I commute along the Memorial pathway during the winter. During the winter months the City has blocked off the underpass under Edmonton Trail north bound/5 Ave off ramp that flows onto Memorial drive east. The problem is there is no other way to safely pass over or under these streets with the path blocked off. There is no designated cross walk across Edmonton Trail/5 Ave. So people hop off their bikes and walk it around the barricade/gate and through the underpass.
If anyone has commuted through there this winter you know it is Calgary's second unofficial luge run. Right now its a luge run in the morning and a lake in the evening. I fall almost every time I walk my bike under there, it is pure black ice. Now I am not the only one using this, there are many joggers, cyclists etc. I can't imagine how handicapped people would negotiate this stretch of the path.
I have called 311 a few times and have a hard time to get them to put in a complaint. They tell that the underpass is closed due to public safety so they can't put in a complaint about cleaning it up since it's closed. One operator instructed me to lodge a complaint stating that there is no safe alternative to cross Edmonton Trail and 5 Ave at that intersection.
So could all you Bike Calgary members join forces and call 311 everyday and lodge a complaint that there is no safe cross walk across Edmonton Trail and 5 Ave. The more complaints they have about an issue the more resources they allocate to fix a problem. So if people who rely on that route call in everyday we might generate some action for next winter.