Bike Calgary pushes city to keep pedestrian, cyclist lanes open through winter

Bike Calgary pushes city to keep pedestrian, cyclist lanes open through winter

#sharedstreets, Advocacy
The City has decided to remove the mobility lanes installed in March to enable Calgarians to socially distance. Our option to this is within the Calgary Herald today. https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/bike-calgary-pushes-city-to-extend-pedestrian-cyclist-lanes-through-winter The stats show the numbers, so reviewing them in the Spring will change what? Our presentation to the city on Wednesday also provided an opportunity to obtain federal funding and create a Phase 1 of the city's long term plans. This would enable us to connect pathways and provide communities with viable mobility options, including schools, which could include some of these lanes. Speak to your Councilor and lets get some traction #yyc!
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Mobility connections can be achieved through a 5A Network “Phase 1”

Mobility connections can be achieved through a 5A Network “Phase 1”

#sharedstreets, Advocacy, Infrastructure
What if we had an alternate affordable option for transportation that meant we could leave our cars at home? What if people of all abilities could access our pathway systems and it was interconnected to and within communities and allowed our children to use them to get to school safely? Suburban, New and Downtown Communities linked up to each other and to our transportation network? #sharedstreets is seeking support to enable Calgary to access federal funding to help us achieve some of this. The City has already been thinking ahead with the 5A network plan, but as we know, this detailed long term plan doesn't cater for the short term demands and needs. Councilor Jyoti Gondek explained today on CBC news how this issue impacts parts of the Ward 3…
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Infrastructure Rides – Inglewood 9 Ave SE

Infrastructure Rides – Inglewood 9 Ave SE

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Last week, members of Bike Calgary's infrastructure task force took a spin through Inglewood to check out some new intersection improvements and a short section of raised cycle track along 9 Avenue SE. Here is the link to the project website: This project improves a missing link in the cycling network, connecting destinations such as the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, International Ave (17 Ave SE), Pearce Estate Park, Calgary Zoo, and Inglewood's 9 Ave main street. The group took stops along the way to discuss their experiences and observations. Here is some of what we saw: The Highlights The raised cycle track under the CP rail tracks is a big improvement. Before this project, users would have to brave the traffic in a dark, bumpy underpass, or navigate a narrow sidewalk.…
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Citizen-led Petition – Calgary needs more open streets to keep safe and healthy during the covid-19 pandemic

Citizen-led Petition – Calgary needs more open streets to keep safe and healthy during the covid-19 pandemic

Advocacy
Please check out this blog post and petition from a Bike Calgary member (and former President of Bike Calgary). https://www.projectcalgary.org/open_streets This petition is part of a wonderful, broader project. Here is a quote from their website: Calgary is at a crossroads. Our economy faces major challenges. Unemployment and office vacancies are among the highest in the country. Decades of costly sprawl and poor urban planning have stretched municipal budgets and spread city services thin. Meanwhile, the world is changing rapidly and we risk being left behind if we don’t adapt quickly.  But we are a city of builders shaped by two rivers at a confluence of cultures. We share the belief that Calgary’s best stories are yet to be told.  https://www.facebook.com/prjctcalgary/ https://twitter.com/project_calgary
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Calgary’s Green Line LRT – Online Engagement

Calgary’s Green Line LRT – Online Engagement

Advocacy, Infrastructure
City of Portland Multi-Use Transit Bridge - Spinlister.com Online Engagement Link: https://engage.calgary.ca/greenline Calgary's Green Line is looking to get back on track! With the new Stage 1 alignment being released in late January, the City of Calgary is looking for input on some changes to the LRT alignment through, the Beltline, Downtown, and up Centre Street to 16 Avenue North. The online feedback page gives you an opportunity to input challenges and opportunities for the various sections of the Centre City alignment. Here are some possible topics to consider that could impact cycling connections in the area: Centre Street North: East-West Crossings for cycling and walking across Centre Street Bow River Crossing: Opportunity for a multi-use pathway as part of the bridge over Memorial Drive, the Bow River, and Prince's…
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12 Ave South Improvements Open House Dec 11th

12 Ave South Improvements Open House Dec 11th

Advocacy, Events, Infrastructure
(City of Calgary Project Page Phase 3 Image - Link below) Another City Open House to add to your calendar's this time regarding Phase 3 of the 12 Ave West cycle track extension. We know Bike Calgary members were pretty tickled to have Phase 2 open this autumn when the original 12 Ave cycle track was extended from 11 St SW to 15th St SW across 14 St and into Sunulta. The next phase will be about connecting the cycle track all the way to the Bow River Pathway, yippee! Project Site and for more information or if you cannot make the open house: https://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Cycling/Cycling-Route-Improvements/12-Avenue-South-improvements.aspx Drop In: Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019Venue: Sunalta Community Hall, 1627 10 Ave S.W.​, Calgary, AB T3C 0J7 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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ACTION REQUESTED – Contact your Councillor about the budget

ACTION REQUESTED – Contact your Councillor about the budget

Advocacy
Bike Calgary is asking all of its members to write to their Councillors asking that budget for active transportation (i.e. cycle tracks and pathways) be maintained as the City makes cuts to the budget. Check out Bike Calgary's submission on the topic: https://bikecalgary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Bike-Calgary-letter-to-City-re_-budget-reductions-2019.pdf We are also asking that public transit budget be maintained, as we want all Calgarians to have great transportation options. Feel free to add your own points. Please remember to be respectful and constructive in your submissions. Here is are the email addresses for the City's Councillors. Ward 1 - ward.sutherland@calgary.caWard 2 - joe.magliocca@calgary.caWard 3 - jyoti.gondek@calgary.caWard 4 - sean.chu@calgary.caWard 5 - george.chahal@calgary.caWard 6 - jeff.davison@calgary.caWard 7 - druh.farrell@calgary.ca Ward 8 - evan.woolley@calgary.caWard 9 - gian-carlo.carra@calgary.caWard 10 - ray.jones@calgary.caWard 11 - jeromy.farkas@calgary.caWard 12 - shane.keating@calgary.caWard 13 -…
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EngageCalgary Survey – Stephen Avenue Master Plan

EngageCalgary Survey – Stephen Avenue Master Plan

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Survey Link: https://engage.calgary.ca/stephenavenue The City of Calgary is looking for your input on the Stephen Avenue corridor, which includes 8 Ave South from Olympic Plaza (Macleod Trail SE) to the Mewata Armoury (11 St. SW). 8 Ave South is one of the most well-used cycling routes in the downtown core, and is also a popular destination for both Calgarians and visitors. This project is a great opportunity to improve the experience of people who bike and walk, and could include extending the shared space/vehicle free area further west, towards 11 St. SW. Check out the survey at the link provided above!
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2nd Street SW Cycle Tracks – Info Session

2nd Street SW Cycle Tracks – Info Session

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Time: 5:30PM to 8:30PMLocation: Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association2201 Cliff Street Calgary, AB The City of Calgary is hosting an information session to share the final design for the 2nd Street SW Complete Street Project. Construction is planned for Spring/Summer of 2020 for protected cycling infrastructure that will upgrade an important connection between the Elbow River Pathway and the 12 Ave SW cycle track. Come out to show your support for this project and for the City's continued investment in active modes. With political uncertainty around budget cuts, we can remind City administration and staff that relatively small investments in cycling and walking can help the City and Province save money by reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and supporting physical and mental health! The final…
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Banff Trail Improvement Project – Give The City Your Feedback

Banff Trail Improvement Project – Give The City Your Feedback

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Open House [PAST] Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 Time: 7-9 p.m. (Drop-in)Location:The Best Western Village Park Inn​No RSVP Required If you are unable to join in-person at the above event, you can provide your feedback online via a link the following link that will be active from October 24 – November 8: https://engage.calgary.ca/banfftrailareaimprovements The City of Calgary is hosting a Public Open House TONIGHT [PAST] to present and get feedback on the Banff Trail Improvement project. Our cycling community presence is important as there are major connection and infrastructure improvements that will improve east/west connections. The major improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure include the following: Connections to and from Foothills Medical Centre Campus via 16th Ave NW Adding a pedestrian ramp to the pedestrian bridge east of Banff Trail N.W. on…
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