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12 Avenue South Improvements

 
 

12 Avenue South is an important route for Calgarians who commute to Calgary's downtown core. We're making improvements to 12 Ave to make travel better for all modes of transportation. Construction will consist of new road markings and painted lines, updated signal work and the extension of the 12 Ave S. cycle track.

Upcoming event

The City will be hosting a drop-in information session to present the Phase 3 design (15 Street S.W. to 19 Street S.W.) along with the What We Heard report from the public engagement with the community this past summer. Come along to learn more about Phase 3 and how community feedback was used to develop the final design. View the Phase 3 design and information session boards.

  • Date: Dec. 11, 2019
  • Venue: Sunalta Community Hall, 1627 10 Ave S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 0J7
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Project update

Work on Phase one and Phase two was completed in October 2019. Several improvements were made along the corridor including:

  • Extending the dedicated lane for people cycling from 11 Street to 15 Street S.W.
  • Bicycle turn boxes at 12 Avenue and 11 Street.
  • Improved travel time for drivers by providing three uninterrupted driving lanes for morning rush-hour.
  • The rush hour parking restriction was removed on the north side of 12 Avenue between 15 Street S.W. and 16 Street S.W.
  • A loading stall was provided on the east side of 12 Street S.E. just north of 12 Avenue South.

Learn more about the types of cycle tracks and bike lanes and tips for cycling in Calgary.

For tips on snow-clearing a sidewalk beside a cycle track, please review this information and share with contractors.

Engagement summary

Public input about the 12 Avenue South Improvements project was collected in Spring 2019. In total, the project team talked to 260 people and over 60 businesses through the open house events, door knocking sessions and online. Thank you to those who provided input. Information from the previous engagement session is available.

Next steps

Over the next 18-months, the new section of open cycle track will be monitored and adjustments could still be made.

The project team has reviewed input provided for Phase three this summer and will share a summary at the Dec. 11 information session (details above). The public input for Phase three was used to inform the design of that phase which will be shared with the community on Dec. 11. Construction for Phase three is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2020.

Work on 12 Avenue South will be done in three phases:

Phase Scope Timeline
Phase one: road improvements Upgrade driving lanes along 12 Avenue South between 11 Street S.W. and 4 Street S.W. Complete
Phase two: western extension Extend the cycle track west on 12 Avenue South from 11 Street S.W. to 15 Street S.W. Complete
Phase three: connection to the Bow River Pathway Extend the cycle track on 12 Avenue South from 15 Street S.W. to 19 Street. S.W. then across 10 Avenue S.W. to the Bow River Pathway. Summer 2020

Plan view for 12 Avenue S.W. improvements

Phase one: Road improvements

12 Avenue South between 11 St S.W. and 4 St S.W.

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Phase two: Western extension of the cycle track

12 Avenue South between 11 Street S.W. to 15 Street S.W.

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Phase three: Connection to the Bow River Pathway

16 Street S.W. to 19 Street. S.W. then across 10 Avenue S.W. to the Bow River Pathway.

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Fast Facts:

  • 12 Avenue is one of the top five busiest bikeways in Calgary.
  • Since 2015, 630,000 bicycle trips have been made on 12 Avenue near the 8 Street S.W. count station.

Frequently Asked Questions

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To minimize the community impact of a temporary roadway The City will end Phase two at 15 Street S.W. This will provide us more time to examine the design of 12 Avenue S.W. in Sunalta and review additional feedback from the Sunalta Community Association.

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On-street parking will be consolidated to the south side of the roadway to allow for smooth and predictable traffic flow. Lane configurations were developed to mitigate the loss of on-street parking.

Off-peak loading zones may be considered on the north side of the roadway when roadway width and traffic volumes allow for it. An off-peak loading zone was added on the north side of 12 Avenue just west of 8 St S.W. If you are using the loading zone, remember to look for and yield to cycle track users before crossing the cycle track.

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A number of corridors, or groupings of streets, were identified for the Centre City study area based on the idea that a single cycle track within the corridor would be able to appropriately serve the demand for that specific area. For each corridor, a number of potential cycle track alignments were identified.

These alignments were based on current best practices in North American bicycle planning and design, understanding of the local context, and feedback received during the ongoing engagement. These cycle track alignments (combining a street selection and facility layout) were then evaluated based on a set of technical criteria including connections to key destinations, existing and future bicycle demand, impact on other modes, conflicts at driveways and transit stops, and cost and constructability. Based on this analysis, 12 Avenue was selected to serve the demand for an east/west corridor in the north part of the Beltline. Additional background information can be found in the  Centre City Cycle Track Network- Development and recommendations report.

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The project team has reviewed input provided for Phase three this summer and will share a summary of feedback in the Fall. The input for Phase three will help inform the design of that phase and concepts will be shared with the community in November 2019. Construction for Phase three is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2020.

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The City is planning to extend the 12 Avenue cycle track extension east from Olympic Way S.E. to the Elbow River pathway. We have started planning and designing the east extension and are working with area stakeholders to determine what’s feasible. Construction is anticipated to occur in the 2020 construction season.

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