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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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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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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