The City has scheduled events in the Centre City to talk about planning the cycle track network with Calgarians who live, work, and travel in the area. Here’s where you can get involved:
- CORE shopping Centre, +15 level by Holt Renfrew (324, 8 Ave. S.W.) - Thursday, Nov. 28-Friday, Dec. 6, all day (staff available over weekday lunch hours, except the dates listed below)
- Mountain Equipment Coop (830, 10 Ave. S.W.) - Saturday, Nov. 30, noon-4 p.m.
- Nexen Building, main floor lobby (801, 7 Ave. S.W.)- Tuesday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Mountain Equipment Coop - Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Eighth Avenue Place, +15 level (525, 8 Ave. S.W.) - Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The events will have the cycle track network display boards that show the streets and avenues that The City is considering for an east-west/north-south cycle track network. You’ll also see 1 Street S.E., the street chosen for the next cycle track, scheduled to begin construction in 2014.
If you’re interested in the relationship between bike culture and businesses, check out the lunchtime presentation at the Glenbow Museum, ConocoPhillips Theatre (130 9 Ave. S.E.) on Thursday, Nov. 28, 12-1 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch.
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.”
The City has scheduled events in the Centre City to talk about planning the cycle track network with Calgarians who live, work, and travel in the area. You’ll see the streets and avenues that The City is considering for an east-west/north-south cycle track network. You’ll also see an introduction to the 1 Street S.E. cycle track, scheduled to begin construction in 2014.
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:
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 a number of reasons for cycle tracks in the Centre City:
- More people are riding bikes than ever before.
- More destinations have bike-specific facilities, such as secure parking and shower/locker rooms (office buildings, festivals, parkades, and schools).
- Roads become safer and more predictable for people who walk, ride or drive.
- Provides transportation choices in the most traffic congested area in Calgary.
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.
Transportation staff welcomes comments or questions about this project.
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