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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Playbook aims to help Calgary become a leading Active City

Playbook aims to help Calgary become a leading Active City

Advocacy, Education, Infrastructure
The front page of the Active City Playbook By Laura Shutiak This week, Calgarians got a first look at a 208-page document written to push Calgary to become an Active City by 2030. Written by a diverse group of volunteers from across many sectors, including sports, recreation, active transportation, tourism and economic development, the plan envisions a city where the “active” economy drives “economic, human, social and environmental prosperity.” The group, called the Active City Collective, was born from the ashes of the failed Olympic Bid plebiscite, and was led by a pair of professors at Mount Royal University – David Legg and David Finch. The document is loaded with data and puts a strong business case forward for the economic impact of the active economy. I’d encourage you to…
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North Hill Area – Bikeway Traffic Calming Survey

North Hill Area – Bikeway Traffic Calming Survey

Infrastructure
As part of their Neighbourhood Streets Project, the City of Calgary has implemented some temporary traffic calming measures in the communities of Crescent Heights, Mount Pleasant, and Tuxedo Park. These changes divert traffic with the intention of lowering cut-through traffic volumes on 2 Street NW and 1 Street NE. Diagonal Diverter for motor vehicles at 2 St NW and 22 St NW 2 Street NW and 1 Street NE are well-used neighbourhood bikeways in these communities and Bike Calgary is reviewing community feedback and looking to learn more about this pilot, which has the potential to increase user safety and comfort. Have you had a chance to walk, cycle, or drive through this area since lately? The City is looking for feedback on the Engage website: https://engage.calgary.ca/northhillarea Closure of Balmoral…
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Learning from a near-miss

Learning from a near-miss

Infrastructure
Article by Nigel Swytink-Binnema A near-miss can be frightening and sometime result in an altercation between those involved. Bike Calgary received an email from a motorist about such an incident involving one of our downtown intersections. Our Intersection Design Team (part of our Infrastructure group) immediately jumped into action and visited the location at 12th and 9th. Here's our review: Have you ever come up to an intersection like this on your bike and been surprised by a left-turning motorist? 12th Ave S intersection with 9 St W where motorists cross the bike lane while turning left. Have you ever come up to an intersection like this in your car intending to turn left and been surprised by a cyclist who seems to come out of nowhere? Both of these…
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Input your feedback online – The Future of 16 Avenue NW

Input your feedback online – The Future of 16 Avenue NW

Infrastructure
Share your input by November 22 at https://engage.calgary.ca/futureof16AvenueNW The City of Calgary is developing a plan to upgrade 16 Ave NW, between Sarcee Trail and Crowchild. Based on initial public engagement and planning, concept plans have been developed for three project zones: West Segment: Sarcee Trail to 49 Street NW Main Street Segment: 49 Street to Shaganappi Trail NW East Segment: Shaganappi Trail to Crowchild Trail NW You can view the project information documents at:  https://engage.calgary.ca/futureof16AvenueNW The project team has also prepared a helpful video explaining the design elements of each segment, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_J_aVaRXNw&feature=youtu.be&t=267 Some of the design elements that caught Bike Calgary’s Infrastructure group member Jonathan van Heyst's attention: West Segment:  The proposed new multi-use pathways along the north side of 16 Ave would be…
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Residential Speed Limits  Public Hearing Nov. 2nd

Residential Speed Limits Public Hearing Nov. 2nd

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
Calgary City Council will again be hearing from citizens at a public hearing meeting of council as to whether speed limits should be reduced on residential streets. This will be done by changing the "default" speed limit in the city from the current 50 km/h. Higher-speed roads would have speed limit signs clarifying any differences from the default speed limit. This is what Council's current thinking is Want to support or encourage council in this proposed change? If so, this is what can you do; 1. Sign up to speak at the public hearing by emailing publicsubmissions@calgary.ca and indicating that you would like to speak to the speed limits item. We recommend speaking to your own personal experience, and what matters to you. There is now an option to call in to…
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Bike Calgary’s podcast with ActiveCITY

Bike Calgary’s podcast with ActiveCITY

Infrastructure
The ActiveCITY Collective is a collaboration of not-for-profit, for-profit and public-sector organizations and individuals engaged in Calgary’s regional active economy. Their objective is to facilitate collaboration, debate, learning and connection to shape system wide solutions. ActivyCITY's ultimate goal is transforming Calgary into Canada’s most livable region by maximizing the potential of our natural competitive advantage – our active economy. One of our board members took part in a playbook podcast, specifically around cycling in Calgary. You can listen to it here: https://www.activecityproject.org/activecity-playbook-podcasts/2020/9/29/activecity-playbook-podcast-episode-15
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Virtual Information Sessions – Eau Claire, 3rd Ave, Jaipur Bridge and Centre Street Pathway Ramp

Virtual Information Sessions – Eau Claire, 3rd Ave, Jaipur Bridge and Centre Street Pathway Ramp

Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is investing in Eau Claire, Chinatown and the East Village to enhance areas where Calgarians can proudly participate in a desirable, active and lively cultural destination. (thank you Bike Calgary volunteers for helping with the video, which can be seen here). The projects in the area combine flood protection, lifecycle improvements, upgrades to public spaces and walking and cycling paths, enhanced safety measures, all with the goal of building and maintaining downtown vibrancy. The virtual information sessions are taking place from the 19th to 30th October. Click the link below for more information and sign up for the numerous info sessions. https://www.calgary.ca/pda/pd/current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/eau-claire-public-realm-plan.html
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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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