighbourhoods often involve challenging trade-offs.

Residential permit parking in zone K has been maintained on both sides of 5 Avenue N.W. Parking permits allow residents to park in residential parking zones and time-restricted parking zones, as long as traffic bylaws are obeyed. For more information on permit parking, visit the Residential Parking Permit Program.

Figure showing average daily parking occupancy (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and current parking restrictions
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Several factors were considered when deciding to move parking to the south side:

  • Stakeholder input
  • Parking study results
  • Solar exposure for the bicycle facilities to help with snow removal and ice control
  • Redevelopment on the north side and the requirements to accommodate parking on-site
  • Impact to businesses on the south side of 5 Avenue N.W., between 11A Street N.W. and 12 Street N.W.
  • Accommodating the single-family residential properties that front onto the south side of 5 Avenue N.W., between 10 Street N.W. and 11 Street N.W. (the high parking usage on the north side on this block was considered, but was also understood from stakeholder discussions that because there are no parking restrictions, this block is primarily used as a Park and Ride by people taking the LRT)
  • Availability of underground, lane or side street parking on the north side
  • Minimizing parking transitions between the north to the south sides of the road. More transitions result in additional parking loss

Why are we doing this project?

This project improves safety for people who drive, walk and bicycle on this road, and improves cycling connections to Kensington Village, Sunnyside LRT Station and the City Centre.

Studies in Portland, Oregon, Vancouver and Calgary have shown that providing designated bicycle facilities for “interested but concerned” cyclists often results in increased users.

Graphic showing results of the “Four Types of Cyclists” study, conducted in Portland, Oregon.

The City aims to improve Calgary overall by:

  • Planning for growth
  • Providing and connecting transportation choices
  • Plan for and accommodate growth
  • Creating vibrant, healthy communities
  • Improving safety for all road users

Public engagement & communications

The public engagement process for the proposed 5 Avenue N.W. bikeway includes two stakeholder meetings, a public open house and an online survey.

Public engagement process flow chart
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Stakeholder Meetings

The first stakeholder meeting was held on February 26, 2015 and 11 people attended representing the Community Association, local businesses, the Calgary Police Service, cycling groups and school boards. 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 options for how the proposed bike lanes might be configured. The group discussed the possibilities and identified concerns and possible solutions. View a summary of the input.

The second stakeholder meeting was held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. Attendees heard a presentation about the input from the open house and online feedback form and the proposed plan for the 5 Avenue N.W. bikeway. Stakeholders also review the proposed bikeway on large maps and discussed the plans with the project team.

Public open house and online feedback

More than 50 people attended the open house on March 19, 2015, to view options for the proposed bikeway on 5 Avenue N.W. and talk with the project team. The open house display boards and feedback form were posted online from March 19 to March 27, 2015, and an additional 159 feedback forms were submitted. View a summary of the input.

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