The new pedestrian/cyclist bridge over Bow Trail at 24 St SW opened last fall, just as winter was setting in, so the north side ramp did not get paved until last week. In addition some bike infrastructure was added to 24 St SW to allow for a connection between the pathway coming up the hill beside Shaganappi Golf Course and the Bow River Pathway (BRP) and the new bridge.
The bridge is very nice and is designed to evoke a chinook arch. The bridge is wide and has nice wide access ramps at either end; a big improvement over the old bridge.
The infrastructure on 24 St consists of sharrows and painted bike lanes. Here is the view as you proceed southbound.
You can see how the lane starts away form the curb, then cuts in, then fades. The existing curb cut is beyond the end of the lane, but some spray paint may indicate a new curb cut on the way.
The roadway here is very wide, but ...
As a rider comes north over the bridge and coasts down the ramp they see this:
You can just see the southbound lane as it merges into the sidewalk. One presumes that you are supposed to cross at the sidewalk and join up with the northbound lane on the other side. It is difficult to see above but a bike lane emerges from the curb along Bow Trail and curves around on 24 St.
At the south end of the bridge there are pathways going east and west. The west bound path takes a rider to 25 A St which is a good connector to get up to 26 St, 14 Ave or 29 St. The problem here is that the if a rider is approaching from the south they need to turn a blind corner into a one way street to access the curb cut. There is a desire path on the east side that is a better location for the access ramp.
This is one of few ways for cyclists to get from the south west to the BRP (Others are Edworthy Park and some east of Crowchild) and is heavily used. The hill down to the BRP is steep and can get icy, but it is cleared in winter. Some riders go up Soveriegn Crescent and cross at the lights at 26 St, but the light cycle there is very long. 24 St is a light traffic road with really only local residential traffic and it likely sees more bike traffic than car.
What do you think?