On street bike lanes

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    Who is responsible for designating these? I’d really like a route I take to be added, and it makes sense as a route. It basically goes from Confederation Park, south on 6th st to 16th ave. From there you can ride through to Crescent heights, down the bluff and straight to the Peace Bridge. It’s a really nice direct route with little traffic, and you only have to cross 20th ave(has a pedestrian light), 16th ave(full signalized) and Memorial(pedestrian light) so traffic interactions are minimal.

    Why do I want it a bike route? Well, I put in a few 311 requests to get 6th ave plowed, becuase it is very difficult to ride in these conditions. Their unhelpful response was to direct me to the designated 2nd street bike lane, which is obviously way out of the way. It also is not plowed. I pointed this out, and that 7th st is plowed. I also now see 5th st is also plowed. This makes no sense, as 6th st is the only one that connects with 16th ave, and a proper crossing. So their response this time was:

    “roads maintains designated bike lanes and does not make these decisions on which road they are on.. ”

    So who makes these decisions? I’ve been extremely disappointed with the roads dept over the years, and this kind of response is not helpful at all.

    In general, I think a designated bike route every 4 blocks on the grid system is ideal, and having it offset from the main roads like 4th st helps. If you are wondering why I don’t take 10th, well, I do on my way home becuase I can resort to the sidewalk if necessary, but in these conditions it is treacherous downhill. It is also incredibly unreliably cleared, and has no easy alternative southbound if you find it has instead been used as a snow storage area.

    Sorry for the long post, kind of frustrated here.


    Gary Millard

    Hey @fuzz, great suggestions. We will raise this idea with Bike Calgary’s Infrastructure task group, and look into the correct City department. I agree, it’s not obvious which department would handle this. we have a few contacts at the City and will look into this.

    President, Bike Calgary



    Hi Gary, I actually contacted Druh Farrell’s office, as it is in her ward and I got some positive responses from them. So hopefully this leads to this being added as a route one day.



    Hi @fuzz! We are working on launching a recruitment for the Ward and Community Reps program, and this may be a good fit for you. Check out community-engagement-team-by-wards to see if you want to join us. Working on getting more content up now, so stay tuned 🙂

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