As our city grows, the way we get around is evolving to meet the changing needs and expectations of all Calgarians. The Calgary Transportation Plan, the Route Ahead transit strategy, and the Cycling Strategy will help guide investment in transportation for decades to come. Missing from that list is a plan to manage the form of transportation used by most Calgarians every day: walking.
Walking is the most common and affordable method of human transportation, but it is also one that is neglected when planning and building our city. Missing or poorly maintained sidewalks, badly designed and poorly lit intersections, and infrastructure that doesn’t meet the needs of seniors and those with disabilities, are commonplace in Calgary. This fall, Council will follow the lead of many North American cities when we vote on the creation of the Step Forward pedestrian strategy.
Step Forward will outline what the City will do to create a safe, comfortable, and accessible pedestrian realm, all year long and for people of all ages and abilities. You can help shape Step Forward’s priorities by sharing the challenges and opportunities you see when you are out for a walk. Visit Calgary.ca/pedestrianstrategy and let us know what works, what doesn’t, and how we can do better.
As part of the City’s commitment to improving the safety and accessibility of all modes of transportation, the Centre City Cycle Track Network will open this summer. Cycle tracks are bicycle lanes with a physical barrier. Cycle tracks will open, on a trial basis, on 5 St SW, 8 Av SW, 12 Av S, and on a small section of 9 Av SE, in addition to the permanent cycle track currently in place on 7 St SW. The new cycle tracks will increase the number of people cycling to work, leisure, and shopping destinations within the Centre City.
Along with the Cycle Track Network, Stephen Avenue Walk will allow cycling in both directions on a trial basis. There will be no physical barriers on Stephen Ave, and the street will operate much in the same way as other “shared space” projects from around the world. The City will also launch a Bicycle Ambassador program to promote Stephen Avenue as a slow-speed space where those walking and cycling can travel safely to the Avenue’s many great destinations.
For more information on the Centre City Cycle Track Network and the Stephen Avenue Shared Space pilots, please visit: Calgary.ca/cycletracknetwork
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