$400m National Active Transportation Fund Announcement

$400m National Active Transportation Fund Announcement

Advocacy
The Government of Canada has announced $400 million for Canada's first active transportation fund, and the development of Canada's first National Active Transportation Strategy. 2021 Memorial Drive allocated lane. Temporary solutions for permanent issues need to be addressed. However, connectivity is also critically needed. What is Active Transportation? Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity. Active transportation includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes and cross-country skis. What is Active Transportation Infrastructure? Active transportation infrastructure refers to physical structures and the built environment that support active transportation, such as pathways, bike lanes, multi-use trails and widened sidewalks. The most effective active transportation infrastructure provides a complete network that allows users to safely move through…
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The Deerfoot Trail Study: what does it mean?

The Deerfoot Trail Study: what does it mean?

Advocacy, Infrastructure
The City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation recently released the Deerfoot Trail Study, which looked at upgrading the safety and accessibility of Deerfoot Trail. While the 5-year study focused on motor vehicles, some recommendations were made to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and wheelers. These recommendations focused on crossings of Deerfoot Trail. Here is our analysis. On the one hand, walking and wheeling infrastructure made up a very small part of this report. On the other hand, there is a lot to unpack. The study goals were twofold: “Improve freeway operations and safety on Deerfoot Trail”“Improve air quality and reducing vehicular emissions as part of the City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the time needed to travel to and within the corridor” The City of Calgary…
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Reducing Residential Speed Limits to 40km/h

Reducing Residential Speed Limits to 40km/h

#sharedstreets, Advocacy
UPDATE - On Feb. 1, City Council voted in favour of 40 km/h speed limits on residential roads! Congratulations and thanks to all who helped make this happen!!! Sunset on a residential street in Calgary - Councillors vote Monday, Feb 1st on reducing the unposted residential speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h. The 10km/h difference will be a step towards making our streets safer City wide, and not just on a case-by-case basis. In an open letter sent to the Mayor and City of Calgary Councillors, Bike Calgary emphasized the importance of the Monday 1st February vote to say "YES" to a residential speed limit of 40km/h. A reduction of 10km/h changes the physics and health outcomes for both drivers and pedestrians in the case of a collision. Fatalities, injuries,…
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Calgary’s k-12 students need 40 km/h residential speed limits, and they need them now.

Calgary’s k-12 students need 40 km/h residential speed limits, and they need them now.

Advocacy
See What can you do? section below for actions to make our residential streets safer at 40 km/h - Photo: vurschel Ask parents what issues they are concerned with at/around schools and you will hear about traffic. Speeding, safety, crosswalks, parking, j-walking, U-turns. School councils spend an inordinate amount of time discussing traffic issues – and parents across the city wish we didn’t have to. Speeding around schools – and on the residential streets kids use to get to school – is a problem. Bike Calgary and our Bike to School project team is encouraging parents and anyone interested in safer walking and wheeling for all Calgarians regardless of age, to reach out to their City councillor before this upcoming Monday, February 1st. Ask them to vote for the proposed 40…
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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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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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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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14 and 15 Ave SW Mobility Improvements – Upcoming Project

Advocacy, Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is looking into options to improve mobility connections in the Beltline on 14 and 15 Ave SW. These streets were converted to one-way traffic and painted bike lines were added as part of the 17 Avenue SW street reconstruction between 2017 and 2019. Spot the bike infrastructure! Check out the project website here: https://engage.calgary.ca/1415Ave This project was also listed as a possible recipient for Provincial Government infrastructure stimulus funding (see page 13). The results from Phase 1 of public engagement were just released. The results show strong support and many comments in favour of a protected cycling connection. This is a very positive development, but there is more work to be done to make sure this project meets the City's 5A Network Principles. Here's what you…
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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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