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East Village Cycling Improvements

Project Overview

The City of Calgary is working to accommodate growth and make our city more livable by providing transportation choices. Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods contribute to creating vibrant, healthy communities.
 

This project has been developed in collaboration with Calgary Municipal Land Corporation – the master developer of East Village and will improve safety and mobility for all users along 4 Street S.E. in the East Village.

People Cycling
  • Completes a gap in the bicycle network between 9 Ave. S.E. and the Bow River Pathway
  • Improves safety by providing a new protected cycle track for all abilities
  • Improves cycling connections to key destinations
  • Creates a safer environment with clear signal-indications of when cyclists are permitted to cross
People Walking
  • Improves safety through traffic signal changes along the corridor
  • Creates a safer environment with clear signal-indications of where/when pedestrians are permitted to cross
  • Improves safety with traffic calming measures such as reduced lane-widths
People Driving
  • Improves convenience with additional on-street parking stalls in East Village
  • Improves traffic flow with new traffic signals that will help coordinate vehicle movement along 4 Street S.E.

Timeline

August/September 2019
  • Installation of the cycle track’s hard surfaces, curbs, and ramps will take place.
  • Removal of existing pavers and paving at the intersections of 6 Ave. and Riverfront Ave.
  • Signal work will start at 8 Ave., 6 Ave. and Riverfront Ave.
October/November 2019
  • Road marking and signing will be completed, including installation of curbs and separating devices to establish the cycle track.
  • New parking stalls will be established and opened along 4 Street S.E. between 5 Ave. and 7 Ave. S.E. (Note: some parking stalls were opened for public use in June 2019)
  • Intersection improvements at 9 Ave. and 4 St. S.E. to assist cyclists when crossing the intersection to make connections to the existing cycling infrastructure.
  • East Village Cycling Improvements project completed with the cycle track open and fully operational.
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Road and lane closures

To see current road and lane closures related to this project, visit the CMLC’s Traffic Alerts webpage.

 
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ListCat: East Village Cycling
ID: 2447

In the summer and fall of 2019, a new cycle track will be constructed that will provide cyclists with a safe and protected route from the Bow River Pathway to the cycle track on 9 Ave. S.E.
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ListCat: East Village Cycling
ID: 2448

Two uni-directional cycle tracks will be constructed along 4 Street S.E. between 9 Ave. S.E. and 7 Ave. S.E. They will then join (become one) and run east on the south side of 7 Ave. S.E. to Riverfront Lane. The cycle track will then continue north on the west side of Riverfront Lane between 7 Ave. and 6 Ave. S.E. before crossing into the existing multi-use space connecting to the Bow River Pathway.
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ListCat: East Village Cycling
ID: 2449

This cycle track will provide a key north-south connection in the overall bicycle network, allowing cyclists to connect to existing routes on 9 Ave., 12 Ave. and the Bow River Pathway. It will act as a safe connection to and from the pathway system, and provide a link to East Village businesses, the new Central Library and the National Music Centre.
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ListCat: East Village Cycling
ID: 2450

After careful review, it was decided that constructing the cycle track along 4 Street S.E., through the intersection of 7 Ave. S.E. where the LRT crosses, could create potential safety issues for less-experienced cyclists. While a straight path may be preferred for commuting cyclists, The City is committed to building a safe facility for all users of all abilities. Commuting/confident cyclists can continue to legally ride on 4 Street and then drop into the protected cycle track south of 7 Ave. S.E.
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ListCat: East Village Cycling
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The 7 Ave. S.E. intersection has a number of unique constraints creating safety concerns for adequately accommodating bicycle users. These include:
  • The curve in the LRT track in conjunction with surrounding buildings and roadway obstructions would not give LRT drivers sufficient sightline distance to see cyclists if they became stuck while crossing the track.
  • Cyclists would need to cross the LRT track at a non-perpendicular angle, creating a risk of bicycle tires falling into the track and causing bicycle users to fall. This crossing is also slippery during winter months, creating a higher likelihood of slippage.
  • The amount of physical infrastructure and sensory warnings at the 7 Ave. LRT crossing creates an environment that is not appropriate for all-ages-and-all-abilities (AAA) riders.
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Moving the cycle track off 4 Street means additional parking spots (between 20-25) can be created along the road. As a result, on-street parking spaces will be added on 4 Street S.E. between 5 Ave. and 7 Ave. S.E.
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To accommodate the cycle track and new on-street parking stalls along 4 Street S.E., one traffic lane will be removed in the southbound direction. Motor vehicle travel lane widths will also be reduced. These changes are anticipated to reduce travel speeds along the corridor.

Riverfront Lane S.E. between 6 Ave. and 7 Ave. will also change to a one-way northbound only configuration for motor vehicles.

To accommodate temporary parking at the National Music Centre, the right lane on westbound 9 Ave. between 5 Street S.E. and 4 Street S.E. will be turned into a parking lane. This will leave one through-lane on westbound 9 Ave. at 4 Street S.E. and one left turning-lane from westbound 9 Ave. to southbound 4 Street S.E.

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Traffic signal changes along the 4 Street corridor at 8 Ave., 6 Ave., and Riverfront Ave. will improve safety and mobility for all roadway users in the East Village. These include:

8 Ave. and 4 Street S.E.: The existing overhead pedestrian flasher system will be converted to a new signal at this location which will help support safe and reliable crossings of 4 Street S.E. for pedestrians. It will also improve motor vehicle and bicycle travel reliability through the efficient operation of the traffic signals on the 4 Street Corridor.

7 Ave. and 4 Street S.E.: Motor vehicles traveling southbound on 4 Street will be restricted from turning left onto 7 Ave. Left turning vehicles will be able to enter East Village at both 6 Ave. and 8 Ave SE.

6 Ave. and 4 Street S.E.: Right turns on a red light, from westbound 6 Ave. to northbound 4 Street, will be prohibited. This is to prevent two issues:

  • Vehicles becoming caught on the tracks when a train is approaching
  • Vehicles not stopping at Riverfront Lane for cyclists and pedestrians
The right-turn from northbound 4 Street to eastbound 6 Ave. will be prohibited. This is due to the following:
  • Northbound right turning motorists anticipate pedestrians at the intersection, but not shortly after it (at the very near proximity Riverfront Lane crossing). This results in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Vehicles could become stuck on the LRT tracks during train approach or gate descent.

6 Avenue and Riverfront Lane S.E.: A new signal at this location will more clearly establish a location for pedestrians and bicycle users to cross 6 Ave. on the east side of the LRT tracks. This will include clear signal indication of when pedestrians and cyclists are permitted to cross, creating a safer environment for all roadway users.

Riverfront Avenue and Riverfront Lane S.E.: The existing signal at 4 Street and Riverfront Avenue will be modified to include additional signal equipment. This will provide a clear location for pedestrians and bicycle users to connect between the Bow River pathway system and the shared pathway on Riverfront Lane.

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ListCat: East Village Cycling
ID: 2455

No, the cycle track will not impact Celebration Square or create unsafe conditions for pedestrians in the area. The route will direct cyclists to the new protected cycle track on Riverfront Lane, east of Celebration Square, in both the southbound and northbound directions. The intention is to redirect cyclists who are currently using the square, to this improved facility and out of the space where we see many pedestrians.
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ListCat: East Village Cycling
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The project will be completed in the late summer/early fall:

August/September 2019

  • Installation of the cycle track’s hard surfaces, curbs, and ramps will take place.
  • Removal of existing pavers and paving at the intersections of 6 Ave. and Riverfront Ave.
  • Signal work will start at 8 Ave., 6 Ave. and Riverfront Ave.
October/November 2019
  • Road marking and signing will be completed, including installation of curbs and separating devices to establish the cycle track.
  • New parking stalls will be established and opened along 4 Street S.E. between 5 Ave. and 7 Ave. S.E. (Note: some parking stalls were opened for public use in June 2019)
  • Intersection improvements at 9 Ave. and 4 St. S.E. to assist cyclists when crossing the intersection to make connections to the existing cycling infrastructure.
  • East Village Cycling Improvements project completed with the cycle track open and fully operational.