Alberta Transportation, along with municipal partners, has begun laying the groundwork for the development of a Bicycle Facility Design Guide for Alberta (“the Guide”). It is our understanding that the Guide will cover detailed aspects of bicycle facility design so as to provide a level of commonality in the implementation of bicycle infrastructure across Alberta and to promote best practices in bicycle facility design and construction.
(Note: The Alberta Bicycle Design Guide was discussed in the Alberta Legislature on April 21st, 2016 with the video accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0USfcQvFkE&app=desktop)
Bike Calgary believes that the Alberta Bicycle Facility Design Guide should be built upon a core value of enabling cycling through designs, and supporting policies, that make cycling safe, easy and accessible to all Albertans and recognize that there will be demand to utilize cycling infrastructure 365 days-a-year, 24 hours-a-day. In achieving this goal, we hope to see the Guide deliver clear direction on the types of infrastructure that best meets user needs and expectations for a given travel corridor for both on-street and off-street infrastructure and in both the urban and rural setting.
Bike Calgary has approached the Steering Committee with a request to provide input from the ‘end-user perspective’ on behalf of Alberta bicycle groups including;
Alberta Bicycle Association
Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society
Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting
Canmore Community Cruisers
BikeBridge Cycling Association
Alberta Bike Swap
A copy of Bike Calgary’s letter to the Alberta Bicycle Facility Design Steering Committee is appended. If you have any questions, please contact connect”at”bikecalgary.org.
If you wish to provide your own comments as to positions, concerns, etc. you feel Bike Calgary should represent, please comment on this forum.