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Council Approves a Pilot of Three Cycle Track Routes in the Centre City

Thanks to everyone who worked hard and supported the push for the Centre City Cycle Track Network!

Here's what we know so far. We'll provide more details as they come in.

UPDATE: The existing lane on 10 Ave will remain in place at least until the cycle track on 12 Ave is operational. Administration will investigate the options and report back to Council (likely through Transportation and Transit Committee) in the coming months.

Today, April 28, Council approved a pilot of three cycle track routes in the Centre City:

  1. 5 St SW
  2. 8/9 Ave S
  3. 12 Ave S

With Council’s decision to exclude 1 St SE, and Administration’s commitment to lower the cost of the pilot, the resulting cost of the pilot network will be less than the $9.3 million originally quoted. An update on the cost will be provided to Council in late May/early June.

The Transportation Planning Department will now work on describing how they will monitor the pilot and define what success looks like, and prepare to report on this to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit in June.

The Department also needs to look at how to best connect 8Ave and 9Ave now that 1St SE is not included in the network connecting the two roads.

A detailed design is now required for the entire pilot network. Traffic signal work will begin in 2014 to prepare for the conversion of lanes. Lane conversion is slated to begin in the late spring of 2015.

Note: Stephen Avenue is still closed to bikes until the cycle track pilot network opens in summer 2015. You can be fined up to $300 if you ride your bike on Stephen Avenue before then.

(Thanks to GOOD Company for the celebratory logo!)

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Cycle Track Network Endorsements

The Cycle Track Network: A Legacy for a Winter City
Denny Morrison
Olympic Medal Winner, Speed Skating

The Cycle Track Network: Efficient Transportation for Calgarians
Kent Hehr
MLA, Calgary Buffalo

The Cycle Track Network: A Visionary Plan for Calgary
Evan Woolley
Councillor, Ward 8, City of Calgary

The Cycle Track Network: The Economics of Bikes in Calgary
David Low
Executive Director, Victoria Park BRZ

Cycle Tracks Help to Attract the Best Talent to Calgary and Promote Business
Bruce Graham
President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development

Cycle Tracks Contribute to the Health of Calgarians
Dr James Talbot
Chief Medical Officer of Health of Alberta

The Cycle Track Network: Part of an Integrated Solution to our Future Mobility Challenges
Gian-Carlo Carra
Councillor, Ward 8, City of Calgary

The Cycle Track Network: Safe and Comfortable + Urban Positive
Rob Taylor
President, Beltline Communities

Transportation Options for a Global City
David Snell
Vice President, Matthews Southwest (BOW Building Developers)

Continuing a History of Transportation Vision and Success
Brian Pincott
Councillor, Ward 11, City of Calgary

The Opportunity for Fast, Convenient, and Safe Bicycle Infrastructure
Maud Salvi
Executive Director, Sled Island

Research Shows that Investments in Cycle Tracks Improve our Health and Community
Dr Richard Musto
Lead Medical Officer of Health, AHS, Calgary Zone

Supporting Successful Cities
Ian Gillespie
President, Westbank (Telus Sky Building Developers)

Embracing Change and Embracing Cycle Tracks
Druh Farrell
Councillor, Ward 7, City of Calgary

A Commitment to Increased Quality of Life
Joe Ceci
Chair, Folk Festival Society of Calgary

Building Strong and Healthy Communities
Christine Cusanelli
MLA, Calgary-Currie

Reducing Injuries and Promoting Health
Dr Brent Hagel
Associate Professor, University of Calgary

In Support of Cycle Tracks
Justin Smith
Director of Policy, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Cycle Tracks are the Sustainable Choice
Chris Turner
Sustainability Author

 

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The Cycle Track Network: 1 Day to Go!

HOMESTRETCH: We are one day away from tomorrow's City Council vote to approve the Cycle Track Network. We need your help for one last push!


Thanks to your support, in the last week we have had major victories:

  • City Council members have received more than 20 endorsements from civic leaders in support of the cycle track network.
  • There is an overwhelming consensus amongst experts, from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, that the cycle track network will provide significant health, economic and safety benefits for Calgary.
  • Over 50 businesses are proudly displaying “We support the Cycle Track Network” signs.
  • City Council's Transportation & Transit Committee recommended the full Cycle Track Network proposal to Council for approval.
  • We’re closing in on 2000 citizen supporters on Facebook.

Our efforts are having a real impact. We’ve learned that thanks to our advocacy additional councillors are likely supporting the Cycle Track Network.  That leaves us one or two votes away from approval of the entire Cycle Track Network!

But, we still need your help: some Councillors that previously tried to kill the proposal are now trying to gut the network down to a couple lanes. The balance of the vote will be determined by the 6 undecided Councillors:

TODAY WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE NETWORK FROM BEING GUTTED. PLEASE:

1) TELL A COUNCILLOR: Email one or more of the above undecided Councillors and kindly ask them to support the full Cycle Track Network proposal. Don't forget to mention your neighbourhood if you live in the ward.

2) SPREAD THE WORD: Ask 2 friends/family/co-workers today to do the same.

Thanks for all your support and hard work! Together we can do this!

P.S. Please share!

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The Cycle Track Network: 2 Days to Go!

HOMESTRETCH: We are two days away from the City Council vote to approve the Cycle Track Network on April 28 and we need your help for one last push!


Thanks to your support, in the last week we have had major victories:

  • City Council members have received more than 20 endorsements from civic leaders in support of the cycle track network.
  • There is an overwhelming consensus amongst experts, from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, that the cycle track network will provide significant health, economic and safety benefits for Calgary.
  • Over 50 businesses are proudly displaying “We support the Cycle Track Network” signs.
  • City Council's Transportation & Transit Committee recommended the full Cycle Track Network proposal to Council for approval.
  • We’re closing in on 2000 citizen supporters on Facebook.

Our efforts are having a real impact. We’ve learned that thanks to our advocacy additional councillors are likely supporting the Cycle Track Network.  That leaves us one or two votes away from approval of the entire Cycle Track Network!

But, we still need your help: some Councillors that previously tried to kill the proposal are now trying to gut the network down to a couple lanes. The balance of the vote will be determined by the 6 undecided Councillors:

TODAY WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE NETWORK FROM BEING GUTTED. PLEASE:

1) TELL A COUNCILLOR: Email one or more of the above undecided Councillors and kindly ask them to support the full Cycle Track Network proposal. Don't forget to mention your neighbourhood if you live in the ward.

2) SPREAD THE WORD: Ask 2 friends/family/co-workers today to do the same.

Thanks for all your support and hard work! Together we can do this!

P.S. Please share!

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The Straight Facts on the Proposed 1 St SE Cycle Track in Chinatown

There have been a lot of rumours about potential disruption caused by the proposed cycle track on 1 Street SE through Chinatown. On Friday, the City released more information to address these rumours.

In summary:

  • There will be NO LOSS of vehicle traffic lanes
  • There will be NO LOSS of on street parking stalls
  • The cycle track WILL NOT impede access for delivery trucks
  • The cycle track WILL NOT impede access to businesses
  • The cycle track WILL make the sidewalk and the roadway safer

Below are images showing 1 Street SE as it is today and how it would look with the proposed cycle track.

Below is the Q&A released by the City of Calgary in response to common questions about the proposed cycle track network on 1 Street SE.

How will the cycle track on 1 Street S.E. affect pedestrian safety?
Cycle tracks make the roadway and sidewalks safer. They provide a predictable space where most people will ride their bicycles. Cycle tracks also decrease people riding on sidewalks, because they have their own protected space in the cycle track.
As part of this project, The City is constructing a new traffic and pedestrian signal at Riverfront Avenue, which will provide a safe and controlled crossing for pedestrians.
Will there be a loss of parking stalls in Chinatown?
The cycle track will not impact parking. There are currently 39 on-street parking stalls. When the cycle track is installed, there will still be 39 on-street parking stall located on 1 Street S.E., between Riverfront Avenue and 4 Avenue.
Will the number of traffic lanes on 1 Street S.E. be reduced? How will the cycle track impact traffic speeds?
The cycle track will not impact the number of driving lanes. There are currently two driving lanes between Riverfront Avenue and 3 Avenue. There are currently three driving lanes from 3 Avenue to 4 Avenue. When the cycle track is installed, the number of driving lanes and turning movements will be the same.
In this area, traffic speeds are expected to remain the same.
Will the cycle track impact access for delivery trucks in Chinatown?
The cycle track will be located on the east side of 1 Street S.E., so there is no conflict with delivery trucks or loading zones. Trucks of all sizes will be able to turn into businesses and onto 3 Avenue from 1 Street S.E., just like they do now.
What impacts could the cycle track have on businesses in Chinatown?
No impacts are expected to businesses in Chinatown from the cycle track location and design. All access is being maintained in the area for people who walk and drive, while increasing access for people who cycle.

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Cycle Track Network: The Homestretch

We are three days away from the City Council vote to approve the Cycle Track Network on April 28 and we need your help for one last push!

Thanks to your support, in the last week we have had major victories:

  • City Council members have received more than 20 endorsements from civic leaders in support of the cycle track network.
  • There is an overwhelming consensus amongst experts, from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, that the cycle track network will provide significant health, economic and safety benefits for Calgary.
  • Over 50 businesses are proudly displaying “We support the Cycle Track Network” signs.
  • City Council's Transportation & Transit Committee recommended the full Cycle Track Network proposal to Council for approval.
  • We’re closing in on 2000 citizen supporters on Facebook.

Our efforts are having a real impact. We’ve learned that thanks to our advocacy additional councillors are likely supporting the Cycle Track Network.  That leaves us one or two votes away from approval of the entire Cycle Track Network!

But, we still need your help: some Councillors that previously tried to kill the proposal are now trying to gut the network down to a couple lanes. The balance of the vote will be determined by the 5 undecided Councillors:

TODAY WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE NETWORK FROM BEING GUTTED. PLEASE:

1) TELL A COUNCILLOR: Email one or more of the above undecided Councillors and kindly ask them to support the full Cycle Track Network proposal. Don't forget to mention your neighbourhood if you live in the ward!

2) SPREAD THE WORD: Ask 2 friends/family/co-workers today to do the same.

Thanks for all your support and hard work! Together we can do this!

P.S. Please share!

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Dr Brent Hagel Endorses the Cycle Track Network

Today we present the endorsement of Dr Brent Hagel, associate professor of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He also holds the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Professorship in Child Health and Wellness. Thanks to Dr Hagel for providing his expertise!

The Council vote is less than week away, and we need your help to get the Cycle Track Network passed!

Contact your councillor and let them know that you support the Cycle Track Network. 

Contact the Mayor and let him know that you support the Cycle Track Network.

And don't forget to check out the Facebook page!

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Bow Building Developers Endorse the Cycle Track Network: For a Competitive, Global City

Today's endorsement for the Cycle Track Network comes from Matthews Development, developers of the Bow building.

The Council vote is only one week away, and we need your help to get the Cycle Track Network passed!

Contact your councillor and let them know that you support the Cycle Track Network. 

Contact the Mayor and let him know that you support the Cycle Track Network.

And don't forget to check out the Facebook page!

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MLA Christine Cusanelli Endorses the Cycle Track Network: An Investment With Great Returns

Today we are very pleased to present the endorsement of Christine Cusanelli, MLA for Calgary-Currie.

The Council vote is only one week away, and we need your help to get the Cycle Track Network passed!

Contact your councillor and let them know that you support the Cycle Track Network. 

Contact the Mayor and let him know that you support the Cycle Track Network.

And don't forget to check out the Facebook page!

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