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Cycle Track Network

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More information about the cycle track pilot project is available on the History and Background page.

Winter Cycle Track update

Starting on January 5, 2016 for a period of up to six weeks, the travel lanes on 5 Street S.W. between 7 Avenue and 8 Avenue will be narrowed and the cycle track will be closed. During the closure people riding bicycles will be allowed to share the sidewalk on the east side of 5 Street. Cyclists are asked to be patient, ride courteously, follow signage and yield to pedestrians if using the sidewalk during the cycle track closure. This closure accommodates underground utility work.

Do you have a business or property along the cycle track network? Here are some tips for clearing your snow.

On December 11th, Transportation staff provided a cycle track update to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit. Learn more about the data collected to date and highlights from the report on our City blog post or view video from the committee meeting.

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Providing feedback on the cycle track pilot

Over the course of this pilot project we will be carefully monitoring and evaluating the operation and safety of the roadway for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. To help us keep track of comments or concerns, please share them with us through 311. Based on feedback from 311, we have already made some changes to ensure the safest and easiest travel for everyone.

The cycle tracks will be evaluated on over 80 performance measures, including safety, satisfaction for all road users, and impact to business.

Please check back for other opportunities to provide feedback.

Parking changes

Parking has been maintained wherever possible. Where parking could not be maintained, we created new angle parking and micro parking stalls on adjacent streets. Since 2014, 501 new parking stalls have been created downtown to offset the loss of parking, and we have a net increase of 135 stalls in the centre city.

There have been adjustments made to the location of some loading zones. Some have been moved to provide more direct access to ramps. Maps have been created to show where parking is located along the 5 Street, 8 Avenue and 12 Avenue cycle track routes.

Feedback about accessibility along the new cycle track routes can be submitted via 311.

Data collection

Data counts are available for each of the cycle track routes, as well as Stephen Avenue and the Peace Bridge. 

See bicycle counts map 

Permanent count stations have not been installed at 8 Avenue west of 8 Street S.W. (due to interference with underground utilities) and 9 Avenue west of 4 St S.E. (due to construction of the National Music Centre). Temporary tube counters have been in place but will be removed for the winter for snow clearing. There will be no daily counts available online at these locations until Spring 2016.

More information about the cycle track pilot project is available on the History and Background page.

Creating more travel choices in the City Centre

The pilot project will include new cycling routes on:

  • 5 Street (on the east side from 3 Ave. S.W. to 17 Ave. S.W.)
  • 12 Avenue (on the north side from 11 St. S.W. to 4 St. S.E.)
  • 8 Avenue / 9 Avenue (on the north and south sides from 11 St. S.W. to 3 St. S.W. and Macleod Trail to 4 St. S.E.)

Additionally, cycling will be allowed on Stephen Avenue (from 3 St. S.W. to 1 St. S.E.) and Olympic Plaza although no physical track will be built.

Plan your route using the new pathways and bikeways map or download the app. The interactive pathways and bikeways map is currently down for maintenance, it will be available again in the Spring of 2016.

What’s a Cycle Track?

A cycle track is a bike lane protected by a physical barrier from moving cars, parked cars and sidewalks. It provides a predictable space and minimizes potential conflicts between people who walk, bicycle, and drive.

With Calgary’s growing population, it is important to provide more travel choices in and out of downtown. Creating dedicated spaces for people to cycle will increase transportation choices for all Calgarians. With over 12,500 bicycle trips in and out of the downtown core per day, The City has seen a 122% increase in Calgarians arriving by bicycle since 1996.

The new cycle tracks have been designed to include:

  • Separated bicycle lanes for cyclists
  • Travel lanes to keep vehicle traffic flowing
  • Signage to direct cyclists and motorists
  • Modifications to traffic signals to keep traffic flowing and improve safety for all road users
  • More bicycle parking
  • Maximum on-street parking where possible

Related documents

Provide feedback on the Cycle Tracks Pilot Project
(click for a larger version of the map)

Looking for directions on how to get around on your bike? Check out the pathway and bikeway app.

Related videos

Stakeholder updates