Top things to know about the Cycle Tracks Pilot Project
- Four information sessions were held in April to see the final cycle track designs. View the display boards and provide your feedback using the online feedback form.
- Here’s what we heard during our fall and winter engagement. If you would like to speak to a City staff member regarding cycle tracks please make a 311 request. You can also sign up to receive project updates.
- In May 2015, The City will launch a new Education Program for people who walk, ride a bike or drive in the Centre City.
- Data counts will be available for each of the cycle track routes in summer 2015. Daily bicycle counts are now available for the Peace Bridge, Stephen Avenue and 7 Street Cycle Track.
- Cycle track construction will begin in April 2015, with line and intersection work followed by installing the temporary barriers later in the spring. The network will be open by June 30, 2015.
On Sunday, April 26, construction work to remove the line markings at the intersections along the cycle track routes will begin on 12 Avenue. This work is weather dependant and will take approximately six days. The cycle tracks network will be open by June 30, 2015.
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 during off-peak times although no physical track will be built.
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 11,000 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.
New cycle tracks will be 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
The City will launch an education program that includes a team of trained Bicycle Ambassadors that will be riding the Centre City Cycle Network during the summer. They will be able to offer help and guidance to people travelling along the cycle track routes and shared space on Stephen Avenue and Olympic Plaza.
The education program will include on-street temporary signage to help people adjust to new traffic patterns and rules, as well as a printed and digital how-to-guide that provides key tips on how to share travel spaces safely and effectively.
There will also be up-to-date information online, top tips provided on social media and visits by the Bicycle Ambassadors to festivals, libraries, offices and businesses to share information with people who live and work in the Centre City.
The program gets underway in May 2015. Additional information including a schedule of events will be provided on calgary.ca at the end of April 2015.
To provide Calgarians with more transportation choices in Calgary’s downtown, Council approved the Centre City Cycle Track Network pilot project in April 2014. The Centre City Cycle Track Network fulfills the July 2011 Council motion to, “determine through engaging with the Cycle Community, an updated East-West-North-South separated Cycle Route Network through the Centre City, as part of the implementation plan for the Cycling Strategy.” It is also supported by the Council-approved Calgary Transportation Plan and Cycle Strategy.
Extensive engagement took place from spring 2013 to spring 2014 prior to Council approval of the pilot project to select the routes. Open houses, information sessions, and public events allowed Calgarians to share their ideas, concerns, and expectations for the new cycle track routes.