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Downtown cycle track pilot project

Cycle track snow clearing

As the downtown cycle tracks are located on Priority 1 snow clearing routes, they will be cleared of snow within 24 hours of snowfall ending. If you own a property or business along one of the downtown cycle track routes, please see the image below for information on where to put snow cleared from the sidewalk.

For general information on snow clearing please visit

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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