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Pathway and Bikeway Plan

Project update

Thank you to everyone who participated in Phase Two of engagement this spring. The What We Heard Report is now available on the project engagement page.

Over the summer we will be working on refining the updated implementation plan, using public feedback and technical analysis. The feedback you shared about how you would prioritize the buildout of the network is helping us with that work.

We will be presenting the updated network and implementation plans to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit in the fall. Shortly afterwards it will be presented to Council for approval.

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Upcoming changes to the plan

The Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan was developed in 2000. It is being updated to reflect changes in our city. Many of the pathways and bikeways proposed in the initial plan have been built. Some of the proposed connections are obsolete because of changes to the road network or approved developments. Also, new approved policies impact the current plan.

The updated plan will provide a proposed city-wide network of pathways and bikeways. It will become the framework that developers and City planners use to seamlessly connect Calgarians to the places they want to go. It will also include a digital map that is easy to access and update.

Help update the plan with your input

Throughout the process of updating the plan we offered several opportunities for you to share your feedback. Public engagement for the project is now finished. Your input has helped us develop and refine a proposed city-wide network of pathways and bikeways that will seamlessly connect Calgarians to the places they want to go.

For information on the engagement process or to view the What We Heard Reports please visit the engagement page.

Related documents

As part of the project we held workshops with various stakeholder groups to gather their input on our pathway and bikeway network. Below are reports sharing the feedback we heard at those workshops

Some of the City policies that are relevant to the project are:

Cycling research

As part of the project, we hosted a public event on April 16, 2018. Speakers shared their research and experiences in the field of cycling, walking and placemaking with Calgarians.

Researcher Dr. Kay Teschke presented her academic research on walking and cycling at the event. Some of her research has helped inform the update to the Pathway and Bikeway Plan. A copy of her presentation and research is part of the Cycling in Cities research program.

Connect with cycling

Take a map on the go! The City of Calgary Pathways and Bikeways iPhone and Android apps are free. They are available to download from the Apple and Google app stores.

Download the iOS App​​​​​​​​
Download the Android App​​​​​​​​

Join our online Facebook community for cycling tips, bike maps, info and news by pressing ‘Like’ on the City of Calgary Bicycle Program page.

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Pathways and bikeways: Questions and answers

The following are common questions pinned on the online map during Phase One of engagement.

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Bike and Path FAQ

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Crosswalk

  • People cycling or driving must stop their vehicle before a crosswalk if someone walking has entered the crosswalk or indicated their intention to cross the street.

 

Multi-use crossing

  • People driving should shoulder check before turning and yield to people walking and cycling in the crossing. Bike lanes and cycle tracks
  • According to the Traffic Safety Act, any driver making a right turn must yield to someone cycling in a bike lane or a cycle track.
  • When walking, yield to people cycling when you are accessing a parked vehicle next to a cycle track.

 

Bike lanes and cycle tracks

  • According to the Traffic Safety Act, any driver making a right turn must yield to someone cycling in a bike lane or a cycle track.
  • When walking, yield to people cycling when you are accessing a parked vehicle next to a cycle track.

 

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Stop where the pathway or bikeway intersects the roadway. Look both directions for oncoming traffic. Proceed with merging into traffic when it is safe to do so.

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Downtown traffic signals are automatic and run on a timed cycle. New bicycle signals are installed at some intersections to reduce conflicts and keep traffic moving efficiently.

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Where a twinned section of pathways exists, use the appropriate path. Signs and pavement markings show where people walking and cycling should travel. Please obey these signs when using the pathway network.

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Restoring flood damaged pathways  is complex work. Some of the pathways damaged during the 2013 flood are waiting for repairs. The river has changed forever, so some sections of pathway will need to be re-built and relocated. In some cases, it will take a considerable amount of time to restore a pathway.

Where it is not possible to immediately restore a pathway, alternative routes are in place. People who walk or bike along the pathway may have to take an alternate route where pathways are currently closed.

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There are many reasons why a pathway might end without connecting to another pathway, a sidewalk or a bike lane. Some reasons could include plans for later expansion, who owns the land and who built the pathway.

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To report an illegally parked vehicle please call the Calgary Parking Authority  at 403-537-7100, option 2 and speak to a Dispatch Officer.

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If you are concerned about visibility on a pathway due to shrubs or trees that require pruning, or if you would like to request the installation of a convex mirror, please contact 311. Provide them with as much information as possible regarding your concern.

 

2000/2001 Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Plan


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Cycling and walking are increasingly popular, as recreational activities and as  environmentally friendly alternative modes of transportation. There are approximately 900 km of pathways and 400 km of on-street bicycle routes within Calgary. The recreational and commuting opportunities are endless.

The Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Plan was adopted by City Council in 2000. It is a comprehensive set of guiding principles relating to the planning, design and management of Calgary's pathway and bikeway network.

The main objectives of the plan are to:

  • Develop guiding principles for the planning, design, implementation and management of pathways and bikeways
  • Locate conceptual ties to regional and national pathway systems
  • Develop policy to support City negotiations with developers respecting pathway and bikeway construction
  • Produce a comprehensive and integrated pathway / bikeway plan

It is not intended to supersede approved policy, it is a supplement to it. The plan supplements the Cycling Strategy, the Parks and Pathways BylawComplete Streets Policy and the Calgary Transportation Plan.

View the 2000 / 2001 Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Plan report

Entire Plan - Complete document
Plan Part 1 - Table of Contents, List of Exhibits and Executive Summary
Plan Part 2 - Introduction and Guiding Principles
Plan Part 3 - Ancillary Programs and Facilities, Lifecycle Management, Analysis of Proposed Routes, Missing Links, Funding, Implementation Strategy
Plan Part 4 - Implementation Strategy Chart
Implementation Map - Implementation Map (large file)