For background, see below.
Earlier this year, the City retained Stantec as a consultant for developing a plan for the Centre City cycle track network. Stantec has worked over the last half year with internal and external stakeholders through the Centre City Cycling Network committee, and collected feedback from the public online and at open houses in September. The City and Stantec are now engaging the public again on draft plans on the shape of future protected bike lanes like the one that was built on 7 St SW last summer. Open houses and info sessions will run for one week starting Thursday.
At these engagement sessions you will learn that City staff and Stantec have divided the Centre City into a number of east-west and north-south corridors that will be considered for cycle tracks. Corridors may consist of multiple roadways grouped geographically with the exact roadways and cycle track configuration (i.e. one-way or two-way) to be determined.
You will also learn that the City has identified an eastern north-south corridor for the 2014 phase of the cycle track network, with plans to commence construction of a 1.7km long two-way cycle track along 1st Street SE. This facility will span from Riverwalk, on the Bow River, to the Elbow River regional pathway, near Talisman Centre. It will provide access to a number of amenities en-route, including new office towers Downtown and mixed residential and commercial developments in the Beltline.
Engagement sessions will run from November 28th to December 5th, 2013 with dates and locations as follows;
CORE shopping Centre, +15 level by Holt Renfrew (324, 8 Ave. S.W.) - Thursday, Nov. 28-Friday, Dec. 6, all day (staff available over weekday lunch hours, except the dates listed below)
Mountain Equipment Coop (830, 10 Ave. S.W.) - Saturday, Nov. 30, noon-4 p.m.
Nexen Building, main floor lobby (801, 7 Ave. S.W.)- Tuesday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Mountain Equipment Coop - Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Eighth Avenue Place, +15 level (525, 8 Ave. S.W.) - Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Looking at the maps of our recommendations (see below), it is evident that an eastern north-south corridor will complement the network. Having said that, we feel it is extremely important to continue to stress the importance of developing the central east-west and north-south corridors that will connect to this facility and enable comprehensive access to the Centre City.
[Update: display boards for the engagement sessions online.]
Go and see what the City has to say and then let us know what you think.