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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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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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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2021 City of Calgary Budget – Public Hearing November 22

2021 City of Calgary Budget – Public Hearing November 22

Advocacy, Infrastructure
On Monday, November 22, citizens can provide feedback to City Council on the 2022 budget adjustments. If you'd like to call in and share comments over the phone, you can sign up here (no in-person speakers at this time). You can also submit written comments at the same link. Alternatively, we encourage you to send a message to your councillor letting them know what your priorities are for the upcoming budget. If you don't know how to contact your councillor, the City of Calgary has this helpful page:  https://www.calgary.ca/citycouncil/findyourcouncillor.html Here are their office email addresses: themayor@calgary.ca eaward1@calgary.ca  eaward2@calgary.ca eaward3@calgary.ca eaward4@calgary.ca eaward5@calgary.ca eaward6@calgary.ca eaward7@calgary.ca eaward8@calgary.ca eaward9@calgary.ca eaward10@calgary.ca eaward11@calgary.ca eaward12@calgary.ca eaward13@calgary.ca eaward14@calgary.ca Bike Calgary plans to speak to City Council on Monday in support of continued funding improvements to snow and ice…
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26 Avenue Southwest Engagement

26 Avenue Southwest Engagement

Advocacy, Infrastructure
26 Ave SW Bridge over Crowchild Trail Check out the engagement page for more information and to provide your feedback on the proposed 26 Ave SW improvements between 14 Street and Sarcee Trail. 26 Avenue is an important east-west link in Calgary's on-street bikeway network. It connects multiple schools and communities, the Rotary Mattamy Greenway, and the Max Teal BRT on 37 Street SW. https://engage.calgary.ca/buckmaster26?fbclid=IwAR3TX7zQKE588l4M3FZX3L3BBbP9TcW34vgRxjyVtKo07wIoDFcMVip6tZM 26 Avenue SW ranked highly in Bike Calgary's recent analysis of gaps in the 5A Network. It has also seen multiple collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles in the past two years: https://twitter.com/yyctransport/status/1410253972657500164?s=20 https://twitter.com/yyctransport/status/1300953767588720641?s=20 https://twitter.com/yyctransport/status/1267801367122284546?s=20 https://twitter.com/yyctransport/status/1266361978043240450?s=20 The existing conditions on this street are "shared lanes" between 14 St and Richmond Road, painted bike lanes between Richmond Road and 37 St SW, and "shared lanes" between…
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