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Pathway and Bikeway Plan

Project update

At the 2020 January 13 Combined Meeting of Council, Council approved guiding principles for the 5A network for walking and wheeling infrastructure in Calgary (Report TT2019-1431). Our next steps include replacing the Primary Cycling Network in the CTP with the 5A Network map. As part of the Next 20 project, these changes will be provided in 2020 April.

To review the approved network pri‚Äčnciples, please review the¬†5 A Network Guiding Principles report.

Upcoming changes to the plan

The Calgary and Area Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan was developed in 2000. It is being updated to reflect changes that have taken place in Calgary since the plan was approved. Many of the pathways and bikeways proposed in the original plan have been built. Some of the proposed connections are now obsolete because of changes to the road network or approved developments. New policies have been approved that impact the plan and the needs of Calgarians have changed over time.

The 5A Network

The way Calgarians get around is changing. More people are choosing to walk, scoot, skateboard, or cycle for their daily commute to work or school, for errands and for fun. We can get more value out of our transit and road networks by extending the reach of the services we already provide, through additional or improved pathway and bikeway connections to transit and parking. At the same time, Calgarians and visitors alike celebrate and enjoy our pathway and bikeway network as a great way to be active and see our city.

The Always Available for All Ages & Abilities (5A) Network will be a city-wide mobility network. It will consist of off-street pathways and on-street bikeways. The 5A Network principles are designed to support all Calgarians. It will provide accessible, affordable, year-round options for transportation and recreation.

Using feedback from Calgarians, the design of the 5A Network will support the following five principles:

  • Separate people by their speed
    Providing separation between people travelling at different speeds improves safety, predictability and comfort. Where appropriate, people will be separated to improve their experience travelling on the 5A Network.
  • Improve visibility
    Lighting, signage and pavement markings encourage people to use public spaces and provides visibility on roadways, pathways and in parks. They help make people visible to each other, help identify hazards like water, ice, cracks and other debris along routes.
  • Make it reliable
    Well-maintained pathways and bikeways will encourage more people to use them throughout the year, regardless of the weather conditions.
  • Be accessible for everyone
    An accessible city benefits everyone. Accessible pathways and bikeways enable people of all abilities to travel around Calgary. Accessibility is improved by the removal of barriers that currently exist across the network. Barriers can be off-set gates, major roadways, waterways, steep hills and uneven surfaces. Reducing or removing these barriers improves accessibility.
  • Make it easy to use
    Signs and pavement markings help people make decisions about their route and confirm they are heading in the right direction. Improved signage and wayfinding will help Calgarians get to community destinations.

For more information about the 5A Network and its principles please review the 5A Network Guiding Principles report.

2000/2001 Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Plan

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 Bylaw, Complete 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)

Related documents

To learn more about the 5A Network principles, please review the 5A Network Guiding Principles report.

Public engagement for the project is now finished.

For information on the engagement process or to view the What We Heard reports or the What We Did Report, please visit the project engagement page.

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.

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