Update from the City:
This update on the Northland Drive bus/bicycle lanes is being sent to Community Associations, schools, commercial property owners and other groups in the area of the Northland Drive between Crowchild Trail and 52 Avenue N.W. After gathering feedback from commuters and the community through spring 2012, the design for the bus/bicycle lane progressed through the summer and was approved.
What’s happening now?
Over the past few days, Calgary crews painted preliminary lines on northbound and southbound Northland Drive to outline the future bus/bicycle lanes between Crowchild Trail and 52 Avenue N.W. At this point, the bus/bicycle lanes are not fully installed and current commuters can use them.
What’s happening next?
In September (as early as the upcoming weekend), crews will complete the new bus/bicycle lanes and install the “bus/bicycle-only” signs to tell motorists, bus drivers and bicyclists of the new travel lanes. Once this lane painting and sign installation finishes, the bus/bicycle lanes will be officially open and enforced. When confirmed, I will send an e-mail to you with the date this opening will happen. After opening, The City will monitor traffic patterns and make adjustments to traffic signal timing to ensure traffic moves as efficiently as possible.
Using the bicycle/bus lane
- Only bicyclists and Calgary Transit buses are allowed to use the lane.
- Bus/bicycle lanes are marked with a black and white sign displaying a white diamond on a black background next to symbols of a bus and bicycle.
- The bus/bicycle lane operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Bicyclists should position themselves near the center of the bus/bicycle lane, to be more visible to traffic.
- Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
- A bus or bicyclist may leave the bus/bicycle lane to pass a slower moving bus or bicyclist.
- Motor vehicles can only use the bus/bicycle lane close to intersections when making a right-hand turn. When making a right-hand turn, motorists must yield to buses and bicyclists in the bus/bicycle lane before entering.
The intersection on the south side of the Northland Drive N.W. overpass at Crowchild Trail will undergo a six-month trial for a three-way stop configuration (indicated by all signal lights flashing red). If the intersection operates safely and efficiently in this configuration, stop signs will permanently replace the traffic signals for the three directions of travel.
For more information on the Northland Drive bus/bicycle lane, please visit calgary.ca and search “Northland Drive bus/bike”. Thank you for your patience while The City installs these lanes.