New Infrastructure and Federal Funding: 34 Ave SE in Dover

New Infrastructure and Federal Funding: 34 Ave SE in Dover

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Following up from our 2022 Infrastructure Year In Review blog post, we wanted to highlight another 5A network project that is nearing completion in the Southeast Calgary community of Dover. 34 Avenue is an east-west connecting road between 36 Street and 26 Street SE. Further west from 26 Street, it crosses Deerfoot Trail as Gosling Way to access an off-leash dog park and the Inglewood Golf and Curling Club. The previous 4-lane roadway with a large centre median was found to be overbuilt for the amount of drivers that used it.  Previous northern (westbound lanes of 34 Street SE). Image from Google Street view: Through the City of Calgary’s Neighbourhood Streets program, this corridor was identified for reconstruction to add more space for walking and wheeling, as well as naturalization…
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Calgary Cycling Infrastructure – 2022 Year in Review

Calgary Cycling Infrastructure – 2022 Year in Review

Advocacy, Community, Infrastructure
As 2022 comes to a close, we've compiled a summary of the changes and improvements that we've noticed around the City over the past year. Here's a link to our 2021 year in review post. A brief outline of what this blog will cover: Policy and/or administrative changes implemented in the past year Adaptive Roadways program Multi-use pathway / Off-street pathway projects Protected Wheeling Lanes Looking ahead to 2023 POLICY CHANGES In 2022 Calgary adopted 40 km/h residential speed limits, for all residential streets (streets with no painted centreline), and some collector streets (busier neighbourhood streets, often with bus routes). More information about this change can be found here. In 2022 some additional policy changes were made: Several commercial main streets such as 17 Ave SW (Beltline/Mission/Lower Mount Royal) and 9…
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City Budget – Help Support Safer Cycling

City Budget – Help Support Safer Cycling

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Between November 21-25, Calgary City Council will debate the 2023-2026 budget, which will set the course on our city's spending priorities for the next four years. Our ask to you is to add your voice to speak up for safe, convenient and accessible mobility options in Calgary, with continued funding and support for walking, cycling, and transit. You can find details of the proposed budget here (we'd recommend starting with Item 9.2.1, Attachments 3 and 9): https://pub-calgary.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=dd277014-8af6-42d6-bf9e-b19fc7bb7080&Agenda=Merged&lang=English&Item=26&Tab=attachments The Ward 9 office has provided us with a great resource that explains how you can give your input on the budget: We'd love to see many Calgarians sign up to speak on November 22! Bike Calgary will be presenting along with a few of our community partners, asking for dedicated funding and…
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Upcoming Detour – 3 Avenue South

Upcoming Detour – 3 Avenue South

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Please be aware of an upcoming detour on the 3rd Ave SW wheeling lanes. Starting on August 22, ATCO will be working on 3rd Ave SW between 2nd and 3rd Street SW. This work is expected to take 5 weeks, and is happening in preparation for the Green Line LRT project. See below for more information. Given the impacts to the 3rd Avenue cycle track we hope to see a thoughtful and safe transition in place for this detour. Check out https://www.calgary.ca/green-line/green-line-construction/green-line-featured-construction-project.html for more information about the overall project.
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Unite the Heights and 11 Street SW Underpass

Unite the Heights and 11 Street SW Underpass

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Source: City of Calgary Engage: https://engage.calgary.ca/11StreetSWUnderpass Two more engagement opportunities have opened for upcoming projects in Calgary. This is an important opportunity to give your feedback on these projects which could include some significant upgrades for people walking and wheeling. Both projects are part of the City's plans for a safe and connected 5A Network for walking, cycling, and other forms of active transportation. Unite the Heights (8 Avenue North from Mayland Heights to Crescent Heights) Engagement page: https://engage.calgary.ca/UniteTheHeights Timeline for input: June 6-June 26, 2022 The City of Calgary is undertaking a functional planning study on 8 Avenue north, which is an important east-west street linking the communities of Mayland Heights, Saint George's Heights, Renfrew, and Crescent Heights. Community destinations along 8 Avenue include McHugh Bluff, Crescent Heights High…
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Kensington Area Improvements Online Engagement

Kensington Area Improvements Online Engagement

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
The final phase of public engagement is now open for the Kensington Area Improvements project located in the northwest communities of West Hillhurst and Hillhurst/Sunnyside. Check out the design concepts and fill out your feedback here: https://engage.calgary.ca/kensingtonarea Active transportation users will be particularly interested in the first three projects on the website: 19 Street NW between 5 Avenue and Kensington Road NW: Separated on-street wheeling lanes on each side of the roadway, which also provides better separation for sidewalk users from the roadway lanes. The improvements include raised islands and curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians and to improve their visibility to drivers. This project would provide better access to the growing "main street" section of 19 Street. Source: City of Calgary Engage website: https://engage.calgary.ca/kensingtonarea 2 Avenue…
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City of Calgary – Construction Detours

City of Calgary – Construction Detours

Infrastructure
Bike Calgary has been made aware of two new cycling detours that may affect how you move around the City. 1. Starting March 21: In Victoria Park, as part of the Beltline Downtown Utility Relocation Project for the Green Line LRT, the 12 Avenue SE cycle track will be closed between 3 St SE and Olympic Way SE. Detour routes are available, please follow the signage. For more information visit: https://www.calgary.ca/green-line/green-line-construction/green-line-featured-construction-project.html Green Line Utility Relocation Impacts - March 2022 2. Starting March 16: During City of Calgary storm sewer improvements from March 16 – April 8 (weather dependent) there will be a bike lane detour in place for 10 ST NW southbound bike lane between 16 Ave and SAIT Way NW. View the bike lane detour map here. If you are…
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Feedback Requested – 12 Avenue SW Cycle Track Extension

Feedback Requested – 12 Avenue SW Cycle Track Extension

Advocacy, Infrastructure
12 Avenue Cycle Track at 14 Street SW - Photo: Jon van Heyst This post is the first in a series about new cycling infrastructure projects in Calgary. Bike Calgary is looking for feedback from people who walk or wheel along these new pathways and bikeway additions to the city’s 5A Network. We hope to use this information to provide valuable feedback on these projects to City Council and administration, and to inform our advocacy on new and future projects. Construction on the 12 Avenue SW cycle track extension happened in two stages and officially opened in October 2021. This project extended the bikeway from the previous terminus at 11 Street SW west to 19 Street SW, then across 10 Avenue to the Bow River Pathway. See below for the…
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Ramsay / Inglewood 11 St & 12 St Survey

Ramsay / Inglewood 11 St & 12 St Survey

#sharedstreets, Advocacy, Infrastructure
The redesigned streetscape for 11 Street SE / 12 Street SE through the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood has been released, and the City of Calgary is requesting feedback on the preferred design concept. Check out the plans and survey at the link below: https://engage.calgary.ca/ramsay-inglewoodTOD Adaptive roadway on the west side of 12 Street SE in Inglewood. Photo: Bike Calgary The design drawings call for a two-way wheeling path on the west side of 12 Street SE in Inglewood and under the CP rail tracks, similar to the current adaptive roadway on this street. Proposed design on 12 Street SE through Inglewood with west side multi-use pathway. Graphic: City of Calgary Engage South of the underpass, however, the pathway switches to the east side of the roadway. No rationale is…
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Tell us how you cycle: Survey of Older Cyclists Now Underway

Tell us how you cycle: Survey of Older Cyclists Now Underway

Advocacy, Education, Research
The Mineta Transportation Institute wants to learn more about older cyclists. Bike Calgary is sharing this survey to help them collect data that can be used to help change the built environment and to support continued cycling as people age. Increased cycling rates among all ages has sparked the need to learn more about how to make cycling possible and safe in the United States and Canada.  Learning about why and how older adults (50 and older) cycle is no exception, especially since remaining physical active and engaged supports overall wellness. Survey results provide transportation planners and engineers, public health professionals, and journalists with better information about the needs of older adults who cycle, similar to what we know about kids that walk or bike to school. Based on what…
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