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Downtown cycle track pilot project

On December 8, 2016 the pilot project results will be presented at the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit. The presentation will include the Final ReportSummary Report and the results of the Ipsos survey. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers and will begin at 9:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and give a five minute presentation. If you are not able to attend the meeting in person you can write to your Councillor.

On December 19, 2016, Council will make a decision on the future of the pilot project at a Regular Meeting of Council. The public is allowed to attend the meeting, but they are not normally permitted to address Council at Regular Meetings.

Highlights of the results 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.

A pilot project is currently in place which includes temporary cycle tracks 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 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. Council will make a decision on the pilot in December 2016.

Providing feedback on the cycle track pilot

Over the course of this pilot project we are carefully monitoring and evaluating the operation and safety of the roadway for people driving, cycling and walking. To help us keep track of comments or concerns, please share them with us through 311. Based on feedback from 311, we have already made some changes to ensure the safest and easiest travel for everyone.

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


Parking changes

Parking has been maintained wherever possible. Where parking could not be maintained, we created new angle parking and micro parking stalls on adjacent streets. Since 2014, 501 new parking stalls have been created downtown to offset the loss of parking, and we have a net increase of 135 stalls in the centre city.

There have been adjustments made to the location of some loading zones. Some have been moved to provide more direct access to ramps. Maps have been created to show where parking is located along the 5 Street, 8 Avenue and 12 Avenue cycle track routes.

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