The City of Calgary initiated a Snow Routes program at the beginning of last winter. This program is intended to support snow plowing operations by removing vehicles from the streets, thus allowing crews to clear roads more efficiently and effectively. Specifically, snow routes allow plows to clear designated routes (major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes), from curb-to-curb in a timely manner (i.e. efficiently). Such a program eliminates several problems, such as snow building up beside parked cars and being moved back onto the street or reducing road widths. Official details on Snow Routes can be found at:
The Snow Routes program will come up for review in the committee meeting on Transportation and Transit. The Agenda will be posted at:
Timely curb-to-curb snow clearing can be beneficial to cyclists. Curb-to-curb clearing means that, in the absence of parked cars, the parking lane is open for use by cyclists. It also means that additional roadway space remains available so that cyclists and motorists can more easily share the road. Likewise, the sooner the snow is cleared after a snowfall, the sooner cyclists can start utilizing a roadway. Also advantageous is the fact that any residual snow melts quicker when the good weather arrives. Ultimately this type of program can make cycling more convenient and safer.
Bike Calgary is requesting feedback on the following:
[Deadline passed: 1) the Snow Routes program so we can request the Transportation and Transit Committee consider the benefits of timely curb-to-curb snow clearing for cyclists (JUNE 15)]
2) Suggestions on which on-street bikeways should be cleared as a priority along with the rationale. A prioritized list will be presented to the City so be specific (DUE JUNE 24)
The City of Calgary Roads Maintenance Division received funding for enhanced snow and ice control for on-street bikeways in the 2012 to 2014 budget, in response to action C27 in the Cycling Strategy: “Develop a new level of service for high quality gravel-sweeping and snow and ice control of on-street bicycle routes in high use / high growth areas.” The City requests a list of prioritized on-street bikeways to help them in determining which routes should receive this enhanced on-street snow and ice control. In addition to the list, we would appreciate a brief description of your rationale for the priority of the routes.