As part of providing Calgarians with more transportation choices through and within Calgary’s busiest area, the Centre City, The City is proposing a Centre City cycle track network:
You can learn more about the project, as well as see proposed designs for the 1 Street S.E. cycle track at the following open houses:
- Hotel Arts (119-12 Avenue S.W.); Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-8 p.m.
- Suncor Energy Centre (111-5 Avenue S.W.); Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- CORE Shopping Centre, +15 level by Holt Renfrew (324-8 Avenue S.W.); Monday, Feb. 10, to Friday, Feb. 14. Staff will be onsite from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. daily.
Please come by and provide your feedback on the proposed Centre City cycle track network. If you're unable to attend the events, view the display boards for additional information.
The City is planning an east-west/north-south network of cycle tracks in the Centre City that will connect to the 7 Street S.W. cycle track (phase 1). The cycle track network will connect the Elbow River and Bow River pathways through the Centre City, and to its many destinations, such as office buildings, commercial districts, arts and recreation places, and residential communities. Ultimately, the cycle track network will improve transportation choices for Calgarians and make roadways safer for people who walk, bike or drive in the Centre City.
The Centre City cycle track project is guided by the Council-approved Cycling Strategy and supported by a Council motion (July 2011) 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 Bike Strategy.”
From Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2013, we were out talking with Calgarians in the downtown about cycle tracks in the Centre City. Feedback from these events and from the online feedback form will be used to help determine where cycle tracks should go and in what order they should open.
Over the summer and spring 2013, we talked with Calgarians about cycle tracks in the Centre City. In August and September we went to where the people were with an information booth and survey. In mid-June, we hosted a number of events and gathered feedback on what people thought cycling in the Centre City should look like.
See more information on the future cycle track network, which the project team shared with Calgarians in spring 2013:
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What is 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.
The 7 Street S.W. cycle track between the Bow River Pathway and 8 Avenue S.W.
Why are cycle tracks needed?
There are a number of reasons for cycle tracks in the Centre City:
- Provides more transportation choices in Calgary’s busiest area
- More destinations have bike facilities, such as secure parking and shower/locker rooms in office buildings, parkades, festivals and schools.
- Roads become safer and more predictable for people who walk, ride, or drive.
Please see the project schedule for more information on how the project is unfolding in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Planning the cycle track network is underway and will continue through to spring 2014. Design and construction of cycle tracks is scheduled to occur in 2014, 2015, and later years. Once the network is approved by Council, we will propose a construction schedule for cycle tracks past 2015.