Over the weekend, the City's begun painting in the road markings on the newly repaved 10 St NW ... and there are bike lanes going from 5 Ave NW all the way up to where 10 St turns into Cambrian Dr (intersection with Rosehill Dr). Lanes are painted up to 16 Ave NW, north of that they are still just "pencilled in". Expect them to be painted soon. The yellow center line is still missing, too. For the most part, the lanes are suitably wide, between 1 and 1.5 m. From 23 Ave south the bike lane is next to the curb, north of that (i.e., along Confederation Park, it is to the left of a parking lane, but wide enough to avoid being completely in the door zone. Notable additional features: at the intersection with 16 Av, cyclists share the bus lane when waiting to cross 16 Ave, and are allowed to proceed on the advance bus signal. There's a sign by the edge of the road near the intersection with 5 Ave (southbound) that instructs cyclists to "use the bicycle box for left turn". The bike box isn't there (yet?).
A southbound driving lane has been removed for this pilot project, so expect some gripes from drivers. Signs instruct drivers and cyclists to call 3-1-1 for information about the project. Let's use this exciting piece of cycling infrastructure and show Calgary that indeed, if they build it, we will come and ride on it. And call 3-1-1 (or email 3-1-1ContactUs@calgary.ca) to express your support for the project, and let the Councillor for Ward 7, Druh Farrell, know that you appreciate the work done to promote cycling in her ward!
There are a few areas that may cause confusion or invite misuse. Extra care must be taken at the intersection with 16 Ave, both north- and southbound, where the bike lane essentially crosses the turn lanes. At the intersection of 10 St and 5 Ave southbound, the rightmost lane turns into a right-turn lane just before the intersection. Cyclists going through or turning left will have to merge left at the same place where cars turning right onto 5 Ave have to merge into the turn lane. Halfawy up the hill, there is no good way for northbound cyclists to cross 10 St to get onto SAIT Way. A cyclist would still have to merge across two lanes of northboundtraffic to turn left here. [Update: see first comment -- they can't and shouldn't anyway!] It's unclear if anything could have been done here to accommodate cyclists, though, and students going to SAIT can go up further to 13 Ave and use the crosswalk there. Coming the other way, there are a number of ramps on the southbound bike lane to enter the SAIT campus.