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City Centre cycle track network

Project update

As part of providing Calgarians with more transportation choices in Calgary’s busiest area, the Centre City, The City is taking a recommended Cycle Track pilot network to SPC on Transportation and Transit on April 16.

You can learn more about cycle tracks in Calgary’s downtown at the following information sessions:

  • Hotel Arts (119 12 Avenue S.W.), Wednesday, April 9, 5-8 p.m.
  • Devonian Gardens (#400, 317 7 Avenue S.W.), Thursday, April 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Dragon City Mall (328 Centre Street SE), Thursday, April 10, 2:30-5 p.m.

A display summarizing the recommended cycle track network will be set up at the CORE Shopping Centre, +15 level by Holt Renfrew (324-8 Avenue S.W.), from Thursday, April 10, to Friday, April 18.

If you can’t make it out to the information sessions you can view the information and fill out the feedback form online:

The feedback form will be open until April 28.

Project scope

Cycle track 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 network fulfills the 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.” It is also supported by the Council-approved Calgary Transportation Plan and Cycling Strategy.

Public engagement summary

Since June 2013, The City has been out talking with Calgarians who live, work and play in the downtown area about cycle tracks and how to improve cycling in the Centre City. Feedback received was taken into consideration when locating and designing the cycle track network.

Winter 2014

In February, The City showed a recommended cycle track network and an update on project. People who attended commented on a number of items:

  • level of support for cycle tracks
  • missing cycle tracks
  • concerns about cycle tracks

Fall 2013

The City hosted events and set up open houses in the Centre City. People who attended saw and provided feedback on cycle track location options and how they can fit in the downtown.

Summer 2013

The City had an information booth at a number of downtown events and locations where Calgarians gather in June and then again in August and September to get feedback on cycling themes:

  • What cycling in the Centre City should look like
  • What are the best locations for cycle tracks
  • What should we consider when choosing cycle track locations

See more information on cycle tracks that the project team discussed with Calgarians in spring 2013:

Join our online Facebook community for cycling tips, bike maps, info and news by pressing ‘Like’ on the City of Calgary Bicycle Program page.

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.

Project schedule

After 11 months of designing, planning and engaging Calgarians, The City is recommending a cycle track network to SPC on Transportation and Transit on April 16 and then to Council on April 28.

Cycle tracks are expected to open in spring 2015 and 2016. Please see the project schedule for more information.

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