E-Scooters to stay in Calgary

E-Scooters to stay in Calgary

#sharedstreets, Infrastructure
Following an unanimous vote at the City council meeting last week, we will again see the ride sharing scheme back on our pathways this year, but with a few new rules attached. https://globalnews.ca/news/7585209/calgary-e-scooters-approved-2021/ Each scooter will have a highly visible identification numberA cap of 1,500 e-scootersOperate on low speed / low volume roads that don't have traffic linesPay a per-scooter permit fee (that will cover parking)A 15 cent fee per trip will be applied There were three operators in the City in 2020, Lime, Bird and Roll. Calgary was the first Canadian city to reach 1 million shared e-scooter rides and according to one operator, Calgary uses their scooters more than anywhere else in the world. Hopefully, with this new permanent user addition to the city's pathway systems, it will…
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New bike lane installed on Crescent Road in northwest Calgary

New bike lane installed on Crescent Road in northwest Calgary

Infrastructure
A new bike lane was recently installed on Crescent Road in northwest Calgary. Crescent road has gone from complete closure in April, to reopening in October with a narrow temporary active transport lane, to a widened permanent lane in December. We appreciate the City's quick response in this beautiful area, and look forward to seeing the same in other locations. https://globalnews.ca/news/7505028/new-bike-lane-installed-on-crescent-road-in-northwest-calgary/ Crescent Road has gone through several phases since March. Near the beginning of the pandemic, the whole road (from Centre St to 6A St NW) was closed to motor vehicle traffic and many Calgarians took advantage of the wide space to walk, run, skateboard, ride their bikes, watch physically-distanced fireworks, take in views of the river and the downtown skyline, and generally have a great time. In late October,…
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Research offers financial case for big city bike lanes…..but there’s even more to this!

Research offers financial case for big city bike lanes…..but there’s even more to this!

Advocacy
Time and time again, we see how vital active transportation infrastructure is to economic diversification and promoting a vibrant technology sector. Something Calgary should be thinking long and hard about as the industries that have provided prosperity for our City and Province will inevitably phase out or transition. The article below provides some insights through academic and business research, suggesting five key economic benefits associated with bike lanes in urban centers. But this is downtown centric, so imagine if this was spread through Calgary's suburbs too. What other reasons would there be to add safe routes for mobility and not take a car? https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/biking-lanes-business-health-1.5165954 What else would you add to this list? What does your area need to interconnect its infrastructure or be part of a #sharedstreets allocation to transform…
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Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan Survey

Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan Survey

Education
The City of Calgary is consolidating their environmental strategies to provide an updated vision for protecting and improving Calgary's environment into the future. To help build our guiding environmental plan, they want to learn about your desires for the environment and how Calgary’s plan can bring social, health and economic benefits to the city and our community. Their goal is to provide a unified strategy that will highlight and focus on Calgary’s key environmental issues, opportunities and priorities. This plan will help clearly define The City’s environmental direction and the path forward to tackle the most critical environmental challenges and improve Calgary's our environmental outcomes. The project has outlined focus areas that will help define and guide Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan: Climate Adaptation - Prepare for and adapt to…
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14 & 15 Avenue S.W. Mobility Improvements

14 & 15 Avenue S.W. Mobility Improvements

Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is looking to improve the 14 Avenue S. and 15 Avenue S. corridors. Impacting our communities in Beltline, Connaught and Victoria Park (Wards 8 and 11) from 12 Street SW to 1 Street SE. The survey ends on Sunday, January 31, 2021. https://engage.calgary.ca/1415ave As part of the 17 Avenue S.W. Construction Project, 14 Avenue S. and 15 Avenue S. were converted to one-way roads, with street parking preserved on both sides of the road, to provide detours during construction. This also provided an opportunity to improve the pedestrian experience and add wheeling facilities by reducing the widths of travel lanes to encourage a reduction in traffic speeds. Currently, 14 Avenue S. accommodates one westbound traffic lane with parking on both sides of the street, and 15 Avenue…
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The Future of 16 Avenue N.W.

The Future of 16 Avenue N.W.

Infrastructure
PROJECT UPDATE - JANUARY 2021 The City of Calgary wants to hear from you again on the Main Street options for Montgomery section. In fall 2020, you learned about the benefits and concepts, and evaluated them against the project’s goals. The shared ideas from the last survey have been turned into concept options for this important main street and transportation corridor. Now, they are looking for further feedback on the Main Streets options in the Montgomery section. After the fall engagement concluded, they discovered there were technical errors in the engage portal page that interfered with the ability to collect comprehensive feedback on all of the options. 16th Ave is one of the major crossing intersections for the Bow River pathway To ensure that project decisions and plans are based…
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Bike Calgary 2021 Wish List

Bike Calgary 2021 Wish List

Advocacy
With a new year approaching we have much to hope for, drawing on what we have seen, mostly in 2020, this is a time for change and progression, which needs to focus on moulding our futures for the better. Bike Calgary would like to therefore take a moment to reflect on where we are going and what a 2021 wish list could look like for us; A funded 5A Network (Always Available for All Ages and Abilities.), This could be delivered through phases and projects, which we hope would primarily look to connect the orphaned pathways, isolated communities and our education facilities.We wish for the successful completion of the pilot scheme of our Ride to School program at E.P Scarlett High School. We look forward to acquiring the funding required…
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Renaming our cycle tracks!

Renaming our cycle tracks!

#sharedstreets, Advocacy
On December 16th the City Council voted to direct the Administration to "explore formally changing the name of our cycle tracks to mobility tracks or another name to better reflect their current and future use, and return to Transportation and Transit Committee with recommendations and next steps no later that Q1 2021." So let's have a poll and help our Administration with some free input to help that decision. We are asking the communities of Calgary to see what you would call them and as part of that process, what else needs to be changed with it? Should they be categorized better perhaps? http://petespearing.survey.fm/calgary-renaming-our-cycle-tracks We will share the results here and also with the City of Calgary.
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Panorama Hills – Engage

Community
The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets pilot policy with the goal of creating local streets where neighbours can connect and choose travel options, no matter their age or ability. As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the community to improve streets in Panorama Hills for everyone to travel around the community. You can complete the survey and stay connected through email updates by clicking on the link below. The survey closes on the 27th December. https://engage.calgary.ca/panoramahills Panorama Hills is a residential community established in 1996. It is located in northcentral Calgary bounded by Stoney Trail to the north, Harvest Hills Boulevard to the east and Council Hills Boulevard to the south. According to the 2018 Civic Census, Panorama Hills has the third…
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The pathway factor: active transport of growing importance for homebuyers

The pathway factor: active transport of growing importance for homebuyers

#sharedstreets, Advocacy
According to the article in the link below from the Calgary Herald, and based upon the study by Zolo, communities with plenty of opportunity for active transport are viewed as being increasingly desirable. https://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/new-homes/the-bike-path-factor-active-transport-of-growing-importance-for-homebuyers Despite its significant amount of kilometers of pathway, albeit over a large area, Calgary scores only 79th in the survey. The score is compiled using metrics such as the quality of bicycle and walking paths, mass transit, precipitation and elevation change. Edmonton was ranked 36th. The factoring of our elevation change seems to perhaps penalise the outcome a little, but are our orphaned pathways more the real factor? The Greenway just ends East of Livingston in the North ........waiting for development of a road, although now split by the widening of Center Street with no direct…
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