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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Calgary Cycling Infrastructure – 2021 Year in Review

Calgary Cycling Infrastructure – 2021 Year in Review

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
As 2021 comes to a close, we want to reflect on some of the progress that has been made in Calgary towards safer and more convenient cycling routes. This will be somewhat of a longer blog post, so here is a brief outline: Policy and/or administrative changes implemented in the past yearAdaptive Roadways programMulti-use pathway / Off-street pathway projectsProtected Wheeling LanesLooking ahead to 2022 POLICY CHANGES One of City Council's most impactful actions towards safer active transportation in 2021 was the adoption of 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. After a strong majority vote in favour by City Council in February, the…
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City of Calgary Accessibility Awards

City of Calgary Accessibility Awards

Community, Education, Events, Uncategorized
On December 20, the City of Calgary announced that the Alberta Ability Network and Bike Calgary were the recipients of the City’s Transportation Opportunities Award. The award recognized Alberta Ability Network and Bike Calgary’s “Safe and Accessible Pathways” initiative. Here is a video that the City put together interviewing the award recipients. Mayor Gondek presented the award to Mezaun Lakha-Evin, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy with the Alberta Ability Network. https://twitter.com/cityofcalgary/status/1473023150321405952 Bike Calgary began a partnership with the Alberta Ability Network (AAN) in Fall of 2020 and regularly sends a representative to AAN’s monthly Affordable and Accessible Transportation Table meetings. We quickly learned that there were some shared advocacy goals with AAN around issues like road safety, snow clearing for sidewalks and pathways, and concerns around user comfort and…
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Neighbourhood Streets Policy

Neighbourhood Streets Policy

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Imagine safe, comfortable travel options - and more - in our communities Neighbourhood Streets Pilot - Separated Wheeling Lanes on Silver Springs Blvd in NW Calgary The City of Calgary is looking for public input on the new Neighbourhood Streets Policy that is currently being piloted in several communities. This should be of great interest to Bike Calgary members and anyone else looking to significantly improve the communities that we live, work, and play in. The last day to provide your online input is December 17th. After you’ve read this blog, please go to https://engage.calgary.ca/neighbourhood-streets-pilot-policy to learn more about the policy itself and submit your comments. In June 2022, City administration will recommend a final version Neighbourhood Streets Policy to Council for approval – please let your voices be heard.…
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Marda Loop 34 Ave SW – Cycling Improvements

Marda Loop 34 Ave SW – Cycling Improvements

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
The City of Calgary is looking for feedback on three possible options for cycling and pedestrian improvements on 34 Ave SW, between Crowchild Trail and 14 St SW. This is being completed as part of the City's Main Streets work in Marda Loop on 33 Ave and 34 Ave SW. 34 Ave SW - South Calgary / Altadore 34 Avenue SW is noted on the City's 5A Network Map as a Recommended On-Street bikeway. The avenue connects many local businesses in the Marda Loop Business Improvement Area (BIA) including attractions such as the Garrison Woods Safeway and Village Ice Cream. As part of the Main Streets work, both 33 and 34 Ave SW are scheduled to receive streetscape upgrades. No bicycling upgrades are planned for 33 Avenue, so 34 Avenue…
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