Calgary’s Making Tracks – Cycle Tracks!
Calgary is a great city for cycling! Calgarians are quick to point out our pathways as a favourite feature of our city. Our extensive network of pathways was ahead of its time when first planned in the late 1960s, and has grown to be North America’s premier and most expansive bike pathway system, consisting of 1,067 km of pathways and on-street bikeways
While the number of cyclists in the city is growing, a 2010 City survey found that 59% of Calgarians would like to cycle more, but concern for personal safety prevents many of us from getting on our bikes. Most people feel safe on the pathway system and quiet residential roads, but less so in heavy traffic. To encourage cycling and address safety concerns, I proposed a new cycling strategy that aims to get more people cycling, safely.
This July, the first in a number of planned physically separated cycle tracks will open on 7th Street S.W. in the centre city. Winter cities across North America install cycle tracks because they offer the highest level of safety for all users; motorists do not have to veer into adjacent lanes to avoid cyclists, and cyclists stay off the sidewalk.
Whether you are a hard core, year-round commuter, or out for a leisurely spin with your kids, the new cycling network will make your trip safer and more enjoyable.
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