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Alberta bicycle facilities design guide project

The City of Calgary is working in partnership with Alberta Transportation, The City of Edmonton, The City of Red Deer, The Town of Canmore and Rocky View County to develop an Alberta-specific design guide for bicycle facilities.

Project goals

The overall project goals for the Alberta Bicycle Facilities Design Guide include (but are not limited to):
  • Adding consistency to bicycle facility design across the Province, including tie-ins between jurisdictions;
  • Alleviating pressure on jurisdictions to justify final designs of bicycle facilities; and
  • Providing useful information for jurisdictions of all types and sizes on building world class bicycle facilities in Alberta that allow cyclists to feel fully accommodated.

Project background

The City of Calgary Council approved a Cycling Strategy in 2011. One of the action items in the Cycling Strategy was to develop a bicycle facility design guide for use by The City. The intent was to provide guidance for the inclusion of cycling facilities in the Complete Streets Guide and funding was set aside to develop a guide. Bicycle facility design was relatively new to The City at the time and more experience in the field was desired before starting to develop the guide, as a result the project was temporarily put on hold.

By 2015, The City had gained the necessary experience with bicycle facility design and associated issues. With this experience, The City was now ready to begin developing a guide to design bicycle facilities. In addition to the experience gained by The City, the Province of Alberta determined that more consistency was desired in bicycle facility design across the province because of a proliferation of local and national practices; inconsistencies in practices; the introduction of new devices, practices and treatments; and the implementation of more roundabouts. These items resulted in the need for the development of a guide that can be used across the Province for bicycle facilities design. The intent of the guide is that it can to be used by jurisdictions of all types and sizes, thus it was important that the development of the guide be a partnership that includes jurisdictions of different types and sizes.

Engagement timelines

The guide is being developed through multiple phases. The first phase of engagement with stakeholders was through Community Road Shows held throughout June and July of 2017 at nine different locations across the Province. The purpose of Community Road Shows was to bring together various stakeholder groups; introduce the project; provide an overview of the schedule and process; present a preliminary overview of the content to be included in the Design Guide; identify local guidelines and standards to be considered in the scan of other jurisdictions; and, identify issues or concerns with current design guidance and content that would be useful to include in the Design Guide.

Since the Community Road Shows, the project team has consolidated the feedback received, completed the scan of other jurisdictions and used that information to draft initial contents for the Design Guide. The project team recently re-engaged Stakeholders through a number of workshop sessions and provided an opportunity to provide online feedback.  The re-engagement with stakeholders:
  • Provided an overview of the draft content to inform stakeholders of the material in the guide;
  • Gathered feedback on the content of the guide;
  • Asked what additional concerns stakeholders may want addressed; and,
  • Seek support for the guide. llowed the team to seek support for the guide.
Review thepresentation material from the engagement sessions.