Construction is underway on the cycle track's concrete median between 1 Avenue S.W. and 4 Avenue S.W. Over the next week, crews will begin to construct the cycle track between 4 Avenue S.W. and 8 Avenue S.W. The 7 Street S.W. cycle track is on schedule to open in July 2013. More information on what is happening on the ground during the weeks of April 29 and May 6 can be found in the May 1, 2013, Construction update.
As part of the Centre City cycle track network, The City is installing a two-way cycle track on 7 Street S.W., between the Bow River Pathway and 8 Avenue, in spring 2013. The City reviewed two options for the Centre City’s first cycle track through fall 2012:
One-way cycle track that follows the direction of traffic on 6 Street S.W. and 7 Street S.W.
Two-way cycle track on 7 Street S.W.
The City reviewed these options internally with a number of City business units including Roads, Calgary Transit, Parks, the Calgary Fire Department, the Calgary Police Service, By-Law Services and the Calgary Parking Authority. The City also reviewed these two options with the Centre City Bicycle Projects Committee, an external stakeholder group that represents citizens who work, live and travel in Calgary’s downtown area.
You can read more about how the two-way cycle track on 7 Street S.W. proves the better of the two options in the 7 Street S.W. cycle track evaluation summary. You can find more information on the cycle track project, including topics on parking, changes to the roadway and the project schedule in the frequently asked questions document.
The City hosted two public information sessions on February 25 and 26. More than 200 citizens attended and there was wide representation of those people who live, work and travel through the 7 Street S.W. area. From these sessions, and the meetings The City held with Calgarians along 7 Street S.W. in January and February, there were a number of items brought forward, which The City is reviewing:
- Timing on implementing the one-way streets
- Parking and loading zones
- Calgary Transit’s rerouting of routes #31 and #419 including the proposed bus stops
- Esthetics, urban design and enhancement opportunities (planters, lighting, public art, etc...)
- Appropriate signs including way-finding and roadway directions (number of, type and locations)
- Final roadway paint design for travel lanes and crossings (location, type and colour)
- Bicycle parking locations
The City will communicate these items through the detailed design phase with those citizens who work, live or travel in the area. They will also be available here on calgary.ca.
You can see the cycle track design by clicking on the following PDFs: