The City of Calgary is seeking feedback on a proposed complete street (including cycle track!) along 2nd St SW through Mission and the Beltline. Now is the time to get involved and let the City know what you think!
Initially, the City had planned a painted bike lane along 2nd St, but thanks to feedback received, the City went back to the drawing board and created this updated plan for a physically separated cycle track on 2nd St all the way from the Elbow River to 10th Ave SW. This change in design means the project will create a critical All Ages & Abilities cycling link through this important area. The plan includes a poured concrete barrier, dashed green pavement at potential conflict zones, bicycle signals at signalized intersections, curb bulb outs and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h.
This high quality infrastructure is possible because the City is considering changing 2nd St from a two-way road to a one-way (Northbound) street. Though drivers may be concerned about the effect of this change, a traffic impact study conducted by the City found that there would not be any significant impacts on traffic. The City has also suggested that both 2nd Street SW and 5th Street SW carry enough cycle traffic such that his project should not impact the potential for 5th Street’s eventual cycle track connection to the Elbow River.
What You Can Do
At this stage, the project is still seeking approval, so your support is crucial! You can get involved in a few ways:
1. Fill out the City’s online engagement by November 16
Show your support and suggest constructive criticisms to help make this project a success.
2. Comment below with your suggestions
Bike Calgary will be submitting a letter to the City and can include your ideas. Suggestions or comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Check out the Bike Calgary volunteer opportunity
Take on a dedicated advocacy role focused on this project. Click here for more details!