Since opening the 7 Street S.W. cycle track in July 2013, The City has been monitoring people travelling through the area, whether on foot, bike or car. The results are in:
- The number of cycling trips per day on 7 Street S.W. is more than double than what was originally forecast (500 trips). With more than 1,000 trips counted in July and August, the 7 Street S.W. cycle track is now the most used on-street bikeway in Calgary.
- People of all cycling skills are using the cycle track. Youth, adults, commuters and even parents towing kids in bike trailers are using it.
Here are some other highlights of the new 7 Street S.W. roadway:
- Better traffic flow for people travelling in the area
- More education and enforcement through regular visits to 7 Street S.W. from City staff and Calgary Police Service. Check out the How-to-guide and how to use the green bike turn box as a motorist and cyclist.
- Getting ready for winter by testing the appropriate snow removal equipment
You can read more details about the 7 Street S.W. cycle track in the frequently asked question summary sheet. This cycle track is the first one of the future east-west/north-south Centre City cycle track network.
As part of the Centre City cycle track network, The City reviewed two options for the Centre City’s first cycle track:
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.
After an internal City review and an external review with the Centre City Bicycle Projects Committee, an external stakeholder group that represents citizens who work, live and travel in Calgary’s downtown area, the two-way cycle track on 7 Street S.W. was chosen as the better of the two options through the 7 Street S.W. cycle track evaluation summary.
The City met with building managers, business owners and residents in the 7 Street S.W. area in January and February, and hosted two public information sessions on February 25 and 26. As a result of feedback from Calgarians at these meetings, a number of items were changed in the roadway design:
- Added on-street parking
- Redesigned a residential loading zone
- Relocated bus stops
- Added esthetic and urban design opportunities (planters, lighting, public art)
- Added bike parking
- Improved the transition from the pathway to 7 Street S.W.
You can see the cycle track design by clicking on the following PDFs: