Cycling on the rise in Calgary
With Calgary forecasted to grow by one million people in the next 30 years, how will we attract and accommodate these new Calgarians, and how will our transportation systems cope? The City of Calgary’s Cycling Strategy, adopted in 2012, will help by offering transportation choice.
The Bicycle Program 2013 Yearbook measures our progress toward creating a bicycle friendly city as outlined in the Cycling Strategy. The strategy looks at other winter cities, like Minneapolis and Montreal, to identify ways to improve access and safety, increase the supply of bicycle parking, and educate on the rules of the road.
Some Yearbook highlights:
- Downtown cycle trips increased 26 per cent from 2006 to 2013
- Busiest downtown cycling location: Bow River pathway, west of 11 Street SW
- Busiest cycling location outside of downtown: Bow River pathway at Crowchild Trail SW
- Top three communities with the most cyclists: Point McKay, West Hillhurst, and Parkdale (all in Ward 7!)
- Busiest on-street bike route: 7 Street SW cycle track (Two months after the 7 Street SW Cycle Track opened, bike trips increased 430% from the year before at 1,160 daily trips. Cycling on the sidewalk has decreased from 25% to less than 1% and auto trip times have decreased.)
- Highest percentage of female cyclists: 29 Street NW at Foothills Hospital
- Highest percentage of male cyclists: Western Irrigation District Canal pathway at 52 Street SE
- Cycling trips are up while collision rates have decreased.
- Eight Avenue Place and Brookfield Place are the first towers in the downtown to voluntarily include separate entrances for tenant bicycle parking
- 7 of the top 10 communities for cycling to work are in Ward 7
For more about the Cycling Strategy or The Bicycle Program 2013 Yearbook calgary.ca/bikeyearbook. And visit druhfarrell.ca to see what is happening in Ward 7.
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