The Transportation & Transit Committee will debate the annual Cycling Strategy Update as well as evaluation criteria for the Cycle Track pilot and a report on cycle track maintenance on Wednesday. The agenda is now online with links to individual documents on the right once you click on an agenda item. The public is welcome to attend; the meeting will also be livestreamed.
Highlights for the past year include, of course, the approval and planning for the downtown cycle track network, but also several bicycle and pedestrian improvements outside donwtown, such as Bowness Rd NW, Brentwood Rd NW, Sunmills Dr SE, 10 St NW, Northland Dr NW, 40/42 St SW, 26 St SW, and 12 Av SW. Although these projects include bike lanes, many of them do so almost only incidentally: when communities request traffic calming measures to cut down on speeding on excessively wide suburban streets, an easy and cheap way to do it is to restripe the road to include bike lanes. The Bicycle Program has also significantly increased the amount of as well as access to bicycle data. Two automated counters on the 7 St cycle track and on the Peace Bridge are about to go live, and several more are in the works for next summer. Here's the whole library of bicycle data.
Also on the agenda for Wednesday are the criteria and targets on which the cycle track pilot project will be evaluated (this includes some updated baseline bicycle counts along the affected routes) as well as an update on cycle track winter maintenance. As it turns out, outsourcing snow removal for the 7 St cycle track was much more expensive than using city crews. The attachment to that agenda item describes the approach to snow clearing for cycle tracks in detail, if you're interested.
For 2015, in addition to the cycle track pilot, we're told to expect a new Share the Road guide to help Calgarians understand the rules of the road better whether they are cyclists or a motorists. There will also be new corridor projects to connect the cycling network, and the city plans to begin an update of the 2000 Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan.