On December 8th, the Downtown Cycle Track Network Pilot will reach completion, and City of Calgary transportation staff will present the findings at the Transit and Transportation Committee Meeting for council decision on the fate of the cycle tracks. While the final measurements were taken in September, there are still ways you can get involved.
Not sure how you can help? We would love to pack the room with as many cycle track fans as possible, and hope that most people will be able to speak to the committee for the alloted 5 minutes about their experiences about biking within the core and Beltline since the tracks have opened. There are reams of data from counters, manual counts, intercept surveys, merchant surveys, the list goes on and on. What they need is the personal impact stories.
Some examples we have received already through our postcard campaign include :
“The cycle tracks create a sense of community amongst cyclists”
“Cycling awareness through education campaigns benefits the whole city"
"Allows me to get to work easily save gas, and I get to meet like-minded people"
"We feel safer cycling, which means we do it more often and create less GHGs"
"Makes me proud to be a Calgarian"
"Now I actually bike downtown, and can stop to do errands on the way home"
"Drivers are beginning to expect cyclists and know how to share the road"
I can go to the Glenbow Museum and Memorial Park with my kids, and I have a safe route to work 12 months of the year”
“I don’t own a car and the cycle tracks and other infrastructure make YYC more accessible without one”
“It will better the health of many Calgarians”
“The cycle tracks go right to Safeway, which means I can shop more often by bike!”
If you have never presented at council and you are not sure how, the city has a great guide to help you, from how to address council to how the microphone works.
Unable to take the day off work? Consider writing a letter to City Council to let them know how much you enjoy and rely on the cycle tracks. You may use the online form on Calgary.ca or you can write a letter and submit via email. The committee members should all be copied :
Councillor S. Keating, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor S. Chu, Vice-Chair email@example.com
Councillor A. Chabot firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor P. Demong email@example.com
Councillor R. Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor B. Pincott email@example.com
Councillor E. Woolley Evan.Woolley@calgary.ca
Mayor N. Nenshi, Ex-Officio firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to copy Bike Calgary on any emails you send in via email@example.com.