Rosemont Community Association is holding a meeting on the 10 St NW bike lanes on Wednesday June 13. Previous meetings just after the bke lanes were imlemented last year were reportedly heated, so much so that cyclists felt uncomfortable speaking up. We've heard from many Calgarians from the area and points north that they love the bike lanes, many even becoming regular bicycle commuters ony because the bike lanes have made them feel safe. A constructive meeting discussing benefits, problems, and possible solutions to traffic problems real or perceived is important and can only benefit from the voices of Calgarians riding from Rosemont. Please plan to attend.
Fom Rosemont CA president Kris Olsen in the Cambrian Heights/Rosemont CA June newsletter at http://cambrianheightscommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/CAMBRIANJ... :
"The Rosemont Community is hosting a Community Consultation regarding the City’s Pilot Bike Path on 10th Street. The meeting will be on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm....The point of the meeting is to receive public feedback into how they feel the bikes lanes are going. I highly encourage folks from both sides of this argument to attend. I will try to get some of the city official to come out, but we really need members from the biking community to help give us some real feedback and options...
Folks we need options and solutions, not just complaining...Please come and make sure the interests of our community are being voiced. At the onset of the City’s 10 Street Pilot Bike Project, the City highlighted the following features:
Over the past couple of years the Transportation Department has been working on improvements to various commuter cycle routes to the Centre City from various quadrants of the City. These include 2 Street NW, 19 Street NW, 8 Avenue NE, 5 Street SW and 26 Avenue SW. The cycle improvements being implemented on 10 Street /Cambrian Drive NW are part of this strategy to provide more travel options for Calgarians. Where possible, the pedestrian improvements are integrated into the curb extension designs for pedestrian crosswalks and regional pathway crossings. This minimizes the crossing distance across the roadway and exposure to traffic to enhance crossing safety. An added benefit is that travel lanes become parking lanes where there is a demand for parking such as at Confederation Park and the Rosemont Community Hall.
City staff reviewed the traffic volume relative to roadway capacity on 10 Street/Cambrian Drive NW and this roadway. With an average total weekday traffic flow of 12,000 vehicles per day, single travel lanes in each direction can easily accommodate this amount of traffic. It is worth noting that Northmount Drive NW, and 24 Avenue NW carry 17,000 and 15,000 vehicles per day respectively with one lane in each direction.
Given the current rules of the road, motorists are allowed to drive in a bike lane provided they are making the next right turn. Operationally, this means in the absence of cyclists & parked cars motorists are permitted to continue to use the de facto right-turn-only “lane” which turns onto northbound 10 Street. We intentionally did not put a curb extension in this “lane”.
Operationally, the portion of 10 St adjacent to Rosemont is unaffected. Notably, there is only one travel lane and one parking lane in each direction west of Rosehill Drive for northbound, and north of the end of frontage for southbound. As such, direct consultation was only done with the North Hill communities (Mount Pleasant) as the community loses a travel lane in each direction on 10 Street NW, north of 23 Avenue NW. Note that there is a minor widening for the bike lane on Cambrian Drive NW on the north side adjacent the green space between Commerce Street and Northmount Drive NW to avoid changing the existing cross section of the road.
Please come out and make your opinion known."
For reference, here are Bike Calgary's discussion threads about the 10 St NW projects:
North of 23 Ave:
5 Ave to 23 Ave: