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Downtown cycle tracks

Cycle tracks create a safer space for everyone and make sharing the road a more comfortable and predicable experience for us all.

With Calgary's growing population, it’s important to provide more travel options in and out of downtown. Many Calgarians have given the cycle tracks a try and with over 17,100 bicycle trips in and out of the downtown core per day, The City has seen a 40% increase in Calgarians arriving by bicycle since the cycle tracks were installed.

On December 19, 2016, City Council voted to make the cycle tracks in the Centre City permanent. The vote was based on the pilot project results which summarized over 80 performance measures, included in the Final Report, Summary Report and the results of the Ipsos survey

Council also approved Administration to use the $1.65M savings from the pilot to make improvements to the network. Some of the work that needs to take place on the cycle track network over the next couple of years includes making temporary traffic signals permanent and continuing to improve traffic operations and parking/loading access for businesses. The improvements will be paid for from existing budget and project savings.

Highlights from the pilot project are:

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, cycle, and drive.

Cycle tracks are 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.)
  • 7 Street S.W. (on the east side from the Bow Rivery Pathway to the alley way between 8 and 9 Avenue S.W.)

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

If you see any issues along the cycle track routes, please share them with us through 311.

Data collection

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

Bicycle Counts Map

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