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53 Street N.W. Bikeway Review

What's New

In 2016, construction was completed on the majority of improvements to 53 Street N.W.

Due to utility work taking place near Varsity Estates Drive N.W., the pathway improvements at Varsity Estates Park were postponed until 2017. Construction on these pathway improvements will begin in August 2017 and are expected to be complete by October.

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2017 Construction - pathway connection at Varsity Estates Drive N.W.

This summer and fall, a new pathway will be built on the east side of 53 Street N.W. to improve connectivity between Varsity Estates Park and Varsity Estates Drive / 53 Street N.W.

At the same time, a stop sign will be added to the east side of the intersection to provide a safe connection through the intersection for people biking. The intersection will now operate as a 4-way stop.

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Construction is expected to be complete by October 2017. Some temporary pathway and sidewalk closures may be required for this work. Construction is weather dependent and timelines may change.

Project overview

The City of Calgary is working to make our city more liveable by improving access and safety for all road users. The City monitors and adjusts existing bikeways based on feedback from 311 calls, citizen requests to Councillors and dialogue with roadway users.

New pathway connections, bicycle lanes and parking improvements

Several improvements were implemented on 53 Street N.W., based on priorities identified through public input and technical review:

  • An off-street pathway connection and bicycle ramps at the Crowchild Trail roundabout
  • Improved pathway connections at Valencia Road N.W. and Valhalla Circle N.W.
  • A new, formalized parking lane and new painted bicycle lane buffers between Varsity Drive N.W. and Valiant Drive N.W.
  • Improved delineation for the parking lane and bike lane on 40 Avenue N.W., between 53 Street and 52 Street N.W.

Bus stop relocation

The bus stop located on the west side of 53 Street N.W. at Valhalla Crescent N.W. was moved one block, south of Varsity Estates Grove N.W. The new location is closer to a marked crosswalk to improve accessibility and potential use.

Improvement plan

Please view the improvement plans in the slideshow below for details about the improvements.

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Project goals

The bikeway on 53 Street N.W. from 40 Avenue N.W. to Crowchild Trail was reviewed to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve access, safety and mobility for all road users
  • Review operations and traffic flow
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the operation and quality of the existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Determine where on-street parking should be located

Public engagement & communications



Stakeholder meeting

Approximately 35 people attended the stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Maranatha Church. Meeting attendees heard a presentation about why the 52 and 53 Street N.W. bikeways need to be reviewed and improved, the existing conditions for all road users (pedestrians, cyclists, transit customers and motorists) and some of the challenges and opportunities for the improvements. The project team and attendees discussed the possibilities and identified concerns and possible solutions for improvements.

Open house

Approximately 75 people attended the open house on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at FE Osborne School. Attendees were invited to speak with the project team and were asked to provide feedback on proposed bikeway improvement options. The open house display boards and feedback form were posted online from May 8 - 15, 2015.

Please read the input summary from the stakeholder meeting and open house for details.

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