Mainstreet Equity has a number of Calgary apartment buildings situated along the newly established bike lanes. These lanes are designated roadways and individual lanes exclusively for bikers in Calgarys Urban areas.
The co-existence of cyclists with vehicle traffic and pedestrians is a concern in all modern cities, and Calgary is no exception. One of the most popular and successful solutions to cycling traffic in populated cities are dedicated bicycle lanes. This guide will help you learn more about the history of Calgary’s current bike lanes and how–and where–to use them.
In 2015, the Calgary Transportation Department launched a pilot program to test the success and traffic of new bicycle lanes in the city centre. These bicycle lanes would be cycle tracks, rather than standard lanes. Unlike a standard bike lane–which is marked off with painted barriers on the ground and is not separated from ordinary traffic–a cycle lane is a bike lane with a physical barrier that separates it from parked cars, sidewalks, and moving cars.
The lanes first opened in June of 2015 and were heavily monitored and studied in order to determine their efficiency, frequency of use, and the possible need to make the lanes permanent and/or expanded.
The results of this pilot program heavily indicated that the network was indeed a success. Daily trips tripled in between the first installation to the end of the pilot program, and cyclists traveling into and out of the downtown area increased by a stunning 40%. The Transportation Department also conducted an extensive telephone survey which found that 2/3 of surveyed Calgarians supported the new cycle track pilot program.
Due to the success, the Calgary City Council voted to make the pilot cycle tracks into a permanent bicycle lane system. Since then, work has continued to improve the functionality of the lanes, extend the lanes, and make the overall cycling experience safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and everyone who shares the city centre.
The pilot program uncovered many interesting statistics regarding cycling use in the city. The most notable of which are:
– The city created 130 new parking stalls in order to replace parking spots lost due to the implementation of new bike routes
– The longest delay to drivers due to the bike lanes was 90 seconds when cyclists rode down the entire 12 Avenue bike lane during a peak morning traffic period
– 30% of the people riding in the city using the cycle track network during the pilot were women
– Almost 70% of surveyed Calgarians approved of the cycle track program and installing bike lane routes
– Illegal sidewalk cycling decreased from 16% to a whopping 2% due to the cycle track pilot program
Calgary’s current cycle tracks are located in the following areas:
– 5 Street (east side)
– Edmonton Trail (west side)
– 7 Street S.W. (east side)
– 8 Avenue / 9 Avenue (north and south sides)
– 12 Avenue (north side)
Cyclists should note that cycling is legal on Stephen Avenue and the Olympic Plaza, though there are currently no cycle tracks in that location. Remember: always obey the rules of the road and do your due diligence to ensure you are following the law no matter where you cycle.
For more information please visit the City of Calgary Link