I cannot rewrite the entire posting but here on the bike pathway system thread on SSP Calgary
there is the start of a discussion on post 238 about the proposed bike lanes for the West LRT expansion that will be discussed at a meeting on May 2nd at Westbrook Mall (either between 2-4 or 4-8, the city has mixed info on the exact time).
The planning of these bike lanes and their integration with traffic is completely against the direction that more bike orientated cities are taking. Cities like Copenhagen and Vancouver are moving towards curb side dedicated bike lanes where the parked car lane is between the bike lane and the moving traffic. Cities mentioned above are actually spending a considerable amount of money converting towards that type of setup. Calgary, which is more starting from square one are actually proposing to construct most of their bike lanes in the older fashion which has already proven more dangerous and less effective at encouraging bike travel.
This type of proposal and subsequent delivery of bike lanes in this fashion is simply terrible in every way. Most bicycalists would GREATLY preffer the dedicated bike lanes that are removed from traffic, having the parked cars between them and the moving traffic. This also means that cars that are being parked are "not" cutting across the bike lane in order to get into the parked car lane and the bike lane does not have driver side doors opening and potentially forcing bikers to suddenly swerve into the vehicle lane and potentially cause a serious accident.
The city needs to do alot better on this, they need to look at the bike lanes that other cities are moving towards and find viable routes/streets where they can produce dedicated bike lanes with parked car lanes between the bike lane and the moving traffic or where parking lanes do not exist putting barriers between the vehicle lanes and the bike lanes such as it already done in cities where biking is more popular and viable as a form of transportation.
I have looked at alot of the proposed "bike lanes" on the above proposal and rest assured that I would not want to bike along alot of those routes or use those bike lanes, and countless other people who might consider biking to work will be put off by the implementation of those lanes as well and thus choose not to use a bike for transportation.
The implementation of proper dedicated bike lanes that are seperated from vehicle traffic is critical if the city is sincere about making biking a truly viable transportation option for more people. If they build things right they WILL see an increase in bike ridership, but what they are proposing atm is certainly not going to do it.