Downtown Cycle Tracks
Recent changes to the transportation bylaw include the legalization of motorized and non-motorized mobility devices on the cycle track and in public spaces in the downtown core. See the helpful guide for where different types of transportation modes are allowed.
Cycle tracks create a safer space for everyone and make sharing the road a more comfortable and predicable experience for us all.
With Calgary's growing population, it’s important to provide more travel options in and out of downtown. Many Calgarians have given the new bike lanes a try and with over 17,100 bicycle trips in and out of the downtown core per day, The City has seen a 40% increase in Calgarians arriving by bicycle since the cycle tracks were installed.
On December 19, 2016, City Council voted to make the cycle tracks in the Centre City permanent. The vote was based on the pilot project results which summarized over 80 performance measures, included in the Final Report, Summary Report and the results of the Ipsos survey.
Council also approved Administration to use the $1.65M savings from the pilot to make improvements to the network. Some of the work that needs to take place on the cycle track network over the next couple of years includes making temporary traffic signals permanent and continuing to improve traffic operations and parking/loading access for businesses. The improvements will be paid for from existing budget and project savings.
Highlights from the pilot project are:
What's a cycle track?
A cycle track is a bike lane protected by a physical barrier from moving cars, parked cars and sidewalks. It provides a predictable space and minimizes potential conflicts between people who walk, cycle, and drive.
Cycle tracks are on:
- 5 Street (on the east side from 3 Ave. S.W. to 17 Ave. S.W.)
- 12 Avenue (on the north side from 11 St. S.W. to 4 St. S.E.)
- 8 Avenue / 9 Avenue (on the north and south sides from 11 St. S.W. to 3 St. S.W. and Macleod Trail to 4 St. S.E.)
- 7 Street S.W. (on the east side from the Bow River Pathway to the alley between 8 and 9 Avenue S.W.)
- Edmonton Trail (on the west side from Memorial Drive to 2 Avenue N.E.)
Additionally, cycling is allowed on Stephen Avenue (from 3 St. S.W. to 1 St. S.E.) and Olympic Plaza although no physical track has been built. Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. people walking and cycling share the space. Between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. people walking use the sidewalk, and bicycles and cars share the roadway.
People riding bicycles are asked to keep to the right in the roadway. If there are a lot of pedestrians, or a road closure, please dismount and walk your bicycle.
Bicycle counts are available for each of the cycle track routes, as well as Stephen Avenue and the Peace Bridge.